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What is the Haas Tech Challenge?
The Haas Tech Challenge is an annual case competition focused on the technology industry. This year's event will be held on November 6-7, 2015 at the U.C. Berkeley campus. Every year we partner with case protagonist companies to curate a case for teams of MBAs to crack. Teams of four represent their schools, work on the case intensively for 12 hours, and present their findings to a panel of judges. The best team will win prize money and exclusive recruiting access to sponsoring companies. Held since 2011, the Haas Tech Challenge pushes the boundaries to make it the premier MBA case competition focused on the technology industry.
For case protagonist and sponsoring companies, the Haas Tech Challenge gets you access to MBAs from the top 20 MBA programs who are excited about the technology industry, both to answer a business problem and for recruiting. Sponsoring companies get eight original and quality solutions not found elsewhere. You also get the relationship value of partnering with Berkeley Haas and increasing recruiting recognition to participating MBA students from outside the Bay Area.
What is a Case Competition?
We like to call it a "hackathon for MBAs." Using MBA toolkits in finance, strategy, marketing, and others, teams of four MBAs compete to solve a business-case in the technology sector and present it to a panel of judges.
Am I eligible to apply?
You are eligible if you are:
- An MBA student, either full-time or part-time
- Organized in groups of four
- Selected by your school's Tech Club or equivalent
- Selected by the Haas Tech Challenge Organizing Committee to compete at the final
Who are the judges?
The judges include Executives from the case protagonist company, U.C. Berkeley Haas Professors and leaders from the CIO Fischer Center
What do I win?
All teams who competed in the final will receive a certificate verifying they are finalists in the Haas Tech Challenge. The first place team will win a $5,000 prize. The runner-up team will win a $3,000 prize and the second runner-up team will win a $1,000 prize*.
Who runs this event?
The Haas Technology Club at U.C. Berkeley, the largest MBA club on campus, runs this event. This year's co-chairs are Claire Bianchi and Ariana Alisjahbana, both MBA 2016 with technology backgrounds and interest.
How do you select which teams compete for the Final?
We invite the Tech Club (or equivalent) of each school to pre-select their team. We then review the teams who 'applied and select the top 7 or 8 teams to compete at the final.
Note: As the event draws closer, the organizing committee might make changes to this information and update the website periodically.
*Disclaimer: This number is not final and might change in Fall 2015
Final Event FAQ
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