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CICC FAQs

Q1. What will be the format of the Competition?
Please refer to Presentation Schedule, Rules and Format.
Q2. What is the eligibility for this competition?
The Competition is open to full-time undergraduates who meet the following criteria:
  • For students on the European University System: A student currently studying in or before the 3rd year of maximum three years of specialized business education
  • For students on the US system: A student currently studying in or before the 4th year of maximum 4 years of undergraduate study.
  • Has a full-time course load at the time of the competition.
  • Majors in business-related programs.
  • Is registered at his/her school.
Q3. When will teams receive the case? How much time will be given to teams for preparation?
Teams will be presented with a business case study on the morning of the second day. Each team has approximately 22 hours to research, analyze, and provide recommendations to senior management for consideration.
Q4. Should participating teams bring their own laptops for their case preparation? Will stationery be provided?
Teams MUST bring their own laptops for use in their apartments. Backup laptops and/or laptop equipment will NOT be provided, and HKUST can NOT provide technical support for team laptops. Teams have to bring stationery for their own use.
Q5. What will be provided in the competition venues? Can teams use their own laptops for the presentations?
Computer/laptop, a wireless microphone and a powerpoint presenter will be provided in the competition venues. Teams should use the equipment provided for the presentations.
Q6. Will the competition be open for viewing?
The Division Round Presentation will be open to all Faculty Advisors with no external audience is allowed while the debriefing session afterwards will be open to respective Faculty Advisors only. The Challenge Round is open to Faculty Advisors and the HKUST community but is closed to all CICC participating student teams. The Final Presentation will be open to public.
Q7. Is there a dress code for the Competition?
The dress code for both Preliminary Presentation and Final Presentation should be business attire. The dress code for other events and activities can be found in the latest "Schedule of Events" of our website.
Q8. Where should the teams make preparation for the presentation?
Teams should make preparation for the presentation in their own rooms. It is stressed that teams have to work on their own after receiving the case and discussion of the case with outside sources, advisors, faculties, or any parties other than their teammates are not permitted.
Q9. What are the roles of the advisors?
Advisors should help advise/coach/train their teams before the competition. However, they are not allowed to communicate with teams in any form during case preparation and presentation. For finalist teams, advisors and teams can only resume communication after the final presentation.
Q10. Can teams send more than one advisor to the competition?
No. The CICC Organizing Committee will provide accommodation and designated meals for only one faculty advisor in each team. Also, the Committee will allow only one faculty advisor in each team to join the participating students in designated events or activities.
Q11. Can participating teams be provided with past CICC cases for practice?
Past cases will be provided to participating teams once they have completed all the procedures to confirm their participation in the coming CICC.
Q12. What will the registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers 5-night accommodation and meals for each student team (4 students) and one advisor during the competition, unless otherwise specified.
Q13. Can teams request arrangement of extra accommodation outside the competition period?
Any early check-in or late check-out requests for on-campus accommodation would be handled on a first-come-first-served basis subject to room availability. An extra lodging fee will be charged. No off-campus accommodation will be arranged. Please contact the CICC Organizing Committee for further assistance.
Q14. Will the CICC Organizing Committee provide support in participating teams' visa applications to Hong Kong?
CICC Organizing Committee will provide necessary information and documents to facilitate teams' visa application to Hong Kong. Teams which require CICC Organizing Committee's help in visa applications should send their requests at least one month before the competition.
Q15. Will pick-up service be provided for participating teams?
There would be no pick-up service for participating teams. However, teams can always refer to the CICC official website for information about transportation. An address card will also be provided beforehand. In case teams experience difficulty in transferring from the airport to the competition venue, they are welcome to contact the CICC Organizing Committee for help.
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