Kelley School of Business Partners With Anna University to host K! Idol

Feb 22, 2011

Bloomington, Ind. – Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, partnered with Anna University in Chennai, India, to sponsor the first K! Idol case competition held on February 2nd-5th at the College of Guindy, one of Anna University flagships. Nearly 800 students from different regions of India registered for this competitive three part event to determine who has the technology skill set and knowledge to be named K! Idol.

The case competition consisted of three parts of 1) a written preliminary test challenging the logical thinking and literary skills of students. Questions varied from business and economic affairs, general knowledge and an assortment of puzzles.  Based upon their performance in round one, thirty participants were selected to proceed to round two. 2) From there, contestants were then divided into 10 teams and presented with a relevant case study.  Teams had 24-hours to deliberate the material and develop a viable solution to the issue at hand. After deliberation, each team presented to a panel of industry judges provided by the Kelley School of Business.  The top four teams then moved on to the final round. 3) These individuals were then divided into two teams, one to speak “for” and one to speak “against” a topic chosen by the judges. Both groups then presented their arguments and stance on the topic. After much deliberation, weighing team arguments and adding in the scores from parts 1 and 2, judges had decided on a winner.

Winning team participants were Gulsar Ahmed, Santhosh Kumar and Bharath.  The team was not only crowned the winner of K! Idol 2011, they also received a certificate and $300.00 in cash prizes. “While the winning team impressed the judges with their clear concise recommendations; the runners up were extremely good with backing up their recommendations with numbers,” comments Mridvika Raisinghani, ISGP representative. The second place team comprised of Archana Raghu, Karthik Athithan and Murali Krishnan won $150.00 in cash prizes and a certificate for their strong performance in this event.

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