CLIFFHANGER : Machine Design Contest

Dear Student,

This is with regard to TECHFEST, the annual technological festival of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India, one of the world's premier engineering institutes.

From its inception in 1998 to being the largest of its kind in entire Asia

in 2003, Techfest has come a long way. In its seventh avatar, Techfest

2004 extends its horizons to reach out to students not only from India but also across the world. The fest is scheduled for 24-26 Jan, 2004.

CLIFFHANGER, the International Rope-climbing Machine Design Contest, aims at providing novel solutions to the problems faced by the rescue workers who often have the daunting task of climbing tall buildings at the cost of endangering their own lives. In this competition, you have to design a machine that climbs a rope of given dimensions and burst the balloons kept on the top of a structure.

There shall be a qualifying round where in you are required to submit a video of your machine. AIRFARE will be provided to a few select entries from outside India in the qualifying round. Prizes worth a whopping US $2500 are there to be won including -

1st Prize : US $ 1000 2nd Prize : US $ 750 3rd Prize : US $ 500

The complete rules, details and deadlines of the competition are available at the URL:

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Apart from this machine design contest, TECHFEST spans a wide spectrum of events which promise to enthrall you and stimulate your creativity and ingenuity.

Competitions including Yantriki, India's largest robotics competition, Last Straw, the structure building competition, Chemsplash, the chemical engineering extravaganza, Contraption, Krazie Idea, Open Hardware, Open Workshops- where the driving force is to "do while you learn".

Lecture Series- get an opportunity to meet your role models and find out what motivates and inspires them.

Technoholix- 3D Laser Shows, Aibo Robo Cup, Trebuchets et al

Students are encouraged to participate in any of the competitions, workshops or simply visit TECHFEST, to see for themselves the latest and the best in technology. Please check out the website

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for more information.

All the above mentioned competitions are also open for international participation. However, there is no provision for providing airfare to participants of these competitions. We are always ready for any other help that we may provide.

Please feel free to clarify any queries that you may have.

Warm regards, Techfest Team - 2004 email : snipped-for-privacy@techfest.org URL :

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T e c h f e s t 2 0 0 4 24 Jan - 26 Jan

Convergence of the past, the present and the future...

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www. t e c h f e s t .org

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