Competition Rules

Rules for the Selection of Participants
  1. Each team should consist of four students and a coach.
  2. All participants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the participating university in the competition year.
  3. Students who have participated in previous editions of the competition are not eligible to compete again.
Rules for Participants
  1. Computers are not allowed in both the preparation rooms and the presentation rooms. This includes tablets, notebooks, iPads, PDAs, and all other electronic memory devices.
  2. Laser pointers and similar presentation devices are not allowed.
  3. Reference material (other than material provided by the Asia Case Research Centre) is not allowed.
  4. Mobile phones and all mobile communication devices must be switched off from the start of each round’s preparation session to the end of each round’s presentation session.
  5. No personal stationary is allowed. The only exception is (custom) rulers that will help when drawing on the transparencies.
  6. Participants in the competition must not be in contact with any party other than fellow team members (including coaches or other participants) and their student ambassador, through any means, from the start of each round’s preparation session to the end of each round’s presentation session.
  7. All participants should be at the HSBC Main Building to attend the final presentations by the other teams. Special events will be organized for teams that have been eliminated from the competition, to be held while the other teams prepare.
  8. Participants should at all times follow the instructions of the student ambassadors and the Asia Case Research Centre.
  9. Participants should reach all venues in a timely manner. They are required to be at the presentation venue at least five minutes before the start of their presentations. Presentations will begin at the exact scheduled time. Participants who wish to shake hands with the judges must do so immediately upon entering the venue. No additional time will be provided if teams are late for their presentation. If teams have not started the presentation by 10 minutes after the scheduled time, the team will automatically be disqualified from the competition.
  10. If one team member is sick or otherwise unable to participate, the team can request the approval from ACRC to continue as a team of three. A team that has fewer than three members has to forfeit.
  11. Team members that have not participated in at least one presentation are ineligible for any prize or certificate of participation.
  12. All team members are required to participate at least once in their respective presentation(s).
  13. All teams must attend all rounds of competition, either as participants or observers.
  14. All teams must attend all the non-competition events marked on the schedule including team building events, company visits and dinners.
  15. Each team must have a coach accompanying the team to the competition unless the Asia Case Research Centre has granted prior written approval for the coach not to be present.
  16. Teams or team members who fail to comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.
  17. If disputes occur, the decision of the Asia Case Research Centre shall be final.
  18. The preparation and presentation times for teams may be amended at any time by the Asia Case Research Centre.
  19. If in doubt about any of the rules, participants should consult a member of Asia Case Research Centre.
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