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.
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.
- The event will start with registration and a
reception Friday late afternoon, followed by a dinner and keynote in the
- Students will
present their projects to a panel of judges.
Students will be provided a case at lunch to
analyze and recommend a solution.
will email Dr. Moran the PowerPoint presentation by 8 a.m. Sunday.
- Students will present
their case solutions to a panel of judges.
- An award ceremony will be held after case
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.