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

by Eddie Rayner

The Business Cup Challenge 2020 hosted by Curtin 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 into 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 based on the 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 gruelling 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.