Each year, the O’Malley School of Business at, Manhattan College hosts the Business Analytics Competition & Conference (BAC@MC). This past May, a team of School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) students and their faculty advisor competed in New York City to capture first prize.
“Most questions posed by the evaluation panel were to encourage us to think larger, bigger picture about the data set we had been provided.” – Jasper Lam
The two-phase BAC@MC competition challenges teams to analyze and extract business insights from a competition-specific dataset.
In Phase One, the student teams receive data and questions prior to the competition in February. Student teams work at their home institutions to analyze the dataset and are required to develop solutions to the questions posed. Teams then prepare and submit a poster summarizing their findings. When the students arrive for the 2-day event, the teams are to present the posters and are assessed by a panel of judges made up of faculty advisors.
During Phase Two, the teams are provided with additional questions and data. Each team have approximately 20 hours to compile an analysis on the new data to present to a panel of industry practitioners the following day.