Celebrating Technology and Innovation in Nepal: Recap of the LOCUS 2023, 19th Technological Festival
LOCUS 2023, 19th Technological Festival celebrated technology and innovation in Nepal at the Pulchowk campus from Magh 13 to Magh 15. The exhibition inauguration ceremony had the honor of the presence of Prof. Dr. Sashidhar Ram Joshi, the Dean of IOE, as the Chief Guest.
Honourable Gyanendra Bahadur Karki MP, Former Minister for Information and Communications, released the festival’s theme, “Digitalization and Intelligent Automation; Reshaping the Future,” during the month of Shrawan.
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Several special guests graced the festival, including Dr. Indra Prasad Acharya, the Campus Chief of Pulchowk Campus, Renu Basnet, the Administration Head of the same campus, Rajesh Hamal, a superstar of Nepal, Honourable Dr. Toshima Karki, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Health and Population, Sanjog Koirala, Sisan Baniya, Nischal Basnet, and the movie team of Harry ki Pyari.
Over 20,000 individuals, including students from +2 colleges, engineering, and BSc CSIT, actively participated in the festival.
The event received generous support from various sponsors. Programiz served as the title sponsor, Bhoos Games as the associate sponsor, and Orion LED, Naamche, Logpoint, Viveka, Uxcam, Grit Feat Solutions, Yomari, Docs Sumo, Prixa, Genese, and NTA as platinum and gold sponsors. Nepal Telecom served as the telecommunication partner, Broadway Infosys as the IT training partner, and Worldlink as the internet partner. The event also had several other partners, including Viveka Health as the merchandise partner, Daraz as the e-commerce partner, Fablab Nepal as the innovation partner, Hamro Patro as the app partner, CSRI as the research partner, and NMB Bank as the banking partner. General sponsors included Leapfrog, Cagtu, and BPKIHS Dharan. Other event sponsors were: f1soft, himalayan solution, imark digital, rara labs, sikaune, NREEP, NEEK, shequal foundation, t-shirt Nepal, and fusemachines. Avenues served as our media partner, providing coverage of all the exhibition news.
Throughout the day, attendees witnessed project demonstrations of 89 projects, evaluated by renowned professors from Pulchowk Campus. The evenings featured musical nights and stage performances. The robotics events included Robo Warz, Robo-Pop, Drone Racing, Micromouse, Robo Racing, and Robo Soccer. Coding events comprised Code Jam, AI Hackathon, Code Camp, Smartbots AI competition, Capture the Flag, and Coding Competition. Additionally, a photography competition was organized, and stalls were set up showcasing projects from +2 colleges, engineering, and sponsors, as well as gaming and fun stalls.
The following teams emerged as winners in the project demonstration:
Young Innovation Award : Chandrashekhar
Peoples’ choice award : Smart Meter using IoT
Thematic runner up: Autonomous Vehicle-Electrical Club A
Non-thematic software: AidSys (Asset management system)
Thematic winner: Blockchain Based Biometric Voting System
Non-thematic hardware: Sign Language Interpreter
Non-thematic electrical project: 3 phase balancing in domestic level through arduino and IOT
In addition to the festival, a series of pre-events, including Hack a Week, Energy Hackathon, Girls to Code, LOCUS Cup Football, Freelancing Workshop, Software Fellowship, Hardware Fellowship, +2 Quiz Cybersecurity Workshop, Video editing workshop, Save Soil Campaign, Walkathon with a theme of Celebrating Life, PCB Design Workshop, and Electrical Fellowship, were held.
One of the biggest milestones of the LOCUS festival was the successful completion of the “Children in Technology” program, which imparted internet safety and technological awareness training to participants in the age group of 12 to 17 years. The program took place in 50 schools across six provinces of Nepal.
Lastly, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our generous sponsors for making it possible to provide an exceptional experience to our attendees and ensuring the smooth execution of the event. Your unwavering support and dedication to our cause and the industry are highly appreciated. In conclusion, the 19th LOCUS festival was a resounding success, featuring a wide range of events and programs that showcased the vibrant technology and innovation scene in Nepal.
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