Techno-wizardry aside, an interpreter of dreams promises to be one of the big draws at Techfest this year. Techfest is the technology festival of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) and will be held between January 6 and 8 at the Powai campus this year. The festival is open to the public.
A Harvard Medical School professor, Deirdre Barrett, who has done research on dreams, hypnosis and evolutionary psychology will speak about dreams and problem solving at the fest. She will also conduct a workshop on using dreams to enhance creativity.
“Techfest isn’t just about technology, this will be a unique lecture and is likely to draw lots of people,” said Ronnie Philip, media manager for Techfest 2012.
Around 140 displays from different countries will be showcased at the festival, with organisers expecting around 90,000 people to visit over the course of the three days.
Around 100 of the displays are from the Japan Foundation, with an array of unique Japanese products. These include early transistor radios, models of television sets and one of the first single lens reflex (SLR) cameras.
Various departments from IIT-B will also be exhibiting research and development work done at the institute. The fest will for the first time this year be throwing open its doors to school students.
The lecture series will feature Nobel Prize winner V Ramakrishnan, who will be speaking on his latest research on how antibiotics target a cell’s ribosomes. Other speakers this year include Karlheinz Brandenburg, who is credited with having helped develop the mp3 player and SA Bharadwaj, director (technical) at Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited .