Conferences

Call for Session Proposals


DATE & TIME

Tracks: October, 2021

Conference: Nov 8-10

LOCATION

HUBB event platform.

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

Quick Links

Connect with a vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion by preparing a session proposal for GBSN Beyond 2021. Our innovative approach to what a virtual conference can be hopes to create an engaging community that will collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in development. We invite you to join the conversation by submitting a session proposal. 

GBSN Beyond convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries including audiences from academia, industry, government, and civil society. Utilizing a versatile events platform –– filled with a variety of engaging, distinctive experiences, content, and opportunities –– GBSN Beyond is a premier international forum to connect with diverse perspectives.

Conference Topic

Business schools are ideally placed to be the nexus between government, business and civil society in shaping a collective response to our most critical challenges.

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19[1]. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations[2]. Researchers warn the longer the delay, the more disorderly, disruptive and abrupt the policy responses to climate change will inevitably be[3]. Pre-pandemic numbers indicate approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 are likely to occur as a result of the climate emergency while areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope[4].

Every business school can act now to capture insights in the form of new curriculum content for the future we are building. Let’s translate current experiences into the lessons for sustainable development. By connecting business schools to business, government and civil society we hope to make a difference now.

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How are universities, businesses, and governments preparing for a new age of lifelong learning?

At GBSN Beyond, we hope to collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in developing talent needed for society. GBSN’s focal point is on people development. To build better societies and communities, we must collectively build trust, understand the role of each stakeholder and embrace the notion of adaptability. The goal is to go local, developing talent within the context of local community.

Themes.

GBSN seeks a diversity of perspectives for sessions across 4 overarching themes.


Humanitarian Logistics

Climate Change

Healthcare

Human Rights


Prompts

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

  • How can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be brought to solve big problems?
  • How can business educators partner with colleagues in science and engineering to create sustainable solutions while preparing technical graduates with entrepreneurial leadership skills?
  • How can the stakeholders in these traditional sectors engage with educators to meet their goals and address changing economic realities?

Technology and Big Data

  • How can information and communication technologies (ICT) bring entrepreneurial thinking into traditional sectors?
  • How do technologies like big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and/or block chain offer entrepreneurial leaders levers for change?

Sustainable and Ethical Leadership

  • How can educators create globalized leaders who can respond to and anticipate disruptive economic trends?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals in systemic change?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders navigate changing geopolitical realities while working in traditional sectors?
  • How do ethical entrepreneurs lead in entrenched systems of traditional sectors?

The Tools of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • What are the methodologies and tools that can be used by entrepreneurial leaders to innovate in established companies and sectors?
  • How can educators provide meaningful educational experiences that offer knowledge and skills students will apply throughout their careers?

Session Formats

Keynote Address

Individual ted-style talks by leading experts and industry leaders from across the globe. These sessions are prominently scheduled each day of the conference.  Duration: 20 mins talks with a 20 mins Q&A

Stakeholder Dialogues

Deep-dive Dialogues that focus on a theme, but have liberty with regard to regional or topical focus. Panels must include at least two different stakeholders, such as: Educator, Student, Government Officials, Civil Society Rep or Industry Professional. Duration: 45 mins

Skill-Up

Sessions focused on individual learning and skills development beyond the pandemic. This could take the form of a design thinking exercise, group activity or similar approaches. Duration: 40 mins

Bite-Sized Innovations

Short talks featuring a non-academic speaker (alumni, business, foundations, NGOs etc.) focusing on an innovation related to a theme. Presenters should relate to the modern learner, focused on expanding their knowledge in a quick & flexible way. Duration: 7-10 mins

Firestarter

Provocative, subject-driven moderated dialogues with two speakers. The moderator will ignite discussion using daring prompts and questions. Duration: 30 mins

PechaKucha / Ignite

Focused on the idea of “talk less, show more” to share stories and experiences, presenters should reflect that authentic experience of an individual, team or a community related to a conference theme. Duration: 8 mins

Key Dates

June 1, 2021

Call for Proposals Opens

July 16, 2021

Call for Proposals Closes

August 2, 2021

Selected speakers are notified

August 13, 2021

Selected speakers to confirm acceptance 

How to submit a proposal?

Proposals are required to be submitted through the online form. Submissions must include:


  1. Proposed Session Title
    (15-word limit)
  2. Preferred Session Format
    One of the listed formats (Keynote, Firestarter, Stakeholder Dialogue, Bite-Sized Innovations, PechaKucha/Ignite, Skill-Up)
  3. Session content overview
    that includes the objectives and what participants will take away from the session (250-word limit)
  4. Additional Resources
    If applicable, will be available for attendees to access on the Hubb platform
  5. Audience Engagement Each session must include an interactive element (i.e polling, icebreakers, etc.)

General Information.


1. Applicants may submit more than one proposal.

In the case of multiple submissions, only one proposal can be selected for inclusion on the conference agenda. Every effort will be made to ensure diversity of perspectives and expertise is represented on the agenda.

2. GBSN Membership is not required to submit a proposal.

However, priority consideration is given to proposals that include faculty or staff from a GBSN Member School.

3. Do speakers have to pay the registration fee?

Speakers whose proposals are chosen, the institution to which you are part of will register for GBSN Beyond. GBSN does not pay speakers.

4. Will their be modifications made to proposals that are accepted?

GBSN reserves the right to recommend changes to submissions upon consultation with applicants.

Conference organizers require one-time permission to publish the works on the Hubb platform and to share presentations online.

Questions?

Questions regarding the Call for Proposals and the submission process may be sent to beyond@gbsn.org.

Registration Information

DATE & TIME

Tracks: October, 2021

Virtual Conference: Nov 8-10

LOCATION

HUBB event platform.

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

Quick Links


GBSN membership is not required to attend GBSN Beyond. Members receive exclusive access to the GBSN Members meeting and a reduced conference registration rate. Registration for the conference is open to all business school educators and administrators, Professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society, policy makers and representatives of foundations, aid agencies, NGOs and government officials.

GBSN Beyond is designed to be an inclusive experience, engaging more people at institutions and organizations around the world. To encourage a more diverse audience, GBSN Beyond offers a flat organizational fee that allows an unlimited number of participants from that organization to participate in the entire GBSN Beyond experience.

Early bird Registration: June 28, 2021 – August 16, 2021

Registration Rates

GBSN Member Earlybird
$
900
USD

$1,200 USD (after August 16)
  • Unlimited # of participant access
  • Parallel Tracks
  • 3-day Virtual Conference
Non-Member Earlybird
$
1,100
USD

$1,500 USD (after August 16)
  • Unlimited # of participant access
  • Parallel Tracks
  • 3-day Virtual Conference
Individual Earlybird
$
300
/mo

$400 USD (after August 16)
  • Individual access
  • Access to 3-day Virtual Conference
  • Nov 8-10

Everyone attending any part of GBSN Beyond will need to fill out the registration form. Within the registration form, there will be three pricing options, individual, organization, and having an organizational code.

If you are registering an organization: Select the relevant registration type on the form. Once payment is completed, GBSN Beyond staff will email you a unique code to share with colleagues.

If your organization or institution registered and you have the registration code: Select the “I have a promo code” box on the form. Once you reach the payment section, enter the promo code an click apply to zero out the balance.

Once a person has completed the registration form, they will be sent a confirmation email with links to sign up for the other three tracks. (Note: these sign-ups will only be accessible to people who have filled out the registration form)

Testimonial

“GBSN’s relevant themed conferences, speakers, and interactive sessions, continue to challenge us to understand, learn and research how higher education will positively impact our shared environment.

–  David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management

A vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion.

Frequently Asked

How does an organization pay for a registration fee and provide access to its staff, students, faculty, clients, etc.?

The person completing the registration will be prompted to pay during the registration process. Once registration and payment are complete, GBSN event staff will provide a unique promo code to share with individuals along with instructions on how to register.

How many individuals can register per organization?

Unlimited registration. Once an organization is registered, they may have as many participants involved in each track as they would like.

Can I attend the virtual conference without participating in the pre-event tracks?

Yes all registered participants can attend the virtual conference despite participating in tracks. Some sessions have capacity limits, reserve your spot early.

Can I register as an individual?

Yes. You can register as an individual for $350. Individual registration provides access to the 3-day virtual conference Nov 8-10.

Sponsorship and Partnership Opportunities


DATE & TIME

Tracks: October, 2021

Virtual Conference: Nov 8-10

LOCATION

Hosted on HUBB event platform.

CONTACT

Nicole Zefran, nzefran@gbsn.org

Quick Links

Business schools are ideally placed to be the nexus between government, business and civil society in shaping a collective response to our most critical challenges.

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19[1]. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations[2]. Researchers warn the longer the delay, the more disorderly, disruptive and abrupt the policy responses to climate change will inevitably be[3]. Pre-pandemic numbers indicate approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 are likely to occur as a result of the climate emergency while areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope[4].

Every business school can act now to capture insights in the form of new curriculum content for the future we are building. Let’s translate current experiences into the lessons for sustainable development, and #buildbackbetter. By connecting business schools to business, government and civil society we hope to make a difference now.

“According to BCG research, 81% of respondents believe that better aligning educational curricula with job openings and skills gaps could resolve the skills mismatch their businesses face.”

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How are universities, businesses, and governments preparing for a new age of lifelong learning?

With an innovative approach to what a virtual conference can be, we encourage you to join us as GBSN Beyond 2021 utilizes a versatile events platform filled with a variety of engaging, distinctive content and opportunities to connect with diverse perspectives. 


As the global pandemic accelerates the shift to remote work environments, the skills mismatch is increasing quickly. What is clear is that a strong need for closer collaboration between higher-education institutions, employers and governments.

1.3 billion people have competencies misaligned with the work they perform

GBSN’s vision reinforces the central role of business schools to our mission. Our efforts to connect them to business, government, and non-profit organizations is viewed as a critical enabler, one that accelerates innovation, augments capabilities, and amplifies impact. Business and industry, in turn, should support this collaboration by investing in their people and working with higher-ed institutions to offer upskilling and reskilling opportunities along a lifelong learning path. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for action.

A vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion.

At GBSN Beyond, we hope to collectively explore multi-sector collaboration in developing talent needed for society. GBSN’s focal point is on people development. To #buildbackbetter, we must collectively build trust, understand the role of each stakeholder and embrace the notion of adaptability. The goal is to go local, developing talent within the context of local community.

GBSN Beyond 2021 is a premier international forum that convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries that include:


ACADEMIA

University leaders, including Rectors, Deans, Directors and Administrators from developed, emerging and frontier markets dedicated to developing talent needed for society.

INDUSTRY

Professionals from industry interested in leveraging capitalism for sustainability and are dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively.

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY

Professionals from aid organizations and civil society dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges with private sector solutions.

2,500+

Attendees

100+

Organizations

50+

Countries represented

30+

Sessions

Get involved. Be noticed. Make a difference.

​We have many sponsorship and partnership opportunities at GBSN Beyond, with a variety of options for visibility, engagement and promotion. Because it is virtual, GBSN Beyond convenes over 2,500+ participants from all corners of the world. Benefits include speaking opportunities, leading role in the HUMLOG Challenge and the microsimulation development lab, access to a virtual innovation marketplace, social media and email visibility, and more!


Sponsorship & Partnership

Benefit packages offer you the opportunity to build your organization’s reputation with students, faculty and leaders in global higher education as well as professionals from business and civil society.

Exhibit and Showcase

Reach new audiences and solidify existing  relationships by exhibiting at GBSN Beyond’s Virtual Exhibit Hall. Showcase your initiatives and messages across all digital platforms and in the virtual innovation marketplace.

Intersection of Business, Government and Civil society

GBSN Beyond enables the creation of new knowledge, provide meaningful experiences, and build relationships that can transform management education and training as well as provide broad visibility to your organization as a champion and change maker for economic and social development.

Active Participation in GBSN Mission and Vision

By participating in GBSN Beyond, your organization will directly contribute to the acceleration of the development of new programs, improvement of current programs and initiatives that will close the skills gap.

Visibility and Branding

Promote your organization by including content, resources, services, products in our GBSN Beyond Virtual Backpacks and engage with attendees on the virtual platform. 

Collective Action

To close the skills gap, institutions must work more closely with business to improve job-skill alignment, combining labor market data with industry guidance to determine the skills that will be needed for tomorrow’s jobs.

“For over a decade, MIT Sloan and GBSN have shared the same ambitions and goals to broaden our reach and understanding of global challenges, opportunities, and approaches.  GBSN’s relevant themed conferences, speakers, and interactive sessions, continue to challenge ourselves to understand, learn and research how higher education will positively impact our shared environment.”

–  David Capodilupo, Assistant Dean, Global Programs, MIT Sloan School of Management

Previous sponsors include: 









Carrington Crisp Logo

Monash University Business School logo


Circles of Giving.

Choose from a variety of packages that offer various benefits and opportunities and gain the biggest value with the largest impact for your organization.

Leadership Circle
USD
$
15,000
Impact Circle
USD
$
10,000
Community Circle
USD
$
8,000
Most Popular!
Mission Circle
USD
$
5,000
Innovation Market
USD
$
3,000

Why should I sponsor or partner?

Support GBSN Beyond to affiliate your organization with a dynamic, innovative experience that draws the attention of students, faculty and leaders from academic institutions; professionals from civil society and industry from all over the world. Your support also helps GBSN continue its important work, improving management and leadership talent with education and training.


  1. Build and develop relationships with influential high-level educators, business figures, and leading students and faculty
  2. Build awareness and maximize exposure of your organization’s impact
  3. Observe and discuss the latest data, market trends and research findings on talent development and people focused solutions
  4. Present your message on a global level from one platform

BenefitLeadership CircleImpact CircleCommunity CircleMission CircleInnovation Marketplace

Event AccessUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited5 spots* (non academic)Unlimited for academic institutions2 spots* (non academic)Unlimited for academic institutions
Visibility on Hubb event platformAcknowledgement during session and logo on cover slideAcknowledgement during session and logo on cover slideLogo on cover slide
Speaking opportunity Speaking opportunityOpportunity to design a track related session
Sponsor main conf sessionSponsor main conf sessionSponsor track related session
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Logo placement on login dashboard, website and
registration page
Prominent Logo placement in Main LobbyProminent Logo placement in Main LobbyLogo placement in Main Lobby
Dedicated page on Hubb platform to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page on Hubb platform to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page on Hubb platform to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page on Hubb platform to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.Dedicated page on Hubb platform to spotlight your initiatives, programs, innovations, etc.
Innovation MarketplacePrime Location, Virtual Booth
Live video chat
Prime Location, Virtual Booth
Live video chat
Virtual Booth
Live video chat
Virtual Booth
Live video chat
Virtual Booth
Live video chat
GBSN Members Meeting VisibilitySpeaking opportunity during members meetingSpeaking opportunity during members meeting
Logo on members meeting webpage & all marketing materialsLogo on members meeting webpage & all marketing materials
Social Media Visibility2 posts Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn before GBSN Beyond1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn before GBSN Beyond1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks
1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks 1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks1 post on Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during 3 tracks
1 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during conference Nov 8-101 post Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn during conference Nov 8-10
Sponsor Lightning Reel60-sec video spotlight on main stage (start of day)60-sec video spotlight on
main stage (end of day)
60-sec video spotlight at start of 1 track related session
Email CommunicationsLogo placement in all GBSN Beyond emails Logo placement in all GBSN Beyond emailsLogo placement in track related GBSN Beyond emails and bi-weekly News BulletinLogo placement in GBSN Beyond 1 issue of the bi-weekly News Bulletin
GBSN PodcastAD placement in GBSN Podcast OR participate in a 30-min podcast episode w/ a thought leader from your organizationAD placement in GBSN Podcast
GBSN eNewsletterAD placements in 2 issues GBSN eNewsletterAD placement in 1 GBSN eNewsletter issue
GBSN Beyond Promo video VisibilityVisibility in 2 GBSN Beyond Promo Videos (during event)Visibility in 1 GBSN Beyond Promo Video (pre-event)Visibility in 2 GBSN Beyond track Promo Videos (pre-event)
Event Virtual Swag BagsBranded sponsor of Swag bag page listing(coupons,
vouchers, software trials, online courses, gift cards, etc.)
Branded sponsor of Swag bag page listing(coupons,
vouchers, software trials, online courses, gift cards, etc.)
Branded sponsor of Swag bag page listing(coupons,
vouchers, software trials, online courses, gift cards, etc.)
Branded sponsor of Swag bag page listing(coupons,
vouchers, software trials, online courses, gift cards, etc.)
Branded sponsor of Swag bag page listing(coupons,
vouchers, software trials, online courses, gift cards, etc.)

Add-Ons

Sponsor of The HUMLOG Challenge

Branded sponsor of one of the four natural disaster focus areas in the competition and / or winning prize money

In order to improve the systems and processes that predict community resilience, student teams will be challenged to choose one of the four natural disasters relevant to their local community and assess the response, preparedness and resilience. The goal is to design solutions that encompasses the hazard and cultural and national diversity. Student teams will choose one of the four natural disasters to work under.

Branded sponsor of one of the four disaster themes: $1,000

  1. Wildfires
  2. Storms
  3. Droughts/Floods
  4. Earthquakes

Sponsor the 1st Place Prize: $5,000 USD

Sponsor Microsimulation Development Lab

Branded sponsor of one of the four dimensions in the microsimulation competition and / or winning prize money

Scholars, lecturers, trainers and academic faculty can form teams of 2-4 and utilize original research, case studies, experiences, and more to develop a 15-30 minute Capsim scenario, where learners are tested on skills of your choosing. In our virtual global environment, now is the time to bring locally relevant experiences to life. Educators will choose one of the four dimensions to work under.

Branded sponsor of one of the four dimension themes: $1,000

  1. Business in Health Studies
  2. Business and Environmental Security
  3. Business and Human Rights
  4. General / Miscellaneous

Sponsor the 1st Place Prize: $5,000 USD

Contact Us

Interested in sponsoring or becoming a partner? Contact us.

Nicole Zefran

Assistant Director, Communications and Membership

nzefran@gbsn.org

The HUMLOG Challenge

DATE

Tracks: October, 2021

LOCATION

HUBB event platform

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

Quick Links

GBSN and the Hanken Schools of Economics’ HUMLOG Institute invite learners across disciplines to form teams and participate in this international virtual competition focused on developing solutions to humanitarian logistics related problems. Participants have the opportunity to earn an international micro-credential after completing the competition.  The HUMLOG Challenge aims to engage learners in a team-oriented, interactive digital environment designed to facilitate collaboration and ignite innovation towards addressing disaster response systems within their local communities.

This year’s competition focuses on Community Disaster Resilience. The Covid-19 pandemic has tested communities across the world on preparedness and resilience. Major hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, droughts, and landslides, among others, constantly threaten the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations across the world. In the context of accelerated climate change and population growth, the current trend of frequent major disasters is expected to increase in the foreseeable future. To mitigate this trend, increased Disaster Resilience and Community Preparedness is essential to reduce the potential impact of humanitarian crises on the poorest communities who are disproportionately affected by these disasters.

How does it work?

Register your team.

We encourage multi-disciplinary, diversified teams of 2-4 students / members from different schools and studies, background and levels, (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctoral).

Registration opens in June.

Select disaster problem.

All participants will be prompted to indicate a problem from a natural disaster group they wish to focus on that is relevant to their community environment. 

Select a problem from a locally relevant natural disaster.

Submit a concept brief.

Complete the concept form to provide the organizers and mentors an idea of your team’s project. We will review all concepts to ensure alignment and viability.

Concept forms deadline: Sept 30


Community disaster resilience (CDR) is the mainstay of disaster readiness and risk reduction in communities across the globe. 

Teams will be prompted to choose a locally-relevant natural disaster and address the community’s preparedness, response and level of resilience.

Resilience Defined.

The United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) defines resilience as “the ability of a system, community or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of its essential basic structures and functions.“

Operationalizing this definition presents its own set of challenges.

Operationalize Resilience.

It is important to note that “resisting” and “absorbing” (and the other components embodied in the definition) embody different processes. How they are executed varies from hazard to hazard (e.g., flood readiness strategies differ from those required for seismic hazards) and from country to country (e.g. reduction and readiness program in Japan differ from those in New Zealand, yet both face comparable levels of seismic risk). How resilience is operationalized should be able to encompass, for example, the hazard, cultural and national diversity that prevails in an international context. 2

The Challenge.

In order to improve the systems and processes that predict community resilience, teams will be challenged to choose a problem relating to a natural disasters relevant to their local community and assess the response, preparedness and resilience. The goal is to design solutions that encompasses the hazard and cultural and national diversity. No problem and solution are too small. We encourage students to form teams with other countries whose communities face similar hazards. (For example, earthquakes happen in Chile, Japan and New Zealand, but how each country is prepared to respond is different.)

Participants are welcome to indicate which of the four natural disaster groups that their locally-relevant problem relates to. 

As teams assess community preparedness and response they should keep the following questions in mind.

  • What is resilience?
  • To what threats should our communities be resilient?
  • What is the state of resilience-building collaborations across the community?
  • What makes existing partnerships effective?
  • What are the challenges in achieving successful community-level collaboration for disaster resilience?
  • What remedies are available?
  • What are the essential elements of a framework for effective collaboration?

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of the humanitarian context
  • Explain how humanitarian relief is provided
  • Identify the role of logistics in humanitarian relief
  • Apply logistical principles and concepts to the humanitarian context

Online Course and Certificate

As part of the Learners Track and The HUMLOG Challenge, the Hanken School of Economics is offering participants the opportunity to take its online course, Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics, available on the FutureLearn platform. In this course participants will learn how humanitarian relief is provided and will explore the logistical concepts and principles that are applied in humanitarian operations. Learners will consider the importance of supply chain management and recognize how contextual differences alter the requirements of logistics management during aid operations.

This optional online course takes no more than two weeks to complete and estimates an average of 3 hours of work per week. After completing the course, assessments and submitting a solution in the competition, participants will earn a certificate that can be added to resumes, CVs, and LinkedIn professional accounts!

Prizes.

Stay up to date on updates, announcements, key dates. Sign-up for the mailing list.

Cash Prize.

The winning team will be offered a 5,000.00 USD prize to be used towards their continuing education!

One-on-One Mentoring

Top FIVE teams will be offered a one hour professional mentoring session from one of our judges!

Earn a certificate.

Participants have the opportunity to earn an international recognition after completing the competition. In addition, the Hanken School of Economics is offering participants the opportunity to take its online course, Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics, available on the FutureLearn platform.

More information on the competition will be released in early June when GBSN Beyond registration opens.

Microsimulation Development Lab


DATE

Tracks: October, 2021

LOCATION

HUBB event platform

CONTACT

beyond@gbsn.org

Quick Links

GBSN and Capsim have joined forces to help bring quality and experiential business learning to communities worldwide. In 2020, the GBSN Beyond Faculty Simulation Lab produced six innovative microsimulations from authors tackling various humanitarian and business challenges in developing countries. 

Building on our experience from last year, we’re inviting scholars, lecturers, trainers, and academic faculty to design and develop an inbox simulation using current data, research, cases, and personal experiences.

How does the Microsim Development Lab work?

As part of the Educators Track for GBSN Beyond, teams of 2-4 will design and build a 15-30 minute inbox simulation experience. These microsimulations will immerse learners in real-world scenarios and evaluate essential skills in a realistic context. 

We are looking for creative and innovative geographic locations, cultures, scenarios, and skillsets not usually found in typical curricula and aligned with our chosen themes.


  1. Business in Health Studies
  2. Business in Environmental Security
  3. Business and Human Rights
  4. General / Miscellaneous

What’s an Inbox Simulation?

Students want engaging learning experiences, and employers want career-ready graduates.

Completion of empirical and applied learning experiences provide applicants an advantage in the recruitment process.

CapsimInbox offers a validated, day-in-the-life microsimulation platform to help educators bring real-world learning experiences into any environment — giving students the practice and feedback they need to develop essential career skills in an authentic business context.

Students enter a familiar email environment and assume an employee’s role at a fictitious company. As they navigate real scenarios and make decisions by responding to emails and instant messages, CapsimInbox evaluates skill levels and provides immediate, actionable feedback for meaningful development.

60% of employers don’t believe that recent graduates are well-prepared for their jobs.

CapsimInbox prepares learners to effectively apply the knowledge they’ve gained to real-world situations. Individuals are immersed in a role at a fictitious company and must choose what they believe are the best responses to various real-world scenarios. Responses indicate proficiency levels on the skills being measured, such as communicating, prioritizing, managing talent, generating solutions and many more.

Scholars, lecturers, trainers and academic faculty can form teams of 2-4 and utilize original research, case studies, experiences, and more to develop a 15-30 minute Capsim scenario, where learners are tested on skills of your choosing. In our virtual global environment, now is the time to bring locally relevant experiences to life.

Assess soft skills.

Soft skills are more critical than ever. But they’re notoriously difficult to assess. CapsimInbox provides a quick and easy way to put learners in authentic situations while objectively measuring behavioral skills, such as leadership and critical thinking, with every response.

Make learning more accessible.

Give your learners a fun, practical, and bite-sized experience anywhere, anytime with virtually no administrative burden. Build better sites faster with powerful site building tools for the WordPress editor.

Provide immediate and actionable feedback.

Meaningful development starts with accurate self-awareness. CapsimInbox generates personalized and actionable feedback to every learner–helping them uncover strengths, weaknesses, and a path for development.

Bring knowledge and concepts to life in a real-world context.

Context is critical to help learners understand how to apply knowledge to new situations or problems.

01

Business in Health Studies

The health studies dimension aims to facilitate and promote cross-sector collaboration by developing simulations that deliver scenarios where business, government, NGOs and educational institutions are working together on developing innovative solutions to complex health-related problems.

02

Business and Environmental Security

This dimension focuses on the role and responsibility of business towards achieving environmental security. Each industry has a responsibility to make a significant reduction in their carbon footprint. Businesses must demonstrate environmental awareness and involve all stakeholders in implementing its sustainability strategy.

03

Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights includes gender equality, anti corruption, vulnerable population protections, etc. The modern business environment must work as a representative and protector for human rights.

04

General / Miscellaneous

This dimension is for scholars, lecturers, trainers and academic faculty who are looking to develop a globally, yet locally relevant microsimulation that does not necessarily fit into any of the above categories.

Prizes

1st Place Prize

The winning team receives $5,000 and recognition as a CapsimInbox author with the opportunity to bring their simulation to market and earn royalties.

Participation

In addition to developing the timely skills of building meaningful, online teaching tools, each team that completes their version will have the opportunity to work with Capsim to bring their version to market and earn royalties

How does it work?

Register Your Team.

Complete the registration form by clicking the button below. We encourage teams of 2-3 members to help break up the work.

Registration opens June 2021.

Submit your concept.

Complete the concept form by clicking the button below. We will review all concepts to ensure alignment and viability.

Concept forms deadline: Sept 30

Build your microsim.

Start building your concept in the CapsimInbox Authoring Platform. Complete our certification course to hone your skills.

Microsims deadline: Nov 2

GBSN Beyond 2021

DATE & TIME

Tracks: October, 2021

Conference: Nov 8-10

LOCATION

HUBB event platform.

CONTACT

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Business schools are ideally placed to be the nexus between government, business and civil society in shaping a collective response to our most critical challenges.

Existing inequalities have been exposed and exacerbated by COVID–19[1]. Our world after the global pandemic is likely to see the proliferation of these inequalities unless we focus on the inclusive management of our multiple challenges. From access to healthcare and education to the all-encompassing disruptions of climate change, as leaders of management education we have to forge a response that recognizes and addresses with intent the disparate ways these issues affect various populations[2]. Researchers warn the longer the delay, the more disorderly, disruptive and abrupt the policy responses to climate change will inevitably be[3]. Pre-pandemic numbers indicate approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050 are likely to occur as a result of the climate emergency while areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in developing countries – will be the least able to cope[4].

Let’s translate current experiences into lessons for sustainable development. By connecting business schools to government, business and civil society, we hope to make a difference now.

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast? How are universities, businesses, and governments preparing for a new age of lifelong learning?


A vibrant hub of exchange, learning, collaboration and discussion.

The extreme effects of technological progress on the world economy, combined with demographic change and globalization, have led to a critical societal problem: how to arm people with the needed skills to have a hand in the economy – now and in the future. 

GBSN Beyond 2021 is a premier international forum that convenes over 2,500+ participants from over 50+ countries that include:


ACADEMIA

University leaders, including Rectors, Deans, Directors and Administrators from developed, emerging and frontier markets.

INDUSTRY

Professionals from industry dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively and efficiently.

GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY

Professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively and efficiently.

Themes.

How do we upskill, collaborate, and innovate across sectors with a need so urgent and vast?


Humanitarian Logistics

Climate Change

Healthcare

Human Rights

3 Parallel Tracks

OCTOBER 1-29

Complex problems are best solved when a group leverages diverse perspectives, expanding the possible solutions through multiple inputs.

GBSN Beyond brings together educators, learners and leaders from business, academia and civil society to collectively develop sustainable solutions to some of the complex problems our societies are facing.

Educators Track

For scholars, lecturers, trainers and academic faculty across disciplines who are looking to connect with like minded colleagues on teaching innovations.

Featuring a Microsimulation Development Lab

Learners Track

For students and professionals and lifelong learners across disciplines who are looking to reskill, upskill and learn how business can make a positive impact on society.

Featuring the HUMLOG Student Competition

Leadership Track

For leaders from business, education, government and civil society who are looking to collaborate on developing talent that is needed today.

PROMPTS

Sessions, keynotes, discussions and activities at GBSN Beyond will be designed to address questions within the following 4 sub-themes.

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

  • How can collaborative, cross-disciplinary thinking be brought to solve big problems?
  • How can business educators partner with colleagues in science and engineering to create sustainable solutions while preparing technical graduates with entrepreneurial leadership skills?
  • How can the stakeholders in these traditional sectors engage with educators to meet their goals and address changing economic realities?

Technology and Big Data

  • How can information and communication technologies (ICT) bring entrepreneurial thinking into traditional sectors?
  • How do technologies like big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and/or block chain offer entrepreneurial leaders levers for change?

Sustainable and Ethical Leadership

  • How can educators create globalized leaders who can respond to and anticipate disruptive economic trends?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals in systemic change?
  • How can entrepreneurial leaders navigate changing geopolitical realities while working in traditional sectors?
  • How do ethical entrepreneurs lead in entrenched systems of traditional sectors?

The Tools of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • What are the methodologies and tools that can be used by entrepreneurial leaders to innovate in established companies and sectors?
  • How can educators provide meaningful educational experiences that offer knowledge and skills students will apply throughout their careers?

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Virtual Communications and Resources


Pathable is the chosen virtual event tool for the GBSN Beyond experience. 

To help facilitate interaction and information sharing, we’ve created a website and app where attendees can build their personal schedules, talk to the other attendees and access conference materials.

The Virtual Event Platform will allow attendees to:

  • View the profiles and interests of the other attendees
  • Build a personalized schedule of talks to attend
  • Download hand-outs and materials
  • Engage in conversations and video calls with your fellow attendees

Content

The culminating online event will bring three tracks together through a program including short keynote addresses, presentations, development workshops, and social activities that will be scheduled November 9-13, 2020. To ensure our members and partners around the world have opportunities to interact and ask questions, the scheduling of the sessions will be spread out for the convenience of attendees in every time zone. All live broadcasted sessions will be recorded and made available on the platform. The virtual event will include a combination of pre-recorded and live content.

Access

The virtual event platform will be made available to all registered participants on September 14th.

To gain access to the virtual platform you must have a registration code. In the spirit of accessibility and inclusivity, we are offering an institutional rate which allows an unlimited number of persons (students, faculty, and administrators) per institution to register and participate – reflecting our commitment to supporting schools during these challenging times.

An individual fee will accommodate all persons not affiliated to an institution. Before registering as an individual, please check with your institution to see if your organization is already registered. Here is the list of registered institutions.

Financial support will be made available based on need and availability for institutions in low income countries. Institutions who need financial support should email Nicole Zefran at nzefran@gbsn.org

Virtual Event

The culminating online event will bring the three tracks together through a program including keynote fire starters, presentations, development workshops, and social activities that will be scheduled Monday, November 9 to Friday, November 13, 2020.

To ensure our members and partners around the world have opportunities to interact and ask questions, the scheduling of the sessions will be spread out for the convenience of attendees in every time zone. All live broadcasted sessions will be recorded and made available on the platform. The virtual event will include a combination of pre-recorded and live content.

Virtual networking, live and recorded sessions, health and well-being activities

The Audience

University leaders, including Rectors, Deans, Directors and Administrators from developed, emerging and frontier markets

Students from all disciplines, including undergraduate, graduate and PhDs from developed, emerging and frontier markets

Faculty and lecturers from universities in developed, emerging and frontier markets

Professionals from industry, aid organizations, and civil society dedicated to addressing economic and social challenges effectively and efficiently

Variety of Sessions:

Keynote Fire Starters

Live keynote address with top academic and industry leaders on controversial topics related to challenges and opportunities shaping the future of higher education and business. Live chat with Q&A throughout session.

Leadership Roundtables

These roundtables will discuss pressing the reports produced from the leadership track. Topics include the future of project based learning, innovating in global programs and the role of business schools in building more inclusive societies.

Innovation Showcases

A short pre-recorded presentation on a particular innovative solution that addresses challenges faced across the industry.

Live chat with Q&A throughout the session.

Development Workshops

Workshops will provide participants the opportunity to strengthen their skills and knowledge in a particular area. The workshops will aim to provide a collaborative and active-learning environment for participants. Attendees should leave with skills, knowledge and resources they can apply in their own environment.

Panel Discussions

Live panel discussions focused on topics such as the future of project-based learning, international mobility of people and ideas, future of executive education, globalization, entrepreneurship, online learning, the case method.

LIVE Student Presentations

The HUMLOG Student Competition TOP 10 teams will present their projects in a LIVE open Zoom meeting to the judging panel that will include a Q&A portion. GBSN Beyond participants will be able to join the audience. 

Registration

Individual Rate

$200 USD

An individual fee offers you access to the virtual event and the virtual platform. In the spirit of accessibility and inclusivity, we are introducing an institutional rate which allows an unlimited number of persons (students, faculty, and administrators) per institution to register and participate – reflecting our commitment to supporting schools during these challenging times.

Financial support will be made available based on need and availability for institutions in low income countries. Institutions who need financial support should email Nicole Zefran at nzefran@gbsn.org

*rates displayed are early bird rates and are subject to increase after August 31, 2020.

Faculty Simulation Lab: CapsimInbox

Welcome to GBSN Beyond’s first faculty simulation lab in partnership with CapsimInbox, where you will bring your work to life!

In the theme of “Beyond,” GBSN and Capsim are partnering to bring faculty an interactive and creative experience that takes knowledge Beyond the Classroom. As participants, you will have the opportunity to form teams and utilize your own research, case studies, experiences, and more to develop your own 45-60 minute CapsimInbox scenario, where students are tested on skills of your choosing. In our virtual global environment, now is the time to bring regional and culturally relevant experiences to life.

CapsimInbox is a microsimulation platform that simulates an email environment where learners face real-world scenarios. As faculty participants, you will use current data, research, cases, etc., to develop into the CapsimInbox simulation format and provide that information in the application concept. We are looking for creative and innovative geographic locations, cultures, scenarios, and skill sets not usually found in typical curricula.

The winning faculty team will be offered a cash prize, along with recognition as a CapsimInbox author and royalty rights. This opportunity allows for portfolio expansion beyond the normal written studies and a personal touch in the new wave of virtual experiential learning.

What is CapsimInbox?

The easy and experiential way to engage and develop today’s learners.

60% of employers don’t believe that recent graduates are well-prepared for their jobs. CapsimInbox prepares learners to effectively apply the knowledge they’ve gained to real-world situations. Individuals are immersed in a role at a fictitious company and must choose what they believe are the best responses to various real-world scenarios. Responses indicate proficiency levels on the skills being measured, such as communicating, prioritizing, managing talent, generating solutions and many more.

Simulation Prompt

As faculty member participants, you are to take current data, research, cases, etc., that you would like to see in CapsimInbox simulation format and provide that information in the application concept. We are looking for creative and innovative geographic locations, cultures, scenarios, and skill sets not usually found in typical curricula.

Ex: You are an Indian manager of an Ethiopian garment factory and are running into cultural barriers for process understanding.

CapsimInbox is a microsimulation platform that simulates an email environment where learners face real-world scenarios. As faculty member participants, you are to take current data, research, cases, etc., that you would like to see in CapsimInbox simulation format and provide that information in the application concept. We are looking for creative and innovative geographic locations, cultures, scenarios, and skill sets not usually found in typical curricula.

Prize Information

The winning faculty team will be offered a 5,000 USD cash prize, as well as recognition as a CapsimInbox author with the opportunity to bring the simulation to market and earn royalties! Every participating team will be offered the opportunity to work with Capsim and bring their version to market with the potential to earn royalties.

Checkpoints

TimelineSuggested Checkpoints
Checkpoint One
(End of August)
This is your opportunity to explore all of the unique resources provided by Capsim, as well as participate in the IAP Certification course!
Checkpoint Two
September 14
Working with your team, or as an individual, you will be able to brainstorm a one-of-a-kind scenario roles, skills, and components that are integrated in your simulation.
Checkpoint Three
October 19
In this phase, you will be working directly with the Capsim team to bring your ideas to life!
Checkpoint 4
November 2
Final submission due.
Checkpoint Five
November 9-13
Watch as different participants use your simulation in a real-life setting.  Interact with users and participate in the competition!

Team Formation

Faculty have the opportunity to participate as individuals or teams of up to 3 including instructional designers, research assistants, and/or PhD students (no more than 3 members). Faculty teams are encouraged to diversify in areas of expertise, universities/schools, and geographic regions.

Registration

Please use the registration form link provided for the simulation after your institution has registered for GBSN Beyond. Shortly after your submission, you and your team members will be provided with access to the CapsimInbox Authoring Platform to begin creating your microsimulation. Click here for a list of registered institutions

If you have not received a registration link, please click here.

Teams should register before Wednesday, September 30th at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.

Concept Form

Once resources and the concept development process has been completed, teams are to curate their concept form no later than Thursday, October 1st at 10:00 PM EDT to be emailed to matt.shell@capsim.com and evan.meyer@capsim.com.

Special Resources

These resources are unique to Capsim and can be discovered in detail here. In the spirit of accessibility and inclusivity, we are offering an institutional rate which allows an unlimited number of persons (students, faculty, and administrators) per institution to register and participate in all track activities and the virtual event – reflecting our commitment to supporting schools during these challenging times. Before registering as an individual, please check with your institution to see if your organization is already registered. Here is the list of registered institutions.

CapsimInbox Guided Tour

This web-based tool will allow you to explore the CapsimInbox participant experience in less than 5 minutes. This will include a walkthrough of the user interface, describe different types of email and instant message responses that can be created, demonstrate the company drive functionality, and provide a sample on how participants select email responses. Additionally, this Guided Tour will describe how participants will be provided with instantaneous reports that will showcase their overall performance, developmental index, self-awareness levels, and skill gaps.Add image

5-minute Demo

This web-based demo will provide an abridged experience of CapsimInbox: Human Resources as an example. This 5-minute demo will provide you with a few examples of scenarios in the form of emails and instant messages that you can respond to. This demo will also introduce you to the user interface of CapsimInbox and display how email content and responses can be authored to create an immersive and engaging experience.

Judging Criteria

Describes the (5) criteria that GBSN and Capsim will be utilizing to assess each created CapsimInbox. During the virtual event, attendees will be provided with access to experience all versions created by participating teams. This section will also describe how GBSN Beyond attendees can vote for their favorite version during the virtual conference. Based on these (5) criteria and attendee feedback, Capsim and GBSN will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competition winners.

Case Templates

The case templates document details (4) simulation templates that your team can choose from that will define your simulation’s scenario and key skills to be assessed. These templates were created to be in line with GBSN’s mission and will provide a general scenario, topical area, and suggested skills to be assessed. You have the option to focus on your own topic that relates to GBSN’s mission as well, such as sustainability.

Concept Form

The concept form is how teams will submit their concept to be approved by GBSN and Capsim to proceed. After reviewing the Competition Resource Page, teams will complete the Concept Form by defining what scenario they would like to pursue, indicate key information such as the fictional participant role, skills that will be assessed, primary subject/topical areas, the industry and country(ies) the version is set in, and the name of the version they are creating. Teams will have the option to contact Capsim to conduct a “Concept Check” in order to ensure that the CapsimInbox Authoring Platform can bring their vision to life.

1-Hour Certification Course

This 1-hour certification will provide teams with a walkthrough tutorial on how to navigate the CapsimInbox Authoring Platform, provide best practices on how to create content, and demonstrate all features and functionality. This Certification Course is expected to take one hour to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section provides answers to common questions related to authoring CapsimInbox microsimulations. Topics include: judging criteria, winner announcement, suggested simulation length/duration, Capsim Support info, and a recommended developmental timeline.

Submission

Final simulations are due before Monday, November 2nd at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Judging

In this first ever faculty experience, who better to judge the experiential learning platforms than the students themselves?  In a twist of events, students (and others) will be provided the opportunity to go through the different simulations in a live demo. They will rank based on favorites and whether they meet the five central criteria.

RelevancePracticalityClarityVersatilityEngagement
How well did the version relate to the subject area selected?Did the version create a realistic, high fidelity experience?Was the version experience clear and concise in that the time investment was relative to the value of the participant?Does the version have broad use in academia globally?Was the version creative and fun to experience?

Code of Conduct

GBSN Beyond Faculty Simulation — Terms

The following terms apply to participation in this competition (“Team Competition”).  Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, visual content, data sets, scripts, or other content, materials, solutions, or discoveries (a “Submission”).  All submissions will abide by the GBSN Conduct Statement Below.

GBSN Conduct

Unethical behavior, including but not limited to plagiarism or academic dishonesty, will automatically lead to the disqualification of the team, as well as banning from future competitions for a period of time to be determined by GBSN, and notification of the representatives of the school.

Media

Photos, videos, and/or other media may be taken in the GBSN Team Competition. By entering and attending this virtual event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by GBSN and/or CapsimInbox in connection with communications about the GBSN Team Competition or in other communications.

Capsim Terms

Capsim will prompt all users after the registration process to sign an agreement in accordance to Capsim intellectual property rights, royalty information, and licensing agreements, along with other information.

If you do not agree to this usage, please do not attend and contact mhandler@gbsn.org

Tools for Virtual Communication

Most of the Simulation Lab work will be conducted directly on the CapsimInbox platform. We will be using Zoom for the webinar resources, which will also be recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  Zoom will also be used for all conversations, trainings, etc. in the development stage. Pathable is the chosen virtual event tool for the GBSN Beyond experience.  Though Zoom is integrated, Pathable allows for networking, vendor hall communication, and more.

Contact

Once successfully registered, teams will be given their slot time information one week prior to the event.

For any program questions or requests, please email GBSN’s Maddie Handler at mhandler@gbsn.org

For any technology questions or requests, please email Capsim’s Matt Shell at matt.shell@capsim.com 

About CapsimInbox

CapsimInbox is a one-of-a-kind simulated email experience that measures key career skills with every reply. Capsim is the leading program developer for virtual experiential learning all over the world. With the award-winning Inbox experience, individuals are immersed in a role at a fictitious company and must choose what they believe are the best responses to various real-world scenarios. For more information visit: https://go.capsim.com/inbox/

Student Competition: The HUMLOG Challenge

Welcome to GBSN Beyond’s inaugural Student Competition in partnership with Hanken School of Economics’ Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute).

Taking you Beyond Graduation, this is the first competition of its kind, involving both a globally recognized network and a leading institution in humanitarian logistics.

GBSN and the HUMLOG Institute have worked together to bring students an interdisciplinary, team-oriented, interactive digital competition experience, that drives solution development in their local communities. We are moving beyond the traditional competition and allowing for absolute creativity and exploration for sustainable humanitarian solutions. Throughout the month of October, teams will work through checkpoints. The Student Track will also offer teams access to professional development workshops and webinars focused on careers and learning. First place offers a cash prize to aid implementation!

We hope you, as participants, are inspired and implement much-needed change in your local communities.

Innovative Solutions for 
Supply Sourcing and/or Delivery

Your task is to identify a systematic supply chain problem within your community and suggest an innovative solution that would help alleviate medical and/or food supply chain disruptions during the current COVID-19 pandemic or other regional issue. The focus can be on any aspect of the supply chain, though we specifically encourage material procurement and/or delivery.  We encourage you to think out of the box, engage local participants, and record local perspectives.

Example: Your town in South Africa is lacking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a solution your team could come up with is utilizing your university’s 3-D printer to create recyclable PPE for the local clinics.

Prize Information

The winning team will be offered a 5,000 USD prize to be used towards their continuing education!

Top FIVE teams will be offered a one hour professional mentoring session from one of our judges!

*This opportunity will be catered to the best times of the team and judge and can be used within a year post-event

In partnership with Localized, all participating teams will have access to participate in employment development opportunities such as a two-day virtual career fair. Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with potential employers across various industries from across the globe. All teams will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a Virtual Presentation Hall. This opportunity allows for networking, idea development, and unique presentations that can both spark interest and create investment in the ideas.

This also an incredible opportunity to add your CV experience!

Team Formation & Sign-Up

We encourage multi-disciplinary, diversified teams, with members from different schools and studies, background and levels, (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctoral). That being said, teams from the same schools are welcome! Sign ups for teams continue until the submission date for solutions on November 2nd.

Note: Only ONE student needs to sign up the entire team.

  • 3 to 5 students per team
  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate students welcome
  • Team members DO NOT have to be registered at the same school
  • All majors welcome
  • Interdisciplinary teams are highly encouraged
  • Team facilitators can be provided by GBSN if requested
  • If you are unable to formulate a team of 3-5 but would like to participate, please complete a registration form and we will attempt to place you in a team

Note: Once all team members are registered overall for the GBSN Beyond conference, only one team member needs to sign up the entire team for the competition via a link provided after initial registration. Team members can reach out to their school for their unique registration code.

Proposed Weekly Schedule

This is a proposed outline for how teams should best manage their time.

Week One (Oct 5-9)Topics are discussed and reviewed
A project topic is developed
Week Two (Oct 12-16)The project idea is investigated and background material collected.
This could include survey preparation, reaching out for interviews, etc
Week Three (Oct 19-23)Data collected for the proposed problem.
Development of solution.
Week Four (Oct 26-30)Data is analyzed and solution is determined
Preparations for final presentation

Submission Guidelines

Each team will prepare a Solutions Package. The package will incorporate both written and visual elements. Teams will submit a written report and a visual creative presentation. The presentation should include a visual that can be in any chosen digital format, (PowerPoint, Google Slides, MP4, JPEG, PNG etc.), but must be in English or with an English translation and videos must be limited to only 2 minutes in length and identify the following:

  • The region represented
  • Problem outlined
  • Proof of research
  • The solution and implementation plan

The written report must be no longer than 5 pages in length (double spaced) and must be in English. It will be separated into the following:

  • Introduction and Executive Summary
  • Problem Framing (inclusive of the connection within the community ecosystem and supply chain)
  • Solution Description
  • Proof of Research
  • Implementation Exploration

Submission deadline is Sunday, November 2nd at 10 PM of your respected time zone. To be submitted on the Pathable site.

We are so excited to see your creativity!

Finalist LIVE Presentation Guidelines

The TOP 5 teams will present their projects in a LIVE open Zoom meeting to the judging panel that will include a Q&A portion during the culminating virtual event November 9-13. Other GBSN Beyond participants will be able to join the audience. Final presentation time slots will be allocated ONE week before they are due to take place.

Presentation Time

15 mins

Judges’ Q&A

10 mins

Format

Slides, PPT, Prezi, etc.

Judging Process

Preliminary judging of all submissions will begin November 3rd after all presentations, summaries, and graphics have been delivered.  A panel of expert academics will be reviewing your materials to determine the top five teams that will move on to the final judging, which requires a formal presentation to the following jury, who will be scoring on the four criteria mentioned below. Those top five teams will be announced November 6th.

Chair: Gyöngyi Kovács, Hanken School of Economics

Prof. Gyöngyi Kovács is Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics at the Hanken School of Economics and is the Subject Head of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. Prof. Kovács led the HUMLOG Institute since its establishment in 2008 until 2014. She is a founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM) and is on the editorial board of several other journals. She has published extensively in the areas of humanitarian logistics and sustainable supply chain management and is currently leading the EU project HERoS on the COVID-19 response.

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel is the founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab in the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems, and decision support technology. Dr. Goentzel leads fieldwork in a range of contexts to develop insights that improve response efforts during emergencies and strengthen supply chains in vulnerable communities. He has created residential and online courses and in humanitarian logistics, international operations, and supply chain finance, and has extensive experience using simulation games to build intuition and leadership skills.

Dr. Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim is an Associate Professor  of Operations Management at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and the Director of the MBA programs at AUC School of Business. She has been jointly awarded the Ted Eschenbach prize for best paper in Engineering Management Journal, and the “Bright Idea” award, for her paper in New Jersey Publications. Her current research interests include sustainable supply chain management, responsible sourcing, supplier governance, and supply chain technology adoption. She is an expert on SMEs’ business growth and development and was a core faculty member of Goldman Sachs (GS) Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program (WEL) that has overseen the graduation of hundreds of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East as part of GS 10,000 Women Initiative.

Prof. Tina Wakolbinger is the Deputy Head of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is an international award-winning researcher for her work on supply chain management, with specific interests in humanitarian supply chains and closed-loop supply chains, based on variational inequalities, game-theory, optimization, and agent-based simulation. She received her Master’s in International Economic and Business Studies from University of Innsbruck, Austria and her PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Larry St. Onge is President of the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector at DHL, Customer Solutions & Innovation. He is a member of the Customer Solutions & Innovation Global Senior Management Team and heads the DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Global Senior Management Team. He is responsible for driving the growth and development of life sciences and healthcare business on a global scale and leads sector strategy along with commercial and solution development. During his 14 years at DHL, he has held several leadership positions across several sectors, developing innovative customer solutions and working to expand DHL’s capabilities around the globe.

Judging Criteria

Problem FramingInnovationRelevancePresentation
Does the team showcase evident research in their solution development and framing of the problem?Does the team provide convincing rationale to the actual innovation? Is the solution innovative?Is the solution feasible and relevant to the selected represented region?How effective was the presentation? Did the team showcase a diversity of backgrounds that lends to solution credibility?

Resources

The following resources are available to reference throughout the competition as reading and learning materials, as well as for inspiration.

  • Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics free online course
  • HERoS Project by HUMLOG
  • HUMLOG Institutes’ past and current research projects
  • WHO’s technical specifications of materials needed in the COVID-19 response (download the disease commodity package info)
  • COVID-19 Supply Chain Impact Update by some of the World’s Leading Supply Chain and Logistics Academics here 
  • The World Pandemic Research Network (WPRN) a database on ongoing COVID/19 research projects
  • GloPID-R’s COVID-19 research tracker here

Policies

  1. Terms

    The following terms apply to participation in this competition (“Team Competition”).  Entrants may create original solutions, prototypes, visual content, data sets, scripts, or other content, materials, solutions, or discoveries (a “Submission”).  All submissions will abide by the GBSN Conduct Statement Below.

  2. Code of Conduct

    Unethical behaviour, including but not limited to plagiarism or academic dishonesty, will automatically lead to the disqualification of the team, as well as banning from future competitions for a period of time to be determined by GBSN, and notification of the academic representatives of the school.

  3. Intellectual Property Rights

    Contestants may be individuals or organizations (profit, non-profit organizations, academic).  Contestants are responsible for compliance with legal requirements of their country. Intellectual property rights of Submissions will be owned by the Contestants but must be made available on public licenses that allow re-use without restrictions. All submissions will be made publicly available on GBSN website and attributed to the individual or organization as its creator and intellectual property right owner.  Once a Submission is submitted to GBSN, the Contestant cannot make any changes or alterations to the Submission after the Challenge close date.

  4. Submission Terms

    GBSN and HUMLOG are not responsible for: (1) any false, incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Contestants or GBSN Beyond ; (2) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the submission process or the Competition; (3) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Competition or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Contestant’s  participation in the Competition or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. No more than the stated amount of prizes will be awarded.

    Submissions must a) be original; b) be solely owned by Contestant, who represents that no other party has any rights or interest, whether known or unknown; and 3) Contestant represents that it has obtained the license or permission to use materials owned by third parties  granting  Contestant  the right to use such third party or proprietary materials for the Submission and 4) does not violate the privacy rights of other parties.

  5. Prize Money

    Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associated with prize receipt. No transfer or substitution of a prize is permitted except by GBSN. If a team of individuals from different universities is selected as a prize winner, the prize will be awarded to the group and it will be split equally to the universities represented by the individuals to be disseminated as scholarship funds.

  6. Media

    Photos, videos, and/or other media may be taken in the GBSN Team Competition. By entering and attending this virtual event, you acknowledge and agree that your likeness may be included in photos and videos of the event and used by GBSN and/or HUMLOG in connection with communications about the GBSN Team Competition or in other communications.

    If you do not agree to this usage, please do not attend and contact mhandler@gbsn.org.

Contact

For any questions or requests, please email Maddie Handler, Program, Coordinator at mhandler@gbsn.org.

ABOUT: The Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute) conducts research in areas of humanitarian logistics, including disaster preparedness, response and recovery, with the intention of influencing activities that will provide measurable benefits to persons requiring assistance. The HUMLOG Institute is a platform and a physical space for researchers to share ideas and disseminate knowledge in this field. The Institute has since its foundation in 2008, grown into a large international network of researchers from around the world. The main related output is publications, with a focus on high-quality peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. The research contributes to education and strives to have an impact on society.

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