iCube 2015 – A National Level Competition at Isra University

iCube 2015 was held on September 07, 2015 at Isra University, Hyderabad Campus where more than 1400 odd students from all across the nation participated and made it a story of success. Keeping the above thinking in mind i.e. Idea, Invention & Innovation, Isra University, and Hyderabad organized the Annual event of iCube 2015, which consisted of thirty Competitions, on the theme in which inventive idea is innovated.

iCube 2015 is a Competition which gives the opportunity to the young innovators to Invent an Innovative Idea as defined in its Tag Line i.e “IDEA, INNOVATION & INVENTION” and these three I’s collectively merge together to form “iCube 2015”.

The opening ceremony was held at the Asadullah Kazi Auditorium. The Chief Guest on the occasion was honorable SSP, Hyderabad, Mr. Irfan Baloch. He shared his views about the initiative and was inspired by the step taken by Isra University and IEEE Isra Student Branch. He also added that such kind of programs should be organized in order to ensure the development of educational standards and raise it higher by providing such platforms. The welcome Address was given by Haris Shaikh, Chair, IEEE Isra Student Branch, who welcomed the participants at the mega event. This was followed by address by Prof. Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engineering & Management Sciences and Chief Patron, iCube 2015 in which he wished all the participants best of luck. A flash back video of iCube was played after Dr. Kazi address, which showed the memories from the preceding iCube’s 2013 & 2014. Later the details of the iCube 2015 Competitions were shared by Engr. Saad Khan Baloch, Coordinator, iCube 2015 & Counselor, IEEE Isra Student Branch Isra University, Hyderabad in which he discussed the competitions detail at length. Later he was decorated with traditional Sindhi Topi and Ajrak by the Vice Chancellor, Isra University, Hyderabad, Prof. Dr. Ghulamqadir Kazi. The Chief Guest was then given iCube 2015 shield by Prof. Dr. A. G. Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Isra University, the University shield was given away By Prof. Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engineering & Management Science and last but not the least University Souvenir was given by Prof. Dr. Waliullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Administration, Isra University, Hyderabad. Later on the inauguration of iCube 2015 was done by the worthy Chief Guest by cutting the Ribbon. Afterwards the Opening Ceremony was concluded and the participants proceeded towards the competition venues.

iCube 2015 comprised of thirty versatile competitions for students ranging from school, College and University level. Participating students in iCube 2015 were represented by nearly eighty institutes which included Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Baluchistan University of Engineering and Technology Khuzdar, APSACS Badin Cantt, Govt. College University, Faislabad, Institute of Business Administration Sukkur, FAST University, Karachi, Hamdard University Karachi, IoBM Karachi, MUET SZABIST campus Khairpur Mir’s, Bahria University Karachi, PAF KIET Karachi, SZABIST Karachi & Hyderabad, DHA Suffa Karachi, Iqra University Karachi, Cadet College Petaro, Karachi School of Art Karachi, Preston University Hyderabad, ICAM Karchi, Khan Academy of Computer Science & English Language Sanghar, QUEST Nawabshah, Sir Syed University Karachi, Virtual University Karachi, Tabanis Accountancy Karachi, Mehran University of Engineering Technology Jamshoro, University of Sindh Jamshoro, CEAD, Jamshoro, IBA Karachi, IMSA Hyderabad, Liaquat University, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, National University Of Modern Languages (NUML) Hyderabad, Hyderabad Institute of Science & Technology, BITE, APTECH, AWEX Web Solutions and different Colleges and Schools like Phoenix, Superior College Of Science , The Educators Tando Allyhar Campus, Foundation Public School Hyderabad, Rockford Cambridge School Hyderabad, etc from different parts of the Country participated.

The Thirty competitions were designed for every field of study to provide a platform for every innovative student in different fields of study. The competitions where the students participated included Hardware Exhibition, Software Exhibition, Programming King, Circuit Designing, Logo Designing, Web Development, Arts Competition, Photography, Gaming Mania, Short Film, Speed Wiring, Poster Presentation, Robo Race, Scenario Writing, Business Idea, Techno Idea, Spelling Bee, Minute to Win it, Quiz Competition, Textile Designing, Sculpture Creation, Ad-War etc.

On the other hand Cube Market was set up where various sponsors & students showcased their stalls. The market corner also had food stalls and other educational stalls for the participants. The competitions ended in the evening, which also included lunch and refreshments in between 02:00 PM to 02:30 PM.

Later as the event progressed towards its conclusion, a closing ceremony was organized and held at Isra Sports Complex where a large gathering was facilitated. The Closing Ceremony was attended by more than 2000 people and once again proved to be a new record participation of more than 1400 students. The closing ceremony was also an appreciation ceremony where all the volunteers, organizers, head of the committees, judges and faculty members and office bearers were awarded with appreciation certificates whereas the winners and the runners up also got the awards bestowed upon them with regard to their performances.

The dignitaries appreciated all the winners and runners up and also congratulated IEEE Isra Student Branch for organizing an iconic event once again at the national level. Later Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Hameedullah Kazi who also is the head of the executive council IEEE Isra Student Branch and Chief Patron iCube congratulated all the winners and runners up, he also briefed how these initiatives help students to become better innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. He also added the importance of working as a unit in such mega events help to develop team management skills. Engr. Saad Khan Baloch, Coordinator, iCube 2015 & Counselor, IEEE Isra Student Branch Pakistan also spoke on the occasion. Safdar Abbas, Vice President, IEEE Isra Student Branch and Jahanzaaib Rajput, General Secretary, IEEE Isra Student Branch, very befittingly summed up iCube 2015 in special words. At the end Vote of thanks was given by the President IEEE Isra Student branch, Haris Shaikh where he thanked participants for participating in iCube and showed his gratitude towards each and every volunteer member for making this event possible. A flash back video of iCube 2015 was also played on the screen.

iCube 2015 had welcomed the most cutting edge undergraduate young minds from across the nation to compete against each other in one or more of the Thirty competitions. Each competition in iCube 2015 challenged its participants to expand their frame of reference and to identify solutions to problems and show their affinity for solving them.

iCube 2015 event was organized by Prof. Dr. Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engineering & Management Sciences, Chief Patron, iCube 2015, Engr. Saad Khan Baloch, Coordinator, iCube 2015 & Counselor, IEEE Isra Student Branch Pakistan and the whole team of IEEE Isra Student Branch Pakistan.