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Competition Details (2015)

Event Theme

The theme of this year’s APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge is Population Health.

According to McKinsey & Company, healthcare is now the world’s largest industry — with a value and cost three times greater than the banking sector.* Faced with constant pressure to improve service standards and lower costs, medical professionals are increasingly shifting from a traditional service delivery model to one that focuses on improving health outcomes at the population level, often through programs delivered outside of traditional settings such as hospitals and clinics.

With limited resources at their disposal and an array of challenges due to social, economic and demographic forces, how can the healthcare industry apply the principles of population health to improve health outcomes and well-being? What role can IT play in this important industry transformation?

NOTE: The APEX Business-IT 2015 case will be related to the theme. As in prior years, the case itself will not be released until the beginning of the deliberation period.
* Source: http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/healthcare_systems_and_services

Interesting Features

Lightning Round

To improve the competitiveness of APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge and to provide an alternative path from Semifinal Round to Grand Finals, we are introducing new competition element – Lightning Round.

Plate Competition

Showcase your solutions and bring your ideas to life! Design an article to be exhibited with a budget that will best represent your solutions.

'Live' Original Case

In partnering with SMU’s Case Writing initiative, APEX Business-IT cases are written specifically for the competition – tuned and designed intentionally to deliver a stimulating intellectual experience.

APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge 2015 is a 5-day Business-IT case competition held from 4th to 8th May. Having had a successful competition in 2014, we have introduced several innovations to further enhance teams’ experience in this year’s competition!

Preliminary Round

  1. Each team will be given 15 minutes of uninterrupted presentation time, followed by 5 minutes to field questions from the judges.
  2. The presentation slides will be those submitted for the Preliminary Round at the end of the Lockdown period.
  3. The presentation venue will be equipped with two projector screens with a “freeze-frame” capability, as well as several whiteboards. Teams may use these resources as they see fit.

Semifinal Round

  1. Each team will be given 15 minutes of presentation time. There will be no separate Q&A period. Judges are allowed to interrupt the team at any point during the presentation.
  2. The presentation slides will be those submitted for the Semifinal Round at the end of the Lockdown period.
  3. As in the Preliminary Round, teams are permitted to use both projector screens as well as the whiteboards for their presentations.

Grand Finals

Finalist teams will undergo a second Lockdown period starting on the evening of Day 4, subject to the same rules as the Day 3 case deliberation. The deliverable will be a revised set of presentation slides. Details will be provided at a Finalist Briefing after the competition events of Day 4.

  1. Each team will be given 12 minutes of uninterrupted presentation time, followed by 8 minutes to field questions from the judges.
  2. The presentation slides will be those submitted for the Grand Finals at the end of the second Lockdown period.
  3. The presentation venue for the Grand Finals will be equipped with projector screen without “freeze-frame” capability. No whiteboards will be available.

Wildcard Round

  1. The poster submitted at the end of the Lockdown period will be printed on size A1 paper by the Organising Committee and placed on a stand in the Wildcard Round venue. No other presentation materials are permitted.
  2. Each judge will visit every team at its allocated poster stand. Teams should prepare a short (2-3 minute) explanation of their solution, but judges may interact freely with any team at any time during the Wildcard Round.
  3. All team members are required to stand by their allocated poster stands until the judges have left the venue.

Lightning Round

  1. Teams will be given three minutes to present their ideas to the judges.
  2. Teams may make use of their posters to make their pitch to the judging panel.
  3. There will be no Questions and Answer segment in this round.

Plate Competition

  1. Teams will be tasked to design a prototype of their solution and present to the judges.
  2. More details will be revealed on Day 2 of event.