BioQuiz 2011 – Review & Questions

Review by the BioQuiz 2011 Quizmaster : Rohit Nair

As we, at QuizWorks, started working with the Govt of Karnataka for the 2nd edition of the BioQuiz – the brief was simple : The previous edition had limited number of teams participating, this edition must touch the maximum number of students possible in Karnataka and ignite the latent sparks of BioScience in the minds of various UG students in Karnataka.

After immense marketing and on ground activities for over 10 days, the BioQuiz regional levels kicked off on 26th April 2011 with the Bangalore Edition in PESIT.

I must say , we were taken aback by the enthusiasm of the participants (168 teams participated in Bangalore) and even more by the speed and accuracy of answers delivered by the students of B.E (Biotech) , B.Pharma and B.Sc …

By the end of two weeks and the 6 regional rounds at Bangalore, Mysore, Bagalkote, Belgaum, Shimoga and Mangalore – we had more than 450 registered teams and had touched over 2000 students through our  shows in the six districts.

As we landed for our State Finals on May 6 at BIEC, Bangalore – we believed we had the 12 smartest brains in the Science region and did they prove us right!!

A 1000 strong audience and a great setting , 5 rounds of quizzing and 6 great teams battled it out!!

You can download the BioQuiz 2011 State Finals here : http://www.slideshare.net/quizworks/bioquiz-2011-karnataka-state-finals

After 80 minutes of quizzing and some great answers, we had College of Agriculture Dharwad tied for first spot with St Aloysius Mangalore.  But the history of Smallpox saved the day for St. Aloysius as they won the tie breaker on the buzzer and won a cash prize of Rs 75000/- and won the coveted BioQuiz Championship !

Some learnings, my team and I had – never underestimate the prowess of the hinterland and this was reiterated by the fact that the teams from Mangalore & Dharwad beat the Bangalore and Mysore champions.. The biggest positive from the event is the fact that however niche your audience is, there is always a great enthusiasm for intellectual contests and quizzes. The Indian audience is still not completely a Roadies Generation!!

Find below three rounds of the BioQuiz State finals (downloadable) and till the next time we meet..

Signing off- Rohit..

You can download the BioQuiz 2011 State Finals here : http://www.slideshare.net/quizworks/bioquiz-2011-karnataka-state-finals

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