MIS Case Competition 2018

On Friday October 5th, the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department held its annual Management Information Systems (MIS) Case Competition. Case competitions provide real world exposure to business problems that could come up in professional careers, and encourage their participants to create innovative solutions. This year’s competition hosted 40 students in ten teams who all presented their own unique solutions to this year’s case to a panel of four judges. This year’s judges were Wei-Kuang Huang, Shun-Yang Lee, Christopher Field, and Christopher Day, a business advisor from RapidQube. Each team was given twenty minutes to present their solution and an additional ten minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Although this was an MIS Case Competition, students from all majors were invited to participate. This year, there were a fair share of engineering students eager to dabble in the business world, as well as students from other departments in the School of Business. The teams had one week, from the time they received the case to the time that they needed to present, to prepare their solutions and presentations. Andrew Warshavsky, a freshman MIS major, spoke of his first case competition elaborating on his team’s steps towards success. “My group met together five times this week. On the first day we brainstormed our ideas and got everything out there that we had. On the second day we added any new/remaining ideas. Then we started getting down to business making Powerpoints, and looking for information that was most important and then narrowing that information down.”

After completing the competition, Team 7 had some encouraging words for participating in case competitions. “It’s good experience. It’s good to get practice presenting in front of people,” said Abigail Chromick. Then her teammate, Joe Gauthier, added, “this is actually a chance where you can apply what you learned outside of the classroom.”

On Friday, October 12th, the competitors attended the MIS Case Competition Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held to give all of the teams prizes for participating, and give the winning teams their awards. The award winning teams are as follows:

1st Place – Team 5: Don’t Mess with MIS

Belma Pehratovic, Victoria Trautman, Rachel Fein, and James Mercaldo

2nd Place – Team 6: Tech Turtles

Nathaniel Luscomb, Haley Reierson, Sean Monoghan, and Francis Stino

3rd Place – Team 4 (The Benny Bunch)

Urmi Thaker, Andrew Jon, Inese Duarte

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