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Business Analytics Competition

Manhattan College hosts the Business Analytics Competition & Conference each Spring.

The Business Analytics Competition at Manhattan College (BAC@MC) will be returning in the Spring of 2021!

The "Participating Schools" tab includes all the universities that registered for BAC@MC 2020. We are grateful for the support of all of their teams and look forward to the competition in the Spring of 2021!

student presents poster during competitionEvery spring, The O'Malley 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 and science of decision-making as well as practice their ability to draw business insight from a comprehensive analysis of relevant data.

View photos from the 2019 Competition Read More about the Competition in ORMS Today
  • Team Requirements
    • Teams must consist of 2 - 4 undergraduate students 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-round competition, both of which require student teams to analyze and glean business insight from a competition-specific dataset.

    Round One:

    • Data and questions for the first phase of the competition are made available to registered teams in January.
    • Student teams work at their home institutions to analyze the supplied dataset to develop solutions to the Round One questions.
    • Each team prepares and submits a poster and video summarizing their analysis and answers to the questions.
    • Team members will need to be able to be available to answer questions on their video from a panel of judges.

    Round Two:

    • Finalist Teams will be announced. Teams may choose to focus on a specific part of their analysis from Round One or a particular aspect of their conclusions or reccomendations. 
    • No additional data analysis is required for this round.
    • Finalist teams have approximately 1.5 hours to prepare and present a 10-minute side-based summary of their findings, which they will present to Round Two judges.
  • Judging

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

    Round 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 Round One and Round 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

    Other honorable mentions will be recognized.

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