Announcements

Join us for the 5th Annual MIS Case Competition

This is your chance to build experience, expand your resume, and win scholarship $

Monday 11/2 – MIS Case Competition Kick-off:

https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=ma03292946da753a94d93457321d03b41

 The Operations and Information Management Department is hosting its 5th annual MIS Case Competition. This competition provides students with a business case related to a Management Information Systems problem. All majors are welcome to participate. Students are required to form teams of three students (at least two of the three students must be School of Business students), prepare a case solution presentation, and present their solution to a panel of judges. This 2 week competition gives students an opportunity to challenge themselves and apply the skills acquired in the classroom to a real-life scenario. Students can learn more about the competition and sign up on the website. (Please note that this year all meetings and presentations will be virtual)

Jon Moore

MIS Academic Director

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Innovate Sustainable ideas with HackUConn 2020!

Location : Werth Tower 1st & Ground Floor

When : March 28th- March 29th

HackUConn is a 24-hour marathon event that brings together students of all specialties in hopes of finding innovative solutions for today’s biggest problems. Students are provided mentoring and workshops from industry professionals and are tasked with bringing their solutions to life. Not a programmer or a coder? No problem! This “hackathon” tasks teams and individuals with providing any solution to the given topic, ranging from applications to material prototypes to strategic plans and more. 

 

Prizes Include 

  • First Place: $2,500/maximum up to $500 per student 
  • Second Place: $2,000/maximum up to $400 per student
  • Third Place: $1,000/ up to $200 per student

 

For more information and to register click here

OPIM Innovate presents Virtual Reality Exploration!

OPIM Innovate  is an innovation initiative in the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department. This initiative gives students, staff, and faculty hands on experience with emerging technologies and analytics. OPIM Innovate is bringing their services to the broader UConn community starting March 4th in the Student Union! All students are welcome to stop by and explore VR. 

 

VR Stations:

  1. Virtual Wellness Data – Student will be able to visualize data dashboards for the Innovate Wellness Challenge
  2. Research Study – Students can participate in a research study conducted by UConn Business Faculty who will be analyzing language when immersed in VR 
  3. 3 Levels of Mixed Reality – Google cardboards, Oculus Go, HTC Vive 

 

Event Logistics: 

Location: Student Union 106A

Dates & Times:

  • March 11th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • March 25th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • March 31st from 3:30 – 5 PM
  • April 8th from 11AM – 1 PM
  • April 14th from 3:30 – 5 PM
  • April 22nd from 11AM – 1 PM
  • April 28th from 3:30 – 5 PM

 

New England College Case Competition!

Location : Bentley University, Waltham MA

When : March 27th 

The Institute of Business Planning and Forecasting (IBF) New England Chapter is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual IBF College Case Competition scheduled for Friday, March 27th.  The case is being written by Jesper Maaloee, Head of Demand Planning for Home Market Foods, and will focus on forecasting and sales and operations planning. There is no cost to the schools or team members other than their travel expenses.

The event is being hosted by Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for students.  All participating students will receive a free 1-year student membership to IBF including access to the Journal of Business Forecasting.  The winning team members will receive free registration to the IBF Boot Camp on August 12th through 14th in Boston, as well as other prizes donated by our sponsors for the event.

Team Make-up

  • Must be undergraduate students
  • Limit of 5 students per team
  • Each school may have more than 1 team, but we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 7 teams.  
  • As you assemble your teams, please send the team members’ names and email addresses no later than Friday, February 28th to Teresa McCarthy (tmccart4@bryant.edu).

All team members must be present for the competition on Friday, March 27th.  

The Case

  • The topic will be forecasting and S&OP.
  • The case will address people, process, and technology, and will have a quantitative component.
  • The case will be approximately 3-4 pages plus data.
  • Students will receive access to the case during breakfast on the day of the competition.
  • Students may bring research materials for reference during analysis, and they will be provided with internet access (provided they bring their own laptops)
  • Students are not allowed to contact anyone during the case analysis other than authorized IBF members.
  • Final presentations will be judged by a panel of 3 to 5 IBF New England chapter members who are industry experts in Forecasting and S&OP.
  • Faculty and other IBF members are invited to attend the students’ presentations. 

 

Interested in Analytics? Come to these workshops!

Ready to take your analytical skills to the next level? This semester, OPIM Innovate is hosting a data analytics workshop series. These workshops are designed to help better your functional skill set. 

 

Feb 21 – Visual Analytics with Tableau

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about Visual Analytics. The discussion will include an overview of the Tableau software platform and how it is used in visualization. We will touch upon the best practices of data visualization and the strengths and weaknesses of telling a story with data using Tableau. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Feb 28 – Introduction to Python 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement)  

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the basics of Python programming. The discussion will include an introduction to Python, a powerful and easy-to-learn programming language favored by data scientists. We will cover basic syntax and data structures and conclude by writing some simple programs. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot.

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Mar 6 – Applications of Machine learning 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the topic of machine learning. The discussion will include an overview of the different perspectives around ML (Machine Learning) and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). We will discuss several direct search methods such as Nelder and Mead, Shor’s r-Algorithm and random search. Direct search methods are using reinforcement learning strategies in machine learning. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by Nadia Udler, Fordham University Faculty Member

 

Mar 27 – Alexa Skills with VoiceFlow 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about developing skills for Amazon Alexa. The discussion will include an overview of virtual digital assistants and smart speakers. Participants will be introduced to the VoiceFlow software platform and work to develop a basic Alexa skill. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Apr 17 – Introduction to 3D Modeling 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the use of Solid Works for 3D Modeling. The discussion will include an overview of 3D Modeling technologies and how they are used in different industries. Real world demonstrations of 3D printing different models will be shown.We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Apr 24 – Drones in Action 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about drone technology.  This event is a collaboration between OPIM Innovate and On Course Drones, the owner of a drone pilot training company. We will discuss how Drones have disrupted a number of industries including insurance, logistics, medicine, and entertainment. This will lead us to a demonstration of different types of drones and how to fly them. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by Jason Otrin, CEO of On Course Drones

Earn up to $4,000 for your student-led project!

Is there a creative endeavor you want to engage in, or an original research project you would like to conduct? Do you have a product you would like to develop, an entrepreneurial venture you want to launch, or a service initiative you would like to implement? This is your chance to flex your creative muscles, innovate, and explore! 

 

Applications are currently being accepted for the UConn IDEA Grant academic year funding.

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding of up to $4000 per student to support student-designed projects including:

  •  Artistic & creative endeavors
  • Community service initiatives
  • Entrepreneurial ventures & prototype development
  • Research projects
  • Other innovative, student driven projects

 

Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications accepted from individuals and small groups. 

 

Application Deadline:

Monday, March 9, 2020

Click here for more information

Innovate Wellness Challenge – Register Today!

Interested in taking a proactive and innovative approach to student stress? Well you’re in luck because the UConn Wellness Coalition and OPIM Innovate are hosting UConn’s second campus-wide Innovate Wellness Challenge. 

This year, undergraduate student teams will address student stress. Students have the best vantage point to take on this challenge and all perspectives from our talented, innovative huskies are welcome. Through this challenge participants will use the Design Thinking Process, build their skills and resumé, work with students, staff, and faculty, and have the chance to implement their solutions, and win up to $2,250!

The Innovate Wellness Challenge is composed of three rounds:

  • Poster Presentations
  • Semi-Final Presentations
  • Final Presentations

We value student voices and are looking for creative solutions that allow and encourage students to share their ideas for empowering students to reach their full potential both in and outside of the classroom.

The Challenge is open to all students and we highly encourage interdisciplinary teams. Registration is open now until February 11, 2020. Click here to learn more on our webpage.

Mark Your Calendars : Eisenhower Series Coming to UConn!

Are you interested in Empowering Innovation in the Department of Defense? Eisenhower series is coming to Uconn! The Eisenhower Series College Program is a fifty-year-old outreach effort run by the Army War College offered to university and community groups around the nation. Each year, selected service members travel nationwide to strengthen connections between the American Military and the society it serves. 

 

Event Type: Panelist Discussion 

Date & Time:  1/31/20 from 4 – 5:30 PM 

Location:  Dodd Konover Auditorium

 

Description: 

Senior military and policy representatives will speak on current topics followed by an informal Q&A. The objective of the program is to provide a broad and unique series of fora to discuss and debate contemporary and future national security issues. Both the officers and the public benefit from an open, honest and frank exchange on significant issues of national and international concern. 

 

Discussion Topics:

  • Empowering Innovation in the Department of Defense
  •  U.S. Role in Managing Climate Change 
  • The Future of Strategic Intelligence
  • The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence

Hanover Analytics Challenge Workshop, Today! Agile Data Analytics

Attention, everyone! The Hanover Insurance Group, in collaboration with OPIM Innovate, will be sponsoring an alumni-run Agile Data Analytics workshop, today (October 18th).  Want to know how data analytics is affected by agile software development? If so, please join us for a comprehensive overview from 1-3PM in BUSN 127.

Note: this workshop is part of the Hanover Image Analytics Challenge and is meant to replace the Data Modeling workshop originally scheduled for October 3rd. Not part of the challenge? No worries!  All are welcome to attend. Stop by for a learning opportunity and feel free to network with our Management Information Systems alumni after the seminar!

Interested in Analytics? Come to These Workshops!

Want to dive into the world of analytics and better your functional skill set? This semester, OPIM Innovate is hosting a data analytics workshop series. These workshops are associated with the Image Analytics Challenge for The Hanover Insurance Group. Students may attend a workshop, even if they are not participating in the challenge.

The following workshops will be held from 4-6 PM in BUSN 127:

  • Data Modeling – 10/10/19 (upcoming)
  • Predictive Analytics– 10/31/19
  • Data Visualization– 11/7/19
  • CBA of Data Models – 11/14/19

These workshops are designed to provide you with hands-on experience to learn about data analytics. Please share the word and encourage students who may be interested to attend the workshops. For more information visit the Innovate Workshops page.