A team from the University of Mascareignes wins the DigiCup

The DigiCup, an inter-university challenge for digital solutions, is organized by FINAM (Federation of Innovative & Numeric Activities In Mauritius), which brings together the ICT associations of Mauritius such as OTAM, MITIA and CCI France Maurice, with the support of companies in the digital industry. This second edition was won by the Area 22 team of the University of the Mascarenes.

The 2e edition of the DigiCup: continued enthusiasm from student teams!

these 2e edition of the DigiCup, an interuniversity challenge for digital solutions, took place weekly from Saturday March 26 to Saturday April 23, 2022 in the SD Worx premises in Ebène.

This challenge is for competing teams to present a solution that solves the digital problem of an association. This situation allows the teams to experiment with the ‘customer-supplier’ relationship.

The teams represent the following higher institutions: the University of Mauritius, the University of Technologies, Polytechnics Mauritius, MCCI Business School and Middlesex University.

Companies from the sector are joining this type of initiative, such as SD Worx, which hosts the event.

We are happy to support this quite unique competition organized by FINAM, where young people are forced to understand the needs of an NGO, help them and therefore design a digital solution useful for society and its progress. This is one of SD Worx’s core values† says Didier Béphage, Chief Technology Officer of SD Worx

Bringing students and professionals together during boot camps

In preparation, the teams took advantage of 3 weeks of bootcamps in various areas such as pitch techniques, “design thinking”, project management methods such as Scrum and Agile, experience or customer interface. Familiarity with the methods and tools used by companies fosters creativity and the creation of solutions that best meet stakeholder expectations.

“Innovation is integral to Accenture’s DNA in Mauritius and the Digicup is one of the vectors that shape our students’ minds for creativity, collaboration and innovation. That’s why Accenture continues to support this initiative and encourages students to let their imaginations run wild through technology.” says Riyad Ameerudden, Senior Manager of Accenture Technology.

These boot camps make it easier for students to understand the expectations of the world of work in the digital sector and bring academia closer to the world of work.

The teams of the Université des Mascareignes and the Université des Technologies winners of this 2nd edition of the DigiCup

After these weeks of preparation, the 17 teams presented their projects in person or via video conference on Saturday 23 April 2022.

The winning teams are:

  • 1er award is won by the Area 22 team of Mascarene University consisting of Diksha Raghoonundun, Zahrah Kaliapermal and Dwijesh Raghoonundun. This team collaborated with the Diabetes Safeguard – Diase association. She designed a mobile application to help people with diabetes take better care of their feet and get preventive advice.

We appreciated this first competition entry, despite our busy schedule of university courses. This is a good initiative to get us thinking about developing a digital solution to solve real-world problems. It’s a good experience and we liked the boot camps and the interaction between students from different universities and Digicup partners† says Diksha Raghoonundun, captain of the Areea 22 team.

  • The 2nd prize is won by the University of Technology’s UTM Prime team, consisting of Aditya Kumar Chandoo, Gavish Juggernauth, John Emmanuel Beesoo and AnaïsWong Leung Yuen. She collaborated with the Blind and Visually Impaired Association (BAVIA). She developed a web application with which people with disabilities can send their shopping or service list to a supermarket. This request is then transferred to volunteers who will do the shopping.

This is our first time participating in a competition. We didn’t expect second place. We are really happy!tell us the members of the UTM Prime team.

  • The 3rd prize is won by the MindTech team of the University of Technologies consisting of Ajmal Taroo, Devesh Seegoolam, Manavshree Chutooree and Yayah Bankur. She collaborated with the Zeness Expresse Toi (ZET) association. This team has developed a web application that allows people in need to raise funds to finance their projects and to advertise the events organized by the NGO ZET.
  • The judges’ favorite goes to the Triple’s A team from the University of the Mascarenes, consisting of Uzmah Saadyah Goomany, Dooshina Mootoocurpen and Henna Mehtab Rahman. She worked with the Century Welfare Association. Their project consists of using the Nao robot to attract the attention of children with disabilities, educate and motivate them to perform physical activities during their therapy.

The jury panel auditioned and questioned about the projects with great enthusiasm.

The projects were judged by a jury composed of high-level professionals who:

  • Heerish Cheeneebash, CSM, MBA Project Management, Accenture
  • Preetam Bismohun, Associate Manager Application Development, Accenture
  • Olivier MEYER Director, Aerow ECM World
  • Krisna Rama, SAP Consultant, Clarity
  • Sinan Alshaib, Senior Business Developer, Cyberskills
  • Hasnah Adarsh, Senior Software Engineer, Elca
  • Ashvin RAMANJOOLOO, Technical Manager and Software Architect, iQera
  • Taariq Hussain Budullah, CEO & Founder, Itelligence Business Solutions
  • Basile Marquefave, Manager, Le Wagon Mauritius
  • Kushul Soomaree, Senior Front End Developer, Prodigious
  • Doomesh Bhaugeerutty, Innovation Lab Team Leader, Rogers Capital
  • Nitish Sujeebun, Engineer Developer Bias, Payroll & Reward Germany, SD WORX

The winners were rewarded with high-tech gifts, training and ‘cash prizes’. In total, gifts worth more than two hundred thousand rupees were won by all winning teams.

The majority of the teams expressed a desire to continue their projects in order to realize them. This represents a positive assessment of this event which includes a dimension of civic action.

“This type of activity is fully in line with one of FINAM’s missions to be able to contribute to the training and guidance of people entering the digital sector.† supports Olivier Meyer, Administrator of FINAM and CCI France Maurice.

Debriefing and presentation of certificate

At the request of the participants, an online debriefing about the projects was organized on Saturday 28 May. The judges advised the teams on their strengths and the areas they could work on to improve their solutions. This exercise has been very beneficial to the teams, most of whom want to continue their projects.

Finally, as the competition was a hybrid (face-to-face and online), a certificate award ceremony was held in the Accenture Technology building on Saturday 11 June. This function was interrupted by the testimonials of the academic and professional backgrounds of the representatives of the DigiCup partners, exposing the different possibilities of career orientation in the digital sector. It was an opportunity for participants to network with students from different universities, as well as jury members and IT professionals.

Such an activity could not take place without the support of the partners. The organizers also thank all their partners and sponsors: SD Worx, Rogers Capital, Accenture, Elca, Itelligence Business Solutions, Cyberskills, Le Wagon Maurice, Prodigious Mauritius, Clarity, Aerow ECM World, iQera, Focus, Brand Avenue.

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