2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition Sponsored by Google

Announcing the
2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition Sponsored by Google

Looking for something to keep you busy during Winter 2022? Look no further! Here is an awesome opportunity to apply your analytics skills (and build your resume) while on UD’s extended winter session (Spring term 2022 resumes on Monday February 7th).

This is your official invitation to the 2022 Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition

First, some Basics:

What is a Case Competition? Teams of students (undergraduate and graduate) all receive the same business case focusing on the same company. Teams prepare a 20-minute presentation proposing solutions to the question posed in the case. There are two rounds: the Initial submission is judged by Lerner faculty, the Final round is judged by Google company officials.

Your Team – 3-4 students (undergraduate and/or graduate) of which at least one (1) member must be from the Lerner College of Business. As with all teams, diversity in skills, backgrounds, and talents will take you far. Signups of team members and team names will take place at the Kickoff Event.

More about the Case Competition:

The Reveal of the case – Friday, January 14th 2022 at 6pm at the Kickoff Event: the case will be revealed, the rules provided, teams formed and registered, and a lot more information shared. You do not need to sign up/register to attend the Kickoff Event – just show up! The Reveal will be a Live Zoom Event: join us at 6pm https://udel.zoom.us/j/91853470675?pwd=QWQzcmdic1lBOFhWeWd0cnR0OG05dz09

  • The case is sponsored by Google – you will address a challenge that Google is facing. Google is looking for recommendations/actionable items that they can implement within the next 6 months/one year. You will be asked to look at the issues that are presented in the case, then you dive into the data (massage/clean/analyze) and you present your recommendations (using visualization and storytelling).

Q&A and Presentation Tips – Friday, January 21st, 2022 at 6pm – by now, you have been working on the case for one week. Come to the Q&A with questions. A brief presentation providing presentation tips and how to ace your video submission will follow the Q&A.

The Competition – All teams will submit a video of their presentation no later than 12 noon on Friday January 28th, 2022. These videos will be reviewed and judged by Lerner faculty members. No late submissions can be accepted.

The Finalists – at 5pm on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 the top three teams who will go on to the Final Round will be announced via email.

Based on the feedback provided by our faculty judges, the top teams are encouraged to revise their presentations.

Final Round of the Case Competition will be 15 minute live, virtual (in Zoom) presentations on Friday February 4th, 2022 starting at 6pm. Teams will present to Google representatives.

Winners Announced – At 7:30pm on Friday February 4th, 2022, during a live Zoom Award Ceremony, the winners of the Lerner Business Analytics Case Competition will be announced! Everyone is invited to attend! Prizes supplied by Google.

And finally, the What-Ifs…

…I don’t know anybody else interested in participating? No problem! We’ll match you up with others looking for teammates at the Reveal on January 14th. The right teammates are key!

…I just started classes and don’t know anything? No problem! We’ll match you up with others looking for teammates at the Reveal on January 14th. We also have an optional event planned on Friday, January 21 at 6pm to give you industry insight and additional information to support your work.

…I’ve never given a business school presentation or I am not very good at presenting. No problem! The more presentations you do, the better you become at them! After this one, all the others will seem easier! Our first-round judges are Lerner faculty members and are very positive. They see this as the learning experience it is.

…I’m busy with classes. No problem! You’ve heard the saying, if you want to get something done, ask a busy person…that’s you! Busy and getting it done.

…I’m busy with work. No problem! With some thoughtful planning, good execution, and good teammates, you can make this work.

…I won’t know anything about the company/industry we’re studying. No problem! We’re providing background events and readings to bring you up to speed.

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In all seriousness, case competitions are a great investment of your time and energy…the opportunity to use what you have learned in the classroom is second to none. The experience also provides more context for your future classes.

Start lining up your teammates or email Prof. Everard aeverard@udel.edu to let her know that you are a single-looking-for-a-team.

Plastino Scholars

Looking for a way to bring your academic, social justice, or personal passions to life? University of Delaware students are encouraged to apply for a David A. Plastino Scholar Award, a study grant that provides funds that make a transformational difference in the lives of selected Plastino Scholars by enabling them to pursue a passionate interest to a degree not otherwise possible during the academic year.

The Plastino Scholars Program was established in 2007 by a gift from UD alumnus David A. Plastino to help outstanding UD undergraduate students realize their dreams by supporting them in self-designed, off-campus learning experiences that create a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

The program awards study grants to selected undergraduate students who exhibit extraordinary talent, promise, and imagination. Any undergraduate student may apply provided that, at the time of application, he or she is enrolled for at least twelve semester hours and has not completed more than five semesters. For the 2022 Plastino Scholar cycle only, graduating seniors may apply so long as their Plastino experience is completed before the end of 2022.

Applicants must submit a 250-word abstract, a project narrative of no more than 5,000 words, two letters of recommendation, and a detailed project budget by 5 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2021. Students can visit the program website to watch a PowerPoint introduction, begin their application and learn more: https://www.cas.udel.edu/plastino-scholars

Fall 2021 Involvement Fair

The Fall 2021 semester at the University of Delaware is right around the corner, and the University Student Centers is preparing to hold the biannual Involvement Fair. The involvement fair will be more accessible than ever with both in-person and virtual experiences.

The fair will involve three components: one-minute “about us” videos from participating registered student organizations (RSOs), open Zoom information sessions from Aug. 16-20, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and an in-person fair on Monday, Aug. 30 from noon to 3 p.m.

The in-person Involvement Fair will be held on the North and Central Greens as they have been in years past, offering a central and accessible location for all students interested. The fair will offer casual and interactive opportunities for students to discover, explore, and connect with more than 300 RSOs on campus. Getting involved on campus helps students to make friends, feel part of the community, expand their interests, and hone skills for life after UD.

A virtual option is available between Aug. 16-20 for students, and complements the in-person event, offering the ability to browse and meet with groups over Zoom.

All portions of the event are free and open to the entire campus. For more information on this year’s virtual event, visit: udel.edu/involvementfair.