From the 11th to the 15th of July I participated in the Digital Management and Consulting Summer School in Rome. It was organized by the BUDS (Building Digital Strategists) Program, an initiative of Tor Vergata Rome University.

The Summer School consisted specialized in learning how to work with digital transformation and adapt to the current digitalized world. Some big companies in the digital sphere, such as Deloitte, Accenture, NTT Data, SAP, and SAS, were partners in the program and were responsible for giving tutorials and training. Deloitte was responsible for presenting about Customer Journey and Cybersecurity. Accenture focused on salesforce and presented a platform for online training concerning sales. NTT Data took care of Project Management and agile working.

I was one of 37 participants from different Universities across Europe (Portugal, Spain, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Italy, and the United Kingdom). Before the in-person part of the Summer School, we had access to an online course and had to choose a relative challenge that we would like to work on during the week in Rome. There were 3 different challenges provided by the partner companies (Accenture, Deloitte, and NTT Data). I, along with 4 other participants, worked on the challenge concerning project management of NTT Data. Our objective was to project the reopening of a restaurant after the COVID-19 pandemic by using digital transformation and an agile process . Besides the regular course and presentations, each group had workshops and tutorials with mentors of the respective company. Our workshop with the NTT Data team was incredibly productive and helpful. Within the designed workgroups, we had to identify aspects within the challenge that we had to change of the challenge we had to change and brainstorm solutions using technology. Next week each group will have a meeting online with the respective tutor company to present the final project for the challenge.

The Summer School opened my mind to professional opportunities in the digital area that I had not previously thought about. It was helpful to understand how digitalization is necessary for adapting to current changes in the world and how it can be used to improve all sorts of projects and processes. It was not only a beneficial academic experience, but it was also very enriching in terms of networking and meeting people from different backgrounds. Overall, it was an extremely profitable experience!

By Amanda Delgado Gussão