The finals of the 6th IntelligenceHunt Company and Student Competition took place 22.1.2020 in Turku, at the NaviGate 2020 Maritime Fair Trade. The finals gathered students, business professionals and others interested in the maritime business.
Intelligence Hunt invites talented students in universities all over Europe and matches them with companies that give them real business case assignments. Students work virtually in international and interdisciplinary teams. Every team has a mentor with long and wide industry and service experience to support them throughout the project that lasts for 2-3 months. The project culminates in the finals, where the student teams present their solution to the case on stage in front of a jury.
Four students from Energi- och miljöteknik at Arcada were lucky enough to make it to the finals this time. I met Emil Korsström and Fredrik Ekström over a cup of coffee before it was their turn to hit the stage.
– If we won’t win, it doesn’t really matter. We have learned a lot during the project and this has been a great experience, the students say.
The project was also a part of the new course module My Future Worklife, which is a result of the Työpeda project.
– The course module differed a lot from what we’re used to, it had a new approach. And to work with a real case with students from other universities and with a mentor in the Intelligence Hunt project taught us so much.
Emil and Fredrik happened to be in the same team, together with an exchange student from Metropolia UAS and a student from Copenhagen Business School. Team Mercury’s case was assigned by Port of Kalajoki: ‘Increasing Customer Base and Traffic at the Port of Kalajoki’.
On stage they presented their idea on how to gain growth and increase cargo flow in Port of Kalajoki to the jury.
– It was all over in 10 minutes. Let’s see how it goes. The jury will announce the winner during the award ceremony later today, before dinner.
They didn’t win this time, but I heard the dinner was nice, and for sure they made a lot of new friends and broadened their network.
The competition was tough. Ten cases and presentations, and the jury finally picked a winner: Team Aquamarine with the case ‘Harbour 2100’ for Sweco. All four students in Aquamarine come from Adimiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, Russia. The team was awarded with an exclusive invitation to participate as VIP in the Ocean Exchange 2020 Finals in Fort Lauderdale, USA.
IntelligenceHunt 7 opens soon. Strong recommendation to apply!