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ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND ITS BENEFITS FOR THE SOCIETY



A twentieth century news article read ‘Vehicles not only connect places, it connects hearts’. True to the words, the automobile industry has grown tremendously, shattering all the barriers that slowed its pace. The automobile industry has been the torchbearer for all technological progress known to mankind. This industry has also been a breadwinner for millions of people around the globe. So it is not at all surprising that the automobile has become an integral part of the common man.

The automobile industry is currently undergoing a transition from its conventional gasoline powered phase as it has drawn serious criticisms from environmentalists and scientists alike. Though there is little doubt in the efficiency of conventional automobiles, the serious question it poses over nature is unquestionable. The automobiles consuming fossil fuels are cited as the single largest contributor of air pollution.

Fossil fuels which were used to power the conventional vehicles are the primary source for pollutants including oxides of sulphur and nitrogen. The oxides of nitrogen and sulphur which are being released along with the exhaust pose serious respiratory illness, inhibits photosynthetic capacity of plants and thereby reducing the availability of oxygen in the atmosphere. The threat that the conventional vehicles pose to organisms have also been proven without doubt.

The changing climatic pattern, ozone hole depletion etc are a reaction phenomenon from nature warning us of daring consequences. IIT Kharagpur conducted a study on the flash floods that ravaged the state of Kerala in 2018 and 2019. They concluded that the micro cloud formation due to aerosols was the primary culprit. The bushfire in Australia and the Amazon forest fires that created a great havoc have been recognised as a consequence of global warming. The role played by the gasoline powered vehicles in aggravating these situations should be carefully scrutinized.

By the beginning of the twenty-first century common man became aware of the drastic environmental changes. There were many climatic summits held and conferences organised to keep the situation under control. But the electric revolution in the field of automobile has been hindered by the lackadaisical attitude of authorities and the business-mindedness of certain capitalists.

Electric vehicles are not a recent invention. The first electric car developed dates back to 1884, but the advent of electric cars were not successful owing to the stiff competition from the mass produced public car developed by Henry Ford. But the stringent measures laid down by the governments across the globe to curb pollution paved the way for electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles which account for zero emission use a battery to meet its energy requirements. The NobelPrize in chemistry for the year 2019 was given for developing Lithium- ion battery.It has already proved its potential to replace the conventional Lead acid batteries. The Lead acid batteries were bulky and prone to leakage. The Li-ion batteries are comparatively safe and sound.

Electric vehicles can be classified into three types- Battery Electric Vehicles, Plug in Hybrid electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. The Battery Electric Vehicles which uses a battery to power the vehicle, can be recharged or swapped once it is exhausted. The second type is the Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles which allows provision for recharging through energy regeneration system along with the conventional battery charging method. The hybrid electric vehicles derive power from battery and gasoline.

Electric vehicles provide flexibility in the mode of charging their batteries. Renewable energy sources like solar energy, wind energy etc can be used to serve the purpose. Electric vehicles once fully charged can travelup to 250-300 km. Since the charging time varies from one hour to eight hours depending upon the type of the battery, the possibility of battery swapping can also be taken into consideration. But these difficulties are not at par with the great social and economic cost that has to be paid while using conventional automobiles.

Solar panels and energy regeneration systems are the added advantage for the EVs. This will reduce the cost of charging and also saves time. A gasoline vehicle in addition to its fuel requirements needs a battery too. Such luxuries can be minimized in the case of an electric vehicle, making the vehicle more efficient.

Ironing out the wrinkles in the automobile industry is not an easy task. The enormous charging time remains the biggest burden. We should look forward to the opportunity of battery swapping until we derive the technology to reduce the charging time of batteries. Battery swapping stations can be provided by the manufacturing companies itself, which when placed at regular intervals allows people to change their batteries, in the same way we refuel gasoline vehicles.

The cost of electric vehicles has a scope of coming down so that every common man can afford it. This is possible if there is a drastic increase in demand and also energy is available at a low cost. Automobiles have evolved to become a necessity rather than a luxury. This is more evident from the overwhelming appeal for taxi services like Uber, Ola etc. These taxi services can be effectively electric powered as they are short distance services and there can be a time delay between adjacent trips which can be utilized for swapping or charging the battery.

India being a tropic nation has excellent potential to harness solar and wind energy. But the major share of power is still derived from fossil fuels. The government should move forward by providing subsidies to solar panels and electric vehicles. Production of electric vehicles should also be encouraged. Since the existing car manufacturers need to re-skill their labour, recoup their manufacturing unit to cope up with the current scenario, they should be motivated through tax exemptions and subsidies.

For a brighter future, it feels necessary that we need greener roads!



- Yedhu Mohan (IEEE SB CET)


Updates from IEEE LINK



écrire - Technical Blogging Competition

IEEE LINK has conducted a Technical blogging competition écrire, to encourage our young enthusiastic student members to explore the latest technologies, from 15th - 30th August 2020. Moon race and Deno were the two topics given and among the numerous submissions, the best two were selected as the winners. Niranjan K Variyar from IEEE SB SCTCE bagged the first prize and Arjun Sunil Kumar from IEEE RSET bagged second prize.




LINK Team meet

The 6th meeting of LINK Team members was held on 1st August 2020 at 5 PM through G-Meet. The meeting started with reviewing the current status and ongoing activities of the team. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss the launching of new initiatives which were Sanitizer Dispenser Unit installation Project and TechMun.




Sanitizer Dispenser Unit Installation Project

Sanitizer Dispenser Unit Installation Project is a new initiative of IEEE LINK Team 2020, conducted by associating all the Student Branches under IEEE Kerala Section which aimed at ensuring the hand hygiene and germ transmission prevention methods in workplaces for preventing their employees and consumers from being infected with Coronavirus and to ‘Break the Chain’. Through this project, we helped various work sectors to have automated/man-operated hand sanitizers in their workplaces,which were developed by our own Student Members. This initiative really helped and encouraged our Student members to utilize their engineering skills for helping the general public and meeting their technical needs, and also gave a practical exposure to students who have undergone theoretical courses as they build projects for real-life problems, and also boosted their technical confidence.

The Technical & Financial support for this project were given by our team, where 50% of their total expenditure was provided by IEEE Kerala Section. The project was conducted in two phases. The first phase was an analysis phase. Student Branch Chairs were informed about the initiative through emails, and other online platforms and the interested ones were asked to register for this program. The Student Branches were allowed to use their own designs for the project and for ensuring the qualities of their design, they were asked to share their designs for expert evaluation. The designs were evaluated by Asst. Prof Ramanand A C (Dept. of Electronics and Communication, GCEK), Asst. Prof Abdul Nazar K P (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, GCEK) and Asst. Professor Dhanesh Chatta (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, GCEK). Those who didn't have a product design of their own, the design, component details and other instructions were given from our side.

In the second phase, one month of time was given for the Student Branches from 15th September 2020 - 15th October 2020 to make their product and to supply them to places where there is high chance for the transmission of CoronaVirus disease like, hospitals, police stations, bus stands, railway stations etc. Total 7 Student Branches took part in this initiative and with their co-operation we were able to supply a total of 35 Sanitizer dispenser units (mechanical & man powered).




LINK - MD Team Meet

A LINK-MD team meeting was conducted on 12th September 2020 at 9 PM through Google Meet. The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss the execution of the upcoming Student Branch Revamping initiative- Renaissance. Discussions on conducting a new initiative of Student Branch supporting Student Branch, Virtual MD Sessions and Member exclusive events were also initiated.




Let’s Code 2020

Let’s Code is a programming skill development program organized by the IEEE LINK, exclusively for the IEEE Student Members of Kerala Section. This program consisted of two sessions conducted on two consecutive days, 26th-27th September 2020 at 4PM-6PM on zoom platform. Session was handled by Mr.Rajendran Subramanian, Founder & CEO of Silicon software services. The session was lively streamed on IEEE Kerala Section’s Youtube channel as well. Total 113 students registered for the session.

The speaker through light on the tips and tricks for cracking coding questions for placements. The session was quite interactive and interesting.The live problem solving and practising made the participants understand various techniques. Participants raised many questions and doubts regarding the same. The overall feedback given by the students was outstanding.




Renaissance

Renaissance is the new initiative of IEEE Kerala Section set virtually with a primary aim of the upliftment of dormant SBs, membership base expansion of existing SBs and Leadership development of constituent members was officially started on 15th September 2020. As our first step, we shared all the program details through email with the Branch Counselors and Principals of the selected SBs. Branch Counselors were asked to select at least 10 students from their Institution for the skill development session who are capable of being the torchbearer of their SBs in future.

A total of 9 SBs took part in this program and initially, separate ice-breaking sessions and team building activities were conducted for each SB to make them more active and to initiate their confidence and team spirit. The Skill development session was scheduled from 19th to 25th October 2020. It consisted of a total of 4 sets of competitions (3 individual & 1 group) to make them explore more about IEEE, enhance their basic professional skills & to give them a technical exposure as well. In addition to these competitions, two sessions were also arranged for them. To encourage all of them to participate in these competitions and sessions, cash prizes were arranged for first, second & third prize winners. In the end, Special mention and prizes were announced for the best performing volunteer and the best performing SB by calculating the scores they have achieved so far.

Our first competition was ‘Explorer’, a quiz competition based on the basics of IEEE and its societies. It was conducted through Quizizz platform on 19th October 2020 at 7-9 PM. The participants were able to attend it at a convenient time. It had a total participation of 205. The winners were selected based on their score and the time taken to complete. Harikrishnan Anandan (SB AISAT) bagged the first prize followed by Surya S Nair (SB RCET) and Sreyas S K (SB CE Kallooppara) with second and third.

Our second competition was ‘IDEAthon’- an idea pitching competition. This was a group competition. Conducted from 20th-22nd October 2020. The participants were asked to come up with a new idea/product based on any emerging technology. Total 36 groups participated in this competition with members varying from 2-5. The entries were evaluated based on the novelty of the idea and its technical quality. Allen Ansel & team from John Cox Memorial College of Engineering and Technology bagged the first prize, Abhijith Kannan & team from College of Engineering Kidangoor bagged the second prize, Surya S Nair & team from Royal College of Engineering & tech bagged the third prize.

The third competition was ‘Writify’- an email writing competition. The participants were asked to prepare an email inviting a resource person to conduct a webinar on a particular topic. It was conducted from 22nd-23rd October 2020. There were 182 entries. The entries were strictly evaluated and three were selected as winners. Nebula (IEEE SB RCET), Bency (STCET) & Aniketh (STCET) bagged the first, second & third prizes respectively.

The fourth & Final competition of the Skill Development session was ‘Seize the clue’ a crossword competition. The competition was conducted to provide the students, some valuable facts about IEEE in a fun and entertaining way. The event was conducted on the AmuseLabs platform. Questions were obtained from IEEE Spectrum October edition and general facts about IEEE. The event was participated by over 228 students. The competition was held on the 24th of October 2020 from 10 am to 10 pm. The time limit on the puzzle was for 15 minutes. Manu V George (IEEE SB STCET), Aswin K Sudeesh (IEEE SB STCET) & Darsana B Nair (IEEE SB CE Kidangoor) bagged the first, second & third prizes respectively.

The next one was an interactive session with two Young Professionals of IEEE Kerala Section conducted on 24th October 2020 at 7.30 pm-9.30 pm through Google meet platform, to explain more about IEEE and the benefits of IEEE Membership with our participants. The session was arranged with a belief that after hearing from experienced individuals, the participants will realize IEEE’s importance more efficiently. The speakers for the session were, Mr Nazeeb Abdulla and Mr Sahil Sameer. They spoke about their real-life experiences and opportunities they got whilst being an active member of IEEE.

Finally, the whole Skill Development Session was brought to an end on 25th October 2020 at 5 pm-6.30 pm through Zoom platform. The closing ceremony was delighted with the presence of Mr Akash Nambiar who is a Young Professional of IEEE Kerala Section & Operation analyst at UST Global. He talked about his part of experiences and exposures he got only because of being an IEEE member. He gave the participants ideas and suggestions for events which could be organized in their colleges to promote membership in IEEE. The winners of Outstanding Student Volunteer and Best Performing SBs awards were announced at the end of the Interactive session. The Champions/the Best performing team were Aphelion (IEEE SB St. Thomas College of Engineering and Technology) and Wired Technocrats (IEEE SB Royal College of Engineering and Technology) were the Runners up. Individual Champion/Outstanding Student Volunteer for all the competitions was Ms Nebula from IEEE SB Royal College of Engineering and Technology.

The feedback we received from the participants after the whole program was overwhelming. It helped them to understand the importance of IEEE, the opportunities that IEEE provides them, exposure to the professional world and a chance to virtually meet and interact with experienced professionals. It made them find out their talents and skill sets and increased their confidence level and team spirit.




TRANSCEND

Transcend is an uplifting initiative with the primary aim to revive dormant & inactive student branches by virtue of clustering with active student branches. The pre-eminent responsibility of active student branches is to conduct events in collaboration with inactive student branches with renewed focus on increasing membership count via engagement of student members with edifying programs as well as expose them to the benefits of IEEE membership. The program was started on 12th October 2020, with a call for proposal from Active SBs. By evaluating the proposals given, Dormant/Inactive Student Branches were assigned for Active SBs on 26th October 2020. More than 1 month of time is given for the active SBs to complete this program on or before 18th December 2020. The active SBs will be given special accolades from the section after completing this given duty effectively and fulfils the ultimate goal in reviving the inactive/dormant SB.

An award system will be established wherein the awards are categorized into three namely Platinum, Gold and Silver. These awards would be given to 3 SBs who have brilliantly fulfilled their roles in this initiative. The section shall also honour them with an email signature & Badge for their noteworthy performance in addition to the awards.

This initiative brings up dormant/inactive SBs and further enhances the energy of active SBs progressively increasing membership count as well as retention rate on both sides




HUB EVENTS



1. MALABAR HUB


1.1 Malabar SubSection - Webinar series

IEEE Malabar Hub in association with Malabar subsection organized a Webinar Series on technologically and socially relevant topics on a weekly basis on every Thursday at 5.30 pm. It is started with an aim of updating the student’s socio-technological knowledge and to help them discover more about engineering and technology.

The informative sessions covered so far are:

03rd September 2020 Handling Uncertainty and Anxiety due to COVID-19
- by Prof. Rajkumar S. Pant
10th September 2020 Social Entrepreneurship in the time of pandemic
- by Ms Anjali Chandran
17th September 2020 Professionals and Ethics
- by Dr. K. P. Mohandas
24th September 2020 Positive Attitude in Adverse Situations
- by Ms. Amita Kamath
01st October 2020 AI for Semiconductors
- by Dr. A. Athif Shah
08th October 2020 Hadoop and MapReduce
- by Dr. K Uma Pavan Kumar
15th October 2020 PM&R- New Branch of Modern Medicine: How does it change treatment paradigms?
- by Dr.Noufal Ali
22nd October 2020 Customer Centric Digital Transformation
- by Mr. Rakesh Nhalil Edavalath
29th October 2020 Tools and Techniques for Machine Learning
- by Dr. Shihabudheen K V
05th November 2020 Interactive Presentation Tools
- by Dr.K.Thiyagu
12th November 2020 Basics of Research
- by Dr. K. P. Mohandas
19th November 2020 Future vision to improve safety and efficiency of transport using ITS
- by Dr. Samson Mathew
26th November 2020 Quality of Research
- by Dr. P K Mohandas


1.2.BATTLE OF MINDS

IEEE Malabar Hub in association with IEEE NIELITS conducted Battle of Minds as part of Malabar Hub War exclusively for WIE members. It was an event that provisioned a platform for exchange of views on some very relevant technical topics. There were two teams in each round, one representing for the motion and the other against it. Each team can have upto maximum 5 participants.Google Meet was used and a meeting link was given via squad representatives by hub team.Maximum of 15 minutes was to be given for a team to express their stance. Next 15 minutes would be utilized by the teams to rebut the points given by the opposition.Clarity and relevance of statements given by the team were crucial to marks given.5 minutes would be given at the end for each team to conclude. There should at least be one member representing each SB in a squad.



1.3.WYVERN

WYVERN is a series of events in which each event would be organized by a group 6 WIE AGs of SBs The clusters are formed such that relatively inactive WIE AGs are grouped together with active SBs with the intention of bringing up these dormant WIE AGs and further enhancing the energy of active AGs. With the underlying tagline ‘Live, Learn, Liberate', Wyvern focuses on learning and applying in various multi-faceted dimensions of the tech field with renewed focus on transition from a student to a professional, chiseling core competencies as well as academics.

Wyvern consists of 3 phases entitled, Live, Learn & Liberate. Each phase may consist of a single event or a series of events which could be competitions, talks, training programs, workshops etc. as per the decision of the organizing group.All the WIE AGs under Malabar region will be divided into 3. These 3 groups would be in charge of organizing the respective phases.Design, content, registration and report making will come under the jurisdiction of the presiding group of each phase. The work should be divided such that all the WIE AGs have contributed equally for the success of the program.

Envisioned to be a ground-breaking amalgamation of science, technology and creativity, wyvern seeks to promote a holistic approach to the tech journey as well as serve to guide lost female to-be engineers. It not only ingrains our budding engineers with the necessary skills but also provides a platform for students to unearth their true potential. Every event conducted as part of Wyvern adhered to the standards of WIE IEEE and was organized with the aim to accelerate our vision and mission inmind.



  1. VOCALE DEBATO

    Vocale Debato is a virtual debate competition conducted in 2 levels. WIE Chairs were asked to nominate a member of their AG to participate. These participants were organized into 4 groups randomly and they proceeded to the first level in which they contended on the topic, ‘Beauty Pageants are another way to objectify women.’ The 4 teams, each consisting of 3 members raised many valid points throughout the course of the debate. Many statements that directly touched upon the importance of other parameters other than physical appearance in defining beauty remained a constant thought process in the discussion with the definition of beauty relative to each team’s perspective.

    The 2 teams with the highest points passed to the next level where they debated on the topic,’The new amendment section 118-A of Police Act will curb cyber-crimes.’

    The contending team for the topic expressed that in this age of increasing virtual social activity, stricter laws are required to regulate the content that is being circulated whereas the team against the topic was of the stance that the law is completely against the freedom of expression and freedom of speech which is in turn against the constitution of our nation.

    The winners were announced in December and the champions won with only a slight difference in points from the runner-up marking it as a very tight competition. The moderator of the event was Ms.Aditya V, Research Scholar from Central University Thalassery. The judges, Adv. Reshma R Krishnan, Adv. Soorya Marya Kurian and Adv. Neetha Elizabeth Richard expressed their views on the topic at the end with their valuable suggestions on how to improve the quality of the debate. The main outcome of the event was that students from different colleges were able to come together to debate, to discuss and to raise their ideas on very relevant topics in this era.



  2. LEARNZILLA

    Learnzilla was an idea pitching competition in which teams containing a maximum of 5 members and at least 1 WIE member could register.The event mainly sought to bring up ideas modified from existing ideas or projects published via IEEE. Nearly 25 proposals from different WIE AGs have been submitted from which 4 were shortlisted, presented and judged. Learnzilla was an integration of information and collaboration. It was an initiative to provide students with a platform to solve some of the pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem-solving. It proved to be extremely successful in promoting innovation out-of-the-box thinking in young minds, especially in engineering students from WIE AGs across the section.



  3. MASAKALI-TREASURE HUNT

    WIE AG IEEE Malabar Hub organized MASAKALI, an online Treasure Hunt based on the theme Liberate. A treasure hunt in which participants were asked to solve riddles related to the topic Liberation of Women was the main program in Masakali. There were 10 questions asked and for each question some clues were provided. Each question can be attempted 3 times. Individual and group registrations were permitted. The first and second prize winners were rewarded with 2000/- and 1000/- respectively. MASAKALI was a two hour programme in which within 20 minutes, the first prize winner was announced and soon after the second prize winner was announced. The programme was different from the usual events and was an energy packed event with fun, technological information and team efforts at the forefront.



  4. WIE MEMOIRS

    An initiative by WIE AG IEEE Malabar Hub that involves publication of a series of posters in which a WIE member accounts their experience as part of WIE AG, their contributions and how being a volunteer has helped shape them as an individual. The series aims to make the WIE AG and IEEE activities seem more relatable to non-members and seeks to play a hand at driving membership.





2. KOCHI HUB


2.1.ORE – Outreach For Resources in Engineering

ORE - Outreach for resources in engineering, is yet another venture from IEEE Kochi Hub, aimed at enhancing the skill set and giving exposure in industry grade topics. The core of ORE is to take the benefits that an IEEE membership gives to a student, to the next level. This is a typical Kochi Hub exclusive event, started in the year 2019, and was executed with utmost positive feedback from the students. This year, we restructured ORE by including a phase of peer-mentoring, by which the students, be it from college or the graduates, who have the passion and knowledge they like to share, can guide the students selected under the mentorship program. This helps students to get the maximum benefit they deserve from their membership.

It started by recruiting or selecting the needed mentors for the program, based on their area/domain of proficiency and categorizing them to be allotted to different teams. Once the mentors are given with enough counselling, we assign teams for each of them, under certain specific conditions. Each team is supposed to finish the work given to them by their respective mentors, and the deadlines for the work submissions are decided in accordance with the mentors convenience. The best performing team/students would get a chance for industry exposure which can benefit them in their career and the networking they get as part of the program is one the participants can all cherish.



Domains



Mentors guide the participants for learning as well as in the completion of projects for that domain. Mentors can be anyone having pretty good knowledge in that specific domain like faculties, students, professionals from anywhere across the world. They need to guide the team members (max 5) in their learning process . But this will not be a burden for the mentor to engage fully into the learning. They can give them video lectures and any material based on their ease. We had around 60 mentors from different fields. Nearly 15 of them are IEEE Young Professionals and rest were student mentors. The ORE learning programme had 500+ mentees or participants spreaded in 26 different fields. Majority of them were IEEE members from all over India who love to explore in technology. Via ORE we planned to accommodate more than 500 students and give them training in 26 technical courses. The timeline is as given below:

August 5Participants registration begins
August 12Participants registration closes
August 15 Mentoring starts
October 15Mentoring ends
November 6-8 Competitions for students in their corresponding domains.


2.2.Hack Kochi 3.0

IEEE Kochi Hub in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch of Mar Athanasius College of Engineering conducted a technical fiesta "Hack Kochi 3.0" ,a 3 day long event consisting of 9 competitions from 6th to 8th of November 2020. Hack Kochi 3.0 was conducted as the conclusion of the Outreach for Resources in Engineering (ORE) initiative , a two-month long mentorship program which provided mentorship in more than 20 fields. It provided the platform and infrastructure for students across Kerala to interact with each other and boost up their technical knowledge. The event became a huge success in a short span of time with active participation.These events were coordinated by a team of 29 volunteers.The event saw a participation count of more than 300 students from various Student Branches across the country and it helped students to connect, explore and learn.Communication with the participants was done primarily through emails and the Hack Kochi discord server.

The event consisted of 9 competitions.

  1. Hackathon
  2. Design Challenge
  3. Coding Competition
  4. Capture the Flag
  5. Marketing Challenge
  6. Technical Presentation
  7. Robotics Challenge
  8. PLC Ladder Logic Challenge
  9. Solar System Design Challenge


The Hackathon was a 48 hours long competition starting at 10:00 AM on 6th November 2020 and ending at 10:00 AM on 8th November 2020. Participants could participate as individuals or as a team of maximum 5 members. Twelve themes were given - Agriculture, Finance Management,Personal Healthcare,Geriatric Care,SmartCities,StudentWelfare,E-governance,Accessibility Solutions for People with Disabilities,Transportation Automation,Resource Management, Disease Detection and Digital Well Being. Participants could choose to make a product based on any one of these themes. The judgments were based on the Level of innovation, Benefits to society , Realistic Capability, Business value and Presentation style.

Design challenge required the participants to make a Carousel of Posters/ Video/ Static Web Page/ UI on the given theme “Countdown to the end of the world”. It was a 24 hours long challenge from 10:00 AM on 7th November 2020 to 10:00 AM on 8th November 2020.The judgement is based on Comprehension of the theme, Aesthetic and Design , Professionality and Originality.

A 6-hour long Coding Competition was held on 8th November 2020 from 02:00 PM to 08:00 PM. The coding competition was aimed at awakening creativity among the coding enthusiasts and giving a boost to their problem-solving and logical reasoning skills. The competition was hosted on HackerRank. A total of 155 students participated in the event. The judgments were finally based on the time of submission, quality of code, execution time, etc.

Capture The Flag was a 4 hour event conducted as part of Hack Kochi .It was held on 8th November 9, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM .It was a cyber security related competition in which, the participants had to collect the flags by hacking some websites and machines and treasure up the clue. Challenge namely “The Curious Admirer” and “The Good Hacker Track”. The former was a simple and fun challenge where the participants had to analyze an image which was provided and had to extract information from that image. The Good Hacker Track contained challenges which tested the skills of the participants entirely.

Marketing challenge was a managerial challenge in which the participants were provided with 2 case studies, PIL Camera and Snake Robot, in which the participants were asked to prepare a marketing strategy for any one of the case studies. The participant count was 32. And the evaluation is based on the precise explanation of the solution and the clarity of presentation .

A 24 hour Robotics Challenge was organized from 10:00AM, 7th November 2020 to 10:00AM, 8th November 2020. Participants were given 4 problem statements and they were asked to to solve any one of those. They had to design the model on Tinkercad and provide a presentation with a recording explaining the project. The project was aimed at inculcating a society which is committed to promote technology and related student and professional advancement so that one day these programs become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities.

The PLC Ladder Logic Challenge was a 24 hour long competition. Two problem statements were given which the participants were expected to solve using PLC Ladder Logic and arrive at a solution. The competition was conducted from 10:00 AM on 7th November 2020 to 10:00 AM on 8th November 2020.

Solar System Design was a 24 hours long challenge, starting at 10 AM on 6th November 2020 and ending at 10 AM on 8th November 2020. The participants are provided with a situation in which they were to design a solar Photovoltaic system of minimalistic energy usage. Evaluation was based on the Clarity and coherence of the content, Effective use of facts, statistics and details and Clarity of the presentation. A total of 9 participants participated in the challenge.

The closing ceremony was conducted on 15th November 2020 by Sarada Ma’am, Chair IEEE Kerala Section, Dr Sameer S M, Mr Sabrinath Pillai, Mr Nandhan S and Mr Satish Babu . Each competition was planned and conducted keeping in mind the present innovations and advancements in the field of engineering. The students from various student branches enthusiastically participated in all the events and helped make the event a grand success.




3. TRAVANCORE HUB


3.1 TECHX

TECHX is an online Student Branch Cluster competition Organized by IEEE Travancore Hub. Student Branches are divided into groups of 4 or 5 each having 5 teams in total.



Battle 14: Virtuoso

IEEE SB JIET conducted an event of “VIRTUOSO” ,a Web Development competition on 17th August 2020 in association with the Travancore Hub. Around 15 submissions were made. Jishnu K and Nafeesath Shifa NK of GEC kannur were declared winners.


Battle 15: Technical Crosswords

In association with the Travancore Hub, IEEE SB MCC conducted an event of “Technical Crosswords” on 2nd September 2020 at 5 pm. As part of the event 40 participants participated. Out of the participants 4 of them were selected as winners. Mr. ABHYSHEK R & Mr. D SABRISH shared the first prize. Mr. AKHIL KRISHNAN U & Mrs. SANJANA S N held the second position.


TECHX was conducted in collaboration with 15 SBs ,across 3 months with 1000+ participants from 20 SBs.After an intense competition Cluster 2 was declared winners while Cluster 1 bagged the runner up position. The feedback received from the participants after the whole program was overwhelming.



3.2.VOCALIZE

Vocalize is an initiative by WIE, IEEE Travancore Hub to thoroughly engage the student members of our WIE AGs by providing their student members with an opportunity to lead a session based on their area of expertise to share and showcase their skills on the same to the fellow female student engineers out there.

WIE AGs of nine student branches from Travancore Hub actively participated in VOCALIZE and it has received quite a positive feedback from the fellow IEEE members. It was the first session for many, and IEEE Travancore Hub is indeed obliged to have set up such a platform for the female student engineers out there to share their skills.

The first session of VOCALIZE was conducted by IEEE Travancore Hub in collaboration with IEEE WIE AG CET on the 4th of october 2020. We had Ms. Ananya Ayasi of College of Engineering Trivandrum to enlighten the attendees on the Basics of Quantum Computing.

The second session of VOCALIZE was organized by IEEE Travancore Hub in association with IEEE WIE AG CEP wherein we had Ms. Bhagya Sony to deliver a talk on the Importance of Cybersecurity. This session commenced on the 10th of October, 2020.

The third session of VOCALIZE was conducted by IEEE Travancore Hub in collaboration with IEEE WIE AG SCT on 17th October 2020. We had Ms. Akshara Bruno of SCT College of Engineering, to deliver a talk on the Design of city bus using AI.

The fourth session of VOCALIZE was conducted by IEEE Travancore Hub in collaboration with IEEE WIE AG TKMIT on the topic Role of Embedded Systems in Automobiles. The talk was delivered by Ms. Madhumitha R Pillai of TKM Institute of Technology on the 24th of October 2020.

The fifth session of VOCALIZE was organised by the IEEE Travancore Hub in association with IEEE WIE AG LBSITW wherein we had Ms. Reshma B. of LBS Institute Technology for Women to deliver a talk on Network Slicing. The session was conducted on the 29th of October 2020. The sixth session of VOCALIZE was organised by the IEEE Travancore by collaborating with the IEEE WIE AG MBCET on 8th November 2020, wherein we had Ms. Avita Wilson of Mar Baselios College of Engineering Trivandrum to take a very interesting session on Web Development using HTML and CSS.

The seventh session of VOCALIZE was conducted by IEEE Travancore in association with the IEEE WIE AG UKFCET on the Security and Privacy in Social Networks. The talk was delivered by Devu Bhupesh of UKF College of Engineering on 15th November 2020.

The eighth session of VOCALIZE was conducted by IEEE Travancore in association with the IEEE WIE AG TKMCE on 25th November 2020. We had Ms. Nandini J Nair of TKM College of Engineering Trivandrum to handle this session on Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles.

The final session of VOCALIZE is yet to be conducted by IEEE Travancore Hub in association with IEEE WIE AG GEC Barton Hill on the 11th December, 2020. Following the same, shall be a session by a professional speaker.

This event VOCALIZE has definitely proved to be successful to a great extent as it serves as a building block of confidence by giving a platform for WIE Members to showcase their viewpoints on various technical topics.



3.3.ACE IT

ACE IT is a mentorship program aimed mainly at helping the student engineers especially the final year students of B.Tech draw clarity on their life outside the Campus. The diversity of career choices for engineers is huge but at the same time, the prowess expected of an engineer at every one of those domains has been intricately set. To familiarise the future generation with the prerequisite skills necessary to excel at placements as well as higher studies, we put forth such a program.

The first session of ACE IT was conducted on the 7th of November, 2020. We had Mr. Sahil Sameer, an IEEE Kerala Young Professional who recently joined IIM Indore for his MBA address the delegates with tips on Applying and Getting into the right B - school. This session received an overwhelmingly positive response and enlightened many on the opportunities offered by the different B - schools.



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We appreciate all the Student Branches under IEEE Kerala Section for their immense support and cooperation with us. As a result of your hard work, we have completed 2400+ events, from January-December. You have made these Lockdown days more productive by organizing webinars, virtual workshops, competitions etc. within your Student Branch. The amount of effort that you all have made for making your Student Branch strong and active is tremendous. You all are enthusiastic, energetic and have a positive attitude. Without your tremendous support we might not have been able to achieve such an amount of success. We thank each and everyone of you for the constant hardwork and dedication. #joyofvolunteering.