As the BUILD students in their respective teams came together, they exchanged ideas across professional, academic and national cultures and became better equipped to create solutions for real life problems affecting our world today while also learning skills that could enhance their future careers.
In forming the teams in the BUILD Solutions project, teams were not only made up of students from different disciplinary backgrounds but also from a mix of different personalities. This enabled the team to benefit from the diverse personalities of their team members. As studies have shown (Dave Winsborough & Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic), different personalities bring out different skills and capabilities.
These different personalities enhance the team and enable them to achieve their final goal. In BUILD, a personality test was done on the second day and a mix of personality types was the other key metric used besides an alignment on which challenge to solve to form the teams.
In BUILD Solutions, the teams were made of students from diverse disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, as well as personalities. This enhanced their synergy and ability to learn from each other and create better solutions consequently.
Hence a significant part of the first two days were spent helping the students narrow down the problem they wanted to solve and imagine how the world, and their place in it, would look once the problem was solved. This process of visualizing goals included societal, social and personal benefits (including personal wealth and degrees of freedom).