“Sparkling Lint” placed fourth out of 27 international teams at the Global Student Challenge hosted by Windesheim University in the Netherlands on May 3.
Together, Huy Tran, captain; Alanis Leiva, senior; Eric Nurwono, senior, and Anelka Manukian, freshman, represented Cal Poly Pomona as well as the United States.
“This trip is a once in a lifetime experience,” said Yuanjie He, TOM department chair, who also serves as an advisor to the group of students.
Although the competition is over, he and the team are preparing for next year’s competition.
The team competed through various rounds of online simulations to qualify to the final competition in the Netherlands.
CPP hosted the California Regional Final on Jan. 27.
Four teams from USC Marshall School, Harvey Mudd and CPP participated.
“It was really intense,” Alanis said. “The USC graduate students looked super professional.”
CPP’s “Sparkling Lint” won all three rounds and qualified for the Global Student Challenge.
According to the Supply Chain Finance Briefing website, the Global Student Challenge is the worldwide supply chain finance simulation game organized by Inchainge and hosted by Windesheim University with support from the Supply Chain Finance Community.
Three American teams competed in the Global Student: USC, Loyola University Chicago and CPP.
Each team became a virtual supply chain management team.
Again, the competitors worked through three rounds of financial simulation in which the team looks at their given companies’ financial statements, looking for any penalties or disadvantages.
Teams analyze the overall performance of the company, save them from bankruptcy and develop a plan to bring more income.
The Global Student Challenge is split into two competitions, Fresh Connection and Cool Connection.
Fresh connection competition companies included Tropicana and Naked Juice. The teams bought the materials and figured out the smartest way to manufacture the products.
Cool Connections consist of companies producing personal care products.
The team must acquire loans and allocate money into assets in order to operate these companies. They undergo risk management scenarios, such as a hurricane wiping out all-natural resources needed for their product.
Sparkling Lint tied for third with the team from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
After further assessment of each team’s return of interest, Brazil won the cash prize of 4,000 euros.
Sparkling Lint may have returned without a check, but the team gained an experience of a lifetime.
The 27 teams stayed in small cottages in a gym forcing participants to get to know each other better.
Activities were provided for the students to get their minds off the seriousness of competition.
Teams took part in scavenger hunts, dance parties dinners and game nights.
While other teams spent their free time reviewing excel sheets, Tran, Manukian, Nurwono and Leiva socialized with the other teams.
“We were in a foreign place with foreign people,” Huy said. “It was like a tie dye shirt.”
Sparkling Lint was one of three teams present composed of undergraduate students.
Many teams, including the winning team from McGill University in Canada, were made up of master students from private colleges.
All four students are now considering to pursue a master’s degree at an international college, even Windesheim, because the living expenses are cheaper and the tuition is lower.
They also noted the instruction model grants the students internships as part of the curriculum as a way to gain experience.
Next year’s team will look different because no team can participate twice.
If Sparkling Lint wants to compete, they will have to divide and make new teams to be eligible.
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