MBA teams reach final of CapGemini Innovators Race

CapGemini Final London students November 2015
(l-r) MBA Careers Consultant Paul Schoonenberg with students Yerbol Baimakhanov, Ilyas Nussanov and Macaulay Iyayi

27th November 2015

Aston Business School are proud to announce that two separate teams of current MBA students have been invited to present at today's UK final of the CapGemini Innovators Race.

The prestigious Innovators Race, organised annually by the global consulting and outsourcing company, challenges students worldwide to respond to a real-life business challenge and pitch their solution to senior CapGemini executives as well as an online voting audience.

This year's UK challenge comes from Barclays, asking students to suggest how Barclays can use innovative and emerging technologies (e.g. blockchain, artificial intelligence etc), to deliver amazing experiences for customers and clients to help achieve their ambition to be a leader in technology.

Only nine teams have the chance today to present their solution to senior Capgemini executives as well as the Barclays CIO. The UK winner will be announced at the end of the day, and that team will go on to compete against the top teams from each region worldwide.

On offer for the ultimate worldwide winner is a cash prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to spend time in San Francisco, engaging with experts, visiting the lab and experiencing the wider San Francisco area innovation culture.

MBA Careers Consultant Paul Schoonenberg, who accompanied both teams to the event, said:

“ Having the Aston MBA represented by two teams in the final of the Cap Gemini Innovators Race shows the creativity and talent nurtured on our MBA programmes. Both presentations are within the area of digital security and given its critical importance to banks and corporations, our MBAs are showing that they are at the cutting edge of this important research”. 

MBA students Wais Pirzad, an entrepreneur from the Netherlands, and engineer Yerbol Baimakhanov, make up Team A-Innovation, whose proposed solution involves connecting AI with existing banking information systems for greater risk management and fraud prevention potential.

Nigerian Macaulay Iyayi and Ilyas Nussanov, who has a degree in Information Systems, make up the other Aston team - Team IBAC (IntraBank Automated Compliance) who propose a database solution to intrabank money transfers.

Both teams will present in London today (Friday 27th November) in the hopes of being declared the UK Innovators Race winner. Good luck to both!

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