MOORE — Oklahoman Ryan Dowling was a member of the winning team from this year’s Innovation Challenge, an international competition that pits graduate school student teams against one another to find creative technology solutions for businesses.
Downing, currently a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, is a 2002 graduate of Westmoore High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
The winning team received a $20,000 prize and rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
AT&T, GE and Syngenta are major sponsors of the competition.
Dowling’s team was challenged to present a detailed plan for addressing questions on emerging technology and how AT&T can better connect its cloud-hosting services with mobility applications to meet the needs of small businesses.
The VCU team beat out MBA teams from schools like Harvard, Dartmouth and University of California at Berkeley.
— Charlie Price