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ZKTeco’s industry leading biometric full height turnstile available in Bangladesh

FHT2400D leads the way in local full height turnstile market with stylish products

ZKTeco has recently launched FHT2400, biometric full height turnstile in Bangladeshi market. FHT2000 series has stainless steel casing, which provides corrosion resistance and durability. The mechanical system of the full height turnstiles includes a mainframe box and a frame. The direction indicator, core, control panel, access controller and lock are installed in the mainframe box. The core component mainly consists of two solenoids, a spring and a transmission mechanism. The frame supports the entire mainframe box. The electronic control system of the full height turnstile is composed of reader, control panel, access controller, direction indicator, horn, and transformer.

The product is perfect for industrial facilities, corporate security, government security, public transportation etc.

For details about the product, visit: www.zkteco.com.bd

ZKTeco Co is a globally leading enterprise in biometric verification industry. Established in 1998, ZKTeco has a range of identity authentication ecosystem and smart security ecosystem based on biometric verification techniques. At present ZKTeco has globally 3,500 employees with approximately 1,000 R&D staffs among them. Headquartered in China, ZKTeco is expanding its footprint all across the globe with R&D, design and innovation centres in Silicon Valley, Europe, South Korea, Xiamen, Dalian, Shenzhen and Hangzhou. Right now, it has more than 85 overseas branches and offices. The core technologies behind, ZKTeco’s product empire are: Fingerprint Algorithm, Face Algorithm, Next Generation Face Algorithm, Iris Recognition, and Vein Recognition.

In a very short span of time, ZKTeco has been widely acclaimed by customers and has gained remarkable achievements, thanks to its constant innovation. It is ISO 9001 certified and owns more than 307 patents. Its products are CE, FCC, and ROHS certified.

Moreover, ZKTeco has been awarded as “Top 10 China Security Brands”, “Chinese Market Top Ten Access Control System Brands” and “Finalist for the IFSEC 2011 Access Control Product of the Year Award”, “2013 & 2014 Top 30 Technology Innovations”, etc.

The client base of ZKTeco ranges from startups to banks to hospitals to individual users. Some of the biggest names of the world including Fortune 500 companies like Walmart, Carrefour, DHL, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Adidas, Toyota, Sharp, Standard Chartered Bank, Samsung are using solutions of ZKTeco for their day-to-day operations.

These are the main business concentrations of ZKTeco are:

  • Light-weight Face Surveillance Solutions
  • Smart Driver Assistance ADAS Solutions
  • Face data Analysis Solutions
  • ZKTeco Cloud Solutions
  • ZKTeco Video Surveillance Solutions
  • ZKTeco Smart Lock Solutions
  • ZKTeco RFID Solutions
  • ZKTeco City Security Inspection and Anti-Terrorism Solutions
  • ZKTeco Biometric Verification Solutions
  • ZKTeco Smart Biometric Verification Card Solutions
  • ZKTeco Smart Security Solutions

Facing climate change in Bangladesh: The way forward

A workshop for discussion was jointly taken by Friendship and ICCCAD, a concern of IUB, on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at Gulshan 2. The initiative was to establish talks on how Friendship, ICCAD and the local government, regarding how climate change disasters can be better dealt with in the marginalized char areas.

The event was named ‘Community Initiated Disaster Risk Reduction-CIDRR’ which is a concept experimented for several years both in northern and southern Bangladesh. It is tried and tested in hundreds of communities to reduce risk due to climate-induced disaster.

The discussion was preceded by a short documentary on Friendship, a prominent NGO dedicated to spreading dignity, hope and opportunity in the most remote and inaccessible char islands, riverbanks, and coastal banks of Bangladesh.

Kazi Amdadul Hoque, director of climate change adaptation and disaster management at Friendship, then opened the floor by elaborating on the predicaments which arise in the disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh. In response to such disasters, Friendship has adapted the Community Initiated Disaster Risk Reduction (CIDRR) approach, which aims to mitigate hazards by enhancing the capacity of the community to take initiatives independently through preparedness, responsiveness and resilient activities. The approach works by creating joint planning, shared responsibility, and continuous collaboration between NGO, community, and the local government.

Issues arose in the session regarding insufficient funds to tackle crisis effectively and work hand-in-hand with the local government.

In response, Kazi Amdadul Haque simply referred back to the CIDRR strategy saying, “Friendship works together with both the local government and the community, thus coordinating and integrating aid programs to expand the effectiveness and financial capacity as a whole to maximize benefit; a strategy which has worked very well so far and shown much fruition.”

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), is an environmental research institute established in 2009. Keynote speakers in the event from ICCCAD included Dr M Feisal Rahman, research coordinator and Tania Ahmed, research officer.

They acknowledged some of the char areas most affected by flooding are Gaibandha, Kurigram, and cyclone, salinity and water-logging affected Satkhira and Patuakhali where Friendship experimented CIDRR approach. In such flood-prone areas, land hospitals and floating hospitals were set up by the NGO to aid the people affected. Construction methods and lifestyle practices are now in keeping with more climate-resilient methods, thereby vastly reducing if not eliminating the impacts of climate change effects.

Additionally, mangrove trees a mangrove afforestation project is also in place to prevent erosion and diminish cyclone damage in the country’s southern, mangrove regions. Water, sanitation and hygiene installations, awareness campaigns and training also prevent contamination of water bodies and support healthier lifestyles. People who lost land, property and livelihoods to floods were offered enrollment in entrepreneurship programs and alternative income-generating activities to recover losses. Moreover, the NGO also sat with the local government and the community members to map future course of action and possible solutions to mitigate probable risk and damage. Dr M Feisal Rahman conclusively defined that resilience is the adaptive capacity of the community which CIDRR aims to develop.

Dr M Feisal Rahman highlighted the importance of empowering ‘agency’ which he defined as the ability of people to make a free choice. He said that a community can be empowered by making individuals work in more interactive settings. He said field surveys prove that community members are more aware of their rights today and felt more confident to approach officials with their issues.

Several observations were made by Dr Saleemul Huq, director of ICCAD, who began by clearing distinguishing the impact from disaster impacts such as immediate floods and cyclones, and non-disaster impacts which comes in the form of slow emergencies like water-level rise. He said, “Bangladesh is a country which remains quite vulnerable to climate change. The government is well concerned about this as well as NGOs, but with that concern, we must also change how we conceptualize planning methods. Instead of reducing our vulnerability to disasters and non-disasters, our resilience towards such disasters should be given a higher priority.” He concluded with advice on how project funding should be raised beyond the expiry of project durations to sustain positive impact.

Key discussant Dr A Atiq Rahman, executive director at Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, pressed on how most aid efforts were focused on immediate results rather than on long term solutions.

“The local government has chronically suffered from underfunding, which is a problem very well understood but difficult to solve. Rather than bringing shelter to people, we should instead bring people to shelter.”

He said,

He suggested, as had many other speakers in the discussion panel, the local government needs to be strengthened to make real progress in disaster afflicted communities.

Experiences were shared by several chairmen of Union Parishads (sub-districts) of their involvement with Friendship in tackling disasters in their respective areas. They proved grateful on how the NGO has initiated community involvement in focus group discussions, on how to best tackle upcoming crisis in the vulnerable char areas. They hoped for continual support and involvement of the NGO as the crisis in the concerned areas persist.

Dr Fazle Rabbi Sadeque Ahmed, director of environmental and climate change, PKSF, put forward very pressing issues regarding communities afflicted with flood, cyclone, and other natural disasters. As per his conclusive advise that “Along with prioritizing goal-based projects, we should focus a little less on new mechanisms and work towards maximizing the existing ones.”

To know more on climate change and disaster management activities in Bangladesh, log on to www.friendship.ngo and www.icccad.net

Kinship AI aims to revolutionize how garments factories manage their workers

Bangladeshi entrepreneurs aren’t lagging behind in this age of artificial intelligence (AI). A venture named ‘Kinship AI’ has already crossed the national borders, making its way into Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Kinship AI is a unique platform with a special chatbot, created for the management of the workers in the garments factories. It connects workers and employees to digital technology, thus adding sustainable development and transparency to a supply chain.

Kinship’s journey

Kinship AI started its journey in 2016.  Boutaina Faruq, the daughter of Golam Faruq (Chairman of SQ group), was trying to build a new platform to communicate directly with the workers, take their feedback and thus increase the quality of their life. They owned 5 factories in Bhaluka and Maona. Her husband Rameez Haque helped her. The result of their joint effort was the new communication platform of SQ group, an app named ‘Kutumbita’. The Kinship AI is an initiative to connect the ‘Kutumbita’ app to the global platform.

Read more: How to support the fashion industry for a better RMG sector in Bangladesh

Some garment factories of the country, as well as international brands like Zilingo, have already shown their interests in the Kinship AI platform. Alvi Awal, Shahriar Rahman and Shafkat Alam joined  Boutaina and Rameez in 2017. Alvi and Shahriar look after the business aspects, whereas Shafkat is currently working as the Chief Technical Officer. The company headquarter is situated at Gulshan, Dhaka. Its global activities are conducted from the Singapore office. Currently, there are 12 people working in this venture.

Alvi, the head of national operations, joined this venture after completing his studies from the USA. Rameez and Boutaina currently handle the global management of Kinship AI from Singapore. Their platform is ready to launch in several factories in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and India. The venture has also received funding from some big multinational companies.

Impact on the garments sector

Seema Begum (alias) works at a garments factory in Savar. She told that she can now apply for a leave of absence from her phone, through an app on her android phone. The HR representatives of the company can then immediately respond to that application.  

Kinship AI - Automating HR for the factory workforce
Kinship AI – Automating HR for the factory workforce

Johan Ahmed, Deputy Chief People Officer at SQ group, has informed that they use the Kinship mobile app to easily communicate with the workers. The current user base is estimated to be around 17 thousand factory workers. This app can be used for both giving useful information and gathering their responses. It can also operate as a survey tool. It has made communication between the workforce and management a lot smoother, especially in case of reporting any harassment incident.

Kinship CEO Rameez Hoque claims it to be a unique and ultra-modern workforce management platform based on artificial intelligence.

He reports that it is currently serving 30 thousand workers across 10 factories in the country.

Shafkat Alam, the CTO, says that the use of this platform automates the office management, reducing the management cost. Kinship AI works in three different modes- Kiosk, SMS and App. Workers can respond directly through the Kiosk. The use of artificial intelligence makes tasks easier. Workers can use this platform in both Android and Feature phones.

How Kinship works

There are different modules in the Kinship platform. The easy connection module is named ‘Connect’. There is a provision of automated engagement or response in the ‘Engaged’ module. Chatbots can be used for direct surveys or polls. ‘Mobile HR’ can make human resource management easier. Information given by the users is analyzed through artificial intelligence to predict behavioral patterns of the workforce. The platform can generate forecasts of the worker’s risks, contentment, health as well as attendance.

Kinship AI - Engagement for the factory workforce
Kinship AI – Engagement for the factory workforce

Last year, they received funding from the Techstars’ Impact program in Austin, USA, as well as from an Omidyar network named Humanity United.  Alvi further informed that the Kinship Kiosk has been implemented at two factories in GEEBEE (Savar EPZ) and Hoplun (Gazipur). A UK based company named Gain uses this platform to monitor nutrition programs in readymade garment factories. But Kinship isn’t limited to being a communication platform, it now operates as the workforce management platform of the whole garments sector.

The biggest brands in the world have taken to artificial intelligence-based platforms to head into the age of the fourth industrial revolution. A domestic venture like Kinship creates hope among entrepreneurs of our country. Responses from several big international brands have set them on a path towards success.  

The biggest Intra debate tournament of the country held at NSU

The North South University Debating Club hosted the North South University Intra Debating Championship 2019 from the 22nd of November. This event was a platform for debaters to hone their skills of logical reasoning and for non-debaters to experience the world of argumentation and reasoning. It was an opportunity for NSU students to fulfil their cherished desire to explore themselves, uncover their potential and enhance the proficiency of formal argument.

Ph factor was the title sponsor for the event with The Daily Star as Youth Engagement Partner, HiFi Public as the online media partner, Champs 21 as e-Learning Partner, Advance Attire as apparel partner Bangladesh Protidin as the print media partner, News 24 as Media Partner and Radio today as radio partner.  

The event had 2 segments, Bangla and English with 10 and 14 teams respectively. The students battled through 4 competitive preliminary rounds and semifinals. On the 1st of December, an intense final took place where Team hulk comprising of Safat Ullah Chowdury, Pallob Poddar, Irfan Al-Goni Zarif emerged as Champions in the Bangla segment while team wolverine comprising of Tarikul Islam Hridoy, Rakibul Islam Hridoy, Prakash Debnath bowed out as Runners Up. The debater of the finals was Safat Ullah Chowdhury. Tarikul Islam Hridoy and Raidul Islam Joy was also the debater of the Tournament for the Bangla segment.  

For the English segment Team Wonder Woman comprising of Momotaz Rahman Megha, Nivana Mostafa Kamal and Al Zadid Bin Plabon became the Champions while Team batman, Rebeka Akter, Ayon Deb and Parinda Rahman became the Runners up. Momotaz Rahman Megha was the debater of the finals. Momotaz Rahman Megha was also the debater of the tournament along with Shadman Karim and Aarshe Tashfia in a three-way tie. 

This year’s event was launched with the theme of diversity and inclusion in order to promote social acceptance of differences amongst the students. The closing ceremony of the event was graced by the presence of an eminent personality of the debating circuit as the special guest, Dr Abdur Noor Tushar CEO, Nagorik TV. The keynote speaker of the event was Ivan Ahmed Katha President Sachetan Samajseba Hijra Shangho who provided insight to the student on the theme of social inclusion and diversity and the Chief guest of the event was 

Mr Benajir Ahmed, Chairman, Board of Trustees. North South University.

Seattle-based entrepreneur Michael Peres’ Mega-GMAT resources file aides 120,000 MBA aspirants

Software Engineer and travel entrepreneur Michael Peres have teamed up with venture capitalist Ariana Desiree Thacker to create a Mega-GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) resources folder that can be easily accessed by aspiring Masters in Business Administration (MBA) students.

Peres, a 29-year-old native of Montreal Canada, is receiving thousands of requests daily from his website https://michaelperes.com/resource-files/ and LinkedIn account www.linkedin.com/in/mikeyperes from individuals who need help with their GMAT preparations.

Seen below is one of Peres’ LinkedIn posts requesting people to comment on their email to gain access to the GMAT resources. This post generated over 1600 requests from interested individuals.

Peres and Thacker are successful entrepreneurs who committed themselves to help others without expecting something in return.

Since the Mega-GMAT folders became accessible in 2018, it has given access to over 120,000 individuals. The number continues to increase at present.

The Mega-GMAT resource folder contains links to ebooks, free GMAT tutorials, and exams, application materials, as well as Thacker’s Quick B-School Tips, to Save Time and Money.

Meanwhile, grateful recipients of the Mega-GMAT resources file have been sending messages of appreciation to Peres and Thacker.

Just as Peres receives thousands of email requests for access to the Mega-GMAT folder daily, his inbox similarly comes full with messages of thanks detailing how the recipients benefited GMAT resources. 

LinkedIn followers Nicolas Gomez, Vaanya Gauri, and Merilloyd Lim stressed their admiration for Peres’ dedicating time to gather all the valuable resource materials and giving them away for free.

Other followers such as Suraj B and Stuti Ahlawat acknowledged that the Mega-GMAT resource file was really helping them in their GMAT preparations.

Ikjot Singh, even quipped how good he feels about the world because people like Peres, who think selflessly of others, exist.

On the other hand, Danielle Ukaogo expressed gratitude for the tireless and diligent effort Peres is doing especially giving time answering to all email requests daily.

Mabinouri Agboola and Shailendra Chaudhary also stressed that as an act of paying forward, they are compelled to share the resource materials to others as it would greatly help in their GMAT preparations.

Also, Melissa Franco and Mokhamad Dwiki and Richa Asthana, emphasized the innate goodness Peres have after creating the free resources that are really valuable for aspiring MBAs like them.

Even Training and Placement Officer Dr. Ankit Khan expressed his gratitude for the “great” resource that he can share with his students to expand their “knowledge horizon.”

Peres is the owner of companies Hexa Tiger and Hecto Fox, which have been successful in the business of web hosting and web development, generating over 400 clients in a span of 3 years. 

Currently, Peres is doing free work to establish trust with his clients and believes that when starting out, a company should focus on learning how to offer value, hone their skills rather than prioritizing on dollar earnings. 

Peres also does free consulting and mentoring for students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related fields.

Aside from Mega-GMAT, Peres also created MBA resource files in collaboration with Lucas Miller a local business author, and venture capitalist Arianna Thacker. The MBA Summaries have given access to over 54,000 individuals since 2018.  Just recently, he also teamed up with product manager and travel hacker Julien Bortz to create resource folders on the best credit cards to use when traveling, which has reached over 3,000 people at present.

Peres was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 9. He looks at this disability as a strength to continually create innovative ways to help him and other people gain control of their personal and professional lives the way they want it to happen.

Movember inspires ISD to raise funds for children with cancer

For the month of November, International School Dhaka’s (ISD) parents and teachers were seen to be sporting moustaches. They were doing so to celebrate Movember and raise money for the children who have cancer in Bangladesh.

History of Movember

Movember began in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. It is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, anxiety, and suicide. The Movember movement has grown into a global one for making progress and raise awareness for men’s health.

ISD and Movember

ISD took the initiative and encouraged both the teachers and the parents to grow moustaches and donate money to help the children with cancer. The school decided to donate their money to World Child Cancer Bangladesh because a student might relate better to such a charity.

Through this initiative, ISD wanted to encourage the learning and intellectual growth of the students which is necessary for adulthood and it can also be a major contributor to a child’s socialization skills. The school wanted to increase empathy among their students so that it won’t only help them now but it will also help them in the future when they grow up.

Empathy will help them to build close relationships, maintain friendships, develop strong communities, and generally be kind and caring people.

How Movember worked

During the four weeks of November, growers cultivated their moustaches – all the while soliciting donations from family, friends, and strangers. Questions were being asked by the students when they saw their parents and teachers of sporting moustaches.

These questions lead the teachers to make the student understand the scenario of child cancer and make them appreciate their own healthy life.

This initiative has already started to make the students understand the crisis scenario of childhood cancer in Bangladesh. Recently, many students, including primary students, have even approached their teachers to donate money from their own pocket money.

The scenario of cancer in Bangladeshi children

Treatment of cancer is a long, hard fight for a child and their family. Children are usually treated in larger medical facilities where they can receive the comprehensive, specialized care that they need and have access to most up-to-date treatment options. However, the child cancer center of Bangladesh does not have advanced treatment options for the children. So, this kind of initiatives from organizations, such as ISD, will help these centers to get the latest treatment options.

The culmination of a month of hard work and an itchy upper lip seems to have paid off as this action has not only been impacting the student’s empathy and understanding level about the world, but through this drive, the entire school community is now getting a chance to help further increase the cancer treatment options for children in Bangladesh.

Samsung to launch Galaxy M30s to light up the smartphone market

Nature has worn new garniture with the tinge of winter. People bask in the pleasant sunshine in the morning or put on a jacket or a shawl at night to embrace the chilling winter wind. This is a time to sip on your warm cup of tea while gazing upon poetry. But the digital natives find warmth in new smart devices. Considering the ambience, Samsung Bangladesh is going to launch its latest smartphone Galaxy M30s. Already, the handset has made its landfall in India and waiting to be available in Bangladesh soon.

Usually, Samsung M series handsets offer more than just a known brand name. The speedy performance with a long-lasting battery and amazing latest features has already given this smartphone a special stature among the tech-savvy generation. Galaxy M30s is also not the exception. It is much handier than we expected, considering the mighty 6,000 mAh battery. The special features of the device include:

Display: Moving to the front, we are greeted with a familiar 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and a small Infinity-U notch on the top.

Camera: The handset has a triple camera setup at the back, consisting of a 48-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. A 16- megapixel camera is also attached for creating amazing selfies.

Processor: The Exynos 9611 octa-core processor of the smartphone is capable of delivering unparalleled gaming experience without any hiccups. It is run by the Android 9 Pie version.

RAM: It also sports 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM or storage.

Battery: Galaxy M30s houses a massive 6,000mAh battery. A 15-watt fast charger is also included in the accessories. 

To sum up, the Galaxy M series smartphones have already been felicitated in the market. It is highly expected that the Galaxy M30s will also uphold its reputation.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Star Cineplex’s first venture into film production, “No Dorai”- a film based on the story of a local Bangladeshi girl from Cox’s Bazar and her passion for surfing, has been the talk of the town recently.

Read more: Dare to Surf: The first ever Bangladeshi movie on surfing

Ever since the poster of a young surfer girl, in a red saree whose fierceness meets the ones in her eyes, was released, moviegoers have been eagerly waiting to go and watch what promised to be a milestone for Bangladeshi cinema. As it premiered on November 28th in Star Cineplex, it offered the local audience a glimpse into what it could have been. Had it not messed up so badly.

What works

Directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu, the film has the elements that make it an exuberant celebration of the ups and downs in Ayesha’s (Sunerah) life. You see the passion in her eyes as she shows commendable surfing skills and the helplessness in her eyes when she asks her father for help after getting married. Sunehra’s portrayal of the character is admirable.

The cinematography of the film is magnificent. Cinematographer Suman Sarker has memorialized the sheer beauty of Cox’s Bazaar, wrapped them in bows and delivered this beautiful ‘gift’ of such brilliant cinematography.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

Be it the spell-bounding drone shots of the beach, the placement of the actors on screen in a particular landscape or using various angles to portray the scenes, he has envisioned it right and created a magic like trance on screen.

Despite being a movie in local Chittagonian dialect throughout, Ayesha’s vulnerability portrayed with heartbreaking precision is something we all understand and feel sorry for. The acting chops of Sariful Razz and the actor portraying Ayesha’s brother were also commendable.

What does not

The two and a half hours of beautiful cinematic shots offer little story besides what we already know from the trailers and the title tracks. The lack of subtitles in a movie made entirely in the local dialect does not help its case either.

All in all, sitting through the entire runtime of No Dorai requires quite the hard work.

No Dorai: A mess that fails to deliver on its promise

As fans enter the theatre expecting a film that highlights surfing, a struggling story and most importantly, women’s emancipation, they will find many of these elements missing. Despite great performances by Sunerah, her character often is overshadowed by the multiple other aspects of the movie revolving around Sohel’s (Sariful Razz) story.

The involvement of the foreign cast seemed distracting, especially because they did not blend in as well as the other characters. Ensuring more screen-time for Ayesha’s character and story would have made a more valid point for the plot of the movie.

Verdict

With a story that becomes somewhat predictable after a while and a plot that does not resonate the message of women empowerment as strongly as it promised in the poster and trailer, No Dorai fails to deliver on its promise.

Brilliant cinematography, beautiful choice of musical scores and unforgettable acting from the casts involved fails to uplift a movie brought down by lazy and sub-par story writing. With a rating of 2/5 from us, in the end, No Dorai is just another Bangladeshi film with a potential wasted.

Corporiddlerz 2019: The road to the finals

Every year, BUP Business and Communication Club organizes one of its flagship events “Corporiddlerz”. This unique one of a kind competition enables participants all across the country to demonstrate their practical knowledge and innovation along with instilling the spirit of teamwork in them. This year, the highly anticipated business strategy competition is powered by NRBC Bank.

This nation-wide inter-university business strategy competition is the ultimate test of the participants’ capacity to incorporate real-life ideas and strategies into the business decision making process. Corporiddlerz offers undergraduate students from various universities nationwide to experience a glimpse into the corporate world. 

2019: The journey so far

Undergraduate students from universities all over the country were able to partake in the competition in teams of four. More than 300 teams from around the country registered this year and took part in the first round which consisted of solving an online case within a certain time frame. The case provided was about making a business plan for a new startup company in Bangladesh.

Only 48 teams out of all the teams qualified for the second round. The second round involved ‘product launching’ where forty-eight teams were divided into groups of eight forming six groups in total. The teams had to present a launching plan for a product in front of a panel of judges.  The judges included executives working in some of the biggest corporate names in Bangladesh such as BAT Bangladesh, Unilever Bangladesh, Banglalink, Marico and Coca- Cola Bangladesh. 

From the 48 teams, only a mere 18 made it to the third round. The third round was held over the course of two days. On the first day, the original teams of four were split and participants were placed in random groups and given a case to solve on the spot, followed by presentations. As for the second phase, all the original teams were put back together to work on their own project plans. The project plans were pitched to an esteemed panel of judges which included executives and employees from Grameenphone, Unilever Bangladesh, bKash, BRAC, BAT Bangladesh, ADCOMM LtdACI Limited, Telenor Group, and Japan Tobacco International.

Road to the finals

After intense scrutiny and strong competition, the best six teams have been chosen for the final round. The six teams include Blank Balance, Corporate Commandos, InSane, Leftover Pizza, Mudblood and Team Miscellany. Click the link below to meet the participants who make up the 6 final qualifying teams! 

The final round will be held on 17 November 2019 and everyone is waiting with bated breath to find out who will be taking home the grand prize of one lakh taka and the championship of BUP BCC Presents Corporiddlerz 2019 Powered by NRBC Bank.

Written by Fariha Nuzhat