Student Competitions

MIT Hosts Hackathon for Management Students

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan School of Management will compete in the inaugural Management Practice Hackathon this week.

Students in the management school's enterprise management (EM) track will vie to come up with the best solution to a challenge proposed to them involving the digital transformation taking place in the supply chain logistics industry. As a consequence of a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and industry sponsor SAP, students will sit in on a series of design workshops led by executives from Caterpillar, UPS, CloudDDM and Stratasys.

"By posing a complex business challenge in an emergent domain, the hackathon is a great venue to reinforce the EM track vision to prepare students to be future leaders through adopting a holistic, cross-functional approach to problem solving," said Sharmila C. Chatterjee, academic head of the EM track.

They will then work on solutions to a given challenge incorporating the Internet of Things, 3D printing and blockchain technology. At the conclusion of the hackathon, student teams will present their solutions to a panel of MIT and industry judges.

The EM track at the Sloan management school is intended as a project-based curriculum designed to help students learn to take a holistic approach to problem solving across multiple functional domains, such as marketing, operations and strategy.

"The combination of business and technology expertise the students experience in that program ideally prepares them to become successful leaders in the digital economy," said Bernd Weiz, executive vice president at SAP.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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