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Announcing the GBSN Beyond 2021 Competition Winning Teams

In true fashion of “Going Beyond” for the 2021 virtual conference, GBSN was honored to continue our partnered track competitions from last year – the HUMLOG Challenge Student Competition in partnership with the HUMLOG Institute at Hanken School of Economics and the Microsimulation Development Lab faculty competition in partnership with CapsimInbox, while also introducing our leader’s track competition, the Going Beyond Awards in partnership with EFMD Global.  After several months of solution development, microsimulation creation, and sustainable initiative submissions, we are proud to announce our winners for each track competition!

The HUMLOG Challenge

This year, GBSN welcomed 37 teams of 130 students from 21 schools in 16 countries.  After much deliberation, preliminary judges were able to narrow down the Top Six teams, who presented live for the elite panel of Finals Round Judges.  It was an absolutely close competition, and HUMLOG and GBSN are proud to introduce the following as the three winning teams from the 2021 HUMLOG Challenge Student Competition:

In third place, Team USB/Los Andes from University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa and Universidad de los Andes, Colombia for their solution for drought-induced water scarcity in the Xakabantu Informal Settlement in the Western Cape.

In second place, Team Real Consulting from Queensland University of Technology, Australia for their solution addressing severe storms in Brisbane, Australia by developing real-time storm alerts via a QR code.

And finally in first place and the winners of the $5,000 USD scholarship, Team CSU from Colorado State University Business School, USA for their solution addressing local community involvement on mitigation and response for climate-induced natural disasters in Mozambique via a resilience kit!

Congratulations Team Colorado State University!  Everyone is welcome to read their solutions via our webpage here.

Microsimulation Development Lab

This year’s Faculty Microsimulation Development Lab competition started with 31 faculty members competing from 12 schools from 8 countries.  After a rigorous six weeks of simulation development, six faculty teams successfully completed their microsimulations. Last year’s 1st place winner, a faculty team from Ashesi University, participated as judges this year.  After reviewing each simulation, we were happy to announce the winner.

In first place, and winning the $5,000 award, Jagdish Sheth School of Management India’s microsimulation MakhanChor Milk!

Congratulations MakhanChor Milk!! Everyone is welcome to experience all of the microsimulations via our webpage here.


Finally, in the GBSN-EFMD inaugural Going BEYOND Awards, 54 total submissions from 22 countries and 36 schools (of which 6 were non-members) were received.  All of these incredible programs and initiatives additionally went through a detailed round of preliminary judging before announcing the top 20 teams.  Afterwards, a Top Four initiatives were announced and welcome to present their work at the Going BEYOND Award Showcase (which can still be accessed on the HUBB event platform).  The Top 4 Initiatives included:

  1. IMD’s EMBA Social Innovation and Impact Investment Program 
  2. Management Skills for Wildlife Conservation Leadership and Management Program for Indigenous People and Local Communities
  3. Lagos Business School’s Sustainability Centre 
  4. Strathmore Business School’s Macheo Program

In first place, EFMD and GBSN were proud to award Lagos Business School’s Sustainability Centre with the first Going BEYOND Awards Winner.

Overall, GBSN is absolutely thrilled with all of their partnerships and fruitful competitions.  We hope you enjoyed following along and/or participating in the events.  We cannot wait to see where these winners lead next and we look forward to seeing you next year!