I was attending the Net Impact National Conference in Portland last October when I first heard of the Hult Global Case Challenge (HGCC), a competition to source ideas to fight poverty. After learning more about the competition, two teams of Willamette MBA candidates entered the 2012 challenge. This year’s challenge focuses on three distinct areas including education, energy, and housing.
One of Willamette’s teams was selected from about 4,000 applications to compete in the energy trek as a regional finalist later this month. Bradford McKeown (Marshfield, Oregon), Christal Lee (Temple City, California), Joe Garrison (Lansing, MI), Katie Skaar (St. Paul, MN), and Casey Morgan (Carson City, Nevada) make up the team who will travel to the regional competition. 50 teams will present solutions to fight global poverty in San Francisco February 24-25.
This is a unique opportunity to represent Willamette’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management in what has become the world’s largest crowd-sourcing initiative dedicated to solving global social challenges. Willamette’s team is assigned to the energy track and will compete against 14 other schools in this area. The team will work on business solutions for the not-for-profit organization SolarAid.
When the team arrives in San Francisco they will be given new details related to the case study and have four to five hours to customize and finalize their solutions according to this updated information. They will then present those solutions to senior executives from the private and public sectors.
Three teams from each of the five regional competitions (one from each track) will be selected and advance to the finals in New York. Selected teams will compete against schools from around the world in April.
More on the Hult Global Case Challenge
HGCC’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social challenges and encourage breakthrough ideas from college and university students around the world.
The HGCC is held simultaneously around the world through a multi-tiered, international platform. Regional competitions are held in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai where more than 100 colleges and universities will be represented.