Skynet emerges as winning team at HULT @PKU
datetime:2015-12-21 17:06:08

      The wait for the prestigious HULT Prize winners has finally ended! After almost two months of piquing the interests of students from all the three schools at PKUSZ – The School of Transnational Law, The School of Urban Planning and Design and HSBC Business School – the intra-school challenge came to an end on the 12th of December, 2015. Hosted by Jan Smejkal, the campus director of the HULT Prize in PKU, the school finals were evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges who are all masters in their own fields. Terry Li, a serial Venture Capitalist with enriching experience, Kevin Chastagner, Senior Professor of Negotiations and Entrepreneurship at PHBS and Josh Steimle, eminent speaker, writer & marketing guru from Hong Kong.

     The event began with a fascinating coffee-tasting session conducted by Starbucks which, along with the University Café, also provided a delicious spread of breakfast. After a gruelling session of Q&A, SKYNET was unanimously adjudged the winner of the HULT Challenge. The team comprising of a diverse bunch of first-year international students – Erdi Tac, Hamza Ayub, Jason Yu & Xavier Lemyre – will officially represent PKU in the HULT Prize finals in Shanghai in March 2016.

     Established in 2010 by the HULT Foundation to encourage the brightest minds from colleges and universities around the world to develop economically viable solutions to mitigate the most pressing issues faced by some of the poorest economies in the world, the Challenge has grown to become the world's largest crowd sourcing platform for social entrepreneurism. The challenge for 2016 is “CROWDED URBAN SPACES: Building sustainable, scalable and fast-growing social enterprises that double the income of 10 million people residing in crowded urban spaces, by better connecting people, goods, services and capital.”

     The intense competition saw a multitude of interesting ideas being presented by the various teams that participated. All the teams intercepted this year’s HULT theme in a very novel manner and put to the table various designs and concepts ranging from corporate social responsibility to multi-utility apps. The event saw budding entrepreneurs from PKU’s main campus in Beijing too that flew in to participate in the competition.

     Continuing to provide a plethora of opportunities to let students shine in an array of fields, PHBS has once again paved the way for students to emerge as winners on international platforms! Hearty congratulations to the winners and all good luck to all the other participants from the Nanyan Observer!

Reported by Gayathri Jagannathan