IIIT-H gears up for its techno-cultural fest ‘Felicity 2016’

The International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) is bustling with activities as it organises the 15th edition of Felicity, its annual techno-cultural fest. Thousands of students, including alumni of IIIT-H have come together to create an event that is the expression of their creativity and technical prowess. 

This year, the institute has lined up several events ranging from workshops, games, comedy nights, food fest, rock band performances, dance nights, etc. To encourage researchers, the institute has invited scholars on February 19 to present their cutting-edge research topics. For the first time, the institute has organised a tournament on ‘Counter Strike Global Offensive/1.6’ to play with the adrenaline rush of students. 

For poetry lovers, a session on ‘Spoken Word Poetry’ is arranged on February 19 evening wherein students will be given a chance to enthral the audiences with their creativity. Later, the day will end with laughter as Azeem Banatwalla, an eminent comedian will be present on campus to tickle the funny bones of students. “Felicity is nothing less than a grand festival. Taking a stroll out of your room, enjoying every fascinating moment, watching students smile, meeting all freshers’ on campus amidst all the satisfaction of being a part of the festival makes it even more enjoyable. Felicity ends in three days, but the hangover goes on,” shared Vikram J, an alumni of IIIT-H. 

Opportunities are also open for dancers on campus as the ‘Hip Hop International’ is visiting IIIT-H for ‘Stomp the Yard’ event. While the spot registrations and preliminary rounds will begin on February 19, the final round will be held the next day. The winners in the competition will get a chance to tap their feet in semi-finals in Mumbai and then in Los Angeles. The institute has also organised an adventure fest where activities such as hot air balloon ride, tarzan swing, ziplining/flying fox and rappelling are being made available from February 19-21. 

On February 20, the institute has organised a crime scene investigation wherein students will be given baffling clues, red herrings and mysterious suspects as they race against time. The institute has organised an action-packed night with two band performances by Sifar and Spunk. While Sifar will bring their fresh alt-rock beats with them, Spunk will take students on a hypnotic ride with groovy Bollywood numbers. 

Sponsored by 9XM, the institute has opened up prospects of learning new things for all the students. For those interested into writing short stories, the institute has organised a workshop by Terribly Tiny Tales on February 21. Later in the night, the institute has called in Progressive Brother and DJ Zaeden for all those who love trance music. 

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