Business Analytics Conference & Competition

Every spring, the School of Business hosts the Business Analytics Competition & Conference at Manhattan College (BAC@MC), an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students studying Business Analytics or related fields to test their knowledge and hone their skills.

Competing teams engage in the “art & science” of decision-making as well as practice their ability to draw business insight from a comprehensive analysis of relevant data.

BAC@MC Website

Team Requirements

  • Teams must consist of two to four undergraduate students, all of whom are juniors or seniors currently enrolled in a program at the accredited higher education institution they will represent.
  • Each team must include a faculty advisor from their home institution. Student teams must register for the competition under the name of their faculty advisor.
  • Students and their faculty advisor must attend the conference to compete.

Competition Format

BAC@MC features a two-phase competition, both of which require student teams to analyze and glean business insight from a competition-specific dataset.

Phase One:

  • Data and questions for the first phase of the competition are made available to registered teams in February.
  • Student teams work at their home institutions to analyze the supplied dataset to develop solutions to the phase-one questions.
  • Each team prepares and submits a poster summarizing their analysis and answers to the questions.
  • Team members present their posters at the conference poster session and are assessed by a panel of judges.

Phase Two:

  • Teams are provided with additional questions and data on the same or similar theme.
  • Student teams have approximately 20 hours to prepare and present their solutions to the judging panel on the second day of the conference.

Judging

Faculty advisors attending the conference will constitute the set of phase-one judges. Phase-one scores will be based on the ratings given by faculty advisors (advisors will not be asked to evaluate their own team).

Phase two will be evaluated by a panel of practitioners representing various industries who value business analytics. A team’s overall score will be determined by a combination of their phase-one and phase-two scores.

Awards

The top three teams will be recognized during the award ceremony and will receive monetary awards:

  • First Place: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $500

Non-Competing Attendees

Non-competing students and faculty members are welcome to attend, but must register for the conference.

History

The first BAC@MC was held in 2015, drawing 42 participants from 13 different colleges and universities, and it has continued to expand ever since. During its second year, the Conference and Competition attracted popular online shopping website Gilt.com, which provided the data, as well as the multinational technology company Microsoft, who hosted the awards ceremony at their NYC headquarters in Times Square. Past speakers include:

  • Gregory Brill (Infusion Development)
  • Mike DeAngelo (Cisco)
  • Yurdaer Doganata, Ph.D. (IBM)
  • David Ferrucci ’83, Ph.D. (Bridgewater Associates)
  • Winter Mason (Facebook)
  • Anne Robinson, Ph.D., (Verizon Wireless)
  • Peter Rutigliano, Ph.D. (Sirota Consulting)