Course Title

Gabelli Graduate Business Student Hackathon Spring 2022

Collaboration Overview

Fordham's Gabelli Graduate College of Business offers their students an incredible opportunity to engage in a Hackathon as they attempt to solve a real series of challenges across a real-world organization. This student consulting experience helps them gain a "dose of the real world" while working in teams to help our industry partners think creatively about solving some of their key issues. We would like this experience to address the variety of masters-level programs that we offer, including Applied Statistics, Business Analytics, Finance, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, and Media Management. We're looking for an organization willing to pose four different projects for the 80+ students to choose from.

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Timeline & Next Steps

  • November 4, 2021

    Collaboration request published. Industry Partners may express interest in participating.

  • November 15, 2021

    Educators will begin interviewing interested Industry Partners to discuss project ideas.

  • February 11, 2022

    Final date for Industry Partners to express interest in participating.

  • February 25, 2022

    Educators and Industry Partners finalize project charters, legal documents, and background materials.

  • March 18, 2022

    Students are provided with project details; students rank project preferences and teams are created.

  • April 15, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • April 22, 2022

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

Project Inspiration

Project templates by topic that might inspire you…

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing

Org Culture, D&I

Diversity Assessments
Inclusion Protocols
Training & Development

PR & Communications

PR Strategy Consulting
Communications Planning
Messaging & Tone Advancement

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Talent Management

Talent Competency Mapping
Training & Development Curriculum Design
Talent Satisfaction Assessments

Academic Mentors


Lonnie Kussin 

[email protected]

Academic Program Details

SchoolFordham University
CourseGabelli Graduate Business Student Hackathon Spring 2022
Graduate / Undergraduate
  • All Graduate
Students Enrolled80 (Teams of 4-6)
Student Time Commitment8-15 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*April 15 - April 22

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Business Services, Consumer Services, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Media, Non-Profit, Retail, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics
Requested Company Size
  • Established Startup
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
Duration1 Week (04/15/2022 - 04/22/2022)
  • Local (within 30 miles)
  • Regional (within 90 miles)
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count4


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