Students from GEMS Wellington International School outshine 1200 others at the DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2019

Nerve wrecking finale came to a thrilling finish as students were put in real-life business scenarios

  
Students from GEMS Wellington International School outshine 1200 others at the DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2019

Dubai: After three grueling weeks of solving real world cases on Artificial Intelligence, 1200 high school students from across 60 schools in the UAE competed last Saturday for the DEWA Business Cup Challenge 2019 hosted by Curtin University Dubai. The winning team – Carv – comprised of four students from GEMS Wellington International School presented an exceptional solution in the Finals. They were also the recipients of DEWA’s Best Solution Award, given for the best case study on developing a narrow AI solution for DEWA.

“We at GEMS Wellington International School are extremely proud of Team Carv for winning the first place in the DEWA Business Cup Challenge. The teams dedication from the very first case study, innovative ideas and committed efforts led them to not only win the coveted competition, but also set an example for their peers,” said Ms. Shamaila Shah, the mentoring teacher and Curriculum Leader for Business & Economics at GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai.

Along with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the competition was also supported by Hunter Foods, Gulf News, BPG Max and Transnational Academic Group.

Team Augustine’s Angels from Sunmarke School, Dubai came in to a close second, winning the first runners-up title. Teams Singularity and Zenith, both from Al Diyafah High School, Dubai tied for the second runners-up position.

Prizes for the winning teams included trophies, National Bonds, internships with DEWA and Hunter Foods, and scholarships from Curtin University Dubai, as part of their CSR initiative providing a platform for future business leaders.

Additionally, Gulf News also sponsored an award for the Most Creative Team on the Gulf News case study. Mr. Chiranjib Sengupta, Senior Editor at Gulf News presented the award to Team Augustine’s Angels from Sunmarke School, Dubai.

The judging panel for the competition was comprised of Mr. Daniel Adkins, CEO of Curtin University Dubai’s Education Management Services provider, Dr. Khyati Shetty, Head of Curtin University Dubai’s Business and Humanities School, and Mr. Salih Ismail, Program Coordinator and Lecturer for the School of Information Technology at Curtin University Dubai.

“With every passing year the level of competition keeps increasing and it is exciting watching the talent of the students presenting their case studies and to see the level of research and analysis that they invested. The solutions they provided were well thought through with some superb solutions that could actually be implemented.” said Mr. Daniel Adkins.

The DEWA Business Cup Challenge hosted by Curtin University Dubai is an interschool competition that introduces high school students to the business world at a young age by challenging them to review real-world business cases to come up with innovative solutions.  The competition is held every year and the topic for the Business Cup Challenge 2020 is Big Data and its use in business.

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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 Perth, Western Australia. Curtin has other campuses across Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, and Dubai.  Curtin also has a presence at a number of other global locations through partnerships. 

Today, Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide, and 9th in Australia in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 (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 the jobs of the future.

For further information visit https://curtindubai.ac.ae/ 

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