With hearts racing, teams prepping and the mixture of nerves and excitement in the air, the sunrise brought with it the most anticipated day of the week, the case competition. From as early as 4 a.m. there was a buzz in the hotel while MMICC staff prepared for the day ahead. Some of competing teams opted to share breakfast together, while others focused on last minute team prep. Whatever the agenda, at 8 a.m. sharp case rooms were inspected, and the teams were escorted to Bronfman for the live presentation. You could feel the tension in the air as the teams heard the case for the first time. Mixed emotions could be seen as they were escorted back to the hotel and to their respective case rooms. The most exciting part of the day was definitely what happened at their arrival. Each team’s door was guarded by an ambassador, and emotions were running wild as we counted down to the handing over of the case at 10:30 a.m. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… THE COMPETITION HAS BEGUN! It was a race against time as teams were able to see the case for the first time, and start their analysis. After only a few hours in, the teams were presented with the opportunity to attend a live question and answer session, whereby they were allowed to ask 2 questions per time. While some teams chose to ask only 1 question, other teams took the opportunity to ask 2. After this period ended, the teams were escorted back to their case rooms, where they continue to work on their cases until tomorrow night. Although today was nerve wrecking, the determination and focus of teams could be seen, as so much work had been put into this moment. We believe in all the teams, and wish them all the best as they work tirelessly through the night.
-Ashley (Ambassador for Team USC) and Maria (Ambassador for Team Amsterdam)