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Commending Achievements: the DBI Masters' Graduation Event 2023

30 October 2023
On Thursday, October 19th, the annual Graduation Event for the Digital Business & Innovation (DBI) Masters' program took place in the Aula at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. We embraced the festivities to celebrate both past and future achievements and extend our sincere congratulations to every DBI student of the 2023 cohort!

The graduation event brought together approximately 75 out of the 85 graduates of the Digital Business & Innovation (DBI) Masters' program, along with their friends and families, to commemorate their outstanding achievements. The absent graduates were unable to join as they were seeking a well-deserved break abroad after an intense year of study or fully engaged in professional roles in their home countries.

Under the guidance of ceremony master Marijn Plomp, participants were lauded for their exceptional professional accomplishments during and immediately after the program, with a significant number having already secured employment. The event provided further evidence of the strong bonds formed within the group, witnessed through their collaborative teamwork, festive gatherings, and adventurous outings and excursions. 

As the crowning achievement of the evening, we proudly presented the DBI Thesis Award to Maurice Boukhrass for his thought-provoking and socially relevant thesis, titled "Resilience through risk: Cyber Resilience for High-Reliability Organizations." Notably, Maurice is also a nominee for several other prestigious awards at both the VU and national levels.

This year's runners-up were Alex Blyth, whose thesis explored "Decoding Digital Democracy: Investigating the Role of Smart Contracts in DAO Governance," and Silan Shen, who delved into "Exploring the Influence of Mortgage Interest Rates on Bidding Behaviors under the Impact of Homebuyers’ Sentimental Changes."

We wholeheartedly relished the celebrations in the company of everyone present and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all DBI students who graduated this year!

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