MIS Case Competition Guidelines

Important Dates

Date Event Location
Friday September 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM Kickoff Meeting BUSN 116 (Business Lounge)
Wednesday September 22, 2017 Teams must be finalized and confirmed with competition coordinator Email Confirmation
Friday September 22, 2017 The case is emailed out to all teams at the same time Email Confirmation
Friday September 29, 2017 Case Presentations - all day (teams given time slots to present) BUSN 302 (Conference Room)
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:30 AM Award Luncheon BUSN 321 (Board Room)

Participant Information

Prizes

Rank Prize Total
1st place $500 per person $2,000
2nd place $250 per person $1,000
3rd place $125 per person $500

Competition Rules

Teams

Teams must be composed of four students who are currently enrolled in the UConn School of Business. Teams can pre-register together on the website or choose to form during the kick-off meeting. If you don't have a full four member team or you are a single student that is interested please make sure to attend the kickoff meeting so we can find a way to form full teams. Although this case is based in the MIS field, it is recommended that teams are diverse in major, interest, and overall ability. If a team is interested, at least one team member must attend the kickoff meeting.

By the following Wednesday, a confirmation email will be sent out to all teams confirming their participation in the competition. All teams will also be required to create a team name to be associated with. That Friday all members of the team will be emailed the case. Questions regarding the case can be emailed to the competition coordinator up until Thursday, September 28th at 9PM.

Presentation Guidelines

Your team will have a week to prepare their presentation. During this time it is recommended you meet a few times to develop the slides and practice your presentation. Before Friday, September 29th each team will be randomly assigned a 30 presentation time slot in the Business Conference Room (BUSN 302). You will then present your solution to the case for 20 minutes and have 10 minutes for a Q&A.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes in length. Time warnings at 10, 5, and 1 min(s) before end of presentation will be provided. Presentations will be stopped at 20 minutes sharply. The Question & Answer section is limited to 10 minutes in length. Time warnings will be provided at 5, and 1 min (s) before end of the section. Q&A will be stopped at 10 minutes sharply.

Presentations are required to be done using Microsoft PowerPoint, the year does not matter. However, University computers with which teams will present use PowerPoint 2013 on a Windows PC. Exact file type does not matter as long as it works with these computers.

Teams may not provide the judges with any materials, nor bring or use external materials or props during presentations, with the only exception being the usage of a clicker.

Presentations are going to be judged on three separate categories (Each category out of 10 - max 30 points, final score is average of all judges total):

  • Quality of prepared slides
  • Presentation of case solution - includes Q&A answers
  • Alignment with realistic solution

Competition Guidelines

Once all teams have presented the judging panel will deliberate and set a first, second, and third place team. These teams will be announced at the awards luncheon on October 6th in the Business School Board Room, 321.

All resources found online or with other sources can be utilized, but must be referenced. Teams should not be discussing the case solutions among each other because there is no one right solution. Those presentations that are too alike will not be scored as highly because they lack innovative and out of the box thinking. Teams are encouraged to get feedback from faculty, staff, advisers, etc however all slides must only be created by members on that team

For any questions about the competition or any guidelines please contact jonathan.a.moore@uconn.edu