CaseIT is an international undergraduate business case competition focused in management information systems. Held annually in Vancouver, British Columbia, this student-organized event focuses on information technology case analysis. Over a span of four days in February, 20 university teams compete in a 24-hour case deliberation. First round presentations are held in SFU's Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver, while final-round presentations are held in the Segal Graduate School of Business, followed by an Awards Banquet where the top three universities are announced.
Co-founded in 2004 by Paul Cyr and Zephaniah Wong, CaseIT began as a competition between undergraduate teams within Simon Fraser University. Jenny Chao expanded the competition to incorporate teams from Western Canada and eventually from all across Canada, under the leadership of Andrew Kumar. In 2007, Somnath Suresh included teams from the United States and Denmark and in the following year, Rey Lim changed the format into a 24-hour case competition with international teams from Africa and Asia. Steven Chia stabilized the growth of CaseIT in 2009 by formalizing and institutionalizing many processes. Furthering the progression of CaseIT, Chair Nima Sarhangpour played an integral role in the incorporation of the CaseIT Foundation. CaseIT 2012 also saw the first University from Australia take part in the event. CaseIT 2014 saw the addition of the Wildcard Round through Chair Jillian-Joy Marlinga. Gwendoline Wong increased the number of teams competing to 19 team for CaseIT 2015 and combined the Discussion Panel and the Corporate Evening events. In addition, Gwendoline launched InTech, a case competition held parallel to the international competition exclusively for students at Simon Fraser University.
Since its inception, CaseIT has been a student-organized event. Originally consisting of a committee of 16 members, it has since grown to 24 members. The Organizing Committee consists of Directors, Executives, and Team Hosts.
|2016||Moses To||Tiffany Fong & Sunny Kim|
|2015||Gwendoline Wong||Cheryl Chan|
|2014||Jillian-Joy Marlinga||Nicholas Heng|
|2013||Peter Lew||Maggie Lee|
|2012||Nima Sarhangpour||Gordon Swenson|
|2011||Brian Luong||Ryan Torio|
|2010||May Yu||Stephen Lee|
|2009||Steven Chia||Amanda Yeo|
|2008||Rey Lim||Paulina Siu|
|2007||Somnath Suresh||Gloria Ching|
|2006||Andrew Kumar||Tabitha Mui|
|2005||Jenny Chao||Zephaniah Wong|
|2004||Paul Cyr||Zephaniah Wong|
Since the competition opened to schools from around the world, CaseIT has hosted university teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Some notable participating schools in the past include: Bocconi University School of Economics Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota Corvinus University of Budapest Copenhagen Business School HEC Montreal John Molson School of Business, Concordia University Haskane School of Business, University of Calgary Hong Kong University of Technology and Science Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Kwantlen Polytechnic University Maastricht University National University of Singapore Queen's School of Business Queensland University of Technology Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario Royal Roads University Ryerson University Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia Singapore Management University University of Alberta University of Vermont
Twenty teams are chosen through an invitational process to participate in the 24-hour case deliberation held in Vancouver. Participants have 24 hours to solve and present their team’s solution to a judging panel composed of industry professionals from CaseIT sponsor companies which range in a variety of firms. From these teams, one finalist is chosen from each tier after the first round of presentations. After the final round of presentations, the top three teams are selected by the judging panel. The past results of CaseIT are shown below with the corresponding theme for each year.
Venues for CaseIT may change from year-to-year. The following venues are where CaseIT was held in 2013.
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Comfortable in its arrangement as an open environment, the hall is home for interaction and dialogue and the site for CaseIT's Discussion Panel. Asia Pacific Hall has hosted heads of states, political leaders, deliberations, and private negotiations since opening in September 2000.
The Corporate Function is held at the Arctic Canada Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium. Located in Vancouver's Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium was Canada's first public aquarium when it opened in 1956. The Aquarium is dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action. Participants network with one another while watching beluga whales swim by.
Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus blends history with state-of-the-art educational facilities in one of Vancouver’s most famous landmark buildings. After the 24-hour deliberation period, 21 teams present their first round presentations here showcasing their analytical and presentation skills to the CaseIT Judging Panel.
Segal Graduate School of Business
The Segal Graduate School of Business, located in Vancouver’s business district, delivers graduate management education and executive programs in a restored heritage building that facilitates discussion and interaction amongst professionals, academics, and students. The top four universities are announced here and present their recommendations for a second time to over 150 attendees.
- September 19, 2014: "Business School Case Tournaments: Why You Should Compete"
- January 30, 2013: "WMS students win place at international 24hr IT case comp"
- February 12, 2012: "Beedie School of Business" on CaseIT 2012 and the global presence in Vancouver
- February 19, 2011: "Techvibes" on the strong showing of Canadian universities at CaseIT 2011
- May 11, 2010: "Business in Vancouver" on how CaseIT helped a competitor get his foot in the door with a career in IT
- April 19, 2010: "The Bocconi Online Newsmagazine" on the success of its students in CaseIT 2010
- April 8, 2010: "Beedie School of Business" on CaseIT and how it is planned
- February 2, 2009: "SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations" on the CaseIT 2009, Green IT
- June 11, 2008: "AsiaOne News" on the success of the team from Singapore Management University in CaseIT 2008