On Monday, February 25th, 2013 seven teams of students from all over the world arrived at the Business and Information Technology School in Iserlohn, Germany, where they were welcomed in snowy weather to the international student contest “Rubicon 2013”. Their goal was to find the best solutions for case studies that address “Smart Technologies”. The winning team was “ImpactMakers” from Purdue University in the United States. The team was declared the winner by a jury of scientists, economists and young professionals. “It’s great to have won. Most of all, because the experience brought us closer together as a team”, explained Marcus Glick, team leader of the “ImpactMakers”.
During the three-day competition, the participants – all of them enrolled in business programs – managed to find answers to some the pressing matters of our time, including:
For the students however, finding answers was more than a theoretical dry run. The company KOSTAL GmbH & Co. KG, which had developed one of the cases, is very eager to put the best solutions into practice. In addition to several days of hard work, the main aim of the contest was networking and knowledge transfer. Rubicon 2013 is one of the most international student competitions in Germany, thanks to participants coming from literally ten thousands kilometers away – this year from Guatemala, India, the United States, Ukraine, Cyprus, Italy, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Russia, Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria and Germany, just to name a few. Since 2006 the contest is organized by b.one e.V., a business consultancy run by students of the state-recognized private Business and Information Technology School located in Iserlohn.