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Develop a search engine for an essay archive



The goal of this quest is to make the St. Gallen Symposium essays accessible for all attendees. This way the essays can have a wider impact and promote a  much needed intergenearational exchange. A solution should be developed, which has following features:

  • Solution should be integrated to website
  • Access restriction/login for HSG students (university e-mail addresses) and several other specified groups.
  • Essays should be searchable via keywords
  • Essays should be categorized by content  and future trend topics
  • Similar essays should be recommended
  • Preview through abstracts or summaries of the content should be visible to provide an orderly and well-structured view of the search query

The resources, which will be provided are 500 - 1000 essays from the last 5 – 10 years. All are in PDF format and in English.


The St. Gallen Symposium, formerly known as the International Management Symposium and the ISC-Symposium, is an annual conference taking place in May at the in University of St. Gallen in St. Gallen, Switzerland. It is one of the world's leading initiatives for intergenerational debates on economic,political, and social developments between decision makers of today and tomorrow.The symposium's goal is to facilitate solutions by addressing the big challenges and chances of our time.The St. Gallen Symposium was founded in 1969 as a response to the international student unrests of 1968 and has since then been organised by the International Students’ Committee (ISC), a student initiative at the University of St. Gallen. Currently, this platform for dialogue welcomes more than 1.000 participants with over 70 nationalities every year. Personalities such as Kofi Annan, Josef Ackermann, Mohammad Khatami, Laurence D.Fink, Dominic Barton, Sigmar Gabriel and Christine Lagarde have attended the symposium in recent years.

The Global Essay Competition (former St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award) is an essay competition for students on postgraduate level. The authors of the 100 best submissions get the chance travel to St. Gallen for one week and participate in the St. Gallen Symposium. Since the essay's topic is always related to the symposium's main topic of discussion, the three best authors have the possibility to present their essay in front of the global audience during the Conference. The evaluation process is completely anonymous and carried out by a preliminary jury and a main jury. The preliminary jury consists of PhD students of the University of St. Gallen as well as the ETH Zurich whereas the main jury comprises professors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and politicians. The Global Essay Competition was first launched in 1989 to select the student participants for the symposium and has been modified several times in the past.

Sought After Skills

  • Data scientist
  • Backend developer
  • Frontend developer
  • UX-Designer


Each member of the quest-team will receive following, when the quest is solved.

  •  1 participation ticket for the symposium (Value: 7'500 CHF)
  • Participation as Leader of Tomorrow on all three days of the symposium (LoT-Day + 50th St.Gallen Symposium)
  • All-inclusive Program (free-of-charge)

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Julius E. Weitzel

St. Gallen Symposium

Responsible for Innovation & Technology (IT) at St. Gallen Symposium

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Feb 24, 2020
Apr 5, 2020
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