Fundamental

The aim of the event is to present ridiculous theories which may or may not be scientifically correct by utilising laws, numeric data, pictures and analytical diagrams in order to validate an occurrence. With absolutely no restrictions on the theory that can be used, be prepared to expect wild trajectories of thoughts from why dosas are round to why yawning is contagious, from how shoelaces are an important part of our life to why cats sprint out of the room for no apparent reason. The event is structured in a way that would baffle the participants with unbelievably crazy ideas that demand a scientific explanation.

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Round 1: Abstract submission

  • Teams will need to submit an abstract of their theory in a minimum of 500 words. Graphs and diagrams along with the abstract will be appreciated.

  • Six teams will be shortlisted based on the judging criteria.

  • The shortlisted candidates must submit their final presentation a day before the event.

  • The deadline to submit the abstract is 28th February 2019 and is to be uploaded in .pdf format.

Round 2: Finals

  • Every team must exhibit its theory in the form of a presentation. The presentation can be in any format - PowerPoint, Prezi, video, audio, movie, drama – the stage is yours.

  • Each team will have 8 minutes on stage for their presentation. Time limit enforcement will be strict.

  • Audio and video facilities will be provided.

  • Teams will also have to defend their theory before the judges and audience when asked questions. This session will go on for about 1-3 minutes.

  • Evaluation will be done based on the judging criteria.

Rules:

  • Team of maximum 3 members.

  • No reproduction of previous theories.

  • No vulgarity, foul language.

  • Anything overly grotesque or horrifying is discouraged.

  • Major changes from the abstract will not be tolerated.

  • Judges’ decision will be final.

 

Judging criteria:

As an event inspired by BAH Fest, the same selection criteria are followed.

The initial selection of teams and our judges will be grading theories on four criteria:

  • Force of Science - how much “scientific” information was brought forward (graphs, real citations, “research” etc.)

  • Artistry - how unexpected and clever the idea and presentation are, and how well the presentation is delivered.

  • Parsimony - the simplest theory that explains the most data.

  • Strength of Defence - how well the theory is defended in front of the judges.

 

F.A.Q:

Q) Do I need three people in my team to participate?

A) A maximum of three participants, thus, less than that is permitted. If there exists a team with no participants, we shall consider it null and void.

 

Q) Is there a restriction on the randomness of my theory?

A) If you can phrase it, you can use it. There is no limit to your imagination.

 

Q) What will I need for the event?

A) A theory, and the necessary presentation you have made, to support the same. Necessary materials you intend on using while presenting. You need Yourself, plus the friends or foes that may speak with you. And definitely, you need an imagination with a dash of scientific mumbo jumbo.

 

Q) What should be the format of the presentation?

A) It can be anything - a presentation, a play, a stand-up piece, audio, video, etc. The necessary technical infrastructure will be provided. Please inform us beforehand of the format of presentation and your requirements for the same.Also, ensure that you present it within the allotted time and make it as interactive as possible.

 

Q) Can I use media files in my presentation?

A) Yes. You are free to do so. All forms are allowed, ensuring you stick to the stage time allotted. Please ensure that all media files are compatible and in working conditions well before presenting on stage.

 

Q) How long do I get to speak on stage?

A) 6 minutes is the maximum time allotted for each team to present their theory, followed by a Q&A session by the judges.

 

Q) Can I use humor in what I present?

A) Yes, please.

 

Q) Must my team members be from my college alone?

A) No such restriction exists. All you need are Pragyan IDs.

 

Q) Can UG and PG Collaborate?

A) Yes, they can. A team may consist of anyone pursuing their U.G., P.G., or even Ph.D.

 

Q) What does this event test?

A) The event tests the following:

•    Creativity of the participants-how unexpected or simple the idea is

•    Scientific Accuracy of the main theory and its support theories

•    Power of rationalization and substantiation

•    Presentation skills (to an extent)

 

Q) Can I submit more than one idea?

A) You can submit as many ideas as you like.

 

Q) When will I be informed if I am selected to the next round?

A) If you are selected for the next round you will receive a mail 10 days before Pragyan with details of your participation. May the odds be ever in your favour.

 

Contacts:

  1. Deepak Rawat: +91 89200 06985

  2. Himaja Krishna: +91 91820 85390

 

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