In 2006, Accenture called for students in top-tier schools across the nation to submit proposals for an innovative technology solution to a business problem. I focused on the untapped resource of idle computers to build a flexible compute-power grid. Today we call this cloud-computing, and practical applications include Bitcoin Mining, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and Protein Folding.
We pitched to a panel of executives inside Accenture’s Research and Development Arm, Technology Labs. Karoline Evans was kind enough to share a few words about my team’s work.
To Whom It May Concern:
Trafton Esler and Thomas Comberiate won the Fall 2006 Accenture Technology Labs Innovation Challenge through demonstration of ability to solve highly technical problems, gauge business strategy, and clearly present to a diverse audience. The Accenture Technology Labs Innovation Challenge was developed to provide top-tier university students a glimpse into the world of a Tech Labs employee. Accenture Technology Labs, the technology research and development (R&D) organization within Accenture, explores new and emerging technologies that are one to five years out, and uses them to create prototypes and cutting-edge solutions that will help organizations maximize performance in the future. For the challenge, students from several universities and multiple disciplines submitted an abstract of their proposed solution to one of several business problems for our review. Finalists presented their solutions to an executive panel and participated in technology brainstorming sessions simulating the development process at Accenture.
Trafton and Thomas exemplified the qualities we were looking for in our contestants. Their astute recognition of the shortcomings in power usage between small and large businesses when defining their problem was unique, as was their well thought out and carefully crafted solution. Not only did the competitors address the highly technological components of their plan, they were also able to persuade our executive judges of the business value.
Trafton and Thomas were judged against an extremely competitive group of students from top-tier engineering and business schools. They excelled in meeting our innovative technology and business value metrics. Furthermore, all correspondences and interactions with Trafton and Thomas were professional and eager to expand their knowledge about competitors’ solutions and Accenture’s offerings.
If you would like more information about Trafton Esler and Thomas Comberiate’s participation in the Accenture Technology Labs Innovation Challenge, please contact me at email@example.com.
Analyst, Accenture Technology Labs