Blog from Erin
(although Fred is the chief blogger, you may occasionally see a blog from me too)

The University of MN/IIT Bombay teams had the opportunity to give their business concepts a trial run last Friday, April 3rd.  

The teams each had about 30 minutes to present, with 15 minutes for Q&A.The three teams who presented had quite different market segments that they were targeting, and the technologies and products applied varied as well.
Here are photos from that day and of the Minnesota team members.

MBA Students from Carlson School of Management and several others were used as a test audience to probe into the research, analysis and business models developed by each 
This event was covered by reporter Tiffany Smith of the Minnesota Daily Newspaper for the April 6, 2009 edition of the MN Daily.  (Lucky break for an accidental blogger)   Article.
One aspect of the “trial” that worked particularly well was the attendance of the “guest panel” of MBA students and Connie Rutledge from Carlson School of Management Enterprises.  MBA students included Dan Kaskubar and others (let me know your names).And of course, also present were Dr. John Gulliver who taught the Civil Engineering course which “took on” this challenge as a project…. and Dr. Jullian Marshall who

 helped bring the Acara Challenge to UMN.
In addition, several guests attended and were not at all hesitant to join in on the question and answer session.    Anshuman Sharma, Shweta Sharma, and I asked for clarifications, offered
suggestions, but were all tremendously impressed with the amount of work that has been accomplished in such a short time… with complex teams, ambiguous goals, and as a pilot.