We invite current and aspiring MBA students around the world to give their predictions on this year’s topic: The Sharing Economy - What Else Will We Be UBER'ing By 2050?
The author of the winning entry wins a mentoring session with a senior partner at strategy consulting firm Bain & Company, as well as $1,000 in cash.
The BB Global MBA Competition has been running since 2013, with previous topics, The World When We Retire and The Future of Work, attracting hundreds of business school participants.
The winner from our 2013 Competition was Tornar Yang from Warwick Business School, who was selected from a pool of more than 170 students. He was asked the question: what will the world of work be like in 2050? Here’s his winning entry:
A HEALTHIER BUT COMPLEX FUTURE
Walking down the bank of Volta river near my farmhouse in Kpong, the world class Hi-Tech hub in Ghana, I am trying out my new PlusMove exoskeleton power suit.
To the far side of the horizon, the Kpong Dam stands proudly in the dusk, reminiscing its past glory. Because of cheap energy from fusion plants, most hydroelectric plants such as Kpong are either converted to museums or reservoirs.
The flicking wristband keeps track of my BP, HR and other vital readings and sends them to a data center on the other side of the globe. They have even got my complete genome sequence: all for cheaper medical insurance. But they can’t do much about my hairline which recedes in the same direction as the shoreline every year!
Inhabitable land retracted by 2.2% last year and the speed is accelerating. The good news is that Diaoyu, Dokdo, Paracel and many of those disputed islands have submerged into the Pacific.
But the world is still far from a harmonious place. The United Nations disintegrated two decades back and has been replaced by regional alliances at a time when, ironically, wthe Israelis and Palestinians have finally realized they have more to gain by standing aside.
Free trade has fallen out of favor and protectionism is rife. No one is bothered about the ideological differences between capitalism and socialism - unemployment at home is what worries people.
I should go back home now. If I breach my weekly outdoor exposure quota, they will not hesitate to double my insurance premium! And I also need to go for a quantum hologram chat with my children in China.
I swipe my mobile for authentication and payment, and hop on the driver-less taxi. I plan to surf for a present from the virtual IKEA store on my way home.