Temple’s AIS Student Chapter dominated the Fifth Annual AIS Student Leadership Conference and Competition as it swept with first place wins in both of its competition categories. These victories mark three straight years of Temple’s clinching first-place at the AIS conference – further affirming a remarkable year for the chapter, which was recently named Chapter of the Year by the Association for Information Systems (AIS).
Held over March 20-22, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ, the AIS conference hosted 200 participants from schools around the globe, whose student teams had the opportunity to enter into various competition tracks. Fox MIS students competed in the IT Service Management and Social Innovation pools, going head-to-head with other student teams before securing decisive first-place wins.
Supervised by professor Carey O’Donnell, Temple’s first place IT Service Management team members were Brittany Hafer, Gabrielle Lopez, Thomas Patterson, and Veer Patel.
Gabrielle Lopez reflected on the experience: “We approached the case with the idea of aligning IT with business needs, something we’ve learned since MIS 2101,” she said.
The members of the first place Social Innovation team were Ryan Boyce, Tatsuya Emoto, Stephen Lauver, and Horatio Thomas.
“Each one of our members brought a significant contribution to our final solution,” said Horatio Thomas. “We developed a low cost web application that uses crowd-sourcing and modern web technologies. This application cuts cost, increases productivity and develops mentorship, tutoring and advising programs in underfunded schools.”
The AIS conference’s goal is to connect students, faculty, and corporate representatives, share best practices on operating and funding the chapter, and foster valuable (and competitive) information-system based activities. This year, as with previous years, Temple was more than up to the challenge.
Congratulations to professor O’Donnell and the Temple champions!