MicroMasters - Winners of The Fresh Connection Professional 2017

October 29, 2017

After only online collaborations, four
MicroMasters students meet in person for the
first time — and go on to win a worldwide
competition.

  

On Wednesday, they met each other face to face for the first time. On
Thursday, they took first place in a worldwide global supply chain simulation
and competition called The Fresh Connection (TFC).
Aaron Ramos Reyes (from Colombia), Andrea Tretti (originally from Italy but
now working at CEL Consulting in Vietnam), Carlos Mira Padilla (from El
Salvador), and Ivan Rogério Gameiro Roumeliotis (from Brazil) had spent
plenty of time collaborating, exchanging messages, and working together
online while they were enrolled in the MITx course “Supply Chain Technology
and Systems,” offered by the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
(CTL).
During their course of study earlier this year, the team decided to do an
optional learning simulation, TFC, within the course. They performed so well

in their simulation they were invited to enter into the team-based global
challenge where they beat out more than 300 mostly corporate sponsored
teams (including teams from some very recognizable information technology
companies). That win earned the four tickets to Lisbon, Portugal, to compete
in the global professional finals.
When they arrived in Lisbon for the finals, they say, their transition from a
virtual relationship to a real one was simple. “We already knew and trusted
each other,” says Roumeliotis. This, he adds, was the key to their success in
the competition. “We had to make the decisions really fast, and we didn't have
time to make all the calculations or double-check the other guys’ work. We
had to trust each other.”
"While other teams were arriving hours early, the MITx students were very
relaxed, enjoying breakfast,” says Connor Makowski, digital learning lead for
CTL’s MicroMasters courses in supply chain management, who attended the
competition. “Their focus was not on winning the competition, but on building
a good strategy, performing well and having fun.”
While every other team in the TFC competition was named for its country of
origin, the MITxteam earned a different moniker from the event committee:
“United Nations.” The 10 finalist teams each participated in several rounds of
a simulation at the Tivoli Oriente Hotel in Lisbon. Teams endured five rounds
of the competition, eventually having to strategically collaborate with one or
two other teams during the last round. The MITx group decided to collaborate
with their top two competitors, allowing them to learn more about their
approach.
“This competition allows students to make decisions in different areas of the
company and see how these decisions impact performance.” says Eva
Ponce, executive director of the MITxMicroMasters in supply chain
management program. “I was delighted to see the enthusiasm and the high
performance that led our learners to the win.”
The team won tuition waivers for an MIT Executive Education course for
taking first place at the competition. They also earned widespread recognition
for their work. “It was a very good networking opportunity. My LinkedIn
account is flooded with new contacts!” Roumeliotis says.

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