Each track will have one or two sections, depending on the number of teams accepted, and will ideally host 6 or 12 teams.
Teams Applications must be submitted by the Advisor, who will identify which track the team desires to compete in.
Although IFAMA strives to honor this indication as much as possible, it also reserves the right to adjust the composition of each section, to secure a more balanced outcome. For example, if IFAMA received applications from 8 teams to compete in the English track- Intermediate, it reserves the right to move up to two teams to the Undergraduate or the Graduate tracks. These decisions are final.
CASE COMPETITION LOGISTICS
All teams must attend an orientation during the Student Welcome Reception on Saturday, evening, June 23.
The first round, for all tracks (Ug English, Ug Spanish; Int English, Int Spanish; Adv English, Adv Spanish; YP) begins on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00am. There will be seven concurrent sessions (3 in English and 3 in Spanish, plus the Young Professionals session).
Exact team presentation times are randomly determined while scheduling considerations are made for students who are also presenting research papers in the Symposium, etc. The schedule will be posted near the IFAMA Registration Desk on Saturday, and also announced during the Student Welcome Reception on Saturday, night.
The Case will be released to the first stream of teams on Sunday beginning at 9:00am, then sequentially released to a following stream every 30 minutes. Each team has exactly 4 hours to read the Case, develop a solution and file their PowerPoint presentation with the Student Case Competition help desk. Delays in picking up the Case will not extend this deadline. Teams begin making presentations before a panel of judges 30 minutes later. Each team is given 30 minutes (5 minutes to set up, 15-20 min to present, and 10-5 minutes for Q&A). There will be a networking break in the morning and the afternoon, plus a brunch, so make sure you know the exact timing appropriate for your team.
All presentations occur on Sunday afternoon and will be in camera (members of other teams, coaches, and “team assistants” cannot be present to prevent possible “free riding” by teams presenting later). All presentations for a given stream will be in a dedicated classroom.
The most current updates to the schedule will be available on IFAMA's website: 2018 Student Case Competition Schedule
IMPORTANT: Teams work alone in preparing their presentation. Teams will have access to the internet BUT CANNOT contact their coaches or other “helpers.” Failure to comply with this “independent working” requirement may be grounds for expulsion. Such a decision, made by the Case Competition Chair, is final.
Each of the 7 tracks (Ug English, Ug Spanish; Int English, Int Spanish; Adv English, Adv Spanish; YP) will advance two teams to the Finals on Monday, June 25. If two sections are in a given track, each section will advance one team to the finals; with one section in a given track, two teams will move to the Finals.
Moving to the Finals Round on Monday
Each of the 7 tracks (Ug English, Ug Spanish; Int English, Int Spanish; Adv English, Adv Spanish; YP) will advance two teams to the Finals on Monday, June 25. If two sections are in a given track, each section will advance one team to the finals.
On Sunday afternoon, after completion of the first round of competition, all teams will receive the second part of the case to be used for the Final Round on Monday. The Teams progressing to Monday’s Final round of the Case Competition will be announced about 30 minutes later.
There will be a first and second place winner in each track for both English and Spanish: Undergraduate, Intermediate, and Graduate; Young Professionals. Winners will be announced at the Presidential Banquet on Wednesday, June 27.
TEAM REGISTRATION PROCESS
Please Note: A good faith deposit of $1,000 USD is required to secure a spot in the competition. The deposit is instituted to prevent "no shows" which disrupt the scheduling and flow of the competition. The deposit will be returned at the end of the competition to the teams who participated in the competition. Instructions on how to wire these funds will be emailed to the Team Advisor directly by the CEO of IFAMA. Each application is confirmed as soon as a deposit is received by IFAMA.
Registration is simple. The advisor will complete and submit a registration form by following the link below. Competing students may be named later to provide flexibility given academic and personal requirements.
All students must register for the conference and pay the conference registration fee no later than May 1, 2018. Failure to do so will lead to seizure of the deposit and team cancellation. Given the Early Bird pricing structure, there is a clear incentive to register as soon as possible.
REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR STUDENTS NOT AFFILIATED WITH A TEAM
IFAMA welcomes applications for registration by “unattached students” who will be placed on appropriate “international” teams. Indeed, some of these teams composed by unattached students have done extremely well in the past (check the winning teams in 2016 and 2017!).
The process is similar to that outlined for teams (above) with these exceptions / modifications: