The long awaited for event organized by the ”IEEE- AUB” subcommittee members took place last Wednesday, October 26 in the engineering lecture hall inside Bechtel building. The two hour event was reported to require weeks of preparation and planning, and most of the audience and participants said that they were really impressed by the effort the subcommittee had put in. This was the first trivia night of the year, and the IEEE had promised earlier some very interesting surprises and giveaways.
The event started at around 6pm with some Halloween background music, as the 14 competing teams started taking their designated places. They were then welcomed by a low pitch voice claiming to be “Jig Saw” and challenging them to play the game. Round one started off with the teams solving on their answer sheet the 40 questions that were appearing sequentially on the projector. Then as the organizers corrected these questions, a costume contest was held where the participants showed off their outfits to the sounds of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music. Vouchers were then given out to the best costumes as the game moved on to the second round.
Ten teams had then advanced to a more interactive round as the members had to raise their answers on a piece of paper on a first come first serve basis. Event Co-organizer Ghadi Sayegh started off the round with playing some familiar songs on the piano, the names of which had to be figured out by the teams. The 4 teams that were able to gather the most points in this stage would then move on to the next round. In between, there was a karaoke contest to lighten the mood and start with the final two rounds.
The third round, gave contestants the freedom to choose their preferred category and have three minutes to solve as many questions as possible. The two teams to reach the final round would have two separate timers that would make the game all the more fair and exciting. The starting team’s counter starts, and goes on until they are able to answer a correct question. Then the other team starts this process, exchanging turns till one of the timers eventually runs out. Only then would the other team get announced as a winner and win the 100 $ prize.
When the event was over, Sayegh said that: “Everybody seemed so excited while playing; I really believe that as a first event of the year it shows promising activities to come. We hope that next time we will be supported more by the entire AUB community – by both teachers and students”. Vice president Chantal Chalouhi then concluded with” This event was the beginning of several more to come, especially since this one is definitely considered to be a huge success”. According to an earlier message displayed online by the IEEE-AUB branch that advertised the slogan: “Be part of your society, be part of the IEEE Xperience,” it seems that the society is obviously building up a better reputation than ever.