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  • PUNE: The Phoenix, Venom and Blitzkrieg teams comprising engineering students from Pune on Sunday qualified for the robotics event Vertigo which will be part of Techfest-08, the annual international science and technology festival organised by the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, in Mumbai in January 2008.

    The winners were selected following the zonal round of Nexus Techfest -- the preliminary round of Vertigo that was held at the College of Engineering (COEP) Pune. Techfest will be held in Mumbai from January 25 to 27.

    Participants had to prepare a manually controlled machine that picked two blocks and placed it on an elevated platform.

    The first zonal prize, of Rs 5,000 and a certificate, went to the Phoenix team of Ankush Kakaroo, Neeraj Pathak, Anup Agarwal and Gaurav Saxena, all from the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT).

    Venom team had Akshay Goel of VIT; Abhijit Desai of Sinhgad college of Engineering; Ishan Gokhale of MIT and Rohan Kamat of SKN college of Engineering.

    The team bagged a cash award of Rs 3,000 and a certificate. The third prize, a cash award of Rs 2,000 and a certificate, went to team Blitzkrieg comprising Ravikant Chaube, Rajkumar Singh, Sanjeev Singh and Ashish Dwivedi, all from the Army Institute of Technology.

    Three winning teams each from the Nexus events in seven cities -- Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Surat, Mumbai, Pune and Calicut -- will be provided a wild card entry to Vertigo.

    The Nexus event in Pune had participants from Nashik, Aurangabad, Yavatmal, Amravati, Gondia and Nagpur in Maharashtra as well as from cities outside Maharashtra. Nexus was a part of the three-day MindSpark 07 organised by the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).

    In other contests on Saturday, Siraj Issani led the team from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Powai, to set a new national record in the Micromouse competition. His team, comprising Vishal Prabhu, Simit Pradhan and Kartik Mohta. The team led by Joydeep Biswas of IIT Powai stood second.

    The Vishwakarma Institute of Technology (VIT), Pune, won the dogfight contest by defeating COEP in a tiebreaker in the final match. Vibhor Sharma, Soumyakanti Samanta, Yatin Patil and Krushna Mantri were members of the winning team. In this contest, two robots fight with each other in a bid to pick up and drop three blocks at a site.

    The total prize money of all the events at MindSpark ’07 is Rs 4 lakh. Prize money for the robotics events was Rs 70,000, for paper presentations Rs 60,000, for quizzes Rs 41,000, for programming and Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 each for business plan and save the planet contests.
    Saturday, October 27, 2007 9:43 AM

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