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IIMA PGPX Team Wins Amazon Ace Challenge 2018

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A three-member team of PGPX students (batch 2018-19) from IIM Ahmedabad emerged winners in the in the Amazon Ace Challenge 2018 in the final round held at IIM Bangalore on August 11-12. 

“We aced it!” the Class said in a Twitter post with the hashtag #AmazonAceChallenge2018.

“Putting in their heart & soul in the Amazon Ace Challenge 2018 and emerging as winners, Saurabh Mhatre, Raman Sharma and Dharmesh Shah of PGPX CO’18-19 made us all proud. We congratulate them on behalf of our entire IIMA community!” the post said.

Now in its 8th edition, Amazon Customer Excellence (ACE) Challenge is held across two of Amazon’s business areas, namely, Operations and Consumer Business. The competition is open to full-time 2-year PGP and 1-year PGPX program students from a select list of B-Schools.

The final face-off, The Innovation Challenge was held in Bangalore on August 11 and 12. The PGPX team from IIMA, named WIMWIANS, won the challenge in Consumer Business

Teams were free to register and solve cases in one or both areas. Held in two phases, registration for the competition opened on July 6 and closed on July 10. The preliminary round titled the Ace Case Breakers was held on July 13 with the launch of Case Breakers on the ACE website. The deadline for submission of cases under both the Business Areas was on July 15.

The final face-off, The Innovation Challenge was held in Bangalore on August 11 and 12. The PGPX team from IIMA, named WIMWIANS, won the challenge in Consumer Business. The other finalists in the section were The Knights from IIM, Kozhikode, Swift from the Indian School of Business (ISB), The Sharks from

Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi (FMS) and Team Strategos from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT).

The Ace Challenge is a battle on three fronts, namely, innovation, strategy and simplicity. It involves time-crunched problem-solving and live case-simulations culminating in a face-off between teams in the finale. The competition allows students to exercise lateral thinking, brainstorm and evaluate challenging case studies.

In Operations, IIM Shillong, IIM Ranchi, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), IIM Raipur and the Indian School of Business (ISB) are in the finals.

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