Monday, July 30, 2012:
The TCS IT Wiz 2012 conducted and organized by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) received an overwhelming response from over 500 schools in Hyderabad. Over 1000 students from various city schools participated in the Hyderabad edition of TCS IT Wiz – India’s biggest inter school IT Quiz held on Friday, at Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, King Kothi Road, Basheer Bagh, Hyderabad.
After the preliminary round and some grueling and intense final rounds of quizzing in a nail biting finish Syed Murtuza Hashmi
& Aneesh Kallapur from Sri Chaitanya Jr College walked away with the coveted winner’s trophy, along with a Galaxy Note each closely followed by Rahul P & Rahul from Chirec Public School as Runners-up who received their trophy along with a Galaxy Tab. Chief Guest Mr. Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Minister of Information Technology & Communication, Andhra Pradesh gave away the prizes along with V. Rajanna, Vice President and Regional Head of TCS Hyderabad.
“It is heartening to see the levels of awareness among today’s generation and the passion with which they quiz and compete. It’s a proud moment for us every year at TCS when we host this quiz to see that the future is indeed bright and in safe hands. I hope that some of these outstanding youngsters go on to bring laurels for our city in the national finals,” said V Rajanna.
The 6 finalists who made it on stage also received gift hampers such as laptop backpacks, pen drives, coffee mugs, earphones, binoculars and t-shirts. The audience was also rewarded with haversack, coffee mugs, pendrives and t-shirts for their correct answers. The best cheering school also received a jar of goodies and a coffee table book for their teamwork, creativity and enthusiasm.
The Regional rounds of TCS IT Wiz 2012 will be held in 14 cities - Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Pune, Nagpur, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Delhi. The Regional rounds will be followed by a National Finals in December where the winning teams from the 14 cities along with the United Arab Emirates winner will compete for the TCS IT Wiz National Champion title. The winners will also get an opportunity to interact with the CEO of TCS Mr. N. Chandrasekaran over high tea.
The TCS IT Wiz was open to school students studying in class 8-12. There was no entry fee. Schools were allowed to send multiple teams of two members each to participate.
The Quiz Format:
The written prelims consisted of a common set of 20 questions for all the teams at the venue. Questions were in the form of oral, visual and audiovisual format.
The Regional finals this year was a unique game-based format, driven by special software. The rounds were:
• Angry Nerds
• Max Pain and
• Total Kombat
Subject: The Quiz mainly dealt with applications of Information Technology across various sectors such as world of Internet and unique web sites, IT buzzwords and acronyms, IT Personalia - international, national and local, advertisements of IT and communication companies, software products and brands, history of IT as well as the humorous side of IT. The Quiz will also cover areas where IT has made an impact - education, entertainment, books, multimedia, music, movies, internet, banking, advertising, sports, gaming, social networking, blogging, cell phones, etc. There was also an exclusive round on TCS.
TCS GenY survey: The TCS GenY survey conducted to study digital habits of school students during the TCS IT Wiz 2011, Hyderabad edition reveals that tablets had overtaken laptops as everyone’s favorite gadgets.
Some of the trends amongst Hyderabad school students are:
• Facebook usage has skyrocketed from 19% to 79.48% in the last three years
• Tablets overtaking Laptops as favorite gadgets
• Hyderabad turns out to be the least gadget savvy metro in the country
• Email has lost steam with only 13.53% respondents using it as a mode of communication. This is also validated by only 8.18% respondents that claim to be using Email as one of the reasons to access the Internet.
• Internet access using mobiles has gone up from 17% to 31%
• Research for school work is still the primary reason for Internet access among students in the city (79.2%)
• The survey also revealed that 79.12% use internet as a source of information for research to prepare for quizzes against the national average of 78.82%. Nearly 42 % of them use newspapers.