BI Case gives students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in practice by solving real business challenges for Norwegian and international companies. Through case activities, students acquire skills that make them better equipped to cope with academic life, recruitment situations and working life.
FORMAT AND RULES BIICC
BI International Case Competition 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 Warm Up Case is a learning experience for the competing teams. All the teams will be allowed to watch the other teams 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 25th of January. The deadline for submitting solutions (a PowerPoint presentation and an executive summary) to the BIICC committee is at 23:59 on the 8th of 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 8 minutes to present, followed by a 7 minutes Q&A session.
- The winner of the Warm Up Case will be announced at the award dinner.
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. 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 for 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.
- Only the 50 first Power Point slides will be printed and given to jury. The slides will be printed in colour.
- Each team member brings his/her own lap-top.
- Research, support and preparation materials, including PowerPoint decks and templates, can be saved to laptops prior to the competition.
- Internet connection is 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). 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 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. Team members will be required to hand in their mobile phones/smartphones before the case launch. These devices will be returned to the teams that did not make the finale after the finalists have been announced. The teams in the finale will receive their phones after the finale.