Each year the management of IIT along with the students combine forces to bring to life “Cutting Edge” – a tech exhibition showcasing the talents of IIT’s students. Participation is voluntary and students from either one of the 4 years can take part in the exhibition which usually revolves around a central theme.
This year Cutting Edge 2015 kicked off on the 26th of June and carried through to the 27th of June. The theme for this year’s exhibition was gaming though the ages, from the first 8bit games to the blockbuster blistering graphics masterpieces that are available today.
In keeping with standard IIT traditions, the exhibition started off with the opening of the iFM radio channel which is IIT’s own intra University radio channel. Available for listening on 103.1FM, the channel was first launched in 2010; now it is in its 5th year of running. The opening was carried out by The Dean of IIT – Prof. Alfred Perera, Director and General Manager of Pearson Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, CEO of IIT – Dr. Sampath Kannanngara, A representative of University of Westminister, Kamalini Sivagurunathan who is also heads the department of Distributed Information Systems, Naomi Krishnarajah, Head of Department – School of Computing and Kumudini Sarathchandra, Acting Head of Department – Business School. (Images by Malshan Gunawardane)
The traditional lighting of the oil lamp took place with several distinguished guests along with the Dean and faculty members.
Once all the formalities were done, the exhibition officially opened to the students and to the public and students of leading schools in and around Colombo.
The layout of the exhibition seems a tad confusing at first but we managed to work it out. Basically each of the 5 floors of IIT was an exhibition area for students of both Business Management and Software Engineering students based on their batches. In addition to the projects, there was also a mini gaming area set up with FIFA and Counter Strike 1.6 and even a mini coding competition.
The hackathon, or rather the coding competition was a two hour event from 10.40am to 12.40pm. Similar to how HackerRank works, the students were given a list of problems to solve using an online portal, in this case, CodeChef. The students were from leading schools in Colombo and there were even a few familiar faces. The winners of the competition will be awarded tomorrow.
We took a look around the entire building and decided that it was of too large a scale to be covered in one day, therefore, it will be in two parts. Having planned all this, we geared up and made our way to the first batch of students who were students following the ISBM Programme.
The projects showcased here are the ones we found interesting.
We then decided to take a break to recharge ourselves, and our laptops. We then pushed forward to the next floor.
First Year Students
Another session of recharging took place and we then went on to cover the final section for the day.
Second Year Students – Software Engineering and ISBM
All in all, quite an eventful first day. We’ve seen a number of projects, some old, some new. Stay tuned for Day Two where we bring you projects from the students who are in their final year, and the icing on the cake: The Award Ceremony.
Till then, we’re signing off.
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