Super techies

TCU BIS Team Represents Entire U.S. in India’s Capgemini Super Techies TV Show

Two TCU Business Information Systems majors were chosen to compete in the Indian reality show as the only team from the U.S. They bested five other nations to move on to the semi-finals.  

November 07,  2014

By Elaine Cole

IT professionals aren’t often in the spotlight. The “Capgemini Super Techies Show” is changing that and shining the television lights on two TCU BIS students, William Stevens and Duy Dang.

In India’s version of “Shark Tank” for techies, William and Duy, Team FroCon, made a Texas-size impression on the judges to move through the opening round and into the semi-finals.

The “Capgemini Super Techies Show” launched in 2012 to bring tech professionals from behind the scenes to the stage. The show featured Indian competitors the first season, and expanded to other countries in the second season. For the third season, the show added college student teams to compete against experienced IT professionals to prove their tech mettle on a global scale.

As the only U.S. university team chosen to complete on the “Capgemini Super Techies Show,” William and Duy were one of only 12 teams at the beginning of the show. The other teams came from India, the U.K., France, Netherlands and Sweden. Six countries, 12 teams, 10 global challenges, 1 winning solution. Grand prize: $25,000.

For their opening round, William and Duy competed in the Epsilon Challenge against IT professionals from Microsoft, filmed in Mumbai. Team FroCon won to go on to the semi-finals in Paris, the only college student team to advance.

“Competing head-on and winning against an IT professional team from Microsoft with 20 or so combined years of experience made me feel that all the hard work that we put in paid off,” said William, whose show bio states that he is a “highly competitive and driven person with a fascination in technology and business.”

“Our TCU BIS degrees really equipped us with high-quality knowledge, which is reflected in our performance at the competition,” said Duy, whose bio states that he has a “passion for the relationship between business and IT” and how he wants to “modify modern tech advancements to create magic in business performance.”

The two Horned Frogs will take on IT pros from TechTree, with 30 years of experience each, in the BNP Paribas Challenge. That semi-final challenge will air in November.  

To watch Team FroCon in action, go to www.capgeminisupertechiesshow.com and click on Watch Videos.

Why a TV show about techies?

“In today’s dynamic business environment, companies across the globe understand the need to identify the right talent, who can leverage technology to support businesses on their digital transformation journey. The “Capgemini Super Techies Show” has always strived to be one such platform where young IT professionals have the opportunity to showcase their innovative skills in solving real-life business challenges put forth by global business leaders,” said Aruna Jayanthi, CEO of Capgemini India.