WOOHOO! What a great day! Today’s day started at the early hour of 10 am with a whole day of the team’s activities of choice. And wow did they do a lot. Here’s just a sampling of the activities from today….. HKUST enjoyed some smoked meat from Reuben’s while George Town opted for Celine Dion’s Schwartz sandwich. Texas A&M decided to channel their inner lumberjack and go axe throwing at a venue called “Rage”. Being the productive and wonderful students they are, McGill did homework and one of their team members even had an interview! Thammasat did some high flying with eagle flight, a virtual reality experience at the Phi Centre. Berkeley decided to have an “eat all day” kind of day where they apparently had a croissant at every stop. Budapest decided they wanted to go fancy and enjoyed a medium rare steak in Old Port. Belgrade and Calgary were feeling a bit sweet, opting for chocolate decadence at Cacao70 and Juliette et Chocolat. Our international team decided to go on a campus tour to check out the local competition. And finally, Melbourne and Asia Pacific were feeling very Québécois, choosing to enjoy some good old poutine. After all that adventuring, our teams headed to Notman House for a keynote presentation BDC. Teams were also treated to the final round of the MMICC local case competition. It was a close match, but congratulations to team Uncle Pennybags and Brothers on the big win! Currently, as this post is being written, Texas A&M is doing a very poor rendition of Kesha’s “Your Love is My Drug”. Needless to say, karaoke is a hit. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Hello hello and welcome to MMICC 2017! We are so excited about the start of this fantastic event. This morning the execs and ambassadors had a quick meeting to check that everyone was on board with all the rules and procedures of the week to come. With a quick pop-quiz in good spirits we finished our meeting and got our MMICC t-shirts. Teams were arriving that day so the ambassadors were quickly dismissed and some left for the airport while some finalized last minute shopping.
We all met again for dinner at Wienstein&Gavino’s for delicious Italian food and great company. The Ambassadors and their teams had time to get to know each other before heading over to Brutopia for drinks.
Here was where the fun really started- the teams started to branch out and soon everyone was chatting with everyone, sharing laughs and stories from home.
Overall it was a fantastic start to the whirlwind week that is MMICC!
What made you decide to become an MMICC ambassador?
Choosing to apply to be an MMICC ambassador stemmed from my closest friends having an incredible experience with the competition. Those who had been an ambassador or on exec had only one descriptive word about participating in the competition: family. Although we have endless opportunities to get involved at McGill, MMICC is one of the rare organizations where a community is created both internally and worldwide, and that was something I really wanted to be apart of.
What was the most memorable part of your MMICC experience?
Besides being exposed to some of the brightest minds from the best schools in the world, the most memorable part of my experience with MMICC was watching my team present their final solution. Seeing their ideas come to fruition after they put so much thought and effort into their recommendation was an amazing opportunity that makes you proud as an ambassador.
What did you take away from your experiences? What did you learn?
After MMICC I think the main thing that most people take away from the experience is a global network that was created. You get a sense of how other countries and schools approach these strategic problems, but also improve your own cultural awareness, contributing to a well-rounded approach to not only business, but also life in general. Personally, MMICC allowed me to create relationships with people I otherwise would never have met, but also improved my ability to interact with a diverse group of people in a professional capacity.
Any last comments?
Being a member of MMICC in any way is an incredible experience, but being an ambassador allows you to get to know the participants on a more personal level. Cultivating the relationship you have with your team contributes to having an amazing week, and also helps your team perform to the best of their abilities because they know that you’re there to help them in any way you can.
With nights ranging from 2 to 8 hours of sleep, Day
5 started early and with a flurry of activity, as execs and ambassadors, fueled by Red Bull and chocolate cake, facilitated all sorts of requests for the teams (which will remain anonymous). From coffee runs and $300 meal orders to midnight strolls and hallway
stretches, it was clear that each team was managing their stress in their own unique way. A common theme this morning was cranking the music after a (good?) night’s rest in the hopes of finding some source of inspiration or energy, as Aerosmith and traditional
Scottish music was heard along the halls (much to the hotel employees’ dismay).
As the case began to wind down, the emotions were palpable throughout the Mariott hotel. For some teams it was crunch time;
for others a time to relax and reflect on the case, ensuring everything is in place for tomorrow. As the countdown was heard at the end of the day, the ceremonial USB transfer demonstrated a markable lifting of stress. They’re almost at the finish line and
tomorrow they will present their unique solutions to our esteemed judges. The teams’ respective choices for the evening were a true mark of character, whether it was to unwind with a celebratory drink, or meticulously scrutinize every detail of their presentation.
Although the hardest part seems to be over, the part which determines their fate has yet to begin…
Love your Ambies,