The Iowa State University case competition team comprised of all Ivy College of Business seniors has won the CoMIS 2021 International Case Competition, bringing home a cash prize of $1,650. The team included Camila Almeida (business analytics), Carter Spurgin (management information systems), and Calvin Greg (supply chain management) with faculty advisor John Burnley, professor of practice in information systems and business analytics.
The invitation-only international event held March 24-27, sponsored by the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, consisted of 48 student competitors on teams from 16 different universities. CoMIS is one of the world’s premier management information systems case competitions attended by very skilled and polished teams. It is a five-day event utilizing five-hour and 24-hour case formats. Students showcased their skills and networked with peers from around the world.
Camila Almeida says if it wasn’t for her amazing team, they couldn’t have won. “A message right before finals on our group chat read, ‘Whatever happens in the next two hours, I’m happy that we all got to be on a team and put together two phenomenal case presentations.’ This is what teamwork is all about!”
Team Ivy secured first place in their division’s short case and second place in their division’s long case in the preliminary round. They advanced to the lightening round, finishing first, which advanced them to the final round. In the final round, Iowa defeated the University of Washington, Indiana University, University of Arizona , Binghamton University, and Corvinus University. Faculty advisor John Burnley is very pleased with the team’s performance. “I am so proud of these students! Their strategy was brilliant and the presentation exemplary. It was a privilege to work with them,” Burnley said.
The competition results were:
Iowa State University – 1st
Corvinus University (Hungary) – 2nd
Indiana University – 3rd
Only the top three placements were announced.