Microsimulation Development Lab


Tracks: October, 2021


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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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