CaseIT

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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.[1] 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.[2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

Competition[edit]

Organizing Committee[edit]

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.

CaseIT 2013 Organizing Committee
Year Chair Vice-Chair
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

Participants[edit]

Since the competition opened to schools from around the world, CaseIT has hosted university teams from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.[4] 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

Results[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Year Theme 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2015 The Internet of Things:
Challenges of the Future
University of Manchester Queen's University Indiana University
2014 Big Data:
Mining Decisions
University of British Columbia Queensland University of Technology Queen's University
2013 Mobility:
World Within Reach
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Queen's University Ryerson University
2012 Security:
Safeguarding Success
Kwantlen Polytechnic University National University of Singapore Kelley School of Business
(Indiana University)
2011 Analytics:
Insight into the Future
Queen's University Kelley School of Business
(Indiana University)
National University of Singapore
2010 Cloud Computing:
Opportunity is in the Forecast
Bocconi University Kelley School of Business
(Indiana University)
National University of Singapore
2009 Green IT:
Sustaining Success
National University of Singapore Ryerson University Kwantlen Polytechnic University
2008 Hello World:
The Value of Social Networks
Simon Fraser University Singapore Management University Haskayne School of Business
(University of Calgary)
2007 Driving Innovation Haskayne School of Business
(University of Calgary)
Royal Roads University Copenhagen Business School
2006 Triumphs and Trainwrecks:
Getting It Right
Haskayne School of Business
(University of Calgary)
Royal Roads University Queen’s University
2005 - Royal Roads University Kwantlen Polytechnic University Haskayne School of Business
(University of Calgary)

Venues[edit]

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.[8]

Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium

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.[9] Participants network with one another while watching beluga whales swim by.

Harbour Centre

Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus blends history with state-of-the-art educational facilities in one of Vancouver’s most famous landmark buildings.[10] 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.[11] The top four universities are announced here and present their recommendations for a second time to over 150 attendees.

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