The Miller College of Business is proud to host an annual Computer Information Systems Project and Case Competition here on the Ball State University campus in Muncie, Indiana. The 2017 competition will take place April 21 - 23, 2017. Students in Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Software Engineering, and Computer Science are invited to present and showcase their past Information Systems projects, as well as participate in a live case analysis. If your school would like to participate in the competition, please notify Dr. Terry Moran as soon as possible so that we can prepare accordingly.

Consult links on the right for more information on directions, hotels, restaurants, schedules, and judging sheets.

Program Highlights


This competition serves as a venue for students to showcase projects that were completed earlier in their undergraduate careers as well as to utilize skills previously learned by solving a case study. The competition consists of a dozen teams, each consisting of a maximum of six undergraduate students and a team coach or faculty advisor.

Students will submit a 3-page document (approx 1,500 words) detailing their project prior to the competition. Write-ups must be submitted as PDFs to Terry Moran on or before March 15, 2017. During the first part of the competition, students showcase their projects in the form of a poster or demonstration. Students then present their projects to a panel of judges. The second part of the competition is a case analysis. Students are provided a case to analyze and provide a solution for, and then present their solutions to a panel of judges.

Awards are presented to the top three overall projects across many categories. Participating in the competition provides an opportunity to get valuable feedback on student projects. All participants receive a certificate for participating.

Competition Schedule


Friday:

  • The event will start with registration and a reception Friday late afternoon, followed by a dinner and keynote in the evening.

Saturday:

  • Students will present their projects to a panel of judges. Students will be provided a case at lunch to analyze and recommend a solution.
  • Students will email Dr. Moran the PowerPoint presentation by 8 a.m. Sunday.

Sunday:

  • Students will present their case solutions to a panel of judges. 
  • An award ceremony will be held after case presentations.

Conditions for Eligibility


The Information Systems Project and Case Competition is open to students of information systems and other related majors registered at a University. To be eligible, entrants must have been enrolled as undergraduate students at the time the project was completed. 

  • Individuals or teams no larger than six students can submit a project. 
  •  A student may submit only one entry.
  •  Submissions must be the original work completed by the students. 
  • The project must be a real-world project that students have completed for a client. A client may be any individual, business, not-for-profit, club, association, or other organization. 
  • If the project is for 2017 spring semester, it must be at a minimum of 85% completion by the time of presentation so that students will be able to answer judges’ questions.

Submission and Selection Process


Project details must be written in English and should be proofread prior to submission.

  • Write-ups must be submitted as PDFs to Dr. Terry Moran on or before March 15, 2017.
  • The writing style and technical detail should be presented so that both a non-technical business executive and a technician can understand and appreciate the content.  (For example, a business executive would be interested in understanding what problem was addressed and how it could be solved, and a technician would likely want to know the means to implement a solution.)
  • Entries must follow the formatting guidelines listed in the next section.
  • All submitted projects will be reviewed by experienced practitioners.
  • Each participant will receive valuable feedback for their project from experienced practitioners.

Formatting Guidelines


  • Project papers should not exceed three pages or 1,500 words (completed paper with references section and appendix). 
  • Must include the following: Abstract, Problem Definition, Methodology, and Solution.

Criteria for Best Project


  • Subject Area: Any area of information systems will be considered.  
  • Originality of Work: Submissions must be the original work completed by the students.  
  • Presentation and Clarity: Submissions should be submitted in English, using standard APA or MLA formatting guidelines.
  • Writing style: Format should be consistent with proper business style reports, research reports, or extended business abstracts. A complete Works Cited (if applicable) should be included in the total word count of 1,500 words maximum. 
  • Contribution to Practice: Impact on a particular client or a community will be considered important. A community may be defined widely, including: geographic, interest, research, generational, religious, national, social, socio-economic, academic, etc. The client or community should be clearly identified in the paper.

Awards


An award ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon. Each participant who submits and presents a project will receive a certificate. In addition, awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Top Three Overall
  • Project Competition

o   Top Three Projects

o   Top Three Presentations

  • Case Competition

o   Top Three Solutions

Cost of Participation

Participation in the competition is free of charge for participating students and supervisors. Ball State University will provide most of the meals and snacks during the competition, but the participants or sponsoring organizations are responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.

Networking Opportunity

Students will have the opportunity to interact and network with individuals from companies and peers from different schools. Representatives from companies will be on-site during the competition and will be able to observe student's presentation skills and their ability to answer difficult questions from various judges. Students and faculty advisors can learn from other schools.