COMPETITION RULES

These Rules are effective from January 1, 2024.

Please read these Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge and Competition Rules carefully. All parts of these Rules apply to participation in the Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge. You should review all associated legal documents before participating in the Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge. If you do not accept these Rules or any of our legal documents, do not use the Website or participate in the Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge.


The Program

1) The Microsoft Excel Collegiate Challenge (hereinafter – the MECC) is a program for college and university students that consists of two parts; Monthly Challenges and Competitions (hereinafter – Competitions). The key goal of the MECC is to promote the educational aspect of data analysis, business analysis, and Excel modeling using Microsoft Excel. The Organizers’ goal is to ensure that all participants improve their knowledge and skills by completing Challenges and reviewing the correct answers and video walkthroughs provided by the Organizers. Challenges focus on building skills, data analysis, business analysis, and Excel modeling using Microsoft Excel. Competitions allow Participants to compete against each other in either online or in-person formats.

2) The MECC is jointly organized by the Financial Modeling World Cup (hereinafter – FMWC) and Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona (hereinafter – Eller). Jointly, both organizations hereinafter will be referred to as “the Organizers”.

3) Microsoft Corporation is supporting the Program, allowing the organizers, among other means of support, to use the name of Microsoft Excel in the competition name.

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The Participants

1) The MECC is open to any student regardless of age, gender, race, place of living, or any other limiting factor. While all students are welcome to participate in all online aspects of the MECC, some Participants may be restricted from participating in in-person events including the Finals (categorized under Competitions) in Las Vegas, NV, USA, and thus may not be eligible for prizes awarded or benefits available at in-person events. The Organizers will follow guidelines provided by the United States State Department, the University of Arizona, partners, and sponsors in determining any such restrictions.

2) All students are welcome to register for the MECC and participate in online Competitions, but only individuals enrolled in degree-granting institutions at the time of the in-person event and are 18 years of age or older on the day travel commences to the event location can qualify for the Competition Finals or other in-person events.

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Participation Price

1) Participation in the online portions of the MECC including Online Competitions is free of charge.

2) Participation costs for in-person events can and will vary.  See each event’s subsection for details regarding the in-person event costs.

3) The Organizers reserve the right to decline all, or part of, any Participation in any Competition entry requested.

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MECC Challenges

1) The MECC will provide Challenges, subject to the current season’s schedule, related to Microsoft Excel skills, data analysis, business analysis, and Excel modeling designed to be completed in Microsoft Excel. Most Challenges will be accompanied by walk-through videos to provide learning opportunities to the Participants.

2) The Challenges will be published on a Hosting Platform arranged by the Organizers where Participants will be able to download the Challenges and submit their solutions.

3) Solutions to Challenges can be submitted through the posted official end of the season of which they were posted in to receive credit for the associated Challenge. Once a Challenge is posted, Participants will be able to complete the Challenge and submit their solutions during the current season with no time constraints and can resubmit their solutions multiple times to improve their results.

4) Submissions of Challenge solutions during the current season are a requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion.

5) Challenges will not affect rankings during online or in-person Competitions.

6) If you are receiving completion credit through a college or university, please confirm with your organization if they require a different completion date.

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Certificates of Completion (aka Badges)

1) Participants are eligible to earn Certificates of Completion throughout the MECC season. To be eligible, Participants must complete a combination of 6 different Monthly Challenges or Online Competition Rounds from the current season, during specified time periods. Participants do not need to participate in any competitions to be eligible for the Certificate of Completion. Participants are not required to achieve a minimum score to earn the Certificate.

2) The 2024 MECC season will be divided into three periods:

  1. January 1st – April 30th (Spring)
  2. May 1st – July 31st (Summer)
  3. September 1st – December 31st (Fall)

Within each period, students who complete 6 challenges will be awarded the season’s badge, for example, the MECC Spring 2024 Badge.  The challenges can be from any current content on the MECC platform (content from prior years in “The MECC Vault” is not counted towards Badge completion).

3) Participants are responsible for ensuring they meet the eligibility requirements including ensuring that the Hosting Platform reflects the Participant has received credit for the intended Monthly Challenges or Online Competitions.

4) Certificates will be emailed to Participants using their registered email addresses within a reasonable time following the end of the current period. Notification will be provided on the MECC website when the Certificates have been emailed.

5) Participants who did not receive a Certificate and believe they qualified will have 1 month after the issue date to dispute their eligibility with the MECC by emailing info@mecc.college. Initial dispute email must include a registered email address.  After confirmation, the MECC may request the following information to confirm eligibility:

  1. List of specific Monthly Challenges or Online Competitions they completed to meet eligibility requirements
  2. Dates these were completed on
  3. Related files

If the Participant is unable to confirm the requested information, the MECC maintains the right to deny a Certificate.

6) The MECC may, from time to time, release additional Badges to recognize participation and/or top performances in MECC events or completion of sets of Challenges.

MECC Competitions

1) Each Competition round will provide one or more Tasks consisting of a range of problem-solving questions solvable with Microsoft Excel.

  1. Each Task will include several Questions that the Participants will have to provide answers for.
  2. The complexity of the Questions will vary, with more complex questions awarding more points if answered correctly.
  3. All the Questions will be formulated in such a way as to provide fully automated objective grading.
  4. It is expected that the Question format will be “Number type-in”. The organizers reserve an option to use other Question formats if deemed necessary.
  5. No answers will be in the form of an essay.

2) The Tasks will be varied in topics; however, all the Tasks will be solvable by a general MS Excel user (see section 6.b.i below for exceptions). Solving the Tasks will require knowledge of Excel functions, data management skills, and logical thinking. The Tasks will test participant’s abilities to use MS Excel techniques to solve out-of-the-box problems. The Tasks will not require specific knowledge of finance, engineering, statistics, or other scientific disciplines, and any required discipline-specific knowledge will be provided with detailed instructions.

  1. The FMWC March Round and MECC & University of Tennessee Financial Modeling Invitational will both require finance and financial modeling knowledge.

3) The Tasks will be structured in such a way that the users of older versions of MS Excel (2010 and up) should be able to complete them. However, newer versions of MS Excel might provide faster ways to solve the Tasks.

4) To correctly solve the Tasks, Participants will need to answer the Questions, produce and submit their files.

  1. Participants may be provided with a basis for the Excel model, or the models will be required to be produced from scratch.

5) Model formatting and style will not be judged.

6) Sample Tasks are available on the FMWC and MECC websites free of charge.


Individual Rankings

1) The Competitions utilize an internal Ranking System which is based on the performance of each Participant. Participants will be ranked based on the total number of points earned during the current Competition season.

2) The Ranking System is unbiasedly handled, calculated, and updated on the MECC Website (mecc.college) based on the timeline of the current Competition season by the Organizers, based upon defined criteria.

All rankings and decisions relating to rankings are strictly at the discretion of the Organizers, who are under no obligation to disclose any decision-making processes.

3) Upon completion of each Competition Round, updated Rankings will be published on the MECC website.

  1. The Rankings will be updated on a regular and reasonable basis as defined by the MECC.
  2. The information which will be published includes:
    1. The registered first and last name of the top 30% of Participants or an assigned ID number for the remaining Participants
    2. Country
    3. University or College
    4. Level of degree enrolled in
    5. Number of points scored
  3. First and last name, Country, name of University or College, and Level of degree are all provided by Participants and are not verified by the MECC unless the Participant becomes eligible to participate in an in-person event such as the Finals.

 

MECC Structure and Sequence of Competitions

1) In the 2024 Season, the MECC will release personal finance challenges in February, March, April, September, October, and November. Each release will include two challenges intended to develop students’ Excel and personal finance skills. These challenges can go towards earning Certificates of Completion.

2) The following competitions will be organized by the MECC, culminating in the MECC Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada:

  1. Excel Esports Battles (“Road to Las Vegas”) – 4 battles (January, February, April, and September)
  2. FMWC March Round
  3. MECC & University of Tennessee Financial Modeling Invitational – April
  4. Online Qualification Rounds – 2 rounds (September and October)
  5. Las Vegas Finals – TBD

Excel Esports Battles (“Road to Las Vegas”)

1) Series of 4 (four) Excel Esports Battles, hosted jointly with the FMWC using the same cases, will be held in 2024:

  1. January 25, 2024 – 4:30 PM London Time
  2. February 29, 2024 – 4:30 PM London Time
  3. April 25, 2024 – 4:30 PM London Time
  4. September 19, 2024 – 4:30 PM London Time

2) For each battle, participants will receive access to the task via the Hosting Platform between 4:30 PM and 4:40 PM and will have to submit their answers before 5:15 PM London time. However, no matter the starting time, each participant will have a 30-minute limit to complete tasks. After the time limit is reached, a participant will have 1 additional minute to submit the answers. In case of late submission, the participant will get a penalty of 50 points per every started minute above the time limit provided. Thus, a person submitting 31:01 minutes after the start of the countdown will receive a 50-point penalty, and a person submitting 32:01 minutes after the start of the countdown will receive a 100-point penalty. 

2) The Participation Fee for students is waived for each battle.

3) The organizers reserve the right to change the dates at their sole discretion (to accommodate for holidays or other events).

4) Each Excel Esports Battle will be live-streamed. The streamed part of the competition will be between 4 players (possibly, but not necessarily, MECC Participants), selected by the organizers, competing live and sharing their screen, camera and keystrokes (hereinafter – Live Streamed Players). The live stream battle will be broadcast on the FMWC YouTube Channel and possibly other media.

5) While there will be only 4 Live Streamed Players, these Battles will be open to any player. Any player is welcome to register for the event, solve the case, and submit the answers to the testing platform (hereinafter – Not Streamed Players). The Not Streamed Players are required to upload their model on the testing platform within the 30-minute timeframe.

6) The players will solve 1 game task in an Excel Esports format.

7) FMWC and MECC may change the format at any time at their sole discretion. FMWC and MECC will notify Live Streamed Players in advance before the live-streamed Battle.

8) The stream will be structured in such a way that the Not Streamed Players will be able to solve the case, submit their answers, and then watch the 4 Live Streamed Players solving the case.

9) The organizers expect to announce the full results of each Battle towards the end of the stream, including the Not Streamed Player results.

10) Awards:

  1. The top 5 MECC players of each Battle will get a place in the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round (Last 64 Round). The top 5 does not distinguish between Live Streamed and Not Streamed Players.
  2. If any of the MECC players have already qualified for the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round, the qualification spot is awarded to the next best players.

11) A total of 20 spots in the 2024 Finals Day 2 Round (Last 64 Round) will be awarded to the winners of the 4 joint FMWC-MECC Battles.

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FMWC March Round

1) One (1) FMWC Monthly Round, hosted jointly with the FMWC using the same cases, will be held for MECC Participants in 2024:

2) Participants will have a time window from March 10th, 00:01 AM (London Time) till March 11th, 11:59 PM (London Time).

3) Participants will receive access to the task via the Hosting Platform. No matter the starting time, each participant will have a 2-hour limit to complete everything.

4) The Participation Fee for students is waived for FMWC monthly round.

5) The organizers reserve the right to change the dates at their sole discretion (to accommodate for holidays or other events).

6) If a student is competing in the pro-level FMWC challenge and is scheduled to compete before the scheduled time (due to being a top pro-level competitor), that student must notify the MECC team so arrangements can be made.

7) Awards:

  1. The top 5 MECC players of the FMWC March round will get a place in the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round (Last 64 Round). The top 5 MECC players will also be invited to participate in the online Battle as part of the MECC & University of Tennessee Financial Modeling Invitational.
  2. If any of the MECC players have already qualified for the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round, the qualification spot is awarded to the next best players.
  3. A number of top players may also be invited to participate as part of the MECC & University of Tennessee Financial Modeling Invitational. Details will be announced when available.

MECC & University of Tennessee Financial Modeling Invitational

1) The MECC & University of Tennessee Knoxville will present a financial modeling competition on April 5-6, 2024. The rounds will be broadcast on April 5 at 5:30 PM Eastern and April 6 at 1:30 PM Eastern. The cases will be available for students 30 minutes prior to the broadcast start.

2) In conjunction with the Financial Modeling Invitational, the MECC will host an online battle featuring up to 8 students from around the world. Details will be announced when they are available.

  1. The 8 students will include the top 5 students in the FMWC March Round.
  2. The other 3 students will be selected by the MECC, with a spot reserved for the top student from the University of Tennessee.

3) Awards:

  1. The winner of the online battle will get a wildcard place in the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round (Last 64 Round), paid registration and accommodations for the Active Cell conference in Las Vegas, and a scholarship to cover travel related to the conference. The scholarship will be $1,000 for North American students and $2,000 for students traveling from overseas.
  2. The winning team from the Financial Modeling Invitational will earn a place in the MECC 2024 Team Finals.

Online Qualification Rounds

1) Online Round 1

  1. Online Round 1 will take place online on the Hosting Platform from Saturday, September 28, 2024, at 12:00am BST (7:00pm EST) until Monday, September 30, 2024, at 7:59am BST (11:59pm PST). Participants will have a limit of 2 hours to complete the Tasks. The 2-hour period for each individual Participant will start when they initially download the competition file from the Hosting Platform within the overall time frame of Online Round 1. Please note that all Hosting Platform sessions will be automatically closed at the time of the deadline, even if the 2-hour countdown displayed in the Hosting Platform still shows available time. This would occur if the Participant started their round with less than 2 hours remaining of the allotted time.
  2. The 2-hour period takes into account:
    1. Downloading all relevant Tasks
    2. Reading and analyzing the Tasks
    3. Creation of Excel models
    4. Entering and completing the relevant answers for Tasks
    5. Submitting solutions and other relevant materials

2) Online Round 2

  1. All Participants will be eligible to compete in Online Round 2 regardless of their participation status or performance of Online Round 1.
  2. Online Round 2 will take place online on the Hosting Platform on October 13, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST. All participants will be completing the Tasks simultaneously during the designated time period. Participants will have the designated 2 hours to complete all Tasks and submit their solutions.

 

3) Advancement and Awards

  1. The top 10 individual Participants (hereinafter – Individual Finalists) based on the total cumulative points earned in Online Round 1 and Online Round 2 will be invited to participate in the MECC Finals.
  2. The top 10 individual Participants will get a place in the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round (Last 64 Round), paid registration and accommodations for the Active Cell conference in Las Vegas, and a scholarship to cover travel related to the conference. The scholarship will be $1,000 for North American students and $2,000 for students traveling from overseas.
  3. If any of the top 10 individual Participants have previously earned places in the MECC 2024 Finals Day 2 Round, the qualification spots will be awarded to the next best players. However, the paid registration, accommodations, and scholarship will only be awarded to the top 10 individual Participants and the awards do not transfer to lower ranked Participants who earn qualification spots.

Qualifying for Individual Finals

1) Participants can qualify for one of the 64 places in the Individual Finals through five means:

  1. Finishing in the top 5 of an Excel Esports Battle (20 places)
  2. Finishing in the top 5 of the March FMWC Round (5 places)
  3. Finishing in the top 10 of the Online Rounds (10 places)
  4. Finishing in the top 15 of the Last-Chance Qualification Day 1 on site in Las Vegas (15 places)
  5. Being selected for a wild card by the Organizers (14 places)

2) Individual Finalists will be required to manage their own transportation and accommodations arrangements including any necessary travel documentation, associated fees, costs and fees associated with transportation, and the transportation arrangements itself. Individual Finalists will be responsible for all expenses incurred in association with the event. The Organizers will likely provide pre-arranged hotel room blocks and rates that Participants can take advantage of.

  1. Individuals must be 21 to check in (on their own) at many Las Vegas area hotels. Individual Finalists are responsible for arranging their accommodations accordingly.
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3) For Individual Finalists who earn scholarships to attend the Finals, the scholarships are contingent on attending the finals, and will be paid out after attending the Finals.

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4) Each initially invited Individual Finalist will be notified by the Organizers within one week of the conclusion of the Online Rounds via their registered email. They will have one week to accept the invitation and to provide proof they are currently registered at a degree-granting higher learning institution and that they will be 18 years of age or older before traveling to the In-Person Finals. Proof of enrollment documents are accepted at the discretion of the Organizers. A government-issued photo ID with a date of birth will be the only acceptable form of proof of age.

5) Each invited Individual Finalist will be required to provide proof of booked travel arrangements and required travel documentation several weeks before the Finals event on December 2-4. Individual Finalists who do not meet this deadline will risk losing their spot in the In-Person Finalists and may be replaced with Alternates.  Alternates are chosen at the discretion of the Organizers. The Organizers will work with any Alternates regarding the timeline but please note the Organizers are unable to adjust any deadlines or requirements to travel to the USA from another country. This may affect some Participants ability to become Alternates.

6) Selected Participants who do not participate in the Finals forfeit their eligibility for prize money and other associated prizes and benefits.

 

Team Participation

1) One Team (up to 3 Participants) from each school can qualify to compete in the Team Finals. Each Team is formed at the discretion of the school. 

2) Team Participants, along with any accompanying Faculty, and Staff, will be required to manage their own transportation and accommodations arrangements including any necessary travel documentation, associated fees, costs and fees associated with transportation, and the transportation arrangements itself. Team Participants will be responsible for all expenses incurred in association with the event. The Organizers will likely provide pre-arranged hotel room blocks and rates that Participants can take advantage of.

  1. Individuals must be 21 to check in (on their own) at many Las Vegas area hotels. Team Participants are responsible for arranging their accommodations accordingly.

3) Each qualified Team will be required to provide proof of booked travel arrangements and required travel documentation several weeks before the Finals event on December 2-4. Teams who do not meet this deadline will risk losing their spot in the Team Finals and may be replaced with Alternates.  Alternates are chosen at the discretion of the Organizers. The Organizers will work with any Alternates regarding the timeline but please note the Organizers are unable to adjust any deadlines or requirements to travel to the USA from another country. This may affect some Participants’ ability to become Alternates.

4) Schools must provide their team members’ information to the Organizers several weeks before the Finals event on December 2-4 along with proof of enrollment and proof each individual will be 18 years of age or older before traveling to the Team Finals. Proof of enrollment documents are accepted at the discretion of the Organizers. A government-issued photo ID with a date of birth will be the only acceptable form of proof of age.

5) Individuals who are Individual Finalists can also represent their schools in the Teams Finals.


Season School Rankings

1) To encourage student engagement and foster the development of Excel Esports communities within schools, the MECC will rank schools (also referred to as teams) based on their participation in completing MECC challenges. Team rankings will be cumulative throughout the season and will be used to earn qualification for the Team Finals.

2) Teams will be ranked based on the average number of Challenges (including MECC Challenges and competitive rounds) their students have turned in throughout the season. The numerator of the ratio will be the number of challenges turned in by all students of the school, and the denominator will be the number of students of the school who have turned in any challenges:

3) Students who sign up for the MECC but do not turn in any Challenges (even if they do download one or more Challenges), do not count against their Team’s score.

4) The top 5 schools as of October 14, 2024, the day after Online Qualification Round 2, will be invited to participate in the Team Finals. If some of the top 5 schools have already qualified, their qualification spots are awarded to the next best schools.


Qualifying for Team Finals

1) Teams can qualify for one of the 16 places in the Team Finals through five means:

  1. Winning 1st place in an Excel Esports Battle (4 places)
  2. Winning 1st place in the March FMWC Round (1 place)
  3. Winning 1st place in the MECC & University of Tennessee Knoxville Financial Modeling Invitational (1 place)
  4. Finishing in the top 5 of the Season School Rankings (5 places)
  5. Finishing in the top 5 of the Last-Chance Qualification on Day 1 (5 places)
 

2) For any MECC competition stage each school’s score is calculated by summing up the scores of the top 3 participants from that school. The winning school is chosen based on that cumulative score. 

3) During the Finals competition, Teams are comprised of 3 students from the qualifying school. The students whose scores contribute to Team qualifications (e.g., to win an Excel Esports Battle) need not be included in the team of students who represent the school in the Finals. The same students do not need to be on the team in each round of the Final’s competition.

4) To facilitate Team selection, College Ambassadors from each school will be provided with data on their Participants’ performances throughout the MECC season. Teams can choose their representatives in any manner.

5) Individuals who are Individual Finalists can also represent their schools in the Teams Finals.

 

In-Person Finals Format

1) The Individual and Team In-Person Finals will be held on December 2-4 at the HyperX Esports Arena in hotel Luxor, Las Vegas, NV, USA. Details (including costs) are TBD and will be announced when available.

2) The Individual In-Person Finals will consist of 2 rounds – a 64-player round on Finals Day 2 (December 3) and a 12-player final on Finals Day 3 (December 4).

3) The Team In-Person Finals will consist of 2 rounds – a 16-team round on Finals Day 2 (December 3) and a 4-team final on Finals Day 3 (December 4).

4) The Individual and Team In-Person Finals will be preceded by a Last-Chance Qualification Round on the Finals Day 1 (December 2).

 

Day 1 – The Last Chance Qualification Round

1) The In-Person Finals will be a part of a bigger event, The Active Cell, a Financial Modeling and Excel Training Camp, is taking place on December 2-4, 2024. The training camp will be open to any person willing to improve their modeling and Excel skills.

2) To provide more interest and engagement to the Participants and guests of the In-Person Final Round and the Training Camp, the Participants will be able to apply for the Last Chance Qualification Round on Finals Day 1. Every person registered for both the MECC and the event (including MECC players who did not qualify in the earlier rounds) will have an opportunity to compete in the Last Chance Qualification Round. The Last Chance Qualification Round will be held on December 2, 2024, as a part of The Active Cell training camp.

3) The Last Chance Qualification Round will be a regular Excel Esports format. The number of players in this round is not limited. It will be a 1-round all-vs-all. The Top 15 players from the Last Chance Qualification Round, as well as 14 wildcards selected by the Organizers, will be added to 35 qualifiers from the January, February, April, and September Excel Esports rounds (20), the FMWC March Round (5), and the Online Qualifying Rounds (10), who will form the 64-player pool on the Finals Day 2 Round.


Day 2 – Finals (64 Player Round)

1) Day 2 rounds will be held on December 3, 2024, in the HyperX Esports Arena in hotel Luxor, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

  1. The Individual Finals will feature 64 players who will compete for the 12 spots in the Day 3 Final Round. The 64 players will use the 12 gaming pods on the stage as well as additional pods off the stage – across the Arena.
  2. The Team Finals will feature 16 teams who will compete for the 4 spots in the Day 3 Final Round. The 16 teams will use the 12 gaming pods on the stage as well as additional pods off the stage – across the Arena.

2) The Day 2 Finals will feature several different tasks, all played in the Arena, in the all-vs-all format. The 12 players and 4 teams who have reached the highest combined score, qualify for the ultimate final of the tournament – Day 3 Finals.


Day 3 – Finals 

1) Day 3 rounds will be held on December 4, 2024, in the HyperX Esports Arena in hotel Luxor, Las Vegas, NV, USA.

2) The individual final match will feature the top 12 players (combined score) from the Day 2 Round and will be held in the elimination format. The game will last 40 minutes and every 5 minutes a player will be eliminated until after 30 minutes only 6 players remain. These players will then decide the medal split between themselves in the final 10 minutes.

3) The teams final match will feature the top 4 teams (combined score) from the Day 2 Round and will be held in the elimination format. The game will last 30 minutes and every 10 minutes a team will be eliminated until after 20 minutes only 2 teams remain. These teams will then decide the team champion between themselves in the final 10 minutes.

4) The format of the final matches might change based on the organizers’ decision.


Points System

1) Excel Esports Battles:

  1. The total number of points available for correctly solving all the Tasks at each round is typically 1,000 regular points and 250 bonus points per round. Additional points could be introduced by the organizers with the goal of giving extra interest to the competition (e.g., an extra 100 points for answering an additional extra-hard question, specified separately).

2) Online Qualification Rounds:

  1. The total number of points available for correctly solving all the Tasks is 1,000 points. The organizers reserve the right to introduce additional extra point bonuses that will be announced before the Online Rounds commence.
  2. If a Participant solves all the Tasks before the stated deadline, a bonus of 10 points is awarded for each full minute saved. To receive the bonus, Participants are required to score at least 90% of the regular points.

3) In-Person Finals:

  1. Specifics on the scoring of the Final Round will be published closer to the date of competition.

Case Design Team (CDT)

1) The Case Design Team is responsible for the Case design for Challenges and Competitions and can consist of members of the Organizers and other experts chosen at the discretion of the MECC.

2) The Case Design Team does not include any MECC Participants.


Tie-Breakers

1) If 2 (two) or more Participants or Teams have an equal number of points in a round, in determining the higher-ranked Participant or Team, the following is taken into consideration:

  1. More Time Saved: The Participant or Team with the lowest amount of Time spent on solving the Tasks wins. In case the Participants or Teams are still tied, then
  2. Least Mistakes: The Participant or Team with the fewest incorrect answers wins. In case the Participants or Teams are still tied, then
  3. Best Current Form: The Participant or Team with the highest score in the most recent Round of the competition wins.
    1. If the most recent Round results are identical, then the Participant or Team with the best result in the second-to-the-last round will win.
      1. If the results are still identical, then the previous Round results shall be evaluated in a similar fashion going backward. In an extremely unlikely case when the participants are still tied, then
  4. Earlier Bird: The Participant or Team who registered first with the MECC will advance (using the earliest registration of any team member).

Prize Money

1) The total prize fund for MECC 2024 is $33,000 and is divided as follows

Achievement

Amount (In USD)

MECC 2024 Individual Winner

$5,000.00

MECC 2024 Individual 2nd Place

$3,000.00

MECC 2024 Individual 3rd Place

 $2,500.00

MECC 2024 Individual Places 4-6

 $2,000.00 (x3)

MECC 2024 Individual Places 7-12

 $1,000.00 (x6)

MECC 2024 Team Winners (per person)

 $2,000.00 (x3)

MECC 2024 Team 2nd Place (per person)

 $1,000.00 (x3)

MECC 2024 Team 3rd  Place (per person)

 $500.00 (x3)

2) The organizers reserve the right to refuse the Prize Money payout if the Participant cannot confirm their identity by submitting photography of a valid government-issued ID document.

3) The organizers will contact the prize money recipients using the email address provided upon purchasing the participation ticket. If the participant ignores the communication attempts for 6 months after the end of the competition, organizers reserve the right to refuse the Prize Money payout.

4) The competition winners become our brand ambassadors. It is expected that they will get more attention from mass media and social media. The brand ambassadors are expected to take part in the interviews, representing MECC in good faith, promoting MECC’s good name and fair competition.

5) The Organizers reserve the right to refuse the Prize Money payout if the Participant cannot confirm their current enrollment status in a degree-granting institution, being 18 years of age or older, and identity by submitting a photograph of a valid government-issued ID document (only Prize Money recipients or participants receiving reimbursements can be asked to verify their identity) or if payout would be against the guidelines provided by the United States State Department, other government entities, or the University of Arizona.


Changes in the Rules

1) The Organizers have the right to change these Rules at their sole discretion.