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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.

The most recent Business Analytics Competition at Manhattan College (BAC@MC) was held May 22-24, 2023.

See the details from the 2023 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-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 Febuary.
    • Student teams work at their home institutions to analyze the supplied 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.
    • Team members need to be able to answer questions on their analysis during the poster presentation session.

    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 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 honorable mentions will be recognized.

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