Scania holds the second edition of Inovathon

Boletim CISB

Scania Latin America launched the second edition of the Inovathon Logistics Challenge, a marathon for college students assigned the mission of creating an innovative logistics-based solution. Students from all over the country signed up at the official website by the deadline on June 16. "The central idea and motivation are the same, but a project named Inovathon must bring something new," says Patricia Acioli, responsible for Corporate Relations of Scania Latin America.

For this year, before the end of September 30, in São Paulo, the students who enrolled will take part in the regional stages in August. In this stage, they must pass a theory exam, academic background assessment, and solve a case study in person, after which the 25 (five per region) best students will continue in the dispute for a trip to Sweden to further their knowledge.

"In the year of our 60th anniversary in Brazil, we want to show that where there is Brazil, there is Scania, and where there is Scania, there is Inovathon in 2017. We offer six events in a single competition. A logistics marathon also for Scania,” explains Patricia.

The project was designed for students to expand the knowledge acquired in the classroom and put it all into practice in a real corporate scenario. "In this competition, teamwork and time management are key factors for solving the cases,” adds Patricia.

The finalists of Inovathon will be divided into groups of five, and as a team, they must create an innovative project to solve a logistics problem, which will be presented by Scania on the day of the challenge. In this last stage, students will have 24 hours, from September 30 to October 1, to create and deliver the solution to the case.

As in the first edition, the winners will be rewarded with a trip to Sweden to visit the country's capital, Stockholm, and Scania's headquarters in the city of Södertälje, where they will accompany the entire logistics process at the plant.

Previous edition – In 2016, the first stage of the innovation marathon was held with 25 university students from various parts of the country, assigned the task of creating a logistics management project based on the concepts of connectivity and monitoring and autonomous driving technologies.

During the competition, the teams were identified with the names of Swedish cities and allowed to attend lectures and do complementary activities. In the end, the winning group was Örebro, formed by students of the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), the Centro Universitário Fundação Santo André, of the FEI University Center, and the University of São Paulo (USP).