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Business Analytics Competition

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

The Business Analytics Competition at Manhattan College (BAC@MC) will be returning in 2021! We are currently working on the details, please stay tuned for updates to come! 

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
  • New in 2020
    Microsoft is hosting the participants for a networking event in their state-of-the-art facilities in Times Square. Competing teams will have the opportunity to display the competition posters and network with data science professionals in New York City
  • 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-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 the 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: $5,000
    • Second Place: $2,500
    • Third Place: $1,000

    Other finalists will be recognized 

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