With the health and well being of NAHSE members and our communities in mind, NAHSE’s executive leadership & Board have decided not to hold an in-person conference in October. NAHSE will instead offer a virtual educational format August – December of this year. The Everett V. Fox Case Competition will also take place in an exciting virtual platform that will allow even greater access to Case Competition fans who want to watch the scholars compete. There are several categorical modifications that have been made to the planning and logistics of a virtual case competition
The virtual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition will come at a discounted rate of $250 per student competitor or $750 per team of 3 students. Additionally, there will be no advisor rate. If your university already registered for the competition, the national office will be refunding you the difference in the registration rates ($100 per team member). If your school is no longer able to participate and you need a full refund or you need additional documentation for accounting purposes, please contact Beverly Glover via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Team registration for the case competition ends on Thursday, September 3. Case packets will be distributed to teams on Friday, September 4 and students will have 3 weeks to complete their analysis and presentation before submitting their materials to the email@example.com on September 29, 2020.
NAHSE will partner with a third-party service provider to use enterprise-ready Zoom to host and broadcast the case competition. This platform will allow for traditional features of the case competition to be in place, such as holding rooms for teams, a moderator and judges panel, and an audience/spectators. Additional details will be provided with instructions for students regarding entering/exiting Zoom “rooms”, start/end times for the case presentation, and Q&A period for judges. Students will have the opportunity to test the Zoom system prior recording their presentation during the preliminary round.
The preliminary round will be held on Thursday, October 1st and Friday, October 2nd and the announcement of teams advancing to the semifinal round will be on Friday, October 2nd at 5pm EST. The semifinal round will be held on Monday, October 5 and the announcement of teams advancing to the final round will be held on Monday, October 5th at 5pm EST. The finals round will be held on Tuesday, October 6th. Winners of the case competition will be announced on Wednesday, October 7th during NAHSE’s Virtual Public Policy Forum.
Typically, the case competition has 30 participating teams for universities across the country. Due to enhanced virtual capabilities, 45 teams are able to compete this year. After the preliminary rounds, only 10 teams will advance to semifinals as in previous years.
This year, the preliminary, semi-finals, and finals round will have slight changes to workflows to allow for smooth transitions between team presentations and judges scoring. The preliminary round will consist of 45 competing teams, with judges panels in each Zoom room. Teams will compete in 30-minute intervals, with 5 minutes allotted for setup and 5 minutes allotted for wrap-up/transition. Case presentations for the preliminary round will be recorded. There is no Q&A period or spectators allowed for the preliminary round.
The semifinal round will consist of 10 competing teams, whose presentations from the preliminary round were recorded and edited. The recordings of team presentations will be played for a panel of judges; however, teams will be present for a live Q&A round with the judges following their presentation. After the live Q&A, teams will exit the Zoom room and scoring by the judges will commence.
The final round will consist of 5 competing teams, with one panel of judges. Spectators will be allowed to view presentations and there will be a live broadcast during this round. Sponsor ads will be displayed for spectators during scoring.
We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this transition. These are the times for which NAHSE was created as we provide leadership against deadly health concerns, both biological and institutional. We are proud to know and stand beside each of you as you make an impact in the lives and careers of your students. Please reach out to the Case Competition Committee Co-chairs, Am’Asa Baldwin and Brandon Darrington, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any remaining questions regarding the virtual case competition.