Challenge goal: Clean water for all

Five members of the MBA class of 2012 have a weighty challenge: To develop a sustainable model to deliver clean water to areas of the globe without it. At stake is a $1 million prize  available to to implement the plan.
Katie Moriarty, Robbie Talmage, Therese Griffin, Vik Jadeja, and Vibha Singhania will represent the Mason School of Business this month at the regional competition in Boston, competing against dozens of other teams of MBAs from around the world in the Second Annual Hult Global Case Challenge, sponsored by Hult International Business School.
Hult Cse ChallengeThis year’s competition, in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative and, an organization co-founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon, focuses on developing solutions to the global water crisis. This past fall when the Class of 2012 heard of this opportunity, a number of teams were formed with one rising to the top and advancing to Boston.
Robbie Talmage was drawn to this competition in particular because it has more far reaching implications than others challenges. He remarks that while other competitions solve discrete business issues, this one has the potential to affect millions. Robbie found his pre-MBA experience digging wells, cleaning irrigation pipes and transferring water added to the melting pot of team experience that allowed the group to be selected for the next round.
The team says that even though spring break starts on March 4th, they do not mind putting off their vacation for a few days.  In Boston they hope to use their knowledge and experience to answer one of the world's biggest problems. As Robbie says, "regardless of who's plan is picked in the end, we all will have a hand in helping come that much closer to impacting the lives of millions."