On May 8, undergrads Sam Bagley, Teja Choudhary, and Spencer Price bested students from universities around the world to win the Apex Biz-IT Global Case Challenge in Singapore. Hosted by Singapore Management University, the competition highlights the intertwined nature of business and IT.
Throughout the five-day Apex competition, participants developed a response to an original case inspired by emerging trends in IT and business, toured Singapore, and forged new connections to students and professionals from across the globe.
The 2015 competition marks the sixth consecutive year in which the Carlson School has participated. The competitors developed potential methods for healthcare providers to improve health outcomes and well-being in large populations with limited resources, and outlined how information technology could support this effort.
According to the students, the most intriguing aspect of the competition was getting a new view of an issue of global importance: providing healthcare for an aging population on an international scale.
“APEX is a competition that fully immerses the teams in the problem by providing extensive background and live data,” says Bagley, ’16 BSB. “The best part is getting a front-row seat to a real evolving problem in Singapore.”
The team had competed together previously, taking first place in the CoMIS Case Competition on March 28.
“Although we all come from separate backgrounds, we worked great together. The atmosphere in the deliberation was filled with creative synergies as we bounced ideas off each other and got into our team's groove,” says Bagley.
After 56 grueling hours and 4 total rounds of presentation, the University of British Columbia came in second place and Simon Fraser University won third. The Carlson School students each won an iPad mini, and shared a trophy for their win.
Pictured from left: Teja Choudhary, Singapore Management University host Miranda Lie, Sam Bagley, coach Ken Reily, and Spencer Price.