Guidelines and Rules
- 24-hour case competition with cases released on a staggered basis on Friday with competition on Saturday. Eleven (11) teams are split into two flights. Presentation time slots are 9 am, 9:30 am, 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, and 11:30 am. Presentations consist of 15 minutes of formal presentation followed by 10 minutes for judge’s Q & A. Top two teams of morning round in each flight go on to compete in the afternoon round. Afternoon round consists of 15 minutes of formal presentation followed by 15 minutes for judges’ Q & A. Winning teams are announced at the Saturday awards dinner.
- Cash prizes are available due to the generosity of the corporate sponsors. Monetary awards (split equally among the four team members) are made to the top four teams. 1st place team will receive $4,000, 2nd place $2,000, 3rd place $1,000 and 4th place $500. Individual checks are sent to an address of choice for each of the team members of the top four teams.
- Team members are restricted to undergraduate students currently enrolled in their first four-year undergraduate program.
- Teams must consist of exactly four (4) undergraduate students. Due to space and cost restrictions, alternates are not allowed to travel with the team. Each team may be accompanied by one academic advisor.
- Team members are to be ‘traditional’ undergraduate students. The spirit of the ‘traditional’ undergraduate student is to exclude the 30+ year old student coming back for a second degree after several years working as a supply chain business professional or with a consulting firm.
- Once the case is released, students may not consult with any non-team members during the team preparation, or on competition day until the competition concludes with the announcement of the top four teams at the awards dinner. This includes academic advisors, faculty, staff, student ambassadors, other students, etc. Contact such as phone conversations, emails, texting, Skype conversations, etc., with non-team members is also not allowed.
- To maintain anonymity for the judges during Saturday’s competition day, teams are asked to not identify their university, their state or wear school colors. During Saturday’s competition, teams are referred to by team number.
- Morning round presentations consist of 15 minutes of formal team presentation with up to 10 minutes of judges’ question and answer period. Teams must monitor their own times to stay within the 15 minute time frame. The room is then cleared for 5 minutes for judges’ deliberation and debrief.
- Presentations are made in Hanson Hall classrooms with computer, overhead video projector, document camera and white boards available.
- All team members are required to present roughly equivalent portions of the presentation.
- First Round (AM) - The participating teams are split into two flights. Two panels of judges consist of business professionals from the corporate sponsors. The judges’ panels select the top two teams from each flight. The Second Round (PM) consists of the top four teams. Morning rounds are closed to all but the team’s academic advisor. Academic advisors may attend their own team’s presentation; however, no questions or comments are allowed from anyone but the judges. No coaching or feedback of any kind is allowed until the top four teams are announced at Saturday’s awards dinner.
- Presentations may consist of (but not limited to) Powerpoint presentations, flip charts, overheads, white board, document camera, etc. Teams are expected to be familiar with the audio-visual technology in Hanson Hall classrooms. Hanson Hall 1-103 classroom is available on Friday for familiarizing your team with the computers and video equipment.
- Handouts to judges: Teams will provide sufficient copies of the team’s presentation materials - Powerpoint slides, charts, graphs, visual aids, etc. to the judges at the beginning of their presentation (one copy for each judge). Be sure to have copies of presentation materials available for the second round.
- Second round (PM) - The Championship Round consists of 15 minute presentation, 15 minute judges’ Q & A, clear the room for a 10 minutes judges’ debrief. Top four teams present in one of four time slots (based on random draw): 1 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:20 pm, 3 pm. Presentations conclude at 3:40 pm. The second round consists of a 15 minute presentation with a focus to the judges’ questions and comments from the first round. Previously presented material may be used to respond to the judges’ comments. Be aware that there will be a mix of judges, some that did not hear your first round presentation and others that did. A summary of the team’s recommendations is expected to complete the afternoon round. Be sure to provide sufficient copies of the team’s presentation materials to the judges for the second round. All participants and academic advisors are welcome to attend with the exception of any team member from the top four teams. No questions or comments are allowed from anyone but the judges.
- Suggested student attire - business formal - suit and tie during Saturday competition day and awards dinner. Business casual at all other events.
- Teams are permitted to utilize any written resource, scholarly publication, internet, industry journals, academic textbooks, etc. Teams are expressly prohibited from discussing or accepting assistance from any person outside their team. No physical or electronic contact is allowed. No email, text messaging, Skype, or cell phone conversations, etc., are allowed with any individuals outside the team.
- Student ambassadors are assigned to each team. Student ambassadors assist with answering team questions and also with printing documents during the competition.
- Non-emergency questions are directed first to the team’s student ambassador, then to the faculty director, Steven Huchendorf email@example.com, 612 624-4338.
- Student ambassadors assist with arranging Friday’s dinner during the case preparation period.
Technology and Computer Resources
- Laptop computers are not provided. Teams are strongly urged to have their own laptop computers available as well as flash drives and back-up flash drives with their presentation files.
- Each team member will be set up with temporary wireless access accounts to the University of Minnesota’s computer system.
- The Hotel Minneapolis Metrodome has WiFi connections available.
- Hanson Hall classrooms are equipped with video projectors, a document camera and a desktop computer with Microsoft Office 2010 software. The classrooms are equipped with ports for connecting laptop computers to the video projection equipment. Teams may bring in their own laptop computers and access the video equipment or teams may bring in flash drives and utilize the existing desktop computer. Note, Apple and Macintosh hardware platforms are not supported at the University of Minnesota. Be prepared for the unexpected.
- On Friday, the case release room Hanson Hall 1-103 is available 8 am to 5 pm for testing out and becoming familiar with the computers and video projection equipment.
- Black and white printers are available for drafts throughout Friday and Saturday. All teams are to print with a cover sheet to maintain confidentiality. Cover sheet must contain team name and break-out room location. Student ambassadors will assist with the distribution of printed materials.
- On Saturday morning at 7:30 am, color printers are available for printing presentation materials for the judges. Panels of up to five judges are expected in the morning round. The afternoon round consists of a combined judging panel of up to ten judges.
- Once the case has been distributed, teams are not allowed any type of coaching or consulting of live non-team member persons until the competition concludes with the announcement of the winning teams at Saturday’s awards dinner.
- The academic advisors are permitted to attend their team’s morning round; however, expressly forbidden to provide any feedback or coaching of any kind until the competition concludes with the announcement of the winning teams at Saturday’s awards dinner.
- Team members of the top four teams are not allowed to be present for competing teams’ presentations during the afternoon round.
- Academic advisors are allowed to attend the afternoon round of all teams.
- Academic advisors attend competition events on Wednesday - opening reception, Thursday - Host Sponsor Day. On Friday, while the teams are preparing their case, the academic advisors are invited to two events; 1) Academic Advisors meeting, Friday, April 5 from 11:50 am to 2:30 pm, “The Current State and Future Trends in Supply Chain Curriculum” in Hanson Hall 1-111, and 2) Friday, April 5, 6 pm - hosted supper with Carlson School Supply Chain Department faculty.
Judges are provided a rubric for evaluating the presentations. However, judges are professionals in the field and may use the evaluation criteria as they see fit. Decisions by the judges will be final.