Al Diyafah High School Students Win Curtin University’s DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2020

Al Diyafah High School Students Win Curtin University’s DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2020

The finale of the first-ever online business tournament came to a thrilling finish as students across UAE competed for the BCC trophy

Dubai, Dec 8th 2020: The Business Cup Challenge 2020 hosted byCurtin University, in partnership with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), came to a competitive finish as ‘Team Blitzkrieg’ from Al Diyafah School were crowned the champions from 1,100 participating students from across the UAE. ‘Team Beta Squad’ from Raffles International and ‘Team FFF’ from Dubai College came in to a close finish winning first and second runner-up titles respectively. 

With a focus on Big Data for this year’s challenge, the virtual event which was held due online due to Covid restrictions this year, showcased business solutions by various teams of students who presented their ideas to a professional panel during the online event.  

The judging panel was led by Dr. Hesham Esmail, Head of the 4IR Research Group at DEWA R&D, Mr. Dan Adkins, CEO, Transnational Academic Group Middle East, Dr. Khayati Shetty, and Head of the Curtin Business School, Professor John Evans, currently PVC and President at Curtin University’s Dubai campus and Ms. Sannah Rajpurohit, a management consultant in the Middle East with a background in software engineering who has previously worked with Google and Big Data Analytics.

The winning team that included Ayaan Mallick, Edward Noronha, Garv Gupta and Bilal Shiji was selected on the basis of feasibility and creativity of their idea, the relationship to DEWA and big data, the ability to save money, and the quality of their financial and PESTLE analysis. After three grueling weeks of intense competition from students across 62 schools in the UAE, the champions of Al Diyafah High School defeated the rest with their innovative ideas.        


About Curtin University:

Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university, with more than 58,000 students. Of these, over 15,000 are international students. The University’s main campus is in Bentley in Perth, Western Australia. Curtin has other campuses across Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, and now Dubai.  Curtin also has a presence at a number of other global locations. 

Curtin is celebrating ‘50 Years of Innovation’ in 2017 – the combined history of the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), which opened its doors to students in 1967 and Curtin University, which opened in 1987.

Today, Curtin is estimated to be ranked 180th and in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, and 9th in Australia in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2017 (ARWU).

The University has built a reputation around innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, being at the forefront of many high-profile research projects in astronomy, biosciences, economics, mining, and information technology. It is also recognised globally for its strong connections with some of the world’s largest companies, including Woodside, Chevron and Cisco, and for its commitment to preparing students for jobs of the future.

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