In a typical Booz Allen Summer Games challenge, carefully selected interns collaborate side by side 8 hours a day for 10 weeks and showcase their final projects in a series of leadership-facing presentations. The top teams are then selected to present at the Challenge Cup in a venue like the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
The COVID-19 pandemic put an abrupt pause to this in-person collaboration. In 2020, Booz Allen canceled the Games out of social distancing requirements and concern for participants’ health and safety.
In 2021, however, the Summer Games returned—in an all-virtual format for the first time ever. Equipped with Summer Games backpacks, water bottles, and t-shirts shipped to their homes, 103 interns from San Antonio, San Diego, Huntsville, and beyond tackled projects, learned about work and life at Booz Allen, and connected with mentors, subject matter experts, and each other.
“From speed networking and virtual game nights to Webex collaboration and presentations, we used our collective ingenuity to bring the Summer Games online, for the same fun, intense, and competitive experience we’ve been delivering since 2014,” said Booz Allen Executive Vice President Aimee George Leary. She helped judge this year’s final projects along with Executive Vice President Brian Abbe, Senior Vice President Michele Hintz, Senior Vice President Leslie Raimondo, Senior Vice President Dr. Roman Salasznyk, and Executive Vice President Bill Schuler.
The Summer Games finale—the Challenge Cup—was also held virtually for the first time, with the final five teams out of 26 total showcasing their winning solutions. Highlights follow from their experiences this summer.