Riyaz Iqbal and Vimina B T of Cummins India won the ThinkQuest Corporate
Quiz while the first runner up spot too was claimed by a Cummins India
team comprising Vageesh K V and Ramprakash.
The two teams were
tied for the first position but Iqbal and Vimina proved superior in the
tie-breaker round. The team of Vinayak Kulkarni and Arpita Mirani of
Mahindra Satyam came third.
The winners took home goodies including iPads, hi-tech bicycles, vacation entitlements in Goa and other assortments.
jointly by Life Republic, an integrated township project launched by
Kolte Patil Developers and The Times of India, the event evoked a
rapturous response from Pune's corporate professionals. As many as 2,000
teams participated in the event through the initial rounds and six of
them qualified for the grand finale which had actor Mandira Bedi as the
The pre-final round, which comprised a written
section, a rapid fire round and a surprise question, had 24 teams out of
which the final six were chosen.
Mandira Bedi shot questions at
the finalists that tested their general knowledge, their awareness about
the city (Pune) they live in and their analytical thinking. They were
faced with bouncers such as "What was Pune city originally known as?" or
"Who was the founder of Eastman Kodak?" "Which drink was initially
known as 'Brad's drink?"
The six finalists were also rewarded for
their specific superiority as the Mahindra Satyam team of Kulkarni and
Mirani were chosen for the 'Creative thinking award,' Cummins team of
Vageesh and Ramprakash claimed 'Regional thinking award,' Abhisek Mishra
and Avinash CV of Tech Mahindra got the honour for 'Lateral thinking
award," and Amdocs team of Arjun V and Sai Pavan got the award for
'Logical thinking' with the winning team of iqbal and Vimina closing
with the 'Sharp thinking award.'
The audience too was
enthusiastic about the event as they cheered their teams and answered
the questions themselves with great prowess and accuracy. Their
enthusiasm was ably rewarded by the hosts who offered tickets to the IPL
match between Pune and Kolkata scheduled for Saturday.
Sane, project director of Life Republic, said he was overwhelmed by the
response and said the organisers would be keen on making it a platform
for interaction between the thinking communities of Pune.
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