At the heart of the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology lies the concept of a Collider, the place where top-notch students, researchers, practitioners, investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders can “collide” to create unexpected outcomes on projects.
A Collider project is not a lecture, a competition or a job fair. It is a brand new way to connect top students with companies and to connect knowledge with real-world problems. It is also a way for companies to find top engineering, technology and operations talent to support their rapid growth. And it is happening right now.
Amazon Logistics offered our first Collider Project, with a focus on the challenges they tackle as their delivery capability grows.
They offered an insightful lecture of the company’s delivery experiment in the San Francisco Bay Area. They invited students to form groups of up to four people and develop proposals for solutions to one of two challenges: (1) forecast the number of vehicles required for package delivery or (2) create a supply/demand proposal for available capacity in Amazon’s line haul network.
The winning students will earn a paid trip to Seattle to present their proposal for a white paper review with the leadership and interview for open positions at Amazon.