Loyola School Jamshedpur, wins TCS IT Wiz 2017 Kolkata edition

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 Kolkata. Over 820 students participated in quiz held on Thursday, August 24, Kala Mandir, Sangit Kala Mandir Trust Auditorium, 48, Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata. Kolkata edition also witnessed school teams travelling from Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Durgapur and Siliguri for this years’ quiz.

This year TCS IT Wiz saw an unprecedented number of tweets. Kolkata witnessed a record shattering 31860 tweets in a span of 4-5 hours.

TCS IT Wiz was open to High School students studying in class 8-12. Each institution could send a maximum of 15 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, Abhishek Patra and Shobhit Mahato from Loyola School Jamshedpur won the title. The Regional Champions this year walked away with an INR. 60,000 worth gift vouchers while the runners-up represented by Imon Bhattacharyya and Ankit Maity from Heritage School Kolkata 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 Professor Partha Pratim Chakraborti, Director, IIT, Kharagpur along with Mr. Suresh Menon, Vice-President and General Manager, Eastern Region, TCS and Mr.T Anantha Krishnan, Chief Technology Officer, TCS. The Quiz was hosted by noted quiz master Giri ‘Pickbrain’ Balasubramaniam.

The TCS IT Wiz 2017 is held in 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. “There is a lot of quizzing, then there are quality quizzes and there is IT Wiz” won the tweet of the day” 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

About TCS IT Wiz
TCS IT Wiz, a ‘knowledge Initiative’ started in 1999, is the biggest inter-school IT Quiz in India for students of class 8-12. The quiz aims to build awareness and emphasize the importance of IT skills, and enable students look at technology through an innovative perspective. In today’s society and economy, IT plays an integral role and is a key enabler for success in diverse fields. The quiz platform works as an effective supplement to the computer science and IT field, as most of the questions researched for the quiz are beyond the academic areas, compelling the students to look beyond the text books. The quiz works as an alternate learning tool for students in an outside classroom environment. As a pioneer in the field of IT quizzing, the TCS IT WIZ has brought a paradigm shift in the world of quizzing with a mix of intelligent and interesting questions, as well as the introduction of new technology concepts such as software based rounds, gamification and animation. You can also follow us on Twitter: @TCSITWiz

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS):
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 385,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $17.58 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

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