2020 Student Chapter Competition Winners

As conferences and events across the globe were making headlines In March with announcements of historic postponements and cancelations, the 2020 AIS Student Chapters Conference Committee was making history of their own. Committee members forged ahead to stage the first-ever virtualized annual AIS Student Chapter Finals Competition despite the necessity to cancel the event’s host conference – the annual AIS Student Chapter Leadership Conference – due to travel restrictions from the global pandemic.

“The annual AIS student competitions is an event that is perhaps one of the highlights of many IS students’ college career. These very talented students put a lot of effort into their projects,” according to Rhonda Syler, AIS Vice President for Student Chapters. “Finalists had already been selected and notified prior to us having to make the disappointing but necessary decision to cancel the main conference, which is the venue for the competition finals. We wanted to make sure the students were able to complete the journey they had begun.”

To carry on and conclude the finals, the competition committee organized slates of judges from across the world who represented both industry and academia.  They then gathered through a mixture of video conferencing tools to create an experience as close to the real thing as “virtually” possible. The venture was a resounding success.

Congratulations to the following competition winners.

The Computational Society Case Study Challenge

In the Computational Society Case Study Challenge, students choose one study from three different case study scenarios to examine. Each scenario focused on the students’ passion for the exploration of technological impacts, such as the use of Internet of Things to improve organizational efficiency or affect quality of life. The winners of this challenge are

  • 1st Place – Florida International University
  • 2nd Place – Temple University
  • 3rd Place – University of Michigan – Dearborn

The SCHOLASTIC Analytics Challenge

Presented by the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Temple University and sponsored by SCHOLASTIC, The SCHOLASTIC Analytics Challenge centered around data analysis and business analytics. The challenge was broken down into two separate categories, the Analysis Category and the Graphics Category. The winners for each category follow:


  •  1st Place – Roger Williams University
  • 2nd Place – Roger Williams University
  • 3rd Place – Florida International University


  • 1st Place – Temple University
  • 2nd Place – Utah State University
  • 3rd Place – University of Bridgeport

Walton College Blockchain Hackathon Challenge

Discussions of blockchain are becoming more relevant in technology circles all around the world and blockchain technology has the potential to transform the way businesses operate. The Walton College Blockchain Hackathon Challenge provided students an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a future on the blockchain as they developed solutions for Heifer International, a global nonprofit out of Little Rock, Arkansas, focused on eradicated poverty and hunger through sustainable community development initiatives. Winners for this year’s challenge are

  • 1st Place – Florida International University
  • 2nd Place – Brigham Young University
  • 3rd Place – Temple University

The Software Innovation Challenge

According to Syler, “This year’s software innovation challenge competition has a record number of submissions and was the most competitive I’ve seen so far, which is particularly exciting to see since the overarching theme of the competition is to develop software solutions to address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”  This challenge is focused on information systems solutions, innovations, and initiatives that help make the world a better, safer place for organizations and society in general.

“The competitors often bring projects to the table that are relevant and feasible,” Syler explained. “For example, G’dansk University’s project addressing health and well-being consisted of an app designed to reach out and potentially intervene with individuals who are in despair and possibly considering taking their own life,” she said. “The Polish government has begun talks with this student team to fully develop and implement this application in their country.”

The winners of this year’s Software Innovation Challenge are