Monday, January 14, 2008

KHOJ - SP Jain

Conducted a Business Quiz for students at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research on 12th Jan, 2008.
Final standings:
1. Govind Grewal & Shambhu Shankar (NMIMS)
2. IIT-SOM (Unfortunately, I dont recollect their names)
3. Vijay Pillai (SPJIMR) & Rohit Nair (UVCE, Bangalore)
4. NITIE (Cant remember the names)

A few questions from the elims:

1. Telecomunicações Móveis Nacionais is Portugal's largest mobile communications company. In September 1995, they launched MIMO, the world’s first ____________. What?

2. It was invented in 1912 by Daniel J. O'Conor and Herbert A. Faber, then working at Westinghouse. They originally conceived it as an electrical insulator as a substitute for _________ and hence, the name. What?

3. Which modern-day company owes its origins to a textile manufacturing unit called Valley Falls Company, founded in 1839 by Oliver Chace?

4. In the late 1920s, a French professor named Henri Chretien developed a new film process. 20th Century Fox won the rights over the technology and launched it with the slogan 'Movies are better than ever'. What?

5. Adam Mathes found that a search for 'internet rockstar' returned the website of a Ben Brown as the first result, even though 'internet rockstar' did not appear anywhere on Brown's webpage. What term did he coin to explain this?

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Sharpshooters - 2008

Conducted a Business Quiz at SIES (Nerul) on the 6th of Jan, 2008.
Here are the final standings:
1. Amit Pandeya (Questa Software) & Rohan Khanna (Accenture)
2. Tie between
AP Alagarsamy (ICICI Bank) & Ameya Sawant (IMRB)
M Suresh Kumar (TCS) & Sandeep (TCS)

Other finalists:
Govind Grewal (NMIMS) & Bran D'Souza (NMIMS)
Vishwajeet Narvekar (SUN Microsystems) & Arvind Ramaiah (GE Money)
Prasann Potdar (ICICI Bank) & Mukund Krishnan (Indian Hotels)
Ajay Ravindran (Law & Kenneth) & Francis Rodrigues (Asian Paints)
Vijay Pillai (SP Jain) & Rohit Nair (UVCE, Bangalore)

A few dry questions from the elims:

1. It has been twice recognized by Guinness World Records for massive blood donation camps. It runs a 175 bed hospital in Rajasthan, along with a hostel for girls, a boys school and a degree college in Haryana. It also claims to be involved in several entrepreneurial activities viz., petrol pump, biscuit factory, ice factory, restaurant and a supermarket. Identify this organization, founded in 1948 by Khema Mal.

2. Members of the band ‘Radiohead’ were so impressed by this book that they planned to name the album ‘Kid A’ after it. While touring, the band played unsponsored concerts and would ask the audience to buy this book. Which?

3. Who suggested the following alternative to the penalty shootout to the FIFA:
Count the number of times each goalkeeper touches the ball throughout the game. The team whose goalkeeper has touched the ball more often is the loser. The winner will then be the team that has had more attempts at scoring goals and is more aggressive (and therefore exciting) in their style of play.

4. According to X, this is how a real conversation went:
X: Listen, Josef. I think I have an idea for a play.
Josef: What kind?
(X told him as briefly as he could.)
Josef: Then write it.
X: But, I don’t know what to call these ___________. I could call them Labori, but that strikes me as a bit bookish.
Josef: Then call them ________.
Who is X and what word was coined?

5. It was introduced in 1968, mainly to rival the then popular brand named Matchbox by the British Company Lesney. Designed by Harry Bentley Bradley, the first one was a dark blue Custom Camaro. What?

6. The 35SQ Astron was unveiled in Tokyo on December 25, 1969. With a limited production of just 100 pieces, they sold at a price of 450000 yen ($1250), roughly the same price as a Toyota Corolla. Which company and what?

7. This advertising character/campaign was based on the ‘Social Learning Theory’ of Albert Bandura. It was created by the ad agency Lowe for an awareness program titled ‘Operation Lighthouse’ on behalf of its client, Population Services International. Which?