Today I helped to lead the second and final case competition I will be part of as a first year MBA - this time for the Technology & Innovation Club. When / if you are beginning an MBA program soon you will discover that there are a good many chances to practice your presentation skills and perhaps influence change at a company through case competitions. Some of you will also be involved in making these events happen. That is where I fit into today’s and February’s competitions.
As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this event is the first annual MBA Innovation Case Competition (http://www.innovatewashington.com/). The idea of the competition is to take a real business problem and explore business solutions through the design and innovation lens. The problem statement this year was how to overcome barriers of use of the Metrobus system in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Participating teams provided varied and exciting new ideas which made for a very entertaining afternoon of case pitches – especially for the WMATA team who now has an arsenal of ideas to bring back to the rest of the executive team.
The winners of the competition today were Georgetown McDonough School of Business School Evening Program students Oz Tolon, Selman Altun, Jeremy George, and Manuel Bueno (congrats again). They wowed WMATA leaders, their Department of Transportation partners, and innovation guru Jeneanne Rae, Founder and CEO of MOTIV, with a new way to streamline bus loading and offloading (among other recommendations).
The first competition I helped to lead (in case you are curious) was a Diversity and Inclusion themed multi school competition. The Human Capital and Leadership Club (HCAL) partnered with Deloitte Consulting LLP to run this event. I’m happy to report that a Georgetown team won the competition (nice work again Ema Kamara and James Zimmerman). This was the second annual such event and I look forward to the next HCAL Board taking the reins for a third round.