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HEC Paris Launches COVID-19 Hackathon

Read our April 6 roundup for the latest news on the impact of coronavirus on business schools, as HEC Paris alumni launch COVID-19 hackathon

By  Business Because

Mon Apr 6 2020


April 6 Roundup

HEC Paris Launches COVID-19 Hackathon

HEC Paris alumni, Lucille Collet (Master’s in Management) and Camille Zivré (MBA), have organized a hackathon on April 10th-12th, in partnership with Sciences Po Paris and Ecole Polytechnique. 

The Hackathon will bring together the three schools’ stakeholders, engineers, entrepreneurs, researchers, experts, and available resources to find new solutions to fight the coronavirus pandemic and mitigate its short and long terms effects on society.

The online hackathon is open to all. Candidates can participate as hackers, or mentors.  

The project aims to find long term solutions to four pillars of the current coronavirus crisis: 

- Offering help to health professionals

- Helping governments handle the crisis efficiently

- Supporting businesses

- Helping local communities

Too much time on their hands? 

Students from the University of Pennsylvania have recreated their campus on Minecraft. If only we could all be so meticulous when working from home!

UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School Adjusts Admissions Process

The coronavirus crisis has forced business schools to adjust their admissions process. Whether that’s extending MBA admission deadlines, waiving admissions test scores and giving students conditional offers, or shifting the whole process online. 

UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School is one of many schools following the evolving global challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak as they continue to communicate, support, review, and make decisions towards students’ program applications.

Students can book an online virtual meet-up with one of the school’s admission managers, and the school have said they are prepared to review applications with unofficial transcripts, degrees, and certificates. At this time, they can do an initial review of your application without a GMAT/GRE or English Proficiency score—this is due to the impact coronavirus has had on admissions tests.

Document submission deadlines for official/final transcripts, test scores, and requirements have been extended to June 30th, 2020 for all programs.

ISB mark 'unofficial graduation day' from home

Students from Indian School of Business' (ISB) Hyderabad campus were supposed to graduate on April 3rd. With a little bit of online innovation the class celebrated 'unofficial graduation day' from home. 

HEC Paris Alumni Leading The Fight Against COVID-19

The HEC Alumni network in China and Europe has volunteered to coordinate the production and transportation of tens of millions of protective masks and medical equipment to cities where they are needed. The initiative is being led by the president of the HEC Alumni Chapter in Shenzhen, Thibaud Sarrazin (MBA class of 1997).

The initiative has led to a wider mobilization effort by the alumni association to call for donations to support the action of both Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Médecins du Mond. That is being led by Frederic Jousset, president of the HEC Paris Alumni network globally, in close partnership with the Sciences Po alumni association.