With the primary focus on the collaboration of Art, science and Technology Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) have brought Yantra 5.0. To make things clear, let’s focus on Yantra first. Yantra was an event initiated to create national wise robotics competition. RAN organizes these events and it commenced since 2012. Since the beginning, RAN has been responsible for sending the winners of Yantra in International Robotics Competition. With the passage of time, Yantra has been expanding its horizon as Art Tech Science festival than being just a National Robotics Competition. This year’s Yantra event is named Yantra 5.0 with a theme of “Agro-innovation”. As the theme implies, new and worthy Agro-tech inventions and inventors are going to make their appearances in the event. Not only to the tech enthusiasts, Yantra 5.0 has kept an area of interests for artists, doctors, commuter-programmers, bankers, engineers and even for the kids.
This year’s Yantra event is named Yantra 5.0 with a theme of “Agro-innovation”. As the theme implies, new and worthy Agro-tech inventions and inventors are going to make their appearances in the event. Not only to the tech enthusiasts, Yantra 5.0 has kept an area of interests for artists, doctors, commuter-programmers, bankers, engineers and even for the kids.
With the theme of “Agro-invention”, the primary area of interest of Yantra 5.0 can be predicted. Yantra 5.0 has given its special attention to the introduction of technical and innovative solutions to the problems in Nepalese agriculture. This year’s Yantra will be starting from 30th of November (15th Mangsir) and will run for a week in the different parts of Kathmandu valley. Under the name of Yantra 5.0 Art, tech Science Festival 2016, following major programs will be conducted.
International Robotics Competition
The initiation of Yantra was to extend the field of Nepali Robotics towards an international arena. Being persistent with its initial objective, Yantra 5.0 will also bridge Nepali Robot-developers to an international platform. International Robotics Competition will be held at Army Physical training and Fitness Centre, Lagankhel, Rajdal. This competition will have three categories.
This will be the main event of Yantra 5.0, International Robotics Competition. In this event, the developer will be expected to build a Quadcopter, which can spray pesticides in the agricultural fields. The work done by Krishak copter should be farmer friendly.
This event is only for the Robot-developers with an age less than 20. In this event, the participant will have to build a white-line-tracking robot. This is a race between robots. However, the manual control of the robot with a mobile app is a prerequisite. Developers should be extra careful while designing robots as the organizers have pre-mentioned about the tough way to the destination.
This section also consists of two categories, manual Yantra Akhada and automatic Yantra Akhada. However, in both categories of Yantra Akhada, task to do is same. In Yantra Akhada event, one robot has to push another robot out of the arena manually and without human intervention in the respective manual and automatic category.
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Registration for the event should be done prior to the event i.e. before 30th November. Late registration fees for the participation, are mentioned below.
Krishak Copter: NRs. 15,000
Yantra Racer: NRs. 10,000
Yantra Manual Akhada: NRs. 10,000
Yantra Automatic Akhada: NRs. 10,000
Art and Tech exhibition
This program will focus on the collaboration of artists and engineers to bring a creative outcome, which could disable the distraughtness of the farmers. Art and Tech Exhibition will be held at Bikalpa Art, Sanepa.
Under this program, a research paper will be selected which will be published in an international journal. The research paper should be based on the agro-tech (technology in the agricultural sector). This program is brought by Yantra to encourage national researchers and to bridge their idea to the investors, entrepreneurs and international delegates.
This is a software competition. In this program, programmers will have to build smart software for a machine (Yantra) that can predict and alert the farmers about the upcoming natural disasters. The Yantra should be decisive, by processing present environment condition and detecting patterns from the past data. Yantra learning will take place in LDTA, Jwalakhel.
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This program aims to create an innovative platform for the professionals of technical and non-technical fields. The professional educators and makers are will be piloting this program. This program aims to encourage artists, doctors, and bankers to use technology in order to ease the day-to-day activities. This program will be held in Pulchowk (RAN’s office).
This festival is going be a thread to bind technical and non-technical fellow workers by inviting them under the same roof. With the mutual collaboration, innovative solutions in the agricultural sector are ought to come. However, the ideas introduced should be applicable to solving real world problems and should be feasible in the Nepali land. The winners of the program will be awarded a grand cash prize and some of the deserving projects will be selected for Yantra Incubation Program. Yantra Incubation will be for 12 months, where the selected project members get to learn about the Agro-problems, problem-solving techniques and developing prototypes. Moreover, with Yantra kids, this festival is planning to inspire kids and raise their enthusiasm in technology.
This festival not only focuses on the technological innovations but also inspires on thinking on practical approach challenging on our theory based education system. Nepal being an agricultural country, this festival emphasis on revolutionizing agriculture sector with the introduction of technical ideas from home. In order to show the development of Nepali Robotics and inspire ideas, RAN is organizing this event providing a free entry. However, you need a ticket for an entrance. The pass ticket is available here. To know more about the Yantra 5.0 click here.