Lockdown intensifies Capsim Spring Challenge in 2020

The Capsim Challenge saw increased student participation this Spring after a tough semester, with students in isolation and on-campus life in lock-down. Finalists reported that a lack of distraction made it possible to focus and compete at their best.

Vida Tiu and Darreyl Milledge, from Webster University, won the Capstone Spring 2020 Challenge; and Kamil Bubinski and Maciej Milcarz, from the University of Warsaw, won the Foundation Spring 2020 Challenge.

Finalist Gabe Sayer, from Bowling Green State University, said: “Being isolated while completing this challenge actually proved to be beneficial to me. Without my normal busy schedule and heaps of responsibilities, I was able to focus much more on the challenge.” 

Christina Lewis, a finalist from The Kings College New York, said being at the epicenter of COVID-19 disease in the United States was, “A bit scary, seeing those numbers continue to climb.” However, “Participating in the Capsim simulations was a great way to pass the time during quarantine.”

Professor Dawn Fotopolus, whose students have ranked in six of the last seven Capsim Challenges, said: “The post COVID-19 world will be a much tougher and more sobering world, one in which running and maintaining a profitable, viable business will be more important than ever.” Supervisors at Kings College have told her that thanks to her students’ simulation experience, they: “Understand, at a much more intuitive level, how to run a business, even more so than graduate students. That’s deeply satisfying to me, as their professor.”

The biannual Capsim Challenge is open to all students who have completed a Capsim Simulation in their course in the last 12 months. Most students join for the same reason as Capstone winner Vida Tiu: “The Capsim Challenge is fun, challenging and highly instructive!”

The Spring 2020 Challenge attracted students from universities around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

With all Capsim simulations available online, this semester’s shift from working in class to working in isolation was seamless, according to Professor Simon Fraser from the University of the West Indies whose students were runners up in the Capstone Challenge. While his university closed for face-to-face teaching in mid-March: “The transition with Capsim was straightforward as students continued to meet using Zoom, WhatsApp and Google docs and we did the weekly debrief using Zoom.”

All past winners are listed in the Capsim Hall of Fame at http://www.capsim.com/events/challenge/#/hof.

Final results for Capsim's Spring 2020 Capstone® Challenge: 

PlaceUniversity NameParticipant Name(s)ProfessorTeamBalanced Scorecard
1stWebster UniversityVida Tiu
Darreyl Milledge
John JinkerBaldwin768/1000
2ndUniversity of the West IndiesAnsaar AliSimon FraserAndrews736/1000
3rdUniversity of ToledoJeremy Deering
Chloe Michael
Stephen CalawayChester709/1000
4thUniversity of Northern IowaNingwei XuChristine SchrageDigby613/1000
5thNew York UniversityJiayi LiTerry McCarthyFerris558/1000
6thAdelphi University Hongliang Zhou
Ming Yang
Timo PartanenErie535/1000

Final results for Capsim's Spring 2020 Foundation® Challenge:

PlaceUniversity NameParticipant Name(s)ProfessorTeamBalanced Scorecard
1stUniversity of WarsawKamil Bubinski
Maciej Milcarz
Aleksandra Wasowska
Tomasz Ludwicki
2ndUOW Malaysia KDU University College Mei Yan Wan
Wilson Kong
Chong Feng Cheng
Thiam E Loong
Suresh Kumar PuspowanamDigby603/1000
3rdSunway College Kuala LumpurYong Kuan Chen
Wong Zhen Xuan
Chee Min Hao
Gan Jing En
Suresh Kumar PuspowanamBaldwin591/1000
4thManipal International University Chong Yi Fei
Kelly Tafdzwa Jekera
Eow Sze Min
Yeoh Hao Jing
Seena BijuErie539/1000
5thThe King's College, NYCEdvin Loefgren
Aidan Gauthier
Micheal Huber
Christina Lewis
Jake Staples
Dawn FotopulosFerris524/1000
6thBowling Green State UniversityGabe SayerJames ZeiglerChester465/1000

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