Preliminary Round Rules & Submission Guidelines

Last updated: September 7, 2013


  1. Schools must have a team of three undergraduate students.
  2. Each team member must be in his/her senior years of undergraduate studies (3rd, 4th, or 5th year students).
  3. Universities must have a minimum of 1 team coach or faculty advisor.*
  4. All team members must be competing in CaseIT for the first time**

* Universities are welcome to bring more than 1 coach and/or observer to the competition.
** Please note that this is a newly implemented requirement for eligibility that applies to the students that are competing. However, returning coaches are welcome.


  • The competition is open to all undergraduate students in their third or higher years of studies. No Masters candidates are eligible.
  • Only one team per university will be permitted to participate in the Preliminary Round to compete for a spot in the final competition.
  • An unpublished MIS case will be sent via e-mail to all registered teams. Teams of three undergraduate students will have approx. 21 days to analyze the case and submit the results to the Preliminary Case Evaluation Committee.
  • Simon Fraser University will not be competing.

Expectations for Integrity

  • It is expected that Preliminary Round submissions are solely the work of the competing students as outlined in the CaseIT Preliminary Round Ethical Standards Form.
  • Each competing team is not to ask for advice, nor to receive advice on how to proceed with the submission.
  • No one other than the competing team is permitted to read the case or analysis until the complete submission is sent to the Preliminary Case Evaluation Committee.
  • If the three students advance through the Preliminary Round, they must be the same three individuals who compete in the competition from February 5 to 8, 2014. No substitutions of team members will be accepted, unless extenuating circumstances arise.


  • The Preliminary Case Evaluation Committee is comprised of professors from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.
  • The identity of the universities will be kept anonymous from the professors. Team names submitted in the Ethical Standards Form will be used to ensure anonymity in the Preliminary Round.
  • Presentations will be judged mostly on content (i.e., the quality of analysis, alternatives and recommendations) but also on the overall presentation (clarity of communication and visual appeal).
  • Based on the evaluations of the Preliminary Case Evaluation Committee, the shortlisted teams will receive conditional acceptance to the competition.
  • The three (3) teams that are the closest to the cut-off will be informed that they are on a waiting list in case circumstances require any of the top sixteen (16) teams to withdraw.

Submission Specifications

  • Preliminary Round submissions must be in the format of a maximum 12-slide PowerPoint deck with corresponding embedded audio presentation NOT exceeding 12 minutes. The notes section in the PowerPoint slides will not be considered in the evaluations. Please see this tutorial for how to accomplish this.
  • University name, student names, or references of any kind that would disclose the identity of the school must NOT be indicated in the PowerPoint presentation. However, the team name may be referred to in the PowerPoint slides.
  • The following (2 items) must be submitted for the Preliminary Round:
    • One signed copy of the Preliminary Round Ethical Standards Form must be e-mailed to or faxed to CaseIT at 1-604-945-7426 no later than 9:00PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on October 18, 2013.
    • One copy of the PowerPoint Presentation must be uploaded on to an online file hosting service (like MediaFire or Dropbox) and send us a link where we can download your submission from no later than 9:00PM PST on November 8, 2013. This is to prevent potential rejections from either SFU’s or your school’s mail servers due to large file sizes. Each school should identify its case submission by saving the file as “CaseIT 2014 Preliminary Round Submission – Team Name
  • Failure to comply with any of the Preliminary Round Rules and Submission Guidelines will result in a deduction of point(s), a drop in rank, or disqualification, depending on the frequency and severity of infractions committed.
  • CaseIT reserves the right to deny requests for Preliminary Round rankings in order to maintain equal standing in the Final Competition. Case feedback forms completed by the Preliminary Case Evaluation Committee will include comments pertaining to each submission.
  • The top sixteen teams will be announced on our website ( and Facebook page ( in December 2013.

Top Sixteen Placement Policy

Placement in the Final Round of CaseIT 2014 will be allocated as follows:

  • Reserved Placement (3)
    • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (1st Place, CaseIT 2013)
    • Queen’s University (2nd Place, CaseIT 2013)
    • Ryerson University (3rd Place, CaseIT 2013)
  • Top 4 North American Teams (4)
  • Top 4 International Teams – Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and South America (4)
  • Top 5 Teams from remaining pool of applicants from North America and The World (5)
    • Determination of team placement in the four presentation tiers for the competition will follow a seeded-draw format based on the results of the Preliminary Round.