2018 NASBITE International Student Case Competition
Timeline & Rules
Team Eligibility & Rules
The 2018 NASBITE International Student Case Competition is open to all colleges and universities that provide an academic business degree program at the undergraduate level. Teams must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of four students, plus one instructor. Team members must be undergraduate college students pursuing a business or marketing degree.
By participating in the Case Competition, all team members agree to keep information in the case confidential. All case submissions become the exclusive property of the sponsor and NASBITE International.
To be eligible to receive the case and be assigned a time slot to present, teams must complete and submit a Team Registration Form and pay the registration fee no later than January 15, 2018. The team registration fee includes a Student Registration to the 2018 NASBITE International Annual Conference for each student team member listed on the registration form, and a Conference Registration for one instructor. Registration includes breakfast and lunch for two days, a Student Team Mixer on one evening, plus Conference Keynotes and Sessions and networking opportunities with the attendees of the Annual Conference. The team fee does not include travel or lodging expenses, but teams are eligible for discounted hotel rates at the Sheraton Inner Harbor if reservations are made before the hotel reservation cut-off date (February 23) or before the discounted room block is full, whichever comes first.
Case presentations will be judged in accordance with a rubric. This rubric will be distributed with the written case on March 1, 2018, and will be used by a panel of professional judges. Each case presentation will be viewed by multiple judges, whose scores are averaged together to produce one overall score per case.
Students must not receive any professional advice, critiques, or additional assistance in the development of their written case entry. However, students are permitted guidance from their faculty advisors and professors. Students may not directly contact the corporate sponsor, its marketing or advertising agencies, or any company specifically highlighted by the sponsor.
All questions regarding the case should be submitted via email to the case organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone calls will not be accepted. Case organizers will respond directly to the originator of the question.
The Preliminary Round Presentations by registered teams will be made on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the 31st Annual NASBITE International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Teams will be randomly assigned a presentation slot. Prior to the first presentation, teams are permitted to enter the presentation room to verify audio-visual connectivity to the provided laptop and view the layout of the room.
Finalist presentations will be made on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the 31st Annual NASBITE International Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Finalist teams will be randomly assigned a presentation slot. Prior to the first presentation, teams are permitted to enter the presentation room to verify audio-visual connectivity to the provided laptop and view the layout of the room.
Once a team has completed its presentation, they are permitted to remain in the room for the subsequent presentations, however, under no circumstances will they be permitted to ask questions to the remaining team(s) during the Q&A portion of their presentation. If they choose to remain in the room once their presentation is completed they must remain silent.
Presentations may not exceed 30 minutes. Time starts when the first slide (other than the title slide) appears or when a presenter begins speaking on stage. Time ends at the 30-minute mark. Team members may request either a one- or two-minute warning from the timekeeper. The presentation is followed by up to 10 minutes of questions from the judges.
The first slide of the presentation must only include the campaign name or tagline. It cannot include the name of the school. Judges are blind to the name of your school while you present.
A podium, a data projector, a remote control slide advancer, and a laptop with internet access will be available at the presentation site. Teams should bring a USB drive with the presentation saved in PowerPoint 2013.
Teams may consist of up to four presenters, not including the instructor. If a team wishes to have a person assist with technical or logistical issues, this person is considered one of the four presenters. All four presenters are permitted to speak, but not all are required to do so. All presenters must have worked on the case and have been listed on the original Team Registration Form submitted no later than January 15, 2018.
Audience members may include but are not limited to case coordinators, NASBITE International members and conference attendees, and other dignitaries. Parents, friends, and other supporting members of your college/university may be present during the session, but must communicate their intent to be present to NASBITE International staff via e-mail at info@NASBITE.org by March 15, 2018.
Case Competition Dates to Remember
|January 15, 2018||Deadline for submission of Team Registration Form and payment of Team Registration Fee|
|February 23, 2018||Deadline for discounted hotel reservations at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel|
|March 1, 2018||Release of initial Case to registered teams|
|March 15, 2018||Deadline for notification to NASBITE of any parents, friends, supporting members who will observe the Preliminary (and Final, if applicable) case presentation|
|March 21, 2018||NASBITE International Annual Conference Opening Reception|
|March 22, 2018||Preliminary Round of Case Presentations at Sheraton Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland Announcement of Finalist Teams and release of additional case challenge Student Team Mixer|
|March 23, 2018||Final Round of Case Presentations at Sheraton Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland Announcement of Case Competition Champion Team at Closing Reception|