Competition Format

The Team

Invited schools select a team of four undergraduate students and a faculty advisor to attend the competition. In order to ensure anonymity of the teams and impartiality of the judges, the teams will not be known by their school names. Each team will choose a name by which it will be identified throughout the competition. The name should be unrelated to the team’s school, location, or other distinguishing characterics.


Case Preparation

Teams will be presented with the case itself during the kickoff breakfast, Friday, February 15th. Teams must submit executive summaries and copies of their presentation slides on Saturday morning at the USC campus.


Competition Rules and Guidelines

  • During the case competition, participating schools will be recognized by a fictitious name of the team’s choosing.
  • Teams will be judged on their quantitative, qualitative, analytical, organizational and presentation skills.
  • Once the case has been distributed, advisors may not advise their students about the case or their presentations in any way. We suggest that advisors limit their contact with their team as much as possible.
  • The case presentations will be made to panels of judges on Saturday, February 16th. There will be a first round of presentations for all students and select teams will present in a second round to a different panel of judes.
  • The order in which the teams present will be determined by a blind drawing at breakfast on Friday morning. Teams will present in the same order in the afternoon as they do in the morning.
  • Morning presentations will begin at 9:00am and end at 12:50pm. Afternoon presentations will begin at 2:40pm and end at 5:10pm (see competition presentation order).
  • Each team will have 20 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations. There will be a 10-minute question & answer period during which time the judges will address questions to the presenting team. No questions will be allowed from the audience. There will be a 10-minute break between each presentation. Teams should keep their presentations strictly within the 20-minutes guideline, as there will be penalties for going over the allotted time.
  • There will be a time keeper in each presentation room. The time keeper will alert the teams when there are 5 minutes and 1 minute remaining for the presentation, as well as will call time when the 20 minutes have expired.
  • Faculty advisors are welcome to attend the entire competition, but must adhere to competition rules.
  • Teams may use textbooks, notes, etc., but may not discuss the case with outside sources. Use of the Internet to download information is permitted.
  • The case itself is not to be discussed with the faculty advisor or anyone else other than ones own team members until after final presentations have been made.
  • Each team will be required to submit five copies of their PPTs to judges in their panel.  Summaries will be printed at USC once teams arrive to present on Saturday, February 16th. Printing facitlities will be made available at the USC campus for this purpose.
  • Each team will prepare for their presentation in wireless rooms at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.  Breakout rooms will be available at 7:30am on Saturday for teams who wish to practice if they do not draw the 9:00am presentation.
  • Each team member must actively participate in the team’s presentation.
  • If teams advance to the final rounds, they will NOT be able to make any changes to their presentations and executive summaries.