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CaseIT 2017

Being a Team Host challenged me in the best way

This past weekend I was involved with BASS FROSH, which was one of the orientation events for our incoming students to the Beedie School of Business. One of the key messages of the whole orientation is make the most of one’s undergraduate career. Find something that you are passionate about or want to learn more about. In fact the FROSHees had an opportunity to learn more about the student-run organizations at Beedie and how they could get involved. They went on to play the recap video of last year and immediately a flood of memories came flowing in.

I remember my time as a team host for CaseIT and meeting my team for the first time. They were arriving a few days earlier from Indonesia just to sight-see. Confession time: I’m actually quite an awkward person. I may seem very extroverted most of the time but when it comes to meeting new people, I’m quite reserved. Unfamiliar with the culture and unsure of what they were like, I essentially was going in blind. Now thinking back, how I overreacted. Once they arrived, we quickly were able to share and bond together.

Ricky (left) with Team from Bandung Institute of Technology

My time as a team host for CaseIT was an absolutely amazing experience. I was able to be so immersed in different cultures but also able to make friends around the world. To be honest, one of my favourite moments from the whole week was listening to their presentations and solutions. To see how other cultures and countries viewed problems and how they approached them was so refreshing. They each brought their own unique flair and solution that really showed just how much they thought outside of the box.

Yes, it took time and dedication leading up to it but when I will always treasure the moments I had with my team. It taught me a lot about keeping an open mind and rediscovering Vancouver with my team made me be grateful for what an amazing city it is. At times there were challenges but I was able to overcome each with the support of the OC.

That one packed week was so challenging, unique, and fun. I was able to make friends with the competitors even as they were leaving. CaseIT really opened my eyes to how different the world is compared to Vancouver or Canada. Should a FROSHee ask me about my experience, I’d be glad to share that I was part of the largest MIS-based case competition in North America. I’ll be proud to say that I was there to open SFU’s doors to 20 teams from over 10 different countries. I’ll tell that FROSHee to come in with an open mind and it will be one of the best week you’ll ever have.


Ricky is a 4th year Business Administration student concentrating in Marketing and Operations Management with a minor in Interactive Arts and Technology. Not only has he been a part of CaseIT 2017 as a Team Host but has also been involved with numerous student-run organizations within the Beedie School of Business from PUSH Magazine to Enactus SFU. When not in school, you can find him finding the best spots to eat in the Greater Vancouver area, watching TV, or posing for a photo.

 

Kelley School of Business takes first

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Indiana University – Allie Newell, Clare Wang and Grace Hahn with Jennifer Halinda (Executive Director, DFSV) and Flora Yang (Chair, CaseIT 2017)

In case you missed it, CaseIT 2017 ended last week with a few firsts. Students from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business took home the first place prize at CaseIT and became the first school from the United States to take this honour in the 14 years of CaseIT.

On this team were senior students Allie Newell, Clare Wang, and Grace Hahn with coaches Alex Lopes and Joel Rubin. Congratulations to this talented team from Indiana University. We caught up with Grace, Allie and Clare to see what they thought about CaseIT and how they prepared for the competition.


What was your first thought when you heard your school being announced as the first place winners for CaseIT 2017?

Allie: My first reaction when I heard we won was disbelief, and then gratitude for my incredible team and coaches. I loved working with Clare and Grace, and winning with them was absolutely amazing. We were especially excited because we knew we were the first team from Indiana University to win CaseIT, and we had prepared a lot before the competition.

Clare: A wave of happiness and relief washed over me. I eagerly jumped out of my chair to hug my teammates, and I exclaimed, “We did it!”

Grace: My heart was racing while we waited to hear the place announcements. When our school was announced for first place, I was cheering on the inside. I felt great after our finals presentation and was very proud of all the work we completed in the prior 24 hours.

What was the most challenging part about participating in CaseIT?

Allie: The most challenging part about CaseIT was the case itself. I loved the client, Dress for Success Vancouver, and the case was rich with details that gave us plenty of options for analysis and ideas. With all the details, we first tried tackling everything; then we realized that wouldn’t work, so we had to narrow our focus to the parts of our recommendation that would drive the most impact for Dress for Success Vancouver.

Clare: Presenting our case to members of the Board of Directors and representatives from ten other countries was initially intimidating. Taking into consideration our lack of sleep during the 24 hour deliberation period, I credit our success to our preparation in professional workshops at Kelley.

Grace: Working through the exhaustion. Our team did not sleep at all during the deliberation period.

What was the most memorable moment during the week of CaseIT?

Allie: The most memorable moment was when we found out we had advanced to the finals. It was memorable because our team host (Brendan) was so excited and was doing the best happy dance at the top of the stairs! Seeing him be so genuinely happy for us summed up our experiences and friendships we made throughout the week of CaseIT.

Clare: I was also blown away by the number of teams and individuals that congratulated us after our win – it was a testament to the friendships and atmosphere of support that was created at CaseIT.

Grace: Presenting in front of the board of DFSV. It was exhilarating being up on stage in-front of everyone sharing our ideas.

How did your team prepare for CaseIT?

Allie: We did a lot of research about technology, Canada, and industry trends. We also did two 24-hour mock cases. Our coaches provided us with really helpful feedback, so we improved a lot throughout the process.

Clare: Beginning with research, I reached out to a friend from Victoria, British Columbia to learn about the business environment in Canada. After we built a ghost deck of slides, we completed two mock 24-hour cases. I learned a lot about how to work with Allie and Grace during these practice cases. The highlight of our preparation was the hours of personalized feedback we received from Alex Lopes and Joel Rubin.

Grace: Prior to the competition we did a few practice cases to see what it was like analyzing a problem and preparing a presentation within 24 hours.

Any tips for those who are interested in competing at CaseIT in the future?

Allie: It is the best case competition! Enjoy every minute and take the time to get to know the hosts and other teams. CaseIT is such a unique opportunity to get to know students from around the world– and have a blast exploring Vancouver!

Clare: Become friends with your teammates! Building team chemistry enabled us work through challenging discussions during the case. Also, get to know the locals – they will help you acclimate to the new environment and provide you quick new insights to enrich your case solution.

Grace: When finding a solution to the case, pick something that interests you. Our team thought virtual reality and micro-donating were fun solutions. This made the deliberation period (and staying up all night) more enjoyable.


Congratulations once again to all 3 of you and thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us today!

CaseIT 2017 Corporate Evening

CaseIT 2017 Corporate Evening Promo

We’re proud to present CaseIT’s signature networking event, Corporate Evening, happening February 15th from 6pm and onward. Come join local technology companies who are looking to hire, meet our esteemed competitors from around the world, and win some great prizes!

Our early bird price ($5 off & entry to win tickets to CVR 2017 –www.consumer-vr.com/) ends January 20th, so be quick!

This year at CaseIT’s Corporate Evening, join several local companies showing off their latest technologies, and get a chance to chat with companies who are looking to hire local talent! Throughout the night you’ll be able to meet some of our esteemed MIS case competitor guests from around the world, get a taste of what CaseIT is like, enjoy delicious hors d’oeurves and of course, prize draws!

Early Bird Special!

  • Save $5 off your ticket! Early bird tickets are only $15 until January 20, 2017!
  • Be automatically entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 CVR 2017 Conference and Expo tickets (http://www.consumer-vr.com/)!

Corporate Evening booths:

  • CGI
  • Evo
  • Finger Food Studios
  • Incognito Software
  • ISACA
  • Microsoft
  • Pearson Canada
  • SAP
  • Tacit Management Consulting
  • WorkSafeBC

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Announcing CaseIT 2017 Participants!

CaseIT 2017 Participants Map (Click for larger version)

CaseIT 2017 Participants Map (Click for larger version)

Please join us in welcoming the participating teams for CaseIT 2017 in Vancouver this February 14-17, 2017!

  • Bandung Institute of Technology
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Corvinus University of Budapest
  • HEC Montreal
  • Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • Indiana University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Ryerson University
  • Shantou University
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • Université libre de Bruxelles
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Augmented Reality: The Future at Your Fingertips

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Do you remember the first time you ever saw hologram projections in early sci-fi movies? Do you remember the sense of awe you felt when these movies showed how humans could one day interact with these holographic projections? Augmented reality empowers us to do just that, by projecting computer-generated information onto our surroundings, this re-emerging technology is not only transforming the way we conduct business, but the way we interact with our surroundings.

Imagine yourself presenting a brand-new office space to your peers – augmented reality allows you to explore and interact with the environment from afar. This technology could be used by firefighters and miners to receive real-time information about how to safely navigate through dangerous areas. From using augmented reality to organize your ideas on a virtual whiteboard to seamlessly looking for restaurant reviews while on the move, the possibilities are endless.

Augmented reality will transform the way we view and interact with our surroundings. Join us this year at CaseIT 2017 to discover how this technology is revolutionizing how we go about our daily lives.

CaseIT 2017 Date Announcement

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It’s almost here! The CaseIT Organizing Committee is extremely excited to announce that CaseIT 2017 will be taking place from February 14th, 2017 to February 17th 2017. We cannot wait to meet all the competitors and coaches coming from around the world! CaseIT 2017 will be taking place in Downtown Vancouver once again and keep checking as we begin to update you on all of our different event venues leading up to the competition.

We would also love to remind everyone that CaseIT 2017 final presentations happening on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at the Segal Graduate School of Business is open to the general public. If you would like to join in on the excitement of CaseIT 2017 and watch teams from around the world present, you are more than welcome to! Details and registration for this will be released in the new year, so keep an eye out for that.

To all the competing teams: best of luck with your training and see you all soon!

Best wishes,

CaseIT 2017 Chair

Flora Yang