Four students from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) represented Indonesia in the “CASEiT 2019” event organized by the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, February 17-22 2019. There were a total of 16 participants which became one of the teams from three Asian delegates in the event.
CASEiT 2019 is an international level business and technology competition aimed at undergraduate program students with a combination of information systems management knowledge and business management. The theme of CASEiT this year is “Speed of Technology”, with the mission of providing a global stage for competitors who have critical business and technology thinking to re-assemble business and technology innovations in resolving current business cases.
CaseIT 2019 is designed as a 6 day-competition with 1 shortcase and 1 longcase. An invitation to take part in the competition was received by ITB directly from the organizers. Only leading universities from North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Australia can participate in this competition. The invitation was motivated by the good track record of ITB in the International Business-IT Case event.
The ITB team was represented by 3 students from the Information Systems and Technology (STI) study program, STEI-ITB (School of Electrical and Informatics Engineering). The students were Muhammad Fata Nurrahman, Rifda Annelies Az Zahra, Alessandro Aria Wibowo and 1 student from SBM-ITB Business Management study program (School of Business and Management), Khairul Arifin.
Prior to taking part in the competition, they had to pass the internal selection held by the STI study program. The four students said they had made a lot of preparations starting from the presentation training with their fellow students, presentations in front of STEI lecturers, SBM and coaches from Go-Jek, to raising sponsorship funds.
For them, participating in the IT business competition at the world level is a valuable experience. “Honestly, I was a little nervous because this was the first time, and at the same time, it was a pressure to bring the names of ITB and Indonesia. But I feel grateful for getting a valuable opportunity to compete with the best universities from various parts of the world, “said Fata.
Whereas for Rifda, being a single representative from ITB as well as Indonesia is invaluable pride. “Actually, our main goal to take part in this competition is to simultaneously measure our abilities in applying In applying knowledge we obtained from lectures while at the same time comparing our capability compared to foreign students,” he added.
The 2019 CASEiT competition is also a challenge for every member of the ITB team, especially in their respective fields. “I have to learn more about IT and the hardest part is understanding new terms. This competition gives me not only a lot of experience, but also a new perspective on how to effectively combine business and technology,” Arifin said.
Although there were no teams from Asia which received the best ranking in this event, the members of the team expressed that they were grateful to have been part of the team representing Indonesia in the prestigious international competition. In addition to the internal support from ITB, the participation of the team in this competition was also supported by Indosat, BRI Bank, BJB Bank, and PELNI.