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Winners of GBSN Annual MBA Video Challenge Announced

Can an MBA change the world? That was the question posed to business school students in this year's Global Business School Network, or GBSN, Annual MBA Challenge Video Contest. Now in its second year, the GBSN contest seeks to promote and reward business students who make a difference in developing countries through volunteer work, student projects, and other enterprises. An April 29 article for virtual-strategy.com profiles the winners of the contest, chosen by online voters and a committee of leaders in business education, development and industry.

A team from Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business won first place with its video entitled "$300 House Project." The video demonstrates how the group applied its business knowledge to the need for low-income housing in Haiti. Over an 18-month period, the group of students worked with Tuck faculty, investors, Haitian government leaders, the Haitian people in order to develop low-income housing solutions in Haiti. Their team will be able to send a representative on an all-expenses paid trip to the GBSN Annual Conference in New Delhi, India, where their video will be shown and their award will be granted.

When choosing the winning projects, the committee considered factors like innovation, creativity, and application of business education to solving problems in developing countries. The second place winners were a team from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose video dealt with their sustainability-focused consulting work in eastern Africa, while third place went to Ilaha Eli Omar, a student at Thunderbird School of global management whose video detailed her volunteer work in Nairobi.