Buzz On (and around) Campus

By Disha Malik, Class of 2018

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On Jan 17th the Chicago Booth Economic Outlook 2018 took place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. With over 1300 alumni in attendance, there was a fascinating debate on the economic outlook for 2018 on topics ranging from Cryptocurrency to the potential for another financial crisis. The panel featured Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at Chicago Booth, Randall Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics, Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and was moderated by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Chief International Correspondent for CNBC.

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On Jan 23rd UChicago & Chicago Booth held a talk in Davos on AI and the Future of Society. The panel featured Satya Nadella, MBA’97, CEO, Microsoft; the Honorable Penny Pritzker, Founder and Chairman of @PSP Capital, 38th US Secretary of Commerce; David M. Rubenstein, JD’73, University Trustee, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group; and moderator Raghuram G. Rajan, Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth. The panel delved into many aspects of artificial intelligence, including its impact on technology, agriculture, energy sustainability, but also its impact on jobs and society as a whole.

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In the lead up to the 2018 NVC and SNVC applications on Feb 1st, Polsky held the first Numo Fintech Challenge on Jan 25th. 8 teams reached the finals and the winner was Vest Blockchain which works to make 401(k) transfers seamless for retirement providers with Jetson Benefits, a platform for independent workers to research, purchase, and manage benefits packages taking second place and Seedling, Seedling a which focuses on connecting the un- and under-banked with banks and retailers by redirecting existing gambling behaviors towards savings using kiosk based prize linked savings accounts, taking the third. With the excellent ideas on display at the fintech challenge, we eagerly await NVC and SNVC to see what entrepreneurial ideas come forth.

On Jan 24th and 25th the Booth community voted for the 2018-2019 GBC Executive Board. The votes are tallied, the results are in, and our new slate is One Community, Our Community featuring Elise Hogan - President, Tunde Oshinowo - Executive VP, John Chiulli - VP of Student Affairs, Anne Delmar - VP of Alumni Engagement & Brand, Sukriti Nayar - VP of Community Outreach and Herbert Zea - VP of Diversity & International Affairs.