Montreal - March 8-13, 2016
During the second week of March, Ben-Gurion University’s team of two engineering students and two business students took part in the Engineering Commerce Case Competition at Concordia with very respectable results. Their participation was funded by CABGU and Prof. Rivka Carmi’s BGU Student Fund.
The team had to present three cases, the first two of which involved six hours of preparation and the third, twelve hours. For all three cases BGU placed second out of three, with a total score of 64.5%, which happened to fall exactly in the middle of the range earned by the eleven participating teams.
The first case required the teams to design a hover board based on specific engineering criteria. Case #2 challenged them to create a device in the domain of Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for which they proposed a sensor system that would assess a pilot’s alertness and related brain function and transfer this data to the airplane’s black box. The third and final case dealt with the Internet of Things (IoT); the team had to come up with a way to use data from devices that would yield financial benefit. Their solution, in the context of ‘Smart Homes’ – i.e. the use of software to control heating, cooling, water consumption, etc. in the home, proposed the use of social networking for individuals to share tips on cutting costs in the home.
In addition to the three cases, BGU participated in and won two short ‘duels’ with competing teams.
The competition offered the students many opportunities to network with others in their fields. Though all case presentations were closed to the public, the finals, in which the four highest-ranking teams re-presented Case #3 to a new set of judges, were open. Observing these four presentations provided a very meaningful learning experience to our BGU participants.