The 5th Annual (1st in Hong Kong) International MonsoonSIM ERP competition concluded last weekend on a high note! It is worth a mention that our participants braved the social conditions in Hong Kong and were totally focused on the competition.
A total of 26 teams from 8 countries converged on the campus of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University at 08:30 am Saturday, 10th August. All our participants were pumped up with high spirit and great enthusiasm on arrival, and they comprised teams from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and our gracious host Hong Kong. We welcomed newcomers of China and Australia to join us this year. Each team was eyeing for the Champion Prize of HK$26,000 from the total Prize money of nearly HK$70,000 plus trophies and medals!
Our 2019 MERMC Teams:
10 Aug 2019
The Game Program for the day began. With the team members sorted, each team introduced themselves and showed us their team name, slogan, where they're from as well as their objective in joining the competition. It was very interesting to note that their main objective, other than winning the Championship and Prize by wanting to perform their best in this Business Simulation Competition, was there for the sake of Experiential Learning!
With that introduction, the competition started with Round 1 in the morning followed by Round 2 after a deserving lunch for everyone.
Our competitors were cautious in the scoring matrix and congregated to discuss their strategies based on the given KPIs -- Net Profit, Profit Margin, etc. that became the minimum criteria set for the teams to proceed to the next level.
We witnessed the teams worked hard, with lots of low-pitched communications and teamwork to produce the best achievable outcomes from the configurations of the day.
At the end of the first day, 10 teams were shortlisted to the Grand Final round, and 16 teams to the Adventure round.
Our 10 Finalists:
- GIF - Kasetsart University, Thailand
- DEJA vu - Kasetsart University, Thailand
- ATOMIC POLY X - The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
- HEXA - Hong Kong Baptist University
- CARA'DE - Universitas Hasanuddin, Indonesia
- BASIC - Universitas Indonesia
- NEO - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- FROZENEKO - Universiti Sains Malaysia
- TIKI TIKI - The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- HAMMAM GHANIM - Universitas Islam Indonesia
11 Aug 2019
The Grand Final Round and the Adventure Round competitions began to take place in two big rooms next to each other at the same time. Team members were earnest to gain an advantage of securing the Prizes that were up for grabs.
All the finalists undertook their discussions after the Game Briefing – they were geared up to commence the Game Start of 40 sec. x 130 virtual days.
The exciting competition ended at around 11 am followed by the Grand Final teams' preparation for presentation which constituted 20 percent of the total score, and also panel discussions on 'Challenges in Transforming Our Education System' among academics of higher learning with Q&A from participants and guests.
Panel Discussion on "Challenges in Transforming Our Education Education System"
After another fulfilling lunch, teams were introduced to Special Guest talk and PRESENTATION. Results were announced at 4:45 pm followed by prize awards and lastly, we all gathered for a Group Photo to commemorate a successful and productive MERMC Competition 2019!!
Special Guest Miss Vanessa Ko of SAP Hong Kong speaking on how SAP can relate to MonsooSIM Experiential Learning
Atomic Poly X presenting...
Champion - DÉJÀ Vu of Kasetsart University (KU) Thailand
1st Runner-up - Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
2nd Runner-up - Tiki Tiki of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
From L to R,
3rd place - Habagat of Far Eastern University (FEU) Philippines,
1st place - Divide and Conquer of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU),
2nd place - Team Capitalist of Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
Special Engagement Awards:
From L to R, GIF of Kasetsart University (KU) Thailand,
Cara'de of Universitas Hasanuddin (UH) Indonesia,
Divide and Conquer of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
All 26 teams were presented with Certificates of Participation. The top 3 teams were awarded trophies & medals on top of cash money. The rest of the finalists also walked away with gifts and consolation prizes.
ALL applause to all our distinguished judges who put in a great effort to determine the winners, and guest speakers who shared their valuable knowledge with the audience. And when all was said and done, every single participant is a true winner!!
We thank our host Dr. Eric Tam, Prof. Esmond Mok, and Mr. Stephen Lui, Senior Manager of CAPS for their supports for MonsoonSIM and their approval of this International Grand Final to be held at their prestigious university, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
We thank our Honourable Sponsors Cosmos Machinery Enterprises Ltd., The Lily Chiang Charitable Foundation Ltd., and Billion Bright (HK) Corp Ltd. for their generous sponsorship.
We thank SAP Hong Kong, Ocean Park Hong Kong for their collaborations.
We thank our special guests Mr. Ronald Lok, Strategic Account Manager of SAP Hong Kong for his support and Miss Venessa Ko, Head of SAP Presales, Hong Kong & Macau for her expertise in High Value Learning.
We thank Dr. Ma Nang Laik of SUSS, Mr. Mohd Khairol of USM, Dr. Zulkifli Khair of UTM, Dr. Mohamad Shah Kassim of UTM, Miss Stephanie Quiambao of NU, Dr. Aries Wong of Baptist University, and Mr. Kim Sheridan for their insights on Experiential Learning during the sharing sessions.
We thank all the participating universities' lecturers for leading their students to PolyU for the competition.
We thank Prof. Peter Carey of Deakin University Australia, Dr. Zulkifli of UTM Malaysia, Miss Venessa Ko of SAP Hong Kong, Dr. Ma of SUSS Singapore, Dr. Gonzales of NU Philippines, and Mr. Kim Sheridan of USA for their views on "Challenges in Transforming our Education System"
We thank our colleague Mr. Alex Ong of Monsoonsim Singapore for chairing "Challenges in Transforming our Education System" Panel Discussion.
We thank our President, Mr. Abdy Taminsyah for sharing MonsoonSIM's future in education.
We thank our partners Mr. Michael Chan, Mr. Billy Shum, Mr. Eric Poon of Creative Talent Asia for their time and efforts in the organizing of this International Event.
We thank Honorable Charles Mok, JP, Dr. Samson Tam, JP, Mr. Ivan Shum, Mr. Oliver Wan, Miss Vanessa Ko, and Mr. Alex Lam for judging the competition.
Finally, we thank MC Miss Ice Chan and Mr. Nick Ng, and all the student volunteers for helping to make this event a success.