India celebrates 50th Engineer’s Day on September 15th to mark the birth anniversary of Sir M Visvesvaraya, the most outstanding Indian Engineer. He was the brain behind Hyderabad’s flood protection system and the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore. The 6th Edition of Times Ascent Engineering Mastermind Quiz, India’s biggest Inter-Corporate Quiz for engineers, will be held on 15th, 16th and 17th September 2017. It will be a battle among the top engineering minds in the country.
Our top quizmasters – Runal Dahiwade, Raj Dam and Miraj Vora – will engage the audience with their expertise and wit across Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad & Ahmedabad after which the top zonal teams will battle for the grand finals in Chennai on 17th September.
Interrogante is the annual quiz event conducted by Christ University, Bangalore. This event has grown to become one of the must-attend events for a quizzer in their quizzing calendar. Ably hosted by MINDCOGS, the quiz started off with a written Prelims. The 8 teams who qualified for the next round were:
Suguna Holdings/VIT Vellore
Walnut Knowledge Solutions
Sai Mitra/TCS won the event with a score of 155 followed by Ujjivan/Nexus Consulting who came second with a score of 85, Suguna Holdings/VIT Vellore came third with a score of 65, ESPN Cricinfo/Capgemini came fourth with a score of 55, 3one4 Capital/Amazon and Walnut Knowledge Solutions had a tie for the fifth position with a score of 50, Genesis Colors/Mahindra was in the sixth position with a score of 20 and Christ University secured the 7th position with a score of 05 points.
The questions ranged from all fields some of which are given below:
Identify the person who passed away in November, 2016 in Bengaluru. He was the managing director of a company which originally started with Silk Manufacture in 1906 and then diversified to the field they were most famous for.
Ans.: L. Srihari Khoday
Pecten Maximus, is a northeast Atlantic species of scallop, an edible saltwater clam, in the family Pectinidae. Pacten maximus is quite robust and is characterized by having ears of equal size on either side of the apex. The right, or lower, valve is convex and slightly overlaps the flat left, or upper valve, which is flat. In business, what is derived from this?
Ans.: The Royal Dutch Shell Logo
The term for this hedge fund is a metaphor which is used to denote the behavior of preying on debtors in financial distress by purchasing the now cheap credit on a secondary market to make a large monetary in many cases leaving the debtor in a worse state?
Ans.: Vulture Fund
It came into existence in the 13th century. It is believed to have been first made by the Saudagar family. Previously known as Kapashi, Paytaan, Kachkadi, Bakkalnali and Pukari, the name indicated the area where they were made. What is this?
Ans.: Kolhapuri Chappal.
On asked about this acquisition in 2016, Iceland based CEO Thor F, said, “I hope that Glu will take good care of my baby”. What was his baby?
Which company’s logo is inspired from the fountain of the Neptune in Bologna, Italy and it comes from the French word for ‘three’ ‘teeth’?
Her journey started when she flunked her first year exams in the textile Designing course at the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai in 1983. She enrolled for a screen printing and textile designing workshop. Finally in 1985 she borrowed Rs. 7000 from her mother and set off for Crawford Market, where she bought some fabric, rope and other raw material. Her first employees were the building liftman and security guard. Which hugely popular brand for women she created?
It was founded in 1958 by Surya One night Wonowidjojo had a dream in which the old salt warehouse which stood across the way from another factory Cap 93, featured prominently. Subsequently, Sarman, one of the original fifty employees who had followed him when he left Cap 93, advised him to put a picture of the warehouse on every packet to secure good fortune. Wonowidjojo thought this was a good idea and asked Sarman to design the logo.What am I talking about?
Ans.: Gudang Garam
This was originally placed on police chiefs in cities of Madras, Bombay, Calcutta, Lahore and Rangoon in Burma in 1920s. Regional heads were independent. After independence, the autonomy of regional heads was abolished and they were brought under the Bombay Board. Finally after passing of a particular Act in 1952, the entire structure was unified and reconstituted. What am I talking about?
Ans.: CBFC- Central Board of Film Certification
A Bengaluru based startup called Safe Halo has made a new product for just INR 600/- which has created a huge buzz in the market. In a span of 3 months, they have received more than 50000 orders. Their highest orders are coming in from Kota, Rajasthan. What product have they created which is 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch device made of metal and plastic, comprising an alarm.
QuizWorks has won the prestigious Tech Rocketship Awards 2016 for Outsell – A Sales effectiveness software. Outsell helps sales reps be more productive through in-field coaching and providing byte size engaging content on products/services – all delivered within a proprietary SAAS technology on web and mobile.
QuizWorks has been a pioneer in making enterprise content engaging through quizzification, micro-learning and gamification over the years and has engaged 1 Million + individuals across 80 cities in India. With Outsell, it disrupted the sales training industry by taking training beyond classrooms, providing continuous training reinforcements and assessments for better recall. Outsell also ensured that access to sales content like product literature, case studies, process information etc are now standardized and provided to sales reps at the moment of truth i.e during customer meetings.
ccepting the award, Miraj Vora, Co-Founder – Outsell, said, “It is an inspiration and honor to receive this award. As a sales effectiveness company, we believe we are helping sales reps be better at their jobs, which in turn creates financial success for them and better buying experiences for the customer”
QuizWorks won the award after a two-stage evaluation process and among 700 odd entries. The jury consisted of eminent leaders from industry like Mr. Anand Mahindra, Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, Dr. Saurabh Srivastav, Ms. Shardha Sharma, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Mr. Alpesh Patel and Mr. John Kat. The award was presented by Mr. Mohan Das Pai of Aarin Capital.
‘Innovation’ is no longer a catch phrase, it has quickly transitioned from a ‘good to have’ to a ‘must have’. More and more businesses are investing time, effort and money to come up with innovative practices and products.
3M, the $30 bn American conglomerate, has been a leader in innovation, from its humble beginnings in mining to its current portfolio of 55,000 + products spanning a plethora of applications ranging from building solutions and electronics to healthcare and car care products.
3M recently hosted an innovation conclave in its Bangalore offices. Some of the brightest from 3M, Bosch, Titan, SAP and Café Coffee Day brainstormed and discussed innovative practices over a 2 day period. QuizWorks joined the conclave with a customized innovation themed quiz contest designed for the attendees.
Our idea was to challenge the bright minds, build teamwork and impart learning through a fun and engaging approach. We were thrilled to see the tremendous energy levels and active participation from the attendees, not so typical of a session post lunch! The competitive spirit notwithstanding, the event had its share of jovial banter!
Sharing a couple of questions from the event, you can post your answers in the comments section.
During World War II, when rice was in short supply, MTR experimented in making idli using semolina and created this famous dish.
What did they invent?
In 1945, Percy Spencer, an American engineer, was working on an active radar set and he noticed that a chocolate bar kept in his pocket started to melt.
What did he invent thus, often credited as an accidental discovery to him?
Check what Shreeraj, Manager – Learning & OD at 3M India, had to say about the event:-
High Street Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, Mumbai organized a ‘Biz Quiz’ with an aim to engage corporates from all sectors. Being a mall that houses premium fashion and retail brands of the world, the quiz was created around fashion, retail, pop culture, brands etc to promote ‘in-mall’ recall. High Street Phoenix partnered with QuizWorks- India’s premier quizzing company – to execute the event. Over 100 teams participated in the event held on July 10th, 2015.
Speaking about the event objective, Raj Dam, Founder, QuizWorks said: “Many corporate houses are based in and around the Lower Parel area. The neighbourhood therefore has a huge corporate crowd. To enhance their brand salience High Street Phoenix wanted to reach out to this community to increase footfalls at the mall. This activity was designed to attract and engage the corporate community.”
To generate pre-event buzz and serve as a registration tool, an online quiz was designed and promoted on FB pages. On the day of the event, participants were divided into teams of two for the preliminary written round. Top three teams from the written round, along with two wild card entry teams, battled it out in the grand finale. Runal Dahiwade, the face of Times Ascent Engineering Mastermind, was the host of the quiz. The event, with a high contestant and audience connect, featured Grand Prize worth Rs. 1 lakh, 2nd prize worth Rs. 60,000 and 3rd Prize worth Rs. 40,000.
The event was promoted through e-mailers, social media channels and poster drive around Lower Parel Area.
Here’s a glimpse!
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