Students from North Carolina Central University took first place in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Business Challenge held on Nov. 21, 2019. The event required teams to compete by solving business problems involving technology.
Established in 2017, the challenge was designed to develop future business leaders. This year marks NCCU’s second year earning a top-tier placement. NCCU’s team previously brought home a second-place award in 2018.
HP partnered with the National HBCU Business Deans Roundtable to promote the annual contest. For this year’s challenge, participants from 30 colleges and universities were asked to devise a product concept to solve a problem for the gaming sector. The technology gaint awarded students its Pavilion x360 convertible laptop and Sprocket Plus photo printer.
The NCCU team’s winning concept and prototype was the OMEN Cooling Immersion Citadel Gaming Chair, for PC gamers and tapping into the growth of this market, which is projected to be worth as much as $45 billion by 2021.
“We saw applicability for simulations and training that provided an immersive experience with technology, including gaming in a work environment,” said Hadeer Salem, Senior Business Administration-Management major, one of four students on the team.