Representatives from each team gathered in the University of Connecticut Business School Board Room on Friday September 16th to kickoff the first annual MIS Case Competition.
Professor Jon Moore, the coordinator of the event said that he started the competition to teach students at the undergraduate level to apply their skills to real world business scenarios. He said that case competitions are very common in graduate business programs but they are not offered very much for undergraduate programs.
Students at the meeting said that they wanted to participate in the competition because it was a way for them to gain valuable career experience.
One student, Vivek Tedla said that he has participated in two other case competitions in the past.
Tedla said that participating in case competitions have been very beneficial for building his presentation skills and acquainting him with business professionals. He said that it is very important to build those skills as early as possible.
The competition presents students with a business case and each team must pitch a solution in front of a panel of judges. The case is based in the information systems field but the competition is open to students of any major within the School of Business.
Moore recommended that students make their teams as diverse as possible with a variety of majors, interests and skills. He encouraged students to think outside of the box and come up with innovative solutions to succeed in the competition.
As of the meeting on Friday, there were six teams confirmed. Individuals still have the opportunity to sign up through Wednesday September 21st.