Students Build Skills Through Contest

Posted on January 09, 2018

The top three attributes employers are seeking in new hires are problem solving, the ability to work in a team, and communication skills, according to the 2018 NACE Jobs Outlook Survey. Triad university students were given the opportunity to showcase these skills during a student developer contest sponsored by in partnership with the Bryan School of Business and Economics and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center.

Students of broad technical skill levels and backgrounds came together to share ideas on the future of consumer shopping. Teams were asked to create a digital solution for better managing household shopping. During the development of their app, students had the opportunity to work with a corporate mentor. Submissions by the cross-functional groups were scored on innovation, user experience, and concept readiness.

On November 15, 2017, each of five finalist teams presented their solutions to a panel of area business professionals, global entrepreneurs, and local media. The top prize was awarded to a team of freshman and sophomore UNCG students: KJ N’Dri (Computer Science); Kiara Bethune (Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies) and Carlena Neely (Information Systems and Supply Chain Management). Their innovative concept of effortless, simple, fun household shopping from the convenience of a phone impressed both judges and audience members. Additional prizes were awarded to Bryan School students studying Business Administration and Information Systems.

The top three attributes desired by employers – the ability to problem solve, work in a team, and communicate effectively – stood out in the finalist teams. Participating students built these desirable skill sets, had fun, and won great prizes provided by


Learn about a variety of ways your business can connect with Bryan School students by contacting Employer Relations Specialist Bramley Crisco at or 336.334.4159.


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