Benchmark Six Sigma held an online competition called SPARKS “Write to Influence” contest from 22nd November 2013 to 6th December 2013, the participants had to write a blog style article on “Data Driven Decision Making (D3M)”. Four IMT students made it to the final round and went on to win prizes.
1.) Deepak Gupta (1st position)
2.) B Rahul Gandhi (Finalist)
3.) Partha Mitra ( 3rd Runner up)
4.) Aseem Shandilya (1st Runner up)

Stage 1 was the preliminary stage where articles were screened on the basis of originality and style of writing etc. Stage 2 was an online interaction assessment phase, in which a total of 18 articles were chosen and everyone was invited to ask questions to the authors. The authors were evaluated on the popularity of their articles and their ability to convincingly answer questions put to them. The evaluation at this stage was done by a panel of industry experts comprising of Mr. Vivek Madan VP, Operations, GE Commercial Finance; Mr. Suresh Jayaraman, Director-Business Excellence, Philips; Mr. B Waware Master Black Belt IBM; Mr. PB Mohan Dy. Director Process Engineering, CMA CGM and Ms. Tina Arora Service Head, Citibank.