On March 28, student teams from across North America will formulate new solutions to a complex business technology problem at the fourth annual CoMIS Case Competition. Hosted by the Carlson School, this fast-paced competition gives students only 24 hours to develop their ideas and deliver a pitch to a panel of experienced IT professionals.

Case competitions expose students in various fields to real-world business problems and provide opportunities for future leaders to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. The CoMIS case, written by competition sponsors and University of Minnesota faculty, outlines a business challenge related to management information systems. Student competitors are given the case and 24 hours to prepare their presentations. The judges, who represent sponsoring organizations, select a few teams to move onto the second round, and then declare a winner.

CoMIS site visit at Target

Case competitions also provide networking opportunities for students and event sponsors. By hosting the competition at the University of Minnesota, CoMIS introduces top students from across the nation to the prominent IT community in the Twin Cities. Visiting students explore the city, participate in site tours of area companies, and meet local professionals. 

Run by students, supported by industry

CoMIS began in 2011 when a group of Carlson School students founded a national case competition targeted at students in management information systems programs across the country. Throughout the years, CoMIS has evolved into a well-known competition, and this year will include 15 teams from the United States and Canada.

University of Minnesota students plan and organize the competition, with support from committed industry sponsors. This year’s sponsors include 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield, General Mills, Medtronic, Target, Travelers, UnitedHealth Group, and the MIS Quarterly.

After early rounds of judging, advancing teams will present in the final round between noon and 4 p.m. on March 28 in the 3M Auditorium at the Carlson School. The final round is open to the public, and often attracts business leaders and recruiters searching for IT talent.