Announcing the CaseIT 2015 Participants!

Announcing the teams participating in CaseIT 2015 in Vancouver this February 11-14!

Corvinus University of Budapest
HEC Montréal
Indiana University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Mahidol University International College
National University of Singapore
Pforzheim University
Queen’s University
Ryerson University
Shantou University
Singapore Management University
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
The University of Manchester
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Florida
University of Manitoba
University of Minnesota
University of Ottawa
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CaseIT 2015 Theme: The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things: Challenges of the Future

Imagine this – the world at your the tip of your fingers. Devices, systems, and services all connecting seamlessly to give you the data you need, when you need it. The Internet of Things will give us the opportunity to change the way we live and work, but like many opportunities, it also presents many challenges.

Anything we can dream of – from mobile devices, transportation, infrastructure, and much more – will all be connected to the Internet. We are all partaking in the Internet of Things in our daily lives, sometimes without even knowing. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. The challenges stemming from connecting and supporting all these devices create challenges for all organizations, no matter what size. In addition, by equipping everything to be seamlessly and continuously connected to the Internet, there will be an infinite amount of data collected. Being able to process this big data into information will give us greater efficiency and effectiveness in everything that we do.

The Internet of Things will connect all aspects of our lives and help us reach our full potential. Join us in exploring the challenges and possibilities of the Internet of Things at CaseIT 2015.

Announcing InTech 2015 & Organizing Committee Applications

CaseIT is excited to launch InTech, a 24-hour case competition exclusively for SFU students held concurrently with CaseIT’s International Competition from February 11, 2015 to February 14, 2015. It aims to provide 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the increasing value and transferability of the MIS concentration and to compete under the prestigious CaseIT name. InTech will provide Business, Computing Science, and Interactive Arts and Technology students with the chance to put their knowledge to the test through case study analysis and formal presentation to a panel of industry-experienced judges. InTech is searching for a team of talented and highly motivated individuals who will continuously strive for the best. It is these people that we will count on to push InTech to its inaugural success.

We are looking for individuals who are driven leaders and possess a curiosity for the MIS concentration. We invite you to apply for one of our two organizing committee positions:

  • Team Management Coordinator
  • Faculty Relations Coordinator

All students are eligible to apply, and while prior leadership experience is an asset, it is not required. Before you apply, make sure you check out the job descriptions to see which position suits you best. Applications can be found on our website.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 9th at 11:59PM PST. For those selected for interviewing, interviews will take place between October 14 – October 17, 2014.

Please visit the rest of the CaseIT website for more information about the international case competition.

A Change from Routine – CaseIT 2015

Planning is well underway to host the 12th annual CaseIT Management Information Systems case competition in February 2015. We are pleased to announce the following changes to CaseIT 2015:

  • The first noticeable change is our refreshed website. We want to ensure that we start the year off with a modern look that conforms to current web design standards. But, this is not the only change.
  • Dr. Kamal Masri – the judging facilitator at CaseIT 2014 – is to join us as a faculty advisor. Dr. Masri is also an accomplished instructor, winning the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009, a MIS researcher focusing on systems development and design, and an esteemed case competition coach at the SFU Beedie School of Business. We are honoured to have him as an advisor for CaseIT 2015.
  • Last, but not least, amid ever changing business landscapes, we at CaseIT are expected to continue to organize an unparalleled, world-class event for competitors, sponsors, and all of our other valuable stakeholders. In order to do so, we are expanding the competition to twenty teams and changing to an invitational structure.
  • Additional changes to the competition format will be announced closer to the competition date.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact caseit-info@sfu.ca. Also follow us on twitter (@CaseIT) and like us on Facebook to get the latest news.

CaseIT 2014 Results

Thank you to all the participants, coaches, sponsors, judges, and everyone that supported us along our journey to CaseIT 2014.

We are proud to announce the CaseIT 2014 results!

The final standings were:

  1. University of British Columbia
  2. Queensland University of Technology
  3. Queen’s University

CGI Best Speaker Award:

  • Katrina Rudisel of the University of Minnesota

CaseIT 2014 Finalists:

Queen’s University

Queensland University of Technology

University of British Columbia

University of Minnesota

University of Western Ontario

Microsoft: CaseIT 2014 Sponsor

Microsoft

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”), the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Recognized as one of Canada’s Great Places to Work, Microsoft Canada Co. provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software. Microsoft Canada is a creative workplace which attracts the best and brightest talent in the IT industry who bring an ever evolving vision of the future to reality.

Microsoft software helps businesses and consumers to reach their full potential, however they define it. Woven throughout daily life, whether it be work or play, Microsoft technologies flourish when they get into the hands of millions of Canadian partners and customers enabling innovation often in new ways.

Microsoft Canada is equally passionate about committing to Canadian communities. Since its inception, Microsoft Canada has had a corporate giving philosophy that goes beyond financial donations to champion inventive forms of philanthropy. For more information on how Microsoft Canada has joined forces with organizations across Canada to make a difference and invest in local communities visit:
http://www.microsoft.ca/citizenship

Announcing the CaseIT 2014 Participants!

Thank you to all the teams that participated in the CaseIT 2014 Preliminary Round.

Announcing the 16 teams to move on to the Final Round in Vancouver this February!

CaseIT 2014 Participants

Concordia University
Corvinus University of Budapest
HEC Montreal
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Humber College
Indiana University (Kelly School of Business)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
National University of Singapore
Queen’s University
Queensland University of Technology
Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management)
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Minnesota (Carlson School of Management)
University of Vermont
University of Western Ontario (Richard Ivey School of Business)

My CaseIT Story: Esther Chou

This is the next post of our new series, “My CaseIT Story!” Throughout the year we will be inviting past/ current CaseIT organizing committee members to write a post about their journey. This week we bring to you Esther Chou, Team Host from CaseIT 2013!

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Esther Chou

Hi everyone!

I’m a third year student concentrating in accounting and possibly management information systems. I joined CaseIT 2013 as a team host partially because I wanted to be more engaged in student organizations at Beedie and partially because I wanted to be connected with the global business community. Through hosting teams from HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada) and Binus University (Jakarta, Indonesia), I was able to expand my professional network and also develop lasting friendships. Similarly, by being involved in the planning of CaseIT, I not only enhanced my project management skills, but I also built connections with companies in the local community, as I secured in-kind sponsorship for CaseIT. Since CaseIT is centered on a case competition, one perk of being a team host is watching top business students from around the world present their recommendations to a business problem. This in turn provided me with strong foundation in case competitions and inspired me to be driven and win the Peak Performance Case Competition here at SFU. A favorite moment of mine occurred at the corporate function on the second night. In addition to networking with leading MIS industry professionals at the Vancouver Aquarium, schools were required to introduce themselves in a creative fashion. Several of the performances were hilarious and still make me chuckle to this day. My CaseIT week was definitely action packed and involved minimal sleep, but it was definitely a highlight of my undergrad experience. I encourage all of you to apply and begin your CaseIT journey!

-Esther Chou

My CaseIT Story: Brian Luong

This is the second post of our new series, “My CaseIT Story!” Throughout the year we will be inviting past/ current CaseIT organizing committee members to write a post about their journey. This week we bring to you Brian Luong, Chair of CaseIT 2011!

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Brian Luong

Hello! My name is Brian Luong and I am a recent SFU BBA Graduate and CaseIT Alumni. My journey with CaseIT began in 2009 as a Team Host. Upon hearing about the opportunity to meet students residing from all different parts of the world and watching them compete in a gruelling 24-hour case competition, I was sold! I was host to the University of Manitoba and University of Pretoria from South Africa. One of the best things about being a Team Host was learning about the cultural differences that existed between the international teams and myself. With that being said, one of my fondest memories from CaseIT 2009 was snowboarding with the 1st place National University of Singapore team on the day following the event because it was the first time that a few of them have ever seen snow!

Following CaseIT 2009 much of the organizing committee, including myself, coped with the immense withdrawal by applying to be a part of CaseIT 2010. I landed a position as the Director of University Relations and could not have been happier. Simply put, I went from being the teams’ friend to the teams’ father. It was a lot of work over the year, but it was all worth it when I finally got to put faces to the names that I had been emailing on a regular basis.

In true CaseIT fashion, then Chair and Vice-Chair May Yu and Stephen Lee approached me during post-event withdrawal with the opportunity to become the Chair of CaseIT 2011. Accepting the offer was one of the best decisions that I have made in my university career. In my eyes the soft skills that I obtained through the planning and execution of the event were equally or more important than the content that I learned in class. My grades did reflect the priority that I put forth in CaseIT, but in reflection I would not have changed very much.

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Following my involvement with the CaseIT organizing committee, I went on to intern at Engine Digital as an Administrative Assistant, become a delegate and eventual part of the 2nd place JDC West 2013 MIS Team and am now about to begin working as an Enterprise Risk Consultant with Deloitte. In summary, CaseIT helped shape the person that I am today and I will always be an advocate for involvement on the organizing committee. But I also do wish for everyone to find the thing(s) that shape the person that they are to become and I am almost certain that it will not come from a textbook!