Competition Format:

The Competition will take place over 2 rounds.

Preparation Rules Round 1

PR1-1. Participants are allowed to use any and all publicly available materials. This includes online as well as offline materials.

PR1-2. During the competition, students are only allowed to discuss the case with their group members. Case-related discussions with coaches, teachers, company executives, friends, and family are not allowed until after each round.

PR1-3. Students are allowed to use collaboration software such as Google Docs or similar during the case preparation.

PR1-4. All slides should be handwritten and imported into PDF format with a file size of less than 25MB.

PR1-5. Students should submit their deck in PPT or PDF file format on or before the time set by the organizer.

PR1-6. The PPT or PDF file submitted will be the one used during the presentation. No additional slides or modifications to the slides will be allowed after submission.

PR1-7. The submitted presentation may include backup slides with additional details that will not be used during the presentation but may be used for the Q&A session if necessary.

PR1-8. Students must use the competition template slide as the opening slide of their deck. The template will be provided by ACRC.

Preparation Rules Final Round

PR2-1. Any electronic devices are not allowed in both the preparation rooms and the presentation rooms. This includes tablets, notebooks, iPads, smart watches, PDAs, and all other electronic memory and communication devices.

PR2-2. Reference material (other than material provided by the Asia Case Research Centre) is not allowed.

PR2-3. No personal stationery items are allowed. Each team will be provided with the following:

  • overhead acetate markers: red x 2, blue x 2, black x 3
  • basic calculator
  • ruler x 2
  • ball pens x 4 (blue)
  • pencils x 2
  • highlighters x 4
  • A4 Projector Transparency x 40
  • A4 Paper x 40
Presentation Rules for Round 1 and 2

R-1. Laser pointers and similar presentation devices are not allowed.

Other Rules

OR-1. 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.

OR-2. All participants should stay at the HSBC Main Building on April 22 to attend the 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.

OR-3. Participants should, at all times, follow the instructions of the organizers.

OR-4. Participants should arrive at all venues in a timely manner as per the schedule.

OR-5. 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.

OR-6. All team members are required to participate at least once in their respective presentation(s).

OR-7. Team members who have not participated in at least one presentation are ineligible for any prize or certificate of participation.

OR-8. If one team member is sick or otherwise unable to participate, the team can continue as a team of three. A team that has fewer than three members has to forfeit.

OR-9. All teams must attend all rounds of the competition, either as participants or observers.

OR-10. All teams must attend all the non-competition events marked on the schedule, including team building events, company visits, and dinners.

OR-11. Each team must have a coach accompanying it at the competition unless the Asia Case Research Centre has granted prior written approval.

OR-12. Teams or team members who fail to comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.

OR-13. If disputes occur, the decision of the Asia Case Research Centre shall be final.

OR-14. The preparation and presentation times for teams may be amended at any time by the Asia Case Research Centre.

OR-15. If in doubt about any of the rules, participants should consult a member of the Asia Case Research Centre.

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