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Thoughtworks Away Day Quiz
“QUEST” Charan THE INNOVATION Nag Gayathri QUIZ 30th OctoberCelebrating Jugaad, Frugal, Ideas, Innovation
PART 1: PRELIMS 12 Questions 30 seconds to respond per question
PRELIMS Q1 In 1941, the British sent this game for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis. Hidden inside this games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by secret service -created fake charity groups. Identify this still popular game.
PRELIMS Q2 She has appeared as a girl next door, fashion model, doctor, astronaut, businesswoman, police officer, UNICEF volunteer, Women’s World cup football player, US presidential candidate and an Olympics athlete among other avatars. Identify her .
PRELIMS Q3 Identify this blockbuster movie from 1970s which featured a first of its kind action sequence involving Indian Railways that took 7 weeks to shoot and cost more than 3 crores then to shoot. Hint: It took Railway engineers a lot of time to figure out the speed at which the train should run to be able to "break" a temporary barrier and not cause any damage to the engine.
PRELIMS Q4 This popular innovation is seen most commonly in developing countries, particularly in South Asia, the Philippines and large parts of Africa. According to a study conducted by the Cellular Operators Assocation of India, industry estimates of loss of revenue due to this social phenomenon is nearly 30%. Which phenomenon is this?
PRELIMS Q5 Cohen and Greenfield are lifelong friends who decide to get into business together. They have humble beginnings, packaging their products in an old spool and bobbin mill. Cohen has asomnia (the inability to distinguish odours) and relies entirely on his taste senses to check product quality. Today, their products are sold in over 30 countries. What are their first names?
PRELIMS Q6 This popular Indian snack probably originated in Persia, with the idea of a uniquely shaped deep -fried dough jacket from the Mughals. But while the Iranian variety is even today stuffed with ground meat, it took a particular form of culinary genius to substitute it with a South American tuber called the potato and make it into the quintessential Indian snack. Identify this snack.
PRELIMS Q7 What money transfer company founded as recently 2007 already does more business in Kenya than Western Union (founded date: 1865) does worldwide?
PRELIMS Q8 While making bread dough one day, Will accidentally left his main ingredient – boiled wheat – sitting out for several hours. When he came back to roll the dough, the wheat had become flaky. Curious to see what would happen, he baked it anyway, creating a crunchy and flaky snack that went on to redefine the way the world eats breakfast today. What did Will invent?
PRELIMS Q9 In the dawn of the 20th century, a housewife from Alabama, United States of America, visited New York for the very first time. Cars were still very rare on the streets, but Mary observed that tram drivers would stop their trams every few minutes to remove snow and water from their windshields. This got Mary thinking, and her frugal innovation (which consisted of little more than a spindle) is now seen on every automobile in the street. Which invention is this?
PRELIMS Q10 In General, the development of a lot of technologies can be linked back to one (or more) of porn, Fast Food or Military. One of the epic battles for video format was fought between two groups : X, backed by Sony and Y backed by Matsushita. Eventually, Xs decision to not allow porn led to near complete market domination by Y. Identify X and Y.
PRELIMS Q11 The antithesis of jugaad innovation, this start -up received a funding of $5.2b. Its product was launched in 1999 with the tagline "Geography is history." Ironically, *it* became history just a few months later. Which company?
PRELIMS Q12 What contribution has Minnesota chemical engineer Art Fry made to TWs unique style of working and our office decor?
ROUND 1 : INNOVATION IN FOOD 20 Seconds per question to respond
ROUND 1: Q1 The origin of this dish is traced to textile mill workers in Mumbai in the 1850s. The mill workers used to have lunch breaks too short for a full meal, and a light lunch was preferred to a heavy one, as the employees had to return to strenuous physical labor after lunch. Such is the popularity of this dish, that it is common to find it on the menu of most Indian restaurants serving fast food globally.
ROUND 1: Q2 Beer makers in Africa were finding it difficult to penetrate the local beer market out of South Africa, till they came across this frugal innovation. Thanks to this innovation, the brewing process is less expensive than before, the supply chains are more robust and expanding the local market for beer. Identify this innovation.
ROUND 1: Q3 This Prawn dish was invented by Punjabi refugees who came to Mumbai with their characteristic ajwain spiked red masala. Since chicken was not cheap – these were the days before broiler factories – they applied it to the plentiful local seafood and fried it dry, and suddenly drinkers discovered it was the perfect accompaniment to beer, named after a transit area the refugees were first settled in. Identify this popular dish
ROUND 1: Q4 There are many stories about how exactly this popular street food got started. Some center around harried office commuters who wanted something quick and portable, some mention British Babus who were too fastidious to touch the kebab. This style of serving the Kebab was developed by the Nizam Restaurant in Kolkata in 1930s
ROUND 1: Q5 One of the more delicate kebabs from South Asia, made of minced goat / buffalo meat. Legend has it that this kebab was created for an aging Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow who lost his teeth, but not his passion for meat dishes. Name this Kebab.
ROUND 1: Q6 This popular food item was invented by a Turkish immigrant in Berlin. The subsequent popularization of shops serving this snack to club goers till late nights in the UK led to many traditional fish and chip shops going bust.
END OF ROUND AUDIENCE QUESTION Legend has it that a British colonel shot dead one of the most popular cooks in his regiment, William Harold, because he had failed to decipher the right recipe for this popular but complicated Indian snack. The regiment mutinied against the colonel, angered at the loss of their favorite chef, leading to a crisis which took several weeks to settle. Identify this indian snack.
ROUND 2: CONNECTS Connect the images shown below
END OF ROUND AUDIENCE QUESTION Anupam Kher was cast as a disco killer in the film, a gangster who eliminated his victims while he danced. All his scenes were shot, but discarded from the final cut at the editing stage. Identify the movie.
ROUND 3: Q1 What Insurance company does Mr. Bob Biswas work for?
ROUND 3: Q2 This sport was invented by a salesman in the late 19th century to promote a brand of cars. Identify the brand
ROUND 3: Q3 This internet portal is said to have single -handedly contributed to a fall in revenue of 20% in revenues of certain music distributors in the US in 1999. It spawned a new generation of interned -based economy, destroying some traditional businesses and creating several new online stores. Banned in 2001 through a legal injunction, identify this company.
ROUND 3: Q4 X is a term used for a politically unstable country that economically depends upon the exports of a limited resource and usually features a society composed of an impoverished, often exploited people and non-democratic government. Hint: Used by Pranab Mukherjee recently in reference to Vodafone case: “India is not a X”
ROUND 3: Q5 He moved to Surat in the late 80s to set up a textile unit. The biggest roadblock he faced was power, which was expensive and unpredictable. To fix that, I conjured up a solution out of thin air. Now my company has gone much beyond textiles and is the fifth largest in its industry. Who am I and whats my company?
ROUND 3: Q6 The antithesis of jugaad innovation, this start -up received a funding of $5.2b. Its product was launched in 1999 with the tagline "Geography is history." Ironically, *it* became history just a few months later. Which company?
END OF ROUND AUDIENCE QUESTION What innovation did English football referee Ken Aston come up with while stuck in heavy traffic in London in the late 1960s?
ROUND 4: Q1 Einstein is normally associated with theoretical physics. However, he has a joint patent for a home appliance with Leo Szilard. Which appliance is this?
ROUND 4: Q2 Every year, Twitter organizes an offline festival for its users in over 150 cities in the world. They have been held in local pubs, bowling alleys and even in a trapeze studio and a giant yacht. This festival happens to be the largest global grassroots social media fundraising initiative to date. What is this festival called?
ROUND 4: Q4 Starting in 1961 in New Delhi, TJ’s has become a brand that is recognized on a much wider scale now. Having diversified their products into carpentry, bakery, handloom and textiles, handmade paper products, herbal products and paintings, the TJ’s brand is now a force to reckon with. What does TJ stand for, and who are the people involved in the factory?
ROUND 4: Q5 What innovation did English football referee Ken Aston come up with while stuck in heavy traffic in London in the late 1960s?
ROUND 4: Q6 Charles Leiper Grigg created a soft drink that initially contained lithium citrate, a mood -stabilizing drug. He came up with the name for the drink after rejecting the first six names that were offered. Which drink is this?
Q5 Who or what were referred to as “the fishing fleet” and “returned emptees” during the British rule over India?
Q6 This popular beer variety was brewed specially to last the long journey from Britain to India. It is now popular as a stronger tasting beer, with multiple brands of fering the option. Identify this beer variety.
Q7 Identify this logo + Bonus points for funda what is this logo inspired from!
Q9 Identify this movie: Bonus points for the director
Q10 This quote is from a popular poem, which spawned an entire generation of movies, including the still popular Indiana Jones series. Name the poet. “"Tho Ive belted you and flayed you, By the livin Gawd that made you, Youre a better man than I am, Gunga Din!””
Q11 Which was the lattest Indian movie to be declared a hit in China? Bonus Trivia:One of the most popular movies in China is V. Santaram’s “Dr.Kotnis ki Amar Kahani”. Who was Dr. Kotnis?
Q12 Legend has it that a British colonel shot dead one of the most popular cooks in his regiment, William Harold, because he had failed to decipher the right recipe for this popular but complicated Indian snack. The regiment mutinied against the colonel, angered at the loss of their favorite chef, leading to a crisis which took several weeks to settle. Identify this indian snack.