Dean Merit E. Janow announced the results of this year’s competition on May 8.
“The six finalists… really impressed our panel of judges with their innovative ventures and the extent to which the teams traveled the world, tested their ideas, developed prototypes, and found global partners,” Janow said.
“It's been amazing under any circumstances, and particularly at this moment [during the COVID-19 pandemic] to see their enthusiasm, their creativity, and their ongoing momentum,” she added. “It has been uplifting and impressive.”
Two teams were named first-place winners, earning $20,000 apiece to continue pursuing their projects:
Team members: Loan Kim Chu MIA ’21, Khanh Vu MPA-DP ’21, Taylor Light MPA-DP ’20, Dan Poniachik MPA-DP ’20, Martin Jose de Aubeyzon MPA-DP ’20
- VocatiNest is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based online job platform that provides end-to-end services from integrated personality & cognitive tests, tailored digital resume, to skill & personality job matching features. The objectives are to empower 5 million Indonesian vocational students and 1.7 million graduates annually to consolidate their competencies or take necessary actions to improve themselves to get fit in targeted jobs. At the same time, VocatiNest will deliver values to the employers through AI-based job matching feature to increase the qualified candidate pool and increasing the recruitment process’s effectivity & efficiency. VocatiNest aims to create societal impacts on unemployment rate reduction, with the spill-over effect on the poverty rate alleviation.
Team members: Edi Saputra MIA ’21, Lindi Anggraini MPA ’20, Rendy Dwi Novalianto MPA ’19, and Daniel Oscar Baskoro (a 2019 MSc graduate of the School of Professional Studies)
Earning honorable mention and $5,000 apiece in support of their projects were Art for Africa and GreenItUp. Two remaining finalists, Ciclico and E-Maharat, received $1,000 recognition awards.
Watch Dean Janow’s announcement:
Correction: An earlier version of this piece misidentified the prizes awarded to the first-place teams. The correct figure is $20,000 apiece.