Date: 05/12/2022

Indian student part of winning team at DP World’s inaugural Big Tech Project competition

An Indian student studying in the UAE, Dhanalaxmi Gaddam, has been announced as the winner of the first edition of DP World’s BIG TECH PROJECT, claiming the top prize for a virtual solution that could enhance productivity and efficiency at ports and terminals around the world.
DP World, a leading provider of smart logistics with operations across the globe, including a technology hub in India, challenged students from all over India and the UAE to design solutions that answer one question -- How would you solve trade challenges through the power of the Metaverse?
The Inaugural Big Tech Project challenged students from the top universities in UAE and India to reimagine global supply chains and create new technology-driven solutions. The event witnessed participation from major universities in India and the UAE, before the final four teams were treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai.
The expert panel of judges assessing the four shortlisted solutions felt that the Metaverse-based solutions created by students from some of India and the UAE’s leading universities have the potential to change the face of global trade in the future. 
Hailing from Hyderabad, India’s bedrock for tech talent, Dhanalaxmi Gaddam, currently studying at Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, UAE, along with her teammate Abass Bamidele Abdulsalam overcame stiff competition from three other teams, including Akshat Garg and Agrim Jain from International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, India (IIITB), who took the runner-up spot. Other teams from IIIT, Bangalore and IIT, Kharagpur, India, made up the remaining finalists.
All the finalists will now be offered an exclusive two-month internship and private mentoring with DP World where they will be introduced to staff leading the development of cutting-edge applications in heavy automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics to change how trade flows. The winner will also receive a top-of-the-line Macbook and a $5,000 cash prize, while the runner-up will receive $3,000.  
The winning solution
Dhanalaxmi, a Masters Student in Machine Learning and Abbas Bamidele Abdulsalam, pursuing his M.Sc. in Computer Vision, describe their winning solution as two ideas in one; using 3D immersive experiences via VR, MR and AR technologies to better improve supply chains.
The first idea is a virtual training simulation using Oculus that gives new employees the opportunity to gain on-ground experience and training without having to physically visit the terminals. Additionally, the team also developed a second virtual solution using Google Glass that enhances efficiency and maintenance at ports and terminals by providing easy to access instructions for work done in real-world operations. Together, the solutions will reduce the risk of accidents on site by facilitating virtual inductions and increase efficiency by streamlining training.  
By digitising a traditionally analogue industry, DP World aims to make trade smarter, keep it flowing, increase visibility and minimise disruption. Its tech hubs in India and the talent it recruits are crucial to the company’s commitment to digitisation. DP World recently established three new tech centres at Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Gurgaon, and continues to expand its tech centres worldwide. 
Through technology integration and solutions, DP World is working to streamline operating systems that drive warehousing, inland container depots, container freight stations, rail or ocean terminals to deliver a seamless experience throughout the supply chain for cargo owners and end customers, emphasised a release.
Source: Exim News Service: Dubai, Dec. 4