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YES BANK felicitates Team India for their remarkable victory

Team India won Gold and Bronze in FIRST Global Robotics Olympiad at Washington,D.C 

  • Team India won Gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award and Bronze for First Global Challenge Award
  • 7 Mumbai students participated in the competition held at Washington, D.C. from 16 - 18 July, 2017
  • Teams from 160 countries competed at the FIRST GLOBAL Robotics Olympiad

Mumbai, July 31, 2017 Team India has won Gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award and a Bronze for Global Challenge Match Points at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Global Robotics Olympiad organized at Washington, D.C. from 16 – 18 July which saw participation from 160 countries. YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank and TATA ClassEdge, a leading provider of innovative technology based learning solutions for schools had partnered with FIRST Global to encourage and mentor students from India, participating in the Robotic Olympiad.

The Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award recognized teams that brought Science, technology, engineering, mathematics and art together into a system that allowed it to successfully compete in the 2017 First Global Challenge. The First Global Challenge Award was presented to three teams who achieved the most combined team points throughout the First Global Challenge.  

Deodutta Kurane, Group President, Human Capital - YES BANK with Team India at the felicitation ceremony

Represented by seven enthusiastic students from schools such as Jamnabai Narsee School, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Utpal Shanghvi School, Oberoi International School and Ecole Mondiale World School, the team was shortlisted from over 100 applications received. Team India comprised of Rahesh, Team Captain (youngest team member); Aadiv Shah, Team Spokesperson; Harsh Bhatt, Alliance Strategist; Vatsin, Alliance Analyst; Adhyyan, Robot Tactician; Tejas, Robot Controller and Raghav, Robot Driver.

Rana Kapoor, Managing Director and CEO, YES BANK, said, “I congratulate Team India on winning Gold and Bronze at such a prestigious Global platform. The team has made our nation proud with their stupendous victory as the only team from among 160 nations to win two medals. The brilliant performance is truly a result of their hard work and dedication. This win will encourage more such participations and will go a long way in building an enabling environment to develop the future leaders of our nation.”

First Global had organized an annual ‘Olympics’ style robotics competition, aimed at generating interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among youth from 160 countries. The idea behind organizing this competition was to drive youth to innovate and create technology led solutions for Global social issues such as access to safe and clean drinking water.

About FIRST Global Challenge

This year’s robotics challenge will reflect how we need to cooperate as a global society to solve the water crisis. Teams representing different countries will be organized into two competing alliances, each alliance composed of three national teams that rearrange into different alliances for each match. These alliances are tasked with accomplishing engineering tasks such as the storing of drinkable water, filtering of contaminated water, and procuring of new sources water. Pollutants in the water will need to be separated, and clean water will need to be brought to each team’s reservoir within the allotted time. There will also be a group task at the end of each round where all teams will work together to accomplish a common goal. Therefore, FIRST Global competitors will need to design their robot to: (1) complete a variety of engineering tasks focused on “access to clean water”; and (2) best cooperate in international robot alliances that have a variety of skills to accomplish these tasks because alliance that cooperate the best will be most prepared to succeed.


YES BANK, is a high quality, customer centric and service driven Bank. Since inception in 2004, YES BANK has grown into a ‘Full Service Commercial Bank’ providing a complete range of products, services and technology driven digital offerings, catering to corporate, MSME & retail customers. YES BANK operates its Investment banking, Merchant banking & Brokerage businesses through YES SECURITIES and its Mutual Fund business through YES Asset Management (India) Limited, both wholly owned subsidiaries of the Bank. Headquartered in Mumbai, it has a pan-India presence across all 28 states and 9 Union Territories in India including an IBU at GIFT City, and a Representative Office in Abu Dhabi.

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Swati Singh

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