The VU University team has won the 2015 StrICTly for Business competition: The ultimate ICT challenge for university students.
This annual event is an IT business case challenge in which organizations collaborate with universities (www.strictlyforbusiness.nl). These organizations are all members of the CIO Platform Nederland. Organizations with a minimum turnover of 500 million or an IT budget of 25 million can join the CIO Platform. The competition provides a real life business case which five students, one professor and two Young IT Professionals try to solve.
The VU University team, named “ContradICTing Solutions”, had to solve a case provided by Dienst Justitiele Inrichtingen (Custodial Institutions Agency). Teamed up with an ICT professional from both DJI (Leo Bijelveld) and PGGM (Bart Brouwer), the CIO of DJI (Irma van Gaalen-Doesburg), the CIO representative of DJI (Lisette Maas) and VU professor Frans Feldberg the preparation began. After 9 weeks of intensive research and long nights to meet project deadlines the team arrived well prepared at the final event on 9 and 10 March, which took place at Papendal (Arnhem). During the two days, the team showed their capabilities and thoroughness by delivering a sound performance with their solution document and final pitch.
The overall competitiveness of all participants challenged the skills of those involved. This made it a great experience whilst expanding networks and learning first hand about IT developments within businesses.
VU FEWEB Business Administration students Information & Knowledge Management: Rozemarijn Burger, Mathieu Govaarts, Camille van der Harten, Iris Mathijssen, and Loek van ’t Veer
(source: FEWEB News)