Students of Nazarbayev University will pass paid internship in EY

On October 28, the BIG – business idea generator competition for the presentation of the best business and digital ideas among students of Nazarbayev University, organized by the Nazarbayev University Research and Innovation System in cooperation with EY, was held at the Technopark of Astana Business Campus.

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of EY in Kazakhstan, there was held a competition for the best business and digital ideas for EY among students of the Nazarbayev University.

10 student teams took part in the competition, who presented their ideas in three directions:

– Ideas for projects based on Blockchain technology for the public sector;

– Ideas of projects based on Artificial Intelligence technology for agriculture;

– Ideas of projects in the field of Talent Management (attraction and retention of talents in companies / organizations).

The event was opened by the President of Nazarbayev University Shigeo Katsu. The competition was also attended by Ilesanmi Adesida, provost of Nazarbayev University, Kanat Baigarin, Vice President for Innovation and Research of Nazarbayev University, Kadisha Dairova, Vice President for Student Affairs and International Cooperation of Nazarbayev University, Loretta O’Donnell, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs of Nazarbayev University and Aidar Zhakupov, general director of NURIS.

As a jury among the representatives of EY were Dana Isabayeva, the head of the group for business development, marketing and communications in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, Ruslan Ismagulov, the senior manager of the department for the provision of services in the field of IT management and IT risks, as well as representatives of the Nazarbayev University represented by the jury Daniel Pugh, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Davlatbek Abduvaliev, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business and Olzhas Makhambetov, Director of Innovation Development Department.

As a result of the contest, the most functional and original business ideas were chosen, and the winners received certificates for free training at the Academy of Business and paid internships in EY. Also captains of the teams were given the opportunity to present their projects on November 2, 2017 at the official dinner dedicated to the 25th anniversary of EY in Kazakhstan, where there will be head of the EY, high-ranking statesmen and the first leaders of the largest state and private companies.

Winners of BIG:

The best idea in the direction of Artificial Intelligence was given to the team “N3XT” of Ersultan Tlembayev and Arman Nurlanov.

The best idea in the direction of Talent management was the “Specter” team consisting of Anar Zhumagali, Sultan Akzhigitov, Ainur Zhusupova and Bauyrzhan Ibragimov.

The best idea in the direction of Blockchain was presented by the team “SAG” in the person of Akezhan Mussa.

The team captains Ersultan Tlembayev (N3XT), Anar Zhumagali (Specter) and Akezhan Mussa (SAG) were invited to the official dinner, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of EY.

Akhniet Amantayev (Doctor Green), Sultan Akzhigitov and Bauyrzhan Ibragimov (Specter) received a unique opportunity to undergo a paid internship in EY.

Arman Nurlanov (N3XT), Arhat Baigundinov (Determined Men) and Ainur Zhusupova (Specter) received certificates for free training at the Academy of Business EY.

We congratulate all participants of the BIG – business idea generator contest with a successful presentation of their ideas we wish further successes and implementation of their projects!

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