Three teams from the DCEI at Middlesex University Dubai participated in a 2-day Appathon organized by Emirates Islamic on 27th-28th Feb 2016. During these two days the teams battled it out with other IT and innovation enthusiasts to decide, refine, develop and present a business idea in the form of a mobile app from a list of themes provided by the bank, as part of its effort to encourage innovation and seek ideas that could be adopted and taken further.
The teams that comprised of the following students: Leanne DSouza, Allen Mathew, Hari Kava, Zarif Yahaya, Abdulkadir Kollere (Team 1: Team 404), Mustafa Campwala, Leonardo Faltoni (Team 2) and Abdulmojeed Adams Ohikere, Clifford D'costa, Camille Tindogan, Fuzeil Syed, Zainab Monguno (Team 3), worked hard to present ideas that impressed the judges. Even though the teams did not end up among the top two in the student category of the competition, the ideas presented by all the teams were appreciated, notably the idea presented by Team 404 impressed one of the senior member of the bank who at the end of the competition asked the team to refine their idea further and present it to him in a couple of weeks’ time.
All students were happy to have competed in the competition, “It was amazing competing and listening to some really great ideas, the competition was a wonderful learning experience”, remarked Allen Mathew, 1st year Engineering student.
Dr. Krishnadas Nanath, Senior Lecturer with DCEI was invited as a judge for the competition and remarked, “The competition was of a high level, and all teams gave impressive performances. Students from Middlesex were highly competitive in the presentation of their ideas”.
All student competitions are coordinated by Mr. Jaspreet Sethi, Lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics lead by Dr. Fehmida Hussain.