Rules & Expectations

Dates:
  • Team Registrations must be complete by: Friday, Feb 21

  • Case prompt opens on: Wednesday, Feb 26 at 11:59 PM EST

  • Round 1 Submission Date: Wednesday, March 4

  • Semi-finalists Announced: Sunday, March 8

  • TC3 Competition Date: Thursday - Friday, March 26 - 27, 2020

All teams will submit their slide decks by Wednesday, March 4th at 11:59 PM EST. The presentations will be judged, and Semi-Finalists will be announced on Sunday March 8th. Semi-Finalists will be invited to Pittsburgh for the competition on March 27th. In Pittsburgh, we will host the Semi-Final and Final Rounds of the competition. We welcome all participants to come early and partake in CMU Energy Week.

Prize Money:

$10,000 in Total Prize Money

 

  • 1st Place: $6,000

  • 2nd Place: $3,000

  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Teams:
  • Teams must consist of at least 3 and maximum 5 members, with at least one current MBA student (part time, online, etc. is allowable). Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged but not mandatory. All team members must be currently enrolled as a student at the submitting school. Undergraduate students are not eligible for participation.

  • Teams must choose a team leader, who will be the point of contact from registration onwards.

  • Teams must choose a name.

    • Team name, product/proposal/solution name cannot, in anyway, identify the school participating in the competition.

  • Minimum of 3 participants must be present in person to participate in the case competition should your team be invited.

  • A student cannot participate on more than one team.

  • No restrictions on the number of teams per school.

  • Teams will be allowed to change their rosters up until the Round 1 submission date.

 
General:
  • Teams may conduct interviews with industry professionals or experts for background information. All sources of information must be cited, including informal conversations. Teams may not get any outside assistance in the physical writing, editing, or creating of submitted works including word documents and powerpoint presentations.

  • Any questions teams may have regarding the case material provided must be sent to the TC3 organizers, and they will respond ASAP (tc3@tepper.cmu.edu). If the answer consists of a clarification and/or correction, all teams will be notified of such updates at the same time.

  • Only information which is not intended to be an assumption or is critical to the case competition will be provided. All other queries, regarding provided material, may go unanswered.

  • Teams may not consult other teams to clarify rules or background information, or to prevent similar, or competing submissions. 

  • By participating and submitting the work, all participants agree and confirm to the honor code that the submitted work is original (except when noted) and that they followed all the rules mentioned herein.

  • There will be a photographer during the open parts of the competition. (Aka: not during your semi-final round pitch)

 
Submission:
  • Submission must be in the form of a slide deck (powerpoint preferred).

  • There is no limit on the number of slides and/or appendices. All presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. 

  • No new materials or edits may be submitted after the deadline. The judges will be given a copy of the presentation by the competition organizers. Teams may not supply judges with their own copies of slides. 

  • As mentioned above, the submission cannot contain any information that can identify the participating school. It may, however, contain the team name.

  • File name must be in the format: “TEAM NAME_TC3-2020

 
Competition:
  • During the Semi-Final Round, the total time available to each team is 20 minutes. This includes 15 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of Q/A.

  • After Finalist teams are announced, a twist in the case will be presented to those teams. At this stage an hour will be given to the teams progressing in the final round to update their solution and presentation.

  • Again, Final Round will have 15 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of Q/A.

  • Number of teams progressing to Semi-Final Round will depend on total participating entries received.

  • Schedule of the day and other details will be provided to the teams invited to participate in the competition.

  • Semi-Final teams cannot watch other teams' Semi-Final Round. Any team not advancing to the Final Round can watch the Final Round. Teams in the Final Round may watch after their presentation is completed.


Any questions not answered here, email us at tc3@tepper.cmu.edu