1.1 The case is multi-disciplinary and may cross-cover any of these topics: finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, strategy, international business and policy.
1.2 The Faculty Advisor is the authority overseeing the selection, distribution and preparation of the case prior to the competition.
1.3 The case is sent electronically or by mail to each judge prior to the competition.
1.4 The Faculty Advisor may delegate the selection of the case to 1 professorate, and its distribution to 1 staff at the Desautels Faculty of Management.
1.5 The individuals in ref 1.4 are required to maintain confidentiality until Day 4.
1.6 The judges are required to maintain confidentiality until Day 6 (presentations).
1.7 The executive committee is not involved with regards to the case until Day 4, and is required to maintain confidentiality until Day 6 (presentations).
1.8 The case is distributed to each team in sealed envelopes – 4 copies per team.
1.9 A full copy of the case is distributed to each advisor after the morning presentations.
1.10 A one-page summary of the case is distributed for the public on the morning of Day 5.
1.11 Aside from summaries, schools and/or media departments may not reproduce content directly from the case due to copyright protection.
2.1 The case period starts at 10 am on Day 4 when all teams open their case envelope, and ends when teams 11 and 12 begin their second presentation. All rules shall be strictly enforced during the case period.
2.2 The rules at MMICC are meant to create as a level-playing field as possible, not to give any team an unfair advantage, and to normalize the resources,tools and time that are available to them.
2.3 All 4 students must work in only 1 of their 2 hotel rooms, also called their case room, as designated by MMICC. Teams cannot alternate between rooms or divide the team in 2 rooms.
2.4 Each team must report to the MMICC Headquarters at their designated time ahead of the case period to receive their case, supplies and equipment, and get their textbooks and calculators approved.
2.5 The MMICC Headquarters location (hotel room number) shall be announced during the Rules Briefing session and must not be disclosed publicly.
2.6 Students are expected to show up on time to pick up their case.
2.7 The following items are provided by MMICC:

  • 4 laptops
  • Wireless internet access on each laptop
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on each laptop (version to be confirmed during Rules Briefing)
  • 1 USB key
  • 1 Supplies Kit (flipchart, highlighters, paper, pens, adhesive tape, note cards, etc.)
  • 1 Snack box (fresh fruits & veggies, cereal bars, yogurt, energy drinks, juice boxes, etc.)

2.8 The following items are optional and subject to inspection:

  • 2 reference textbooks per student (8 per team)
  • 1 translation dictionary per student
  • 1 calculator per student, scientific or financial, with no text storage
  • Personal supplies (pens, highlighters, paper), excluding electronics

2.9 The following items are not allowed:

  • Calculators with programmable functions or text storage
  • Cell phones
  • Personal electronics (MP3, PDA, laptops, recorders)
  • Portable storage devices (CD, DVD, hard drive, USB key)
  • Handwritten notes
  • Course packs and hand-outs published by, or issued at home university

2.10 Students should leave their personal belongings in their other hotel room, hand them to their advisors or MMICC Headquarters.
2.11 Personal belongings that have been stored with, or kept by, the executive committee (MMICC Headquarters) must be reclaimed by each team after their second presentation (checkpoint room).
2.12 Students are expected to prep and clear their case room ahead of the case period.
2.13 Each team is asked to sign an equipment form when they take possession of their laptops and USB key.
2.14 A volunteer will accompany each team back and inspect the case room prior to start time.
2.15 At their start time, teams are given 34 hours: 32 hours to work in their case room + 2 hours to rehearse at the Desautels Faculty of Management.
2.16 Teams in need of assistance must first address the ambassador assigned to their floor, or call MMICC Headquarters.
2.17 Teams must always be accompanied by a volunteer whenever 1 or more students wish to exit the case room. If the ambassador is unavailable on the floor, the team must then call MMICC Headquarters and wait for another volunteer.
2.18 Teams are allowed to exit the building for breaks or walks as much as they wish, but must be accompanied to do so.
2.19 MMICC provides technical assistance with laptops and internet access, but does not answer requests regarding content or software usage.
2.20 Teams are allowed to download and install programs from the internet, provided that they are publicly available, free-of-charge and do not require registration.
2.21 Students are not allowed to seek external help or to communicate with their advisor.
2.22 Internet usage is for light research only, otherwise known as “passive use” of the internet.
2.23 The following uses of internet are not allowed:

  • Social networks (Facebook), email or instant messaging (MSN)
  • Chats, forums, conferencing, internet calling (Skype)
  • Websites requiring a password (even free-of-charge)
  • Databases requiring authentication from your university
  • Subscription-based websites or newsletters

2.24 All 12 case rooms must respect an open-doors policy (doors ajar and unlocked).
2.25 Case rooms may be inspected periodically or randomly, in addition to phone and internet logs provided by the hotel.
2.26 Teams who wish to print may bring their documents on a USB key to the war room with an ambassador. The executive committee provides a centralized printing service in MMICC Headquarters from 10:00am on day 4 until 5.30 pm on day 5.
2.27 Each team is advised to save their work on the USB key regularly, and use their laptop as a backup only.
2.28 The presentation slides are the only deliverables for the judging panel. Additional content such as page covers, appendices,graphs, executive summaries and backup slides are optional.
2.29 Teams making use of animations and low-contrast images must ensure that their slides will print adequately for the judges (6 slides per page, portrait layout), or else, consider preparing 2 versions of their slides (1 for black-and-white printing, 1 for screen display).
2.30 Each team is expected to work with what MMICC provides them. Additional supplies and food are available in MMICC Headquarters. Special requests must be addressed to the executive committee. If MMICC cannot meet a request, teams may purchase items at their own cost & time by sending 1 or more students to the nearest store along with an ambassador.
2.31 Hotel requests should still be made via the reception desk as usual; for instance, requests regarding housekeeping, room keys, towels, room equipment issues or wake up calls.

3.1 Advisors may not contact their team, from the start of their case period on Day 4, until they have finished their second presentation on Day 6.
3.2 The executive committee is the sole intermediary for any communication between the advisors and the teams during the case period.
3.3 During the case, advisors who wish to give gifts or snacks to encourage their team must give those to the executive committee, who will then distribute it to their hotel room.
3.4 Advisors are allowed to watch all of the presentations on Day 6.
3.5 Feedback from the advisors is only permitted once their team finishes the second presentation.
3.6 Advisors will receive a full copy of the case after all the morning presentations are over.
3.7 Issues of interpretation and competition conduct must be brought to the Competition Advisor or the Appeals Committee.
4.1 The presentation order is determined by a random draw during Opening Ceremonies.
4.2 Teams are required to identify themselves with their team number (1 to 12), then use either their university name or a fictitious name.
4.3 Each team presents to 2 different judging panels; once in the morning, once in the afternoon. 2 teams present at the same time, each to a different panel,then alternate for the afternoon.
4.4 Presentations start every 40 minutes in 2 adjacent rooms.
4.5 Both presentation rooms open and close synchronously. Should an unexpected delay arise in one of the rooms, the other room will be put on hold, so that presentations still start at the same time.
4.6 Each presentation must last a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. There is no minimum time for the presentation.
4.7 Time signals are raised by a volunteer to indicate when there are 10, 5, 2 and 1minute left on the presentation. At 15 minutes, a 15-second grace period is applied.
4.8 Time signals are raised by a volunteer to indicate when there are 5, 2 and 1minute left on the Q&A. At 15 minutes, a 15-second grace period is applied.
4.9 Each time signal remains in the air for 10 seconds, or until one of the presenters acknowledges it with a nod or look.
4.10 All 4 students must participate during their presentation in fairly equal amounts of time.
4.11 The dress code for students is business formal. There is no dress code for the advisors or the public attending the presentations.
4.12 Visual aids must be entirely displayed in PowerPoint slides. For example, teams cannot show an Excel spreadsheet or external website. Teams cannot use flipcharts or boards.
4.13 Each team may choose between a wireless clicker or a keyboard/mouse.
4.14 The presenters are free to bring note cards.
4.15 Students cannot attend any other presentation, even when they have finished their second presentation.
4.16 Teams cannot modify their PowerPoint slides in between presentations.
4.17 Each team is responsible to hold on to their USB key for the day, and hand it back to an executive member at the end of their second presentation.