Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani is one of the premier and most esteemed colleges in India. It is recognized as the best private engineering college of the country and is home to some of the brightest minds of the nation. Over the years, BITS Pilani has maintained a reputation of imparting excellence in education along with co-curricular and extracurricular, a combination of which is the key to achieving success in life and making difference to the world.
APOGEE – CYBERNETIC VISION
APOGEE is the annual, international technical festival of BITS Pilani, one of the best colleges across India.
APOGEE ’18 will be the 36th edition, an experience of ‘A Cybernetic Vision’, and shall be hosted at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus from 21st February to 25th February 2018. Expecting participation of around 8000 students from more than 100 colleges this year.
Cybernetics is a trans-disciplinary approach for exploring regulatory systems – their structures, constraints and possibilities. In other words, it is the scientific study of how humans, animals and machines control and communicate with each other. Its focus is on the processing of information and reaction to the information by a system and the changes that can be made to better accomplish these tasks. The relevance of Cybernetics extends across mechanical, physical, biological, cognitive and social systems.
EVENTS AT APOGEE
Around 80+ events, which include Technical Events, International Coding League, Robots-at-war, Full Throttle Grand Prix, and many more, aims to incline students towards intellectual and innovative participation in the fest. AAROHAN– A National level examination for Engineering Aspirants, Technical Workshops,Exhibitions in various fields, Paper Presentations and Project Competitions inspires young minds and add to the audience of the fest. Entertainment Stars like Zakir Khan, Abish Mathew, The Indian Jam Project, Roy Zaltsman, etc., and performances in the field of Dance, Drama, Mime, etc. add flavour of the technical domain created around the campus.
The events are:
Cad Wars, Krazy Bridge, Lift It Up
Hackathon, International Coding League, Acyut Challenge, Online Hackathon, Anti-Codinga, C Doku, Code Relay.
Drone Prix, Full Throttle Grand Prix, AirBorne, Dual Mode Vehicle Challenge, Battle at Waterloo, Water Rocketry
Polysis, Bob the Builder, Checkmate, Goodbye Earth, Join & Win, Media Mania, Mind-sweeper
Over Head Transmission, Biz Quiz, India Quiz, Jeopardy, Sci-Tech Quiz, Doper’s Quiz
I strike, Robots at War, Student Design Competition, Track-O-Mania, Arduinoix, Analogue Design Challenge, Circuit Design Challenge, Hackatronics
APOGEE Innovation Challenge, Dexter’s Laboratory, Gambling Mathematics, Who Dunnit, Zombie Mathematics
Talks by eminent entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend, Startup Expo
10. BITS BUSINESS CONCLAVE:
Stock Market Simulation, Bid-Wiser, Night en Vegas
PAPER PRESENTATION AND PROJECTS
Paper presentation forms the core event of APOGEE that showcases a wide range of technical and review papers on a spectrum of topics ranging from industrial applications to the very latest scientific innovations.
APOGEE exhibits over 550 projects in various fields of science and engineering. Based on practical application, they showcase unparalleled excellence. Some of the categories of Projects include Electronics, Environment, Software Development and Mathematical Modelling.
AAROHAN is a national level examination crafted and conducted by the students of BITS Pilani in schools. The examination is conducted for classes IX, X, XI and XII. The aim of this examination is to inculcate scientific temperament and get the coming generation interested towards scientific and technical development studies. All that only at a cost of Rs. 150 per student.
Apart from a right-hand exposure to a national level exam and an opportunity to compete with students from schools across India, Aarohan has a lot more to do. You will get an ‘All India Rank’(AIR) and a certificate of participation. The school and city toppers will get a certificate of merit stating the same and would also get exciting prizes according to their ranks. The winners will be invited to BITS Pilani’s technical fest APOGEE. They’ll have access to all the events and workshops happening on the campus and have round two and some other events exclusively for them. And on a materialistic and tangible scale, there’ll be exciting goodies and prizes as well as the opportunity to interact with the most progressive minds of the country.
APOGEE has welcomed great personalities like Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Simon Taufel, Salman Khurshid, Shiraz Minwalla, Jimmy Wales, Jeff Libberman, M.J Akbar, etc. in ‘Think Again’ talks and authors like Manu Joseph, Jeet Thayil, Jairam Ramesh, Ryan Lobo, etc. as a part of ‘Papyrus Trails’, theliterature fest.
List of Past Speakrs:
Richard Stallman (Father of the Free Software Movement)
APJ Abdul Kalam – Late Former President of India
Walter Lewin (Famous MIT Physics professor)
Simon Taufel : Famous Australian Umpire
Kailash Satyarthi- Nobel Peace Prize winner
David J. Peterson (Famous linguist, creator of Dothraki)
Jairam Ramesh : Indian Politician
Radhika Vaz: Comedian
Jeff Lieberman (He is popular for hosting the show Time Warp on Discovery Channel)
Salman Khurshid: Indian Politician