A perfect fusion of masterminds
By Rajeshwari S(2012-2017 MSc Theoretical Computer Science)
Ask any student of the Computer Applications Association or the Computational Sciences Association and he/she will tell you that Login is the most exhilarating weekend of their academic calendar. And why not! After months of preparation and toil, it is nothing short of sheer excitement to see how the fruit of your labor is received. The 25th edition of LOGIN took place on the 13th and 14th of September 2014 and was themed around “Catena of Transformations”, a celebration of mankind’s greatest technological feats. This international level technical symposium directed towards post grads, aims to create an environment conducive for students to interact with professionals from the industry, while testing their skills over a plethora of platforms.
An exclusive promo for Login 2014 was launched three weeks earlier. It depicted the various junctures encountered, in the process of transformation of technology, from the time when battles were fought to the present times. The Public Relations team extensively worked day in and day out spreading the word about Login to post grads from various institutions across the globe. Students from 4 foreign universities, namely, Greenwich University, London, University of Luxembourg, National University of Singapore and University of Missouri showed immense interest in participating in the online events. The assembly halls, entrances, labs and classes were all decorated brilliantly with drapes and colorful charts. An eye catching chart work was made depicting the footsteps Login has taken through the years, right from 1990.
The inaugural ceremony was graced by Mr. Prabhu Shekar, founder and CEO of Hoffensoft. Dr. R. Rudramoorthy, Principal of PSG College of Technology, gave the presidential address. Later, Mr. Prabhu Shekar launched Comapp, a magazine that aims to provide an opportunity for students to emphasize their innate literary talents. The theme of Comapp’14 was Transhumanism and questioned whether the human race is ready for such a phenomenon. As a part of the silver jubilee celebrations, an exclusive online version of Comapp was also released.
Program sponsors included corporate like KLA Tencor, Cognizant, Ebay Inc., Skava Systems and D E Shaw & Co. Twelve events, that ran the gamut from quizzing to gaming, and movie making to marketing, were organized. Star of Login, a mainstay of Login over the years, was conducted with much fanfare. Here, participants were tested on their quick-wit, creativity and the ability to think on their feet. Sudesh Kumar from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, stole the show with his lungi – dance and Thalaiva impressions.
On the evening of the first day, a cultural show was staged which served as a much-needed break for both the participants and the organizers. Everyone, including the faculty were in high spirits and enthusiastically cheered the performers on.
Interactive sessions were conducted by KLA Tencor, Skava Systems and upcoming start-up, SecureW2. This was aimed at building a bridge between technology and society, thereby bridging the gap between the academia and the industry.
The chief guest of the valedictory function was Mr. Girish Chiramanghat, Director of Projects at Cognizant. Dr. R Nadarajan, HoD, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences, with his speech, drove the audience to complete astonishment by sharing his thoughts on how Login has evolved over the years, breaking all the shackles that had come its way. Secretaries from past editions of Login reminisced about their Login days. Later, prizes were distributed to the winners and runners of all the events. Students from the University of Hyderabad were the overall champions, followed by RV College of Engineering, Bangalore and National Institute of Technology, Trichy.
Login ’14 was an astounding success with 240 enthusiastic participants from 41 colleges. Feedbacks received from them were remarkable. One of the universities’ students exclaimed that they shall take Login as the benchmark for all that they were going to organize in the upcoming years. Quite a few participants felt that Login is the only symposium that is thoroughly driven by students and not faculties. And, most of them were ecstatic about the hospitality they had received.
A fortnight later, on the 26th of September, the Making of Login ‘14 video was released in the evening, with the audience in the assembly hall screaming its throat out, followed by the presentation of mementos to the Coordinators of all the events and teams. A sumptuous banquet was arranged for the night. Login, for the participants, is a collaborative search for the clever and the creative, while it means a lot more to the organizers. For them, it’s a bundle of joy, the coming together of two associations and months of sweat and hard-work, late nights and early mornings, paying off.
RAJESHWARI S (MSc. Theoretical Computer Science, 2012-2017) is a dreamer, an inquisitive programmer and a passionate shuttle player. She likes travelling and family is her inspirational source. She has beauty-in-the-brain concept in her literary works.
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