From February 2–5th, 16 universities descended on Vancouver for the CaseIT 2011 — 8th Annual International Undergraduate MIS Business Case Competition. This competition pits top universities against each other to solve business and technical problems a real-life company is facing, and the best solutions, as decided by the judging panel, wins.
This year’s competition was a big win for Canada; Queen’s University finished first, and UBC took home fourth-place honours.
During CaseIT 2011, participants were isolated in their hotel rooms for 24 hours and told to create a solution to a real-life scenario covered in a business case — the topic of the business case was an iPad application called LiveMenu, which was the creation of Binnj CEO and Founder, Clay Hutcherson, and a team of successful technology, creative and business entrepreneurs.
When the top four teams presented their solutions to the panel of judges — including representatives from organizations and companies such as CIO Association of Canada –Vancouver Chapter, IBM Canada, and SAS Canada — they received a surprise visit from Binnj CEO Clay Hutchinson himself. This was the first time a CEO was allowed to question the teams personally, and Hutchinson was thrilled with the teams’ solutions.
“It was amazing to witness the student teams analyze my company and then move forward with ideas and insights... I would estimate about $270,000 in free consulting today and I only watched the top four teams,” Hutchinson said.
The top four schools were as follows:
- Queen’s University
- Indiana University – Kelley School of Business
- National University of Singapore
- University of British Columbia
In addition to the aforementioned Canadian schools, Ryerson University, Athabasca University, Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba also competed.
For more information on the CaseIT competition, click here.