The following guidelines are set for the global finals, which will consequently determine the competition guidelines for the regional qualifying round.
- Students must be in teams of 3-4 to participate in the case competition. (Students are welcomed to register their interest as an individual or pair and will be allocated in teams subsequently).
- Students must be between the age of 14-18.
- Students must be attending a secondary or high school at the time of the competition in August 2018.
- Students must be available to compete at the global finals held at the Australian National University.
- The case is multi-disciplinary and may cross-cover any of these topics: finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, strategy, international business and policy.
- The case is sent electronically or by mail to each judge prior to the competition.
- The judges are required to maintain confidentiality until the day of the presentations.
- The case is distributed to each team in sealed envelopes or via electronic channels, whereby 4 copies will be provided to each team.
- A full copy of the case is distributed to each mentor after the morning presentations.
- The presentation order is determined by a random draw.
- 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.
- Presentations start every 40 minutes in 2 adjacent rooms.
- Each presentation must last a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. There is no minimum time for the presentation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Each time signal remains in the air for 10 seconds, or until one of the presenters acknowledges it with a nod or look.
- All 4 students must participate during their presentation in fairly equal amounts of time.
- The dress code for students is business formal. There is no dress code for the advisors or the public attending the presentations.
- 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.
- Each team may choose between a wireless clicker or a keyboard/mouse.
- The presenters are free to bring note cards.
- Students cannot attend any other presentation, even when they have finished their second presentation.
- Teams cannot modify their PowerPoint slides in between presentations.
- 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.