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Roundtable and MBA Operations Challenge

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as the next big technological disruption in industry, and companies must learn how to implement it in their business models. Whether using AI or data scientists, collecting and analyzing large amounts of structured and unstructured data is critical to any successful supply chain in today's fast-moving environment. The ability to utilize AI to analyze trends as they're forming will enable the supply chain to move even faster by feeling, understanding, and reacting in real-time and with an unprecedented level of detail.

The question now is, how will companies incorporate AI into their supply chain to better serve their customers?

Event Schedule

Date / Location
Time Activity
Wednesday, October 4
Online
 8:00 AM
Team Registration Opens
Wednesday, October 18
Online
11:59 PM
Team Registration Closes
Wednesday, November 1
GSB 3.106
6:00-7:30 PM
Case Release
Introductions - Mentors / Final Rehearsal Panelists
Monday, November 6
McCombs Projects Labs
5:00-6:30 PM
Q&A Session with Case Sponsor
Wednesday, November 8
Online
6:00 PM
Case Solutions - Upload Due
Thursday, November 9
McCombs Projects Labs
CBA 5.326 / CBA 5.327

12:00-12:30 PM

Challenge - Preliminary Round - Judge Check-in
  12:30-12:45 PM
 Challenge - Preliminary Round - Judges Meeting
  1:00-5:00 PM
 Challenge - Preliminary Round (closed to spectators)
Thursday, November 9
AT&T Center, Classroom 203

4:45-5:15 PM

Roundtable - Check-in
  5:15-6:30 PM
Roundtable - Session 1: Keynote
Supply Chain Insights: Developing the First Cognitive Supply Chain
IBM - John Dell'Arciprete, Director, Supply Assurance
  6:30-7:30 PM
Networking Reception (Finalists Announced)
Friday, November 10
AT&T Center, Classroom 203

7:15-8:00 AM

Check-in / Breakfast
  7:30-7:45 AM Challenge - Final Round - Judges Meeting
  8:00-10:00 AM
Challenge - Final Round (open to spectators)
  9:45-10:45 AM
Roundtable - Check-in
  10:00-10:45 AM
Networking Break  //  Judges Deliberation
  10:45 AM-12:00 PM 
Roundtable - Session 2: Industry Insights with Dell
John Biegel, Vice President, Global Operations & Product Engineering IT
with Sumitaka Koga
  12:00-12:15 PM
McCombs Rebrand Update
SCMC - Lamar Johnson
  12:15-1:45 PM
Networking Lunch

1:45-2:45 PM

Roundtable - Session 3: Industry Panel Discussion
Looking at AI from 3 Perspectives – Augmentation, Automation and Autodidact Processes
Moderator - Robert Benny, Associate Director, SCMC

Chevron - Cole Harris, Data Scientist, Modeling & Analytics Center of Excellence
Dell - John Biegel, Vice President, Global Operations & Product Engineering IT
Micron - Mike Lange, Senior Director, Digital Supply Chain Solutions
Transplace - Tom Sanderson, CEO

  2:45-3:00 PM
Challenge - Awards Ceremony

Operations Challenge

  • Gain supply chain and operations experience by tackling a challenging, real-life case
  • Compete for more than $4,000 in cash and prizes
  • Receive feedback from 2nd year mentors and student panels before presenting to the judges
  • 2017 live case provided by Texas Instruments

Open to all full-time 1st year MBA students, the MBA Operations Challenge is a case competition that requires teams of four  MBA students from the McCombs School of Business to analyze a business issue and present a creative strategic solution to a panel of corporate judges. The case will combine knowledge of Supply Chain and Operations Management as tools to achieve operational excellence in business organizations. The competition exposes students to realistic career challenges and provides employers with an up-front opportunity to gauge the students' business skills under pressure. There will be cash prizes to the winning teams, as well as recruiting opportunities for all participants.

Roundtable

  • Access cutting edge industry insights through the SCMC Roundtable - speakers from IBM and Dell, and a panel of AI experts
  • Attend networking activities - exclusive access for SCMC Roundtable and MBA Operations Challenge participants

Keynote

Supply Chain Insights: Developing the First Cognitive Supply Chain
IBM - John Dell'Arciprete, Director, Supply Assurance

Industry Insights

Dell - John Biegel, Vice President, Global Operations and Product Engineering IT
with Sumitaka Koga

Industry Panel

Looking at AI from 3 Perspectives – Augmentation, Automation and Autodidact Processes
Moderator: Robert Benny, Associate Director, SCMC

Chevron - Cole Harris, Data Scientist, Modeling & Analytics Center of Excellence
Dell - John Biegel, Vice President, Global Operations and Product Engineering IT
Micron Technology - Mike Lange, Sr. Director, Digital Supply Chain Solutions
Transplace - Tom Sanderson, CEO

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Teams must consist of 4 active, first-year MBA students.
  2. All team members are expected to attend all events related to the Roundtable and Case Challenge. Students will be asked to confirm their participation by Friday, 11/3. Any conflicts must be reported to challenge organizers for consideration. Failure to attend could result in disqualification. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony to receive cash prizes.
  3. As the information in the case contains company-sensitive information, we ask that you do not use or distribute the case outside of the challenge.
  4. Teams will have limited opportunities to ask the case sponsor clarifying questions about the case.
  5. Teams are expressly prohibited from discussion the case or accepting assistance from any person outside their team, with the exception of the pre-identified 2nd year mentors, 2nd year panels, and communication coaches.
  6. Pre-identified individuals are prohibited from contributing to the creation of the team's solution.
  7. Teams will be assigned 2nd year mentors. Access to the mentors begins 11/2 and expires at 1:00 pm on Thursday, 11/9. Teams can utilize up to 3 hours (total) of in-person feedback.
  8. Teams will have access to one 1 hour Final Rehearsal presentation with a 2nd year student panel. Access to the 2nd year panels begins 11/2 and expires at 11:59 pm on 11/8.
  9. Teams may schedule a one hour session with a McCombs Communication Coach.Teams are encouraged to use their coaching hours for Case Challenge preparation, either by having one student use an hour of his/her allotment or splitting the time between each team member (15 min from each student's allotment.) Teams must contact coaches directly to set up practice/prep sessions, using the MBA+ Canvas page list of coaches: https://utexas.instructure.com/courses/1198650/pages/mba+-coach-on-call-program. Coaches specializing in Case Challenge Preparation: https://utexas.instructure.com/courses/1198650/pages/topic-case-challenge-preparation.
  10. Teams are permitted to utilize any publically available information to develop case solutions – written resource, scholarly publication, internet, industry journals, academic textbooks, etc.
  11. Case presentations must be uploaded in PowerPoint format by 6:00 pm, 11/8. An upload widget will be provided on the “Case Solution Upload” tab on the event website. Presentations may NOT be changed in any way after submission.
  12. Presentations should be no more than 12 minutes. Judges will be allotted 5 minutes for Q&A and 3 minutes for verbal feedback.
  13. Teams will be split into two preliminary round flights. Judges will select two teams from each flight to proceed to the final round.
  14. Preliminary round presentation order will be based on a random draw. All team members must participate in the presentation. If any team member has a class conflict during a presentation block, it must be reported to event organizers by 5:59 pm, 11/8.
  15. Preliminary round assignments will be emailed to the teams by 10:00 pm, 11/8. No changes can be made to the assignments.
  16. Teams will check-in to the Preliminary Round at least 15 minutes prior to the assigned presentation time. Failure to arrive on time could result in disqualification.
  17. Judges are provided a rubric for evaluating the presentations.  However, judges are professionals in the field and may use the evaluation criteria as they see fit.  Decisions by the judges will be final. 
  18. Teams will provide hard copies of the presentation materials to the judges. The number of judges will be provided at the case release.
  19. Winning prize amounts are paid to individuals. All winnings are considered taxable income and each person will be responsible for reporting that income to the IRS.
  20. By participating in the event, you grant challenge organizers permission to publish any photographs taken during the Challenge containing you or your likeness for publicity purposes.

Team Registration

Team registration will be open Wednesday, October 4, 8:00 AM through Wednesday, October 18, 11:59 PM.
A maximum of 10 teams will compete. Team registration is on a first come basis. All teams must consist of four 1st year MBA students.

REGISTER YOUR TEAM NOW - SUBMIT ONLINE FORM
One team member will register the team. To register you will need: Team Name, 4 Team Members - name, email, and resume for each. Please collect resumes from your team before starting the registration form. The resumes will be uploaded through the online form.

Following submission, your team's registration will be confirmed via email by diana.busler@mccombs.utexas.edu.

Please note the registration link above will open a new window.

Case Solution Upload

Case presentations are due Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 PM.

Teams must provide a PowerPoint file with the team's name in the document title. Presentations may NOT be changed in any way after submission. If you experience technical difficulty, please email Diana Busler.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the SCMC Roundtable and MBA Operations Challenge.

Do you have questions? Let us help.

If you're an MBA student, please contact Paulino Cansesco at paulino.cansesco@mba18.mccombs.utexas.edu.

If you're a sponsor, please contact Diana Busler at diana.busler@mccombs.utexas.edu.

Are you a sponsor in need of overnight accommodations? Click here for a list of hotels near campus.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

Case Sponsor:    

Gold Sponsors:     Chevron logo                Phillips 66 logo                Procter & Gamble logo

Silver Sponsors:     pwclogo               Shell pectin logo             Statoil Logo           


Roundtable Sponsors:
   Dell logo           HID logo           The Home Depot logo               Republic National Distributing Company            Toyota Logo                   
  

      Micron logo           NXP logo             Transplace

             Twin Liquors Logo               Baxter Planning Systems logo              Zengistics 

 

Hosted by

 SCMC logo          Operations Fellows Logo          Graduate Operations Group Logo