Q: Can we visit the case company as part of our case preparation?
A: Yes. The period for developing your recommendation is the case analysis and problem solving period. Once you submit your electronic presentation, your focus should shift to refining your delivery style for your presentation.
Q: Can we talk with people from the case company about the case? What about their competitors?
A: No. Employee knowledge about company practices, regardless of title or company, is not considered to be publicly available information accessible to all teams. Conversations with company employees are limited to typical customer-company transactions.
Q: Can we get feedback from others about our presentation content?
A: No. Teams may not get input on their presentation's content at any time from any one. The content of the presentation includes the work of the student team members and no one else.
Q: Can we get feedback from others about our presentation delivery?
A: Yes. Teams may request feedback on their delivery of the case solution after they have submitted the final PowerPoint . Presentation skills advice addresses things like verbal tics, body language, speaking too fast, clothing suggestions, volume, or timing of slides. Advice should not attempt to change the content of slides or the team's proposed solution.
Q: Do we have to stop researching the case when we submit our electronic presentation?
A: Yes. The period for developing your recommendation is comprised of the 72 hours* prior to the electronic presentation deadline. The days between the submission deadline and the competition day are to be used to refine your delivery style and travel to the UW Tacoma campus. Keep in mind:
Your preliminary round assignment will be based on the quality and thoroughness of your recommendation.
Judges are instructed to make sure that the electronic presentation is aligned with and supported by your verbal presentation.
* 72 hours under normal circumstances. For the 2021 competition, students will get a week to prepare and record their presentations.
Q: Where can we see what other teams have done?
A: Check out the archives to find the previous cases, videos, and electronic presentations.