Invited schools select a team of four undergraduate students and a faculty advisor to attend the competition. Student participants can be any major,  and any year (first year 4th year, that is the team's choice). However all students must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate (Bachelor) program. They cannot have enrolled in or completed any post-graduate coursework. 

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 be known by the room location and time they present. Each room will be named after a famous Los Angeles beach (ie. Hermosa 1, Hermosa 2... Venice 2, Venice 3). Team names will be provided during the random presentation order selection on the morning of Friday, February 23rd. Presentations should be free of any references to the team’s school, location, or other distinguishing characteristics.

Case preparation

Teams will be presented with the case itself during the kickoff breakfast on Friday, in a staggered format depending on their presentation time (9:40 am, 10:20 am and 11:00 am). Teams will have 24 hours to prepare their solution and submit their slides followed by 40 minutes before the presentation.

  • Each team will prepare for their presentation in breakout rooms on campus as well as the Radisson Midtown.  Breakout rooms will be available from 9:00 am until 12:00 am on Friday, and starting at 8:00 AM on Saturday for teams who wish to practice on campus.
  • Teams may use textbooks, notes, etc., but may not discuss the case with outside sources. Use of the Internet to download information is permitted, including access to password protected databases. 
  • 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.
  • Presentations must be created using Microsoft Office PowerPoint (slides should use 16:9 ratio). All rooms will be equipped with PC computers utilizing MS Office 2016. Teams should also create a PDF version of their presentation for printing.
  • Teams will need to submit their presentations 40 minutes before their presentation on a MICC provided USB drive. The presentations will be loaded onto the presentation room computers, as well as printed for the judges (printing will be in black and white and 2 slides per page- so please do prepare a PDF version for printing).

Case Preparation and Preliminary Round Presentation Rooms

Competition rules & Guidelines

  • During the case competition, participating schools will be recognized by a fictitious name of the based on the preliminary presentation room and presentation assignment (the presentation rooms will be named after Los Angeles beaches). These names will become apparent during the random presentation draw held on Friday.
  • 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, even casual contact, with their unless it is an emergency.
  • The case presentations will be made to panels of judges on Saturday. There will be a first round of presentations for all students and select teams (finalists) will present in a second round to a different panel of judges.
  • The order in which the teams present will be determined by a blind drawing at breakfast on Friday morning.
  • Morning presentations will begin at 9:40 AM and end at 11:30 AM. Teams not selected to the Final Round will have time to meet with judges for feedback starting at 1:15 pm. Final (afternoon) presentations will begin at 2:00 PM and end at 6:00 PM.
  • In the preliminary round, each team will have 15 minutes to present their case analysis and recommendations. There will be a 15-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 15-minutes guideline, as there will be penalties for going over the allotted time.
  • Presentations in the Final round will be 30 minutes long. Judges will be allowed to interrupt the team to ask questions after the first 5 minutes of the presentation. The judges will NOT be able to ask any questions during the final 2 minutes of the presentation. The presenting team must stop their presentation when time is up.
  • 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 15 minutes of each the presentation and Q&A session have expired during the preliminary round. During the finals, the time-keeper will alert the team and judges when the first 5 minutes of the presentation have elapsed, as well as for the final 2 minutes of the presentation. The time keeper will also call time when the 30 minutes have elapsed. 
  • Faculty advisors are welcome to attend the entire competition, but must adhere to competition rules.
  • Visitors and students are also welcome to attend the entire competition.
  • 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.

Final Presentation Room (JFF LL105)