Now in its fifth year, the Berkeley Haas Tech Challenge is the premier MBA case competition focused on technology

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Every year since 2011 the Technology Club at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has put on a Technology Case Competition. Our value proposition is simple: we get the best MBA minds from around the country to ask the right questions to solve a business problem in the technology industry. Positioned as a "hackathon for MBAs," we attract MBA students from the top programs who are passionate and interested in technology careers. This opportunity allows MBAs to solve real-world business challenges, gain hands-on experience in the technology industry, and network with leading technology companies. Previous sponsors include Intel, Dell, Booz Allen Hamilton, GAP, IBM, and VMWare


"Using Big Data to Build a Socially Responsible Initiative with Global Impact"




"Internet of Things and Smart Cities"

Exploring how technologies can be used to bring improvements to the daily lives of millions



Winners: 1) Berkeley Haas, 2) Northwestern Kellogg, 3) UCLA Anderson

Article profiling the 2014 winners



"Consumerization of IT"

Identifying best ways to provide a seamless collaboration in the retail industry



Winners: 1) Harvard, 2) Berkeley Haas, 3) Stanford GSB

Article on the 2013 tech challenge

A combination of talented students from some of the most prestigious schools in US and sharp focus on consumerization of IT, yielded a mixture of creative ideas and interesting breakthrough that sheds new light on how to maximize value of IT at Gap. The ability to network and observe these bright students deliver on the case competition gave Gap an opportunity to learn from their insights and build future connections with these students and Berkley Haas
— Tom Keiser, Former CIO, Gap Inc.


"Leveraging Big Data"

Identifying opportunities for using big data to improve General Electric's Operations



Winners: 1) Duke Fuqua, 2) Michigan Ross 

Article on the 2012 Tech Challenge

Tapping a strong talent pool of students from the top academic institutions in the US to unlock the value in larger and larger volumes of industrial data brings a whole new level of insight on system operations for our customers. The result is helping to enable the Industrial Internet for new efficiency gains.

The case competition provided a great forum that gave GE the chance to network with students, listen to team presentations and strengthen our relationship with Berkeley-Haas.
— Katherine Butler, General Counsel of GE Software


"Cloud Computing"

Identifying opportunities for VMWare in the cloud computing industry



Winners: 1) UPenn Wharton

Article on the 2011 Tech Challenge