The clubs of IIIT-H saw a memorable summer, conducting various captivating events through the online semester. Students across all UG batches engaged in the events, which fell no short of lively.
The highlights of each club are as follows:
1. The Music Club
The Music Club hosted Meltdown, its flagship event for the Summer semester. It was held live on youtube and was an evening of booming rock performances, consisting of both Hindi and English songs, from groups of musicians. There were around 20 participants overall from UG2k20, UG2k19, and UG2k18. The event saw a great turnout in the audience, with the alumni tuning in too.
2. The TV Room Quiz Club
On 15th August 2021, the Quiz Club conducted the India Quiz, to commemorate the collective efforts of Indians to achieve independence. 15 teams of 2 each registered for the event, spanning across UG2k20 and UG2k19, out of which six teams qualified for the finals. The finals consisted of 6 rounds, where the participants faced a series of challenges consisting of connecting images and deciphering the answer from audio files.
The Quiz club, in collaboration with ASEC (Amateur Sports Enthusiasts’ Club), held the Kickoff! Football quiz on 26th September.
The quiz tested the participants’ knowledge on every aspect of the game, from transfers to managers to commentary to historical events. A total of 19 teams participated in the prelims, out of which six qualified for the finals.
3. IIIT Chess Club
IIIT-H September Arena Blitz
The Chess Club held a 70 minutes arena blitz tournament, with a time control of 5min + 3sec increment per move. The Berserk mode was enabled, which meant that players lost half of their clock time, but they were awarded one extra tournament point if they won. Around 35 chess enthusiasts from UG2k20, UG2k19, and alumni joined in for the event.
4. The Dance Crew
The Dance Crew held Footloose Sunday on the 29th of August, where two crew members taught a short choreography to the song Morni Banke. The event was open to all batches. This was the second iteration of Footloose, and the continued success motivated the Crew to hold it this year too.
The Lit Club hosted SpotLITe, which was a 3-day league held from 27th to 29th May. The activities were based on creativity, quick-thinking, and various literary skills like the writing style, poetry, etc. The event saw a turnout of around 70 people, including participants and audience.
Mischief Managed was a day-long event, where a map of channels was created in the Lit Club’s Discord server under a new category representing places within the Wizarding World (especially in and around Hogwarts). The event was primarily a community initiative where around 50 people hung out and discussed trivia. The Peeves Bot on the server ensured continuous entertainment for the Potterheads with its hilarious comments.
The Lit Club held movie screenings for Star Wars: Rogue One, Mughal-E-Azam, and Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name). Discussions and theories on them followed the screenings. Each screening saw a turnout of around 10 participants.
6. The Debate Society
The Rahat Fundraiser was a two-day national-level AP tournament, to which IIIT-H sent one team and three adjudicators.
The exhibition tournament was an invitational Intra college Asian Parliamentary 3 day tournament, where 15 debaters from IIIT-H participated.
Indian States Summit
This event was designed as a 3-day crisis MUN experience from the 6th to the 8th of August. It was beginner-friendly.
Green Festival Challenge
This Ganesh Chaturthi, the NSS took up the initiative of The Green Festival Challenge. With this challenge, NSS intended to raise awareness about the harmful effects of disposing of POP idols in water and suggested using clay idols instead. A good number of people participated by posting pictures of their eco-friendly models on Instagram and Facebook.
8. Google Developer Student Club
Introduction to 30 days of Cloud
GDSC IIIT-H took a session on Introduction to Google’s 30 days of Cloud program, where the team answered everyone’s queries.
Workshop on RESTful backends
GDSC IIIT-H collaborated with Coding Ninjas for a hands-on session on “RESTful backends”. REST APIs on NoSQL databases, which are extensively used in the industry, were taught in detail.
9. Amateur Sports Enthusiasts’ Club
Fantasy Premier League
The event was aimed at the football lovers in IIIT-H, who competed against each other and tested their knowledge in the game. Participants were allotted a budget of 100 million pounds and expected to pick a squad by buying players.
IPL Superfan Contest
This contest was held in collaboration with CLC (Campus Life Committee). Participants created a team for every IPL match played, and points were awarded based on the players’ performances in the match.
10. The Hacking Club
Hacking 101 sessions
The club regularly live-streamed the members hacking into a real deployed machine in two separate sessions. In the first session, a Linux server was tackled, in which the security protection of the Python webserver was to be bypassed and then escalated to the root.
The second session was based on Pickle Rick from Rick and Morty. A poorly configured Linux setup was configured to bypass permissions and access files on the system.
revivalCTF was a short and simple Capture the Flag event to celebrate the Hacking Club’s revival. Around 30 people, mainly from UG2k20, took part in the event. The event gained a lot of positive responses from the participants, and it was able to expose people to basic hacking techniques and Capture the Flag style events. The event is still up and can be participated by following the instructions.
11. Astronomy Club
Thematic theatre: Outer Space
“Outer Space” was a week-long Thematic Theatre, done in collaboration with the Lit Club, based on outer space. The event included a daily social media quiz, crossword, a few recommendations from the clubs, writing prompt, and meet-up for the astronomy enthusiasts to discuss their favourite literature. Participants had a good time discussing their favourite space-related literature and fan theories.
12. Programming Club
The Lockout tournament was a month-long Intra-IIIT competitive programming event held in the Programming Club discord server. The event saw many upsets, with some contestants beating their higher-rated opponents, 1-point victories, and current and former ICPC teammates fighting for a win against each other. The event was a success, with much higher participation than last year (more than double).
13. Entrepreneurship Cell
SummerUP (SummerUP x Startup Aid Phase 3)
SummerUP is an annual 40-day event conducted by E-Cell where the main goal is to convert startup ideas into viable real-world products throughout the summer. This year, there were around 14 teams with 58 members overall. The Final judging was carried out by External Judges as well as OSDG Tech Judges. A few teams were eager to continue their work beyond SummerUp.
Campus Works is a portal for students and companies alike to communicate and reach new heights. Companies can now quickly and directly hire from India’s premier technological research institute through job and internship postings. A good number of people got the opportunity to intern at a few startups and smaller companies.
14. The Language Club
Japanese Trivia Challenge
One of the best parts about learning a language is being able to comprehend media native to one’s target languages and to be able to understand those small nuances which are often otherwise lost in translation or sometimes not translated at all. The Japanese Trivia Challenge was essentially a compilation of several such instances. Topics included the meaning behind famous Japanese companies/brands to a famous Youtube cat to name puns in Japanese Movies and Series.
A card was released for each day between 18th to 24th September. Each card contained the meaning of a Japanese Word and a Trivia associated with it. One can find the corresponding word using Google or other translation services. The challenge was to find the connection to the Trivia. The answers were released the following day on FLC’s Facebook groups and Instagram Page.
Japanese Music Stream
The Japanese Music Stream was an event where the club hosted a room on an online platform for about an hour. Anyone could join the room and play any Japanese song they liked.
15. Electronics and Robotics Club
Monthly Tech Talks
ERC started a new series of events called Monthly Tech talks. These talks are planned to be conducted every month. There were two events of the series conducted this summer: Introduction to Verilog, which was aimed at teaching the Verilog assembly language, and Robotic Planning, which introduced the attendees to the topic.
16. Décore – The Design Club
As UG2k20 explored IIIT-H and its lifestyle, Decore encouraged the freshers to talk about their experiences with the seniors and the general atmosphere in the college. The videos were released on Decore’s Youtube channel as a part of their IIIT-H Plugins! Series.
parTEE was an event where UG2k20 was encouraged to design a T-Shirt in groups of 3 for the batch merchandise. A good number of submissions were received, and the selected designs were sold.
17. The Gaming Club
The gaming club hosted a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament in June. The event observed the participation of 65 gamers from IIIT-H. After a cutthroat final game between the teams “31 Year Olds” and Daddycated (DE) team, the former lifted the tourney cup.
18. Art Society
Participants were asked to recreate their hostel rooms on paper or what they would like them to look like if they haven’t had one yet. The submissions were published on an interactive website created for this event.
19. The Theory Group
Theory Tuesday Teaching
TRG conducted Theory Thursday Teaching every alternate week. Members volunteered to teach the basics of interesting topics covering a wide range of fields, such as security, programming languages, and image rendering. The sessions were followed by discussions in which both the attendees and speakers participated.
Theory Research Discussions
A discussion group was created for theory research students across various IIIT-H labs. Students met up every week to discuss and share their current research ideas and work with the rest of the group. The aim of this initiative was to share the ongoing lab works with others and bring the theory research community closer.
Editors: Tejasvi Chebrolu, Tanmay Goyal