February 14, 2019

Congratulations to CSI Students on winning first place in IXL Innovation Olympics!

Congratulations to two of our students whose team recently won the first place in IXL Innovation Olympics Fall 2018, the world's largest innovation consulting competition.

Febe Amelia Haryanto (pictured, right) and Benedikta Atika Prastyamita are students of CSI’s recently introduced Master of Commerce in Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise at UNSW Sydney Business School. The program is the first of its kind that looks at the intersection of business in creating sustainability and social change.

IXL Innovation Olympics is co-sponsored by IXL Center, and the non-profit Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI). It is an intense 8-week consulting competition. In the fall season, there were 7 companies joined as clients and 21 universities around the world participated in the competition. Each company has their own challenges and 5-6 university teams are selected to compete with each other to tackle the challenges with the help of mentors assigned from IXL Center.

Our UNSW interdisciplinary team were assigned to help a Colombian-based client Universidad Industrial de Santander achieve their vision to be the University of the Future and top 3 universities in Colombia.

Associate Professor Leanne Piggott, Education Director of CSI said that the team’s success is a testament to the quality of teaching and relevance of the MCOM program in this burgeoning area. “We’re immensely proud of what our students are achieving. We know that more and more businesses are wanting graduates who have an in-depth understanding of what sustainability and social change means, and how they can bring this to a business setting. The IXL Innovation Olympics is a good example of what that can look like.”

The team members are:

  1. Jason Alacapa (Team leader, Master of Public Health and Master of Health Management, Australia Awards scholar from the Philippines)
  2. Romeo Jay Pragacha (Team member, MBA, Australia Awards scholar from the Philippines)
  3. Luke Wicent Sy (Team member, UNSW-sponsored PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering)
  4. Febe Amelia Haryanto (Team member, Master of Commerce in Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise & Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Australia Awards scholar from Indonesia)
  5. Benedikta Atika Prastyamita (Team member, Master of Commerce in Business Strategy & Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise, Australia Awards scholar from Indonesia)
  6. Wan Nie (Team member, Master of International Business, Australia Awards scholar from Bangladesh)

Throughout the journey, the team were privileged to be mentored by Jeffrey Tobias from UNSW Business School.

This competition was fully online and all the presentations were remotely delivered. They are the first team to represent UNSW Sydney.

“We are so glad that we could win the competition, given that it was really intense as we were also juggling with our own study commitment, and we were in 2-4 different time zones throughout the 8 weeks,” said Febe. Both students agreed that it really was a rewarding experience.

As a winner, they are entitled to receive US$4000 cash prize, potential visit to Colombia to present their solution to the client, and GIMI innovation professional certification.

Find out more about the Master of Commerce in Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise here.


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