Ingersoll Rand’s 2014 North American Case Competition - “The Internet of Things”


Registration deadline has been extended to Friday, February 21st

What is Ingersoll Rand’s Case Competition?

The 2014 North American Case Competition focuses on innovatively using the trending topic often called “The Internet of Things.”

Teams will be provided a business case related to innovation, sustainability, product applications, and business strategies.

Teams will create a method to innovatively use “The Internet of Things” (sensor and communication technologies) as well as human capital, to enhance the value of an existing Ingersoll Rand product and/or service.

Who Can Participate?

Team members must:

  • be from one of the twelve core schools for University Relations.
  • be in their Sophomore or Junior year for all functions except Human Resources which will include students in graduate programs.
  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • have the permanent right to work in the United States.

To be eligible, teams must:

  • have a minimum of three and maximum of four members per team.
  • have team members who represent one or more of the following business functions/majors: Operations, Engineering, Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Information Technology, and/or graduate level Human Resources.
  • include members who meet all requirements listed above.

How it Works

The competition will be broken into three phases:

Phase I Information

  • On-campus promotion and team registration.
  • Eligible teams receive Case Competition information packets.
  • There is no limit for the number of teams registered from each school.

Phase II Information

  • The twelve participating schools will be split into two regions.
    • Region 1: Cornell, Howard, VT, PSU, Lehigh, Purdue
    • Region 2: Rutgers, USC, NC A&T, UMN, IU, MSU
  • Via “You Tube” submission, students will present their case idea(s) in a 15 minute video and a one to two page executive summary submitted via email.
  • One finalist team from each school will be selected.
  • Judges will then select a finalist and an alternate team from each region.

Phase III Information

  • Finalists will have Peer Mentors from Ingersoll Rand assigned to help prepare for finals and answer Ingersoll Rand specific questions.
  • Region 1 and 2 finalists will compete in Davidson, NC for the title of Ingersoll Rand’s 2014 North American Case Competition Champion.

Judging Criteria

  • Teams will be judged using uniform scoring rubrics.
  • Criteria for judging include project innovation, implementation, solution feasibility, and depth of analysis.
  • The judging Panel is comprised of Ingersoll Rand leaders from each of the six functions and a member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES).

Prizes and Benefits

  • Teams members selected as school finalists will receive $50.
  • The two finalist teams will receive:
    • Travel to Davidson for finals
    • Davidson Corporate Headquarters tours
    • Executive meet and greet time
  • Competition winning team will receive $1,000 per person scholarship.
  • Runner up team will receive $250 per person scholarship.

Key Dates

  • Friday, February 21st – Deadline for Registration
  • Monday, March 10th – “YouTube” & Executive Summary Submissions Due
  • April 15th & 16th – 2014 Case Competition Finals in Davidson, NC


Partial and full teams need information for all teammates, including name, email address, school, and field of study. Registration closes Friday, February 21, 2014. For additional information, please contact

Registration has closed. Please come back next Fall for the 2015 Case Competition.

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