Bhubaneswar: TCS IT Wiz, India’s biggest inter-school quiz, organised by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions, witnessed participation from students from various schools in Bhubaneshwar. Over 800 students participated in quiz held on Tuesday, September 19, at PAL Heights, J/7, Jaydev Vihar Road, Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneshwar edition also witnessed school teams travelling from Ranchi, and Vishakhapatnam for this years’ quiz.
TCS IT Wiz was open to High School students studying in class 8-12. Each institution was allowed to send a maximum of 8 teams with each team consisting of two members. There was no entry fee.
TCS IT Wiz this year focused on four areas- Automation, Contextual Knowledge, Machine Learning, and Agile besides an exclusive round on TCS. The Quiz platform looked into the technological trends that are poised to have huge traction across the globe. Students who are a part of this quiz would benefit from understanding these technologies as they walk into their future. The top six teams from the written preliminary round were qualified for the regional finals.
After five rounds of quizzing at the Regional finals, Priyam Panda and Shubham Hota from Ravenshaw Junior School won the title. The Regional Champions this year walked away with an INR. 60,000 worth gift voucher while the runners-up represented by Sobham Panda and Naibedhya Dash from Mother’s Public School were rewarded an INR 40,000 worth gift voucher along with a specially designed trophy and medals. The 6 finalists will also receive an array of prizes from TCS ranging from Gym bag, OTG pen drive, Earphones, and Bluetooth speakers. The winning team along with a teacher/parent will be flown to Mumbai to contest in the in the National Finals.
The prizes were distributed by the guest of honour Shri Ashok K Meena, Special Secretary, Finance, Electronics and Information Technology , Govt of Odisha, along with Mr. Suresh G Menon, VP and GM, Eastern region, TCS. The Quiz was hosted by noted quiz master Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam.
The TCS IT Wiz 2017 will be held across 12 cities across India – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
TCS IT Wiz Format: The animation based quiz software with a unique format had 5 rounds:
AUTOMATION: A hard coded TEXT based questions, from anywhere in the broad spectrum of topics were directed at the teams. This was a passing round which provided each team a chance to score points either on a direct or on a pass.
CONTEXTUAL KNOWLEDGE: A round from the world of Visuals, where teams were required to decipher the answers contextually. This was a passing round which provided each team a chance to score points either on a direct or on a pass.
MACHINE LEARNING: Another buzzer round with questions common to all teams. The implicit understanding of this round was that its component would lead to a commonality, but when three of the same are replaced the teams would need to realign their thinking to arrive at another commonality.
AGILE: The story board highlighted a few clues at a time. As more clues appeared, lesser the points were scored. This was a multi-clue round. The negatives were constant.
@TCS: A buzzer round the world of TCS with questions common to all teams and carried negative points for incorrect answers.
Tweeporting: There was also Twitter contest during the event. Bhubaneswar witnessed as many as 8417 tweets. The winners of the top two highest tweets and the best “tweet of the day” received gym bag along with a Bluetooth speaker.
The Quiz mainly focused on:
– Applications of Information Technology across various industries and sectors including technology environment, the business, people, new trends and legends.
– Emerging areas such as cloud computing, AI, biometrics, robotics, world of Internet, unique web sites, IT buzzwords and acronyms.
– Areas where IT has made an impact – web, education, entertainment, books, music, movies, banking, advertising, sports, gaming, social media and world of mobiles.
– IT Personalities – Global, national and local, brands of IT and communication companies, software products and brands, the history of IT as well as its humorous side of Information Technology