Microsimulation Development Lab

Taking you BEYOND the classroom, the Educators Track is designed for scholars, lecturers, trainers, and university faculty across disciplines who want to connect with like-minded colleagues on teaching innovations, research and pedagogy needed serve communities and develop talent the world needs now.

Since 2020, GBSN and Capsim have joined forces to help bring quality and experiential business learning to communities worldwide through the Microsimulation Development Lab experience. The two organizations brought together scholars, lecturers, trainers, and academic faculty worldwide to design and develop a micro inbox simulation using current data, research, cases, and personal experiences.

Teams of 1-4 educators come together to design these 15-30 minute microsimulations, which immerse learners in real-world scenarios and evaluate essential skills in a realistic context.

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.

How does the Microsim Development Lab work?

This year, the Microsimulation Development Lab is offering an opportunity to earn two unique digital badges, which will properly prepare participants who are serious in developing a microsimulation.

These two badging opportunities provide faculty participants support in the process of designing and building a 15-30 minute inbox simulation experience. Faculty will understand how to bring these simulations to the classroom. These microsimulations will immerse learners in real-world scenarios and evaluate essential skills in a realistic context.

Digital Badge Offering One

The Microsimulation Development Lab typically requires registered participants to sign up with the concept of their microsimulation prepared. This year we are offering an introductory workshop on what goes into the microsimulation development process to enable potential faculty participants the opportunity to learn more about what goes into the process before committing to participate. GBSN and Capsim will issue a digital badge for faculty members who attends and completes the workshop. This 90 minute workshop will be led by GBSN and the CapsimInbox team who will be walking interested academics through the idea creation and development process, as well as what is required to finish the microsimulation for publishing. Participation in the introductory workshop is required to continue onto the simulation design phase.

Interested in Participating?

Faculty members may only participate in the microsimulation development lab if their institution is registered for GBSN Beyond 2022. Individuals from institutions that have already registered and paid still must complete the registration form to gain access to the Microsimulation Development Lab and the virtual conference event platform. Please use the unique promo code you were given to waive all fees. Click here to see if your institution is registered. Sign-up for the Microsimulation Development Lab via the online registration form.

Digital Badge Offering Two

Upon completion of the introductory workshop, participants will decide if they want to continue to the microsimulation development phase. This is optional. However, it is assumed that if individuals choose to move onto the development phase, they are committing to completing the design process until the microsimulation is finished.

Individuals and teams will be taken through guided checkpoints provided by Capsim.  These resources will be provided as needed throughout the month of October.  Upon submission and judging, all CapsimInbox authors will be granted an additional three months of CapsimInbox support to further refine their microsimulation into a marketable resource. This will only be provided to those authors who complete the process in time.

Upon submission of the completed microsimulation, participating faculty will be awarded the second digital badge certifying them as a CapsimInbox Author, which can be added to all professional profiles. All submitted simulations will be added to the GBSN CapsimInbox microsimulation library. A panel of judges will determine the winning simulation awarding the authors a $5,000 cash prize. 


The following timeline list the significant milestones for the entire 2022 GBSN Beyond CapsimInbox Microsimulation Development Lab experience (inclusive of both badge opportunities):

July 1, 2022Registration Opens for all Faculty Members from Registered Institutions
September 9Registration Closes
September 1390-Minute CapsimInbox Microsimulation Development Workshop
September 141st Digital Badges Awarded
September 15Interested Individuals/Teams Confirmed
September 19Microsimulation Development Process Begins
October 21Microsimulations are Due for Judging
Oct 24-Nov 4Microsimulation Judging Process
November 7Winning Microsimulation is Determined
November 9Winning Microsimulation is Announced & 2nd Digital Badges Awarded
Nov 10-Feb 103 Months of Optional Microsimulation Development & Library Additions

2021 Winning Microsimulation

In first place, and winning the $5,000 award, Jagdish Sheth School of Management India’s microsimulation MakhanChor Milk! Congratulations MakhanChor Milk!! Everyone is welcome to experience all of the microsimulations via our webpage here.

2020 Numbers

  • 6 Completed Simulations
  • 4 Countries
  • 6 Universities

2021 Numbers

  • 6 Completed Simulations
  • 4 Countries
  • 6 Universities

Interested in the already published GBSN library of microsimulations?