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Business Analytics Competition

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

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.

JOIN US IN MAY 2024 for the 9th Business Analytics Competition & Conference at Manhattan College (BAC@MC).

See the details from the 2023 Competition Read More about the Competition in ORMS Today
  • Student Teams
    • The competition is open to undergraduate student teams consisting of two to four members.
    • Each team member must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the accredited higher education institution that the team member will represent.
    • Each team needs to have a faculty advisor from their home institution.
    • Student teams will register for the competition under the name of their faculty advisor.
    • All participating students are expected to present their work during the conference to receive the participation certificates.

  • 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 will be made available to registered teams on February 1, 2024.
    • Student teams, working at their home institutions, will analyze the dataset to develop solutions to the phase-one questions.
    • Each team will need to prepare and submit a poster summarizing their analysis and answers to the questions by May 1, 2024.
    • Team members will present their posters at the conference poster session on Monday, May 20, 2024. The poster session will be attended by the faculty judging panel and other conference participants.

    Phase Two:

    • After the poster presentations, teams will be provided with additional questions and data on the same or similar theme and will be asked to present their solutions to the professional judging panel.
    • Each team prepares and submits a slide deck summarizing their new analysis and answers to the questions.
  • Judging

    Faculty advisors attending the conference will constitute the set of Phase One (Poster Session) judges.

    Phase One scores will be based on the ratings given by faculty advisors (advisors will not be asked to evaluate their own team).

    The presentations in Phase Two of the competition 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

    Additional teams will be recognized as honorable mentions.

  • Participants

    Students who participate in the competition and their faculty advisor must attend the conference. The conference will be held on the Manhattan College campus in New York City.

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