Regulations

How to participate in the Challenge?

In order to participate you need to form a team. You can start forming your team by registering!

Your team will have to meet the following participation criteria:

  • The team consists of 4 full-time students.
  • The students are from the same educational institution.
  • The students are in their final or pre-final year of studies (bachelor level and higher, incl. MBA).
  • The students will not graduate before April 15th 2017.
  • The students agree to join The Talent Connection, which is the talent program of the Challenge.

For detailed information about how to complete your registration and your team, please consult our How-to-guide.

 

The timeline for the 2016-2017 edition:

Registration and Qualification Phase: November 2016 – April 2017
National Rounds: April – May, 2017
ONLY for Asia-Pacific region – Regional Final*: July 2017
APICS TFC Global Student Final: October 2017

* For Asia-Pacific, a Regional Final will be held this year. The invited teams will compete by playing 3 rounds in a physical event at Shanghai University. The Regional Final will take place on July 8th and July 9th (1,5 gays). Only the Asia-Pacific winner will win a free trip to the APICS TFC Global Student Final in San Antonio, Texas! The invited teams have been informed via email.

 

Teacher endorsement

Teacher endorsement is mandatory already from the Qualification Phase. Any teacher from the same educational institution as the students can endorse a team. The endorsing teacher will be appointed a watch role which will allow him/her to monitor the team’s performance and guide the students in making the best decisions. There is no limit to the number of teams a teacher can endorse.

There are two easy ways for a teacher to endorse a team:

  • If the teacher is not yet registered, the students can invite the teacher on their team page.
  • If the teacher is already registered, the students can select their teacher in their team page.

For detailed information about how to complete your registration and your team, please consult our How-to-guide.

 

Qualification Rounds

After registering you will have to form a team. A team is complete when:

  • 4 students are part of the same team.
  • The team chooses a Qualification Period.
  • The team selects their endorsing teacher.

The Registration and Qualification Phase lasts from November 1st until April 15th  and is divided in 6 Qualification Periods:

Qualification Period   Registration deadline
November 1st – November 30th November 20th
December 1st – December 31st December 21st
January 1st – January 31st January 21st
February 1st – February 28th February 25th
March 1st – March 31st March 25st
April 1st – April 15th April  15th

 

Given that a team is complete, each member of the team (including the teacher) will receive login details for the Qualification Period in which they wish to participate. The login details will be valid for the chosen Qualification Period only. You can find more about your team’s status and when you can expect the logins in your team page.

Within each period, the team members can choose when to play the 4 Qualification Rounds and do the assignments. You are expected to need at least around 1 to 1,5 hours per round, so keep that in mind when making your planning.

Qualification criteria for the National Rounds:

When teams have received their logins for a specific Qualification Period, they can start playing the 4 Qualification Rounds. Within the chosen Qualification period:

  • The team must have played all 4 Qualification Rounds
  • Each student will have to complete their profile in The Talent Connection. More information will follow after the team has started the Qualification Rounds.
  • Teams with a positive ROI in the 3rd or 4th Round – which have increased complexity – will be qualified for the National Rounds!
    • In case you have completed your 4 rounds, but your team has not obtained a positive ROI in Round 3 or 4, you are eligible for a retry. Your team will be able to select a new Qualification Period in the team page (unless you are playing in the last Qualification Period) and you will automatically receive new login details for this period.
    • If your team has not completed the 4 rounds, the team will not be eligible for a retry in a later Qualification Period.

National Rounds

The qualified teams will participate in 3 National Rounds starting April 24th until May 31st. The time period of each round is fixed.

National Round 1: April 24th         – May 3rd

National Round 2: May 8th                 – May 17th

National Round 3: May 22nd            – May 31st

 

For Asia-Pacific, a Regional Final will be held this year. The invited teams will compete by playing 3 rounds in a physical event at Shanghai University. The Regional Final will take place on July 8th and July 9th (1,5 gays). Only the Asia-Pacific winner will win a free trip to the APICS TFC Global Student Final in San Antonio, Texas! The invited teams have been informed via email.

 

APICS TFC Global Student Final

The continent winners of the National Rounds will be invited to San Antonio, USA for the APICS TFC Global Student Final in October 2017. They will compete alongside 9 APICS District Case Competition winners to become The Fresh Connection World Champion.

To complete the Supply Chain Management experience, the APICS TFC Global Student Final will be followed by the APICS 2017 Conference.

 

* The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge is executed according to the guidelines of the organisation and the committee has the right to deal with exceptions and other matters according to its discretion.