34 University students vie for cash prizes of more than 150,000 baht in an one-day IT business case competition fostering creative and practical IT solutions
Bangkok; May 14 2014 – IT One recently held its fourth annual “IT One Innovation Awards” competition with 34 university students participating in an skills-based event designed to improve their practical business and entrepreneurial competencies and gain early exposure to the business world including hands-on experiences of the Information Technology consulting career path.
Participants represented several leading universities including Chulalongkorn, Thammasart, King Mongkut University of Technology- both the Thonburi and Ladkrabang campuses, Mahidol, Kasetsart, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology and Srinakharinwirot University.
The winning team, consisting of five team members, was judged on their ability to “think-outside-the-box”, excellent planning and ability to collaborate with team members with different backgrounds. They were given three hours to provide a strategy and operational plan for a real business case about Business Intelligence Cockpit that helps in data visualization. The students designed the simulated dashboards for IT executives that would allow them to choose the best solutions vendor.
Besides gaining hands-on experience in business planning and presentation preparation, the attendees received training and tutorials from leading industry experts. For many of the attendees the competition could provide the framework and first step for their potential career path at IT One.
The competition was open to students from universities throughout Thailand with a record setting 150 applications received this year. Applicants were short-listed based on their academic performance, range of extra-curricular activities and enthusiasm to learn Business practices.
Commenting on this year’s competition, IT One CEO David Titivanich said “This year’s IT One Innovation Awards has seen some major changes. We have taken into account the needs of new graduates by creating an event to help equip them with real IT work experiences while encouraging them to add their own version of innovation. Innovation is what produces value. Different IT service providers may all have similar basic ingredients of knowledge, experience, and tools, but with the addition of innovation, true business value is created. We want the participants in this year’s IT One Innovation Awards to try a hand at adding their own flavor of innovation to the provided business problem to create a compelling solution. The growth and development of multi-talented students with a diversity of interests is an important factor in contributing to their potential as future leaders in Thailand.”