Supply chain connects all of us; it is the backbone of business. It keeps the heart of the global economy pumping, trade. To add to this, logistics, procurement, production and operations management and many other related activities in the supply chain arena keep all stakeholders in any sector and value chain visibly connected. Furthermore, advancements in technology continue shifting the supply chain dynamics such as inventory buffers for the better. Data analytics, big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence are some of the latest game changers on the supply chain scene.
Recently with COVID-19, a major shift has been made in the business world, giving the supply chain field more importance and attached value, as it makes or breaks any business. Therefore, there has been a stimulation in demand for savvy supply chain professionals, experts, graduates and undergraduate students who are potential employees, self-employed people, investors and business owners in the supply chain field.
To conclude, supply chain keeps all of us connected to the goods and services we need and want, and COVID-19 showed us that. It showed us the need to ShiftToConnect one another.
ShiftToConnect is the first supply chain competition of its kind in Kenya for undergraduate students from all universities. It aims to solve two main issues: supply chain and its dynamics plus youth unemployment. Given that supply chain cuts across all sectors in an economy, all undergraduate students get a valuable opportunity to solve some of the most complex supply chain issues prevailing in any sector, while earning job opportunities or internship positions from the ShiftToConnect’s sponsors. Participants stand a chance to win cash prizes, trophies, gift hampers, and more.
To finish off, this year’s inaugural competition will take place in Strathmore University.
What is the value of ShiftToConnect?
To solve supply chain complexities and reduce youth unemployment in Africa to improve people’s lives in economic, social, environmental and technological aspects.
Why Strathmore University?
Strathmore University is a leading not-for-profit private university in Kenya, dedicated in continuously providing all-round quality education in atmosphere of freedom and responsibility excellence all-roundedness. Our aim is to constantly impact society by doing excellent work in a positive manner, through the entrepreneurial prowess of the university. All students and staff at the university, past and present, continue to display the trademark all-roundedness throughout Kenya, Africa and the world with over forty nationalities represented.
In the near future, ShiftToConnect will be opened to all undergraduate students in Kenya.
ShiftToConnect 2022 Timeline
Stage 1: Introduction (3 weeks) June 6th- June 24th
- ShiftToConnect competition registration is opened to all undergraduate students in Strathmore University.
- A blended (physical and virtual) ShiftToConnect event launch of ShiftToConnect will take place on June 24th at the TransCentury Auditorium at Strathmore Business School in Strathmore University.
Stage 2: Reports (8 weeks) June 24th- Aug 19th
- Teams begin to work on their reports and submit them by August 19th.
- Mentors will be assigned to the teams to offer guidance and seasoned industry experience.
Stage 3: Shortlisting (2 weeks) Aug 22nd – Sept 9th
- Panelists evaluate reports and shortlist the top ten teams.
Stage 4: Presentations (3 weeks) Sept 12th – Sept 30th
- The 10 shortlisted teams will prepare presentations from their reports.
- Top 10 teams present and the top 3 teams are shortlisted for the finale.
Stage 5: Finals and Award Ceremony – October 7th
- The top 3 teams have one week to polish on their final presentation.
- The top 3 teams present on October 7th in front of panelists and a live audience.
- The winning team is then chosen and awarded.
- Cash prizes for the top 3 teams:
1st Place: KES 300,000
2nd Place: KES 210,000
3rd Place: KES 120,000
- Guaranteed jobs for the top 3 teams.
- Guaranteed internships and gift hampers for the top 10 teams.
- A lifetime opportunity to learn in the 2022 Kuehne+Nagel Summer School Program in Germany for two weeks for the top 5 teams.
- Think of which component(s) of agriculture your team would like to tackle
Crops: Tea, Pawpaw, Bananas, Macadamia nuts or groups like spices, or all of them
Livestock: Cattle, Poultry, Sheep, Goats or all of them
Fisheries: Different fish breeds such as tilapia, kingfisher,
Aquaculture: Seaweed, coral and more
Forestry: Trees used in creating furniture such as hardwood trees (Elgon Teak and Meru Oak)
- Thereafter, think of what component(s) of agribusiness your team would like to tackle
Agricultural input: Farm inputs, Animal feed
Production: Crops, Livestock, Fish, Aquatic crops, trees
Processing-Manufacturing: Work-in progress and finished products using crops, livestock, fish, aquatic crops and trees
- Moreover, your team must figure out which component(s) of the supply chain their idea will fall under.
(Planning, Sourcing, Inventory, Production, Information, Location of Facilities, Transportation, Returns of goods)
- Additionally, your team must address one or more United Nations Sustainability Development Goals
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- Finally, your team must come up with a solution that assists communities through SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities)
Communities include persons with disabilities and small business communities in rural areas among others.