Student Track

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.

In the theme of “Beyond,” 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 own backyard. 

We are moving beyond the traditional competition and allowing for absolute creativity and exploration for sustainable humanitarian solutions. We hope you, as participants, are inspired and implement much-needed change in your local communities.


Innovative solutions for 
Supply Sourcing and/or Delivery

Every community (city or region) has areas of concern within its supply chain, especially in the wake of COVID-19. Your role is to identify a specific problem within the system and offer a solution. This could be related to COVID-19 or other regional issues. We encourage you to think out of the box, engage local participants, and record local perspectives.

*Your task is to identify such a problem within your community and suggest an innovative solution that would help your community alleviate their medical and/or food supply chain disruptions during the current pandemic or other regional issue.

The focus can be on any aspect of the supply chain, though we specifically encourage a focus on material procurement and/or delivery.  We encourage you to think out of the box, engage local participants, and record local perspectives.


All participating teams will have access to participate in a NGO focused virtual career fair. Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with representatives of leading NGOs looking to hire you!

All top ten teams will have the opportunity to showcase their work in the “Virtual Presentation Hall.”  This opportunity allows for networking, idea development, and unique presentations that can both spark interest and create investment in the ideas.

In addition to scholarship prizes and a free participation in the career fair, the winning three teams will be offered the opportunity to choose one organization participating in the career fair for a one-on-one conversation regarding career opportunities. The winning individuals are welcome to schedule that time at their own convenience.

*prizes are subject to terms and conditions


TimelineProposed Schedule
Week 1 (Oct 5-9)Topics discussed and reviewed
Solutions hypothesized
Week 2 (Oct 12-16)Solutions further explored
Survey preparation, sourcing interview, etc.
Week 3 (Oct 19-23)Research collected for proposed problem & Solution
Week 4 (Oct 26-30)Research analyzed, solutions deemed suitable
Preparations for final presentations
Nov 2Presentations are finalized, rehearsed, & submitted


We encourage multi-disciplinary, diversified teams, with members from various schools and studies, background and levels, (Undergraduate, Graduate, or Doctoral).

  • 3 to 5 students per team
  • Undergraduate, Graduate, and Postgraduate students welcomed
  • Team members DO NOT have to be registered at the same school
  • All majors welcomed.
  • Interdisciplinary teams 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 teams are registered, they will be given a link to the conference site where teams can network with one another and/or individuals can place a call for other individuals to form a team.


Registration will open in August 2020. Registration deadline is October 1, 2020 at midnight EST.


Presentation can be in any chosen digital format, (PowerPoint, Google Slides, videos, written report, etc.), but must include a one page “poster” that clearly identifies:

  • The region represented
  • Problem identified
  • Proof of research
  • The solution presented

This visual can be a handout, slide, PDF, or infographic. In addition, an executive summary of the project (maximum 500 words) in a Word format should be submitted.

All submissions must be in English.

Submission deadline is Sunday, November 2nd at 10 PM your respected time zone. For oral presentations/pitches, a written brief outline is still required for judging purposes.


Presentation Time

15 minutes

Judges’ Q & A

10 minutes


Any format: Slides, PPT, Prezi, etc.

The ten finalists teams will present their projects in an open  Zoom meeting to the judging panel on November 10.

Final presentation time slots will be allocated ONE week before they are due to take place.


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 ten 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. *The top ten teams will be announced November 6th.

Lead Judge: Dr Gyöngyi Kovács

Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics at the Hanken School of Economics and is the Head of Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility. She has published widely in humanitarian logistics and sustainable supply chain management. She is the Director of the HUMLOG Institute and lectures in supply chain management and corporate geography.


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?


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
  • Introduction to Humanitarian Logistics free online MOOC course
  • 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


  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


For any questions or requests, please email Maddie Handler at

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.