The Competition

All undergraduate and graduate students currently attending Yale University are invited to participate in the first ever Greater Yale Case Competition (GYCC).  Here is a brief overview of the event:

  • Format: Teams of 4-6 students (individual registrations are allowed). Each team must represent at least two different Yale schools (joint SOM degrees are considered SOM and all undergraduates are considered Yale College). 
  • Prizes: 
    • First Place $3,000
    • Second Place $2,000
    • Third Place $1,000
  • Cost: A refundable $10 registration fee is required to reserve your team’s spot (this fee will be returned to you at the event).
  • Location: Yale School of Management (Evans Hall), 165 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT

Unlike other competitions which focus on a single area, the GYCC case will appeal to a broad array of interests, experiences, and expertise. The case should engage the talents of students from architecture to strategic planning and not require business or management experience. Prior case experience also is not necessary - students participating in a case competition for the first time are encouraged to register.

Come out to represent your school, meet new friends, eat free food, and have fun!

The Case

At the heart of the case is a real dilemma faced by a familiar and prominent Yale or New Haven institution. Students from all disciplines will be able to apply their unique perspective and creativity to coming up with a solution (or approach) to the problem. Judging panels will include educators from across the University, as well as representatives from the institution in question. The case will be revealed online at noon on Friday, February 9th. Students must have a valid NetID to access the case.

Inspired by the School of Management’s integrated approach to management education, the case will be designed on Yale’s novel “raw” case template. Raw cases replicate the way that individuals access and use information in the real world: dilemmas do not manifest themselves in neat 10–15 page narratives, but rely on an individual’s ability to synthesize information from a variety of channels. The web-based platform also allows students to view, search, absorb, and analyze the material in a non-linear manner. Determining what information is relevant and how it relates to the questions at hand is part of the learning experience. It also allows students to tailor their experience of the case to their own interests, in that they may choose to skim some topics while going into greater depth on other issues.

For an example of a raw case, see Design at Mayo.