- Posted May 1, 2012 by
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$1M International Case Challenge Winners
A team of students - Reggie Cox, Elizabeth Cullinan, Ketaki Desai and Tim Kelly, from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College recently won a $1 million international case competition. The winning dollars will work toward their idea for One Laptop Per Child.
The annual Hult Global Case Challenge brings together thousands of the brightest students from more than 130 countries to help solve key social challenges.
The first round, held simultaneously in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai, convened 18 teams in each city to present solutions that address a growing problem in one of three challenge tracks — education, energy and housing.
A winner in each city was selected and, from there, the winning teams traveled to New York to compete for the ultimate prize. There they represented their further refined solutions to a judging panel comprised of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder of Grameen Bank, Gov. Mario Cumo, Michael Treschow, Chairman of Unilever among others. The winners were recognized by President Bill Clinton.
The students will use their portion of the $1 million prize to implement a solution they developed for One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing inexpensive laptops to children in developing nations.