Student Team Wins 2015 Berkeley Haas Tech Challenge

A Yale School of Management student team has won first place in the prestigious 2015 Berkeley Haas Tech Challenge MBA case competition.

Sponsored by Facebook and held at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business on November 6 and 7, the Haas competition drew 17 teams from around the country to tackle a case study titled “Using Big Data to Build a Socially Responsible Initiative with Global Impact.”

“The case was complex and intellectually stimulating, and forced us to think outside the box to create the most innovative idea in tackling a real challenge that Facebook was experiencing,” said Amy Kao ’17.

Kao’s team members were Mark Khazanov ’17, Kaisi Li ’16,  and Gene Sussman ’17.

The Yale SOM team was one of eight selected to participate in the final round of the two-day competition. The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management won second and third places, respectively.

“We were able to apply frameworks and approaches we learned from SOM to function as an efficient and effective team,” Kao said. “Our goal was to deliver the best presentation that we could, and we did. Representing SOM and being part of the winning team is truly a moment I will never forget.”

The Haas Technology Club has hosted an annual technology case competition since 2011. Each year the club asks student teams to solve a business problem in the technology industry. This year’s judges included several Facebook representatives, including Tim Campos, the company’s chief information officer, and two Haas faculty members.