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November 8, 2013

IS team places 3rd in Travelers case competition

Travelers Case Competition Team

l to r: Justin Zollar, Dan Bolens, Josh Solomon, Chris Greene, Dr. Tom Hilton

A team of four information systems students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire placed third in the 2013 Travelers IT Case Competition held November 1, 2013, at Travelers corporate headquarters in St. Paul, MN, and Hartford, CT.

The UW-Eau Claire team consisted of the following students

  • Daniel Bolens, an IS, Systems Development major from Whitefish Bay, WI
  • Christopher Greene, an IS, Business Analysis major from Eau Claire, WI
  • Josh Solomon, an IS, Business Analysis major from Marathon, WI
  • Justin Zollar, an IS, Business Analysis major from Green Bay, WI.

Dr. Thomas Hilton, professor, Department of Information Systems, was the faculty sponsor.

First place and a prize of $1,200 went to Quinnipiac University. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities finished second and received $500. UW-Eau Claire was awarded $500 for third place.

Other universities competing at the event were Bentley University, Central Connecticut State University, Metropolitan State University (Twin Cities), and University of Connecticut.

This year’s case study asked student teams to leverage new and innovative technologies to design an IT solution for Travelers that met customers’ needs for ease of use and affordability. Teams were asked to outline when and where the specific technology, concepts, and/or design solutions would be used, and provide fact-based evidence to support their recommendations.

On the day of the competition, each team made a 30-minute presentation of their recommendations to a panel of senior executives from Travelers who evaluated the presentations.  

“The judges were very impressed with our presentation,” said Hilton. “It was so rewarding to hear vice presidents and division directors tell us in front of all participants that our team had some excellent ideas which Travelers will really use.”

When students weren’t presenting, they networked with Travelers employees, learned about internship and full-time positions, and participated in other IT and career-related events.

“Our students knew an opportunity when they saw one, and they capitalized on it,” said Hilton. “They were able to rub shoulders with senior IT executives, and every one of them got an interview out of it."

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