For the second year in a row, S&P Capital IQ held the Mission Possible intern competition. This “Apprentice-style” competition challenged five teams of interns to develop innovative solutions for projects from across the business who then presented their recommendations to a panel of senior leaders. Over the course of seven weeks, 28 interns partnered with their company mentors to research and develop their projects in the S&P Capital IQ Innovation Lab.
This year, the First Prize went to the Human – Computer Interaction (HCI) Eye-Tracking team. This team identified a hardware/software solution that not only tracks test users’ eye movement and response time, but also records their facial expressions as they are completing tasks. The results of this solution reveal usage patterns, pain-points, and insights about the overall user-friendliness of the products and the emotions they evoke. The HCI team then researched and developed an internal automated testing platform which utilizes this technology to obtain data and analyze how users interface with our products. The platform produces very detailed and visual reports while involving minimal intervention from the tester, which makes it perfect for testing at the clients’ site in the future. The First Prize team included interns Taylor Beisell, Anthony Rieder, Maddison Hickson, Alexx Webb, Masudur Rahman, and Sean Wilson.
Tim O’Connor, Senior Director and Head of the Innovation Lab, started Mission Possible at S&P Capital IQ last summer. He said the program’s success is a credit to the quality of partner universities, the recruiting program, and the interns.
“It is remarkable to see how a small dedicated team of talented interns can take a real-world business challenge, some tools and mentorship from this program, and transform a problem into a solution in a matter of seven weeks,” he said.
Stay tuned for a feature post from Taylor Beisell, one of the winning members from the HCI Eye-Tracking team!
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