BI International Case Competition 2020
BI International Case Competition 2020 invites prestigious schools from all over the world to compete in solving a real business case, provided by one of our strategic partners.
BI International Case Competition (BIICC) is an annual competition and was held for the first time in February 2016. BIICC offers a unique program including social activities and events, both for the international participants and for the BI students. Through six intense days, 12 international teams from eleven different countries compete to become the BIICC Champion 2020. The competition consists of a Premier case distributed to the teams 23 January (due 6 February) followed by a 30-hour main case, which will be launched by BIICC’s Golden partner Tuesday 11 February at BI’s campus in Oslo.
BIICC’s motto is collaboration. Collaboration is the very essence of case solving and covers all areas of a case competition. Collaborating with your team to find the best solution. Collaboration across borders, cultures and languages. Perhaps the greatest achievement through collaboration lies in the interaction with fellow opponents to ensure BIICC 2020 becomes a lifetime experience, which we of course will facilitate to the best of our ability!
Collaboration is also the essence of how BIICC is organised and executed joining various departments of BI, the student organisation BISO, strategic partners from the business community and last, but not least, priceless effort by voluntary BI students. Together we strive to deliver a week full of social happenings and challenging activities.
We want BIICC participants to look back at their time in Norway with a smile, a bunch of new friends, business contacts and experiences.
We look forward to welcoming this year’s participants to Oslo!
- Time:Saturday, 08 February 2020 10:00 - Friday, 14 February 2020 23:00
- Place:BI Norwegian Business School
- Contact:Hilde Spæren (firstname.lastname@example.org)
FORMAT AND RULES
BIICC aims to provide a fun learning experience for its participants. In order for the case competition to be successful, a set of rules and regulations must be adhered to by all teams and advisors. Fair play is an essential criterion in the case competition. All participants are expected to treat each other with respect. If the rules are unclear, please consult the Case Director of BIICC, Svein Lund. He has the ultimate decision power in disputes after having consulted the team advisors.
- The main goal for the Premier Case is a learning experience for the competing teams. The teams will be divided into two streams. The teams will be allowed to watch the other teams in their stream present, and thereby will be able to pick up ideas for the main case competition.
- The case will be sent to the teams on the 23 January. The deadline for submitting solutions (a PowerPoint presentation) to the BIICC committee is at 12:00 (noon) on the 6 February (Norwegian time). Advisors or other non-team member are not allowed to assist the teams in solving the case.
- A draw will determine the order in which the teams present. Teams will be allowed 10 minutes to present, followed by a 10 minutes Q&A session.
- The winner in each stream will compete in a final. The winner will be announced at the dinner on Sunday 9 February. The winner of the Premier Case will be guaranteed a place in the final for the Main Case on Thursday 13 February.
Case competition structure
- The competition consists of 12 teams. Each team must decide on a name for their team. The name must be neutral and give no indication to which school or country the team represents. The teams will be divided into three streams. A draw will determine which stream the teams will compete in and the order of presenting.
- Each team has 15 minutes to present, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session. The teams are not allowed to watch each other present. The advisors, however, are welcome to watch any of the presenting teams.
- The best team from each stream will compete in the finale. In addition, the winner of the Premier Case, if not otherwise qualified, will compete in the final. The teams that do not make it to the finale are allowed to watch the finale. The finalist teams are prohibited from making changes to their presentation before the grand finale.
- In the grand finale, each team has 15 minutes to present, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session. The winner and runners-up will be announced after the finale.
- The preparation time is 30 hours.
- Presentation slides will be collected by BIICC staff from the preparation room at the exact time shown on the schedule. Teams MUST name their presentation file with the team name they have chosen: (e.g. ForceConsult.pptx). Teams MUST also save their presentation on the hard drive of their own computer before the presentation is downloaded by the BIICC staff. Both USB sticks should be handed in to the BIICC staff.
- The jury will receive the Power Point slides electronically before the presentation takes place and will use their laptops during the presentation.
- Each team member brings his/her own laptop. BI will not provide additional laptops to team members in any circumstances.
- Research, support and preparation materials, including PowerPoint decks and templates, can be saved to laptops prior to the competition.
- Internet connection will be provided. Only open sources are allowed, i.e. sources that do not require a log-on with a password (this includes e-mail, library and similar resources, but not tools like Google drive and online versions of Microsoft Office). Teams are subject to arbitrary control to ensure they adhere to this rule.
- All presentations must be in English. Teams should use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 (16:9) for their presentations. PowerPoint files will be loaded on to a computer in the presentation room.
- Before the competition starts, each team will be given access to the presentation rooms to check the facilities.
- Each team has 15 minutes to present their case solution and 15 minutes to answer questions. Signs for seven (7) minutes, three (3) minutes and one (1) minute remaining will be shown to the presenting team.
- A presentation clicker will be provided in presentation rooms.
- Teams must not reveal their school name during their presentation, but instead use the chosen name.
- Teams are not allowed to watch other teams present during the preliminaries. Non-finalist teams can watch the finale.
- Advisors are allowed to attend the presentations of any team.
- All materials produced during the BI International Case Competition are the rightful property of the BIICC. This includes recordings, slides etc. These will be distributed at a later stage to advisors and/or a wider public.
- Any violation of the rules above will result in immediate termination and disqualification of the team. Any decision of termination and disqualification is final. The decision to disqualify teams is the responsibility of the BIICC Director.
Each team is allowed to have up to 4 computers in the preparation room. The team must supply their own laptops. Teams should note that the computers used in all presentations are PC’s with Windows 10 operating system and Microsoft PowerPoint 2016. Each team will be provided two USB sticks for use in the preparation room. The teams will not be allowed to use mobile phones/smartphones during the preparation period.