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BTM Students Shine at Big Data and Case Competitions

By Shane MacInnis

BTM Students at NBTC 2016

Business Technology Management students Monika Roy, Saleh Alebi and Rahim Surani, who won second place at the NBTC Health Technology Competition

Students from the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management recently displayed their skills at the annual National Business & Technology Conference (NBTC), which took place from February 5–6 at the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

For over 15 years, NBTC has been one of Canada’s largest student-led business and technology conferences, with over 300 student delegates coming from universities across Canada to participate in the 2016 edition.

A team including TRSM student Bradly Dahdaly (3rd year, Business Technology Management) finished in first place in the Big Data Competition, which featured student competitors from across Ontario. The purpose of the competition was to use big data to find ways to increase the viewership of online real estate listings and come up with recommendations for ways to improve the online photo galleries.

Bradly’s team won the competition by analyzing data related to gallery characteristics such as photo positioning, photo type and brightness. His team also recommended that the real estate company add more data tracking options and increase data complexity by using multi-dimensional photo tags, to help them better understand and predict the behaviour of their customers in the future.

Bradly says the competition was an excellent complement to his Business Technology Management education, as it enabled him to take a deeper dive into data analytics. “I am very glad the BTM program has opened my horizons, and allowed me to learn about how big data will evolve over time to improve the ways businesses meet their customers’ needs.” 

Another team of Business Technology Management students did very well in the Health Technology Competition at the NBTC, placing second among 13 competing teams from many of Canada’s leading business schools. Team members Monika Roy, Saleh Alebi and Rahim Surani received praise from the conference organizers for their excellent work.

Cheryl Lin, Director of Health Technology and Financial Technology Competitions at the Nspire Innovation Network, called the TRSM team “talented, professional, and bright,” and said, “of all the competitors and delegates I have worked with, I can attest to the strong impression Saleh, Monika, and Rahim made. They are extremely driven – their infectious energy and attitude carried through countless volunteers and delegates.”

BTM students at the CaseIT competition
BTM students Mohammed Ur Rahman (far left), Musthsan Zia, and Ali Rawji stand with other delegates at the CaseIT competition.

BTM students also did very well at the annual CaseIT Competition, which ran from February 10–13 in Vancouver. The team from TRSM competed among 20 teams from some of the best business universities in the world and finished as one of the top contending teams among groups from Queen's University, Copenhagen School of Business, and Corvinus University of Budapest.

Want to learn more about the Business Technology Management (BTM) program?

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