Hi Geekzoners! I would like to introduce to you Team Forte NZ as they prepare for the CaseIT Competition in Vancouver, Canada in February 2013. Team Forte are: Bevan Dawson, Karleen Turner-Puriri, Chris Williams, Timoti Daymond and Bob McQueen. 

Team Forte is a first time entry from the University of Waikato, and the first team in New Zealand to make it past the preliminary round Laughing The next round takes place at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in February 6 to 9, 2013; so there's not long to go now!

Since we're new to Geekzone, we can't yet post links, but you can find out more here: 
  • We're on Facebook: look up Team Forte NZ
  • Have our own event and sponsorship summary at Issuu
  • Follow us on Twitter @teamfortenz
  • Find out more about the competition at the CaseIT Org website  

Q. So what is Team Forté NZ? 

A. Team Forté is the name of our team (that’s Bevan, Karleen, Tim, Bob and Chris) who entered a prestigious international Management Information Systems (MIS) business case competition known as CaseIT. Our entry was good enough to secure a spot in the next round, held in Vancouver Canada in February 2013.

Q. What is the CaseIT Competition all about? 

A. CaseIT is an annual business case competition now in its 9th year. It has a strong Management Information Systems (MIS) focus designed to find the best and brightest in strategic IT case analysis. It is a forum where students from various backgrounds of IT and business can showcase their skills in areas such as teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking to a panel of industry professionals. 

It involves three rounds: a preliminary round open to undergraduate teams from universities and technical institutes around the world. Each university can only enter one team, who are given a business case and must develop real-world strategies for the business. Teams submit a PowerPoint with narration breaking down the case, and presenting our chosen strategy. 
From there, the top 13 teams are chosen to join the previous years’ final three for the next round in Vancouver Canada. 

The next round involves a new business case, where teams are isolated from the outside world (including Facebook!) for 24 hours to develop their plans, which they must then present to other students and industry professionals. The final round sees the top four from the second round present again. Whether it’s an all new case or a refinement of the existing case, your guess is as good as ours!

Q. Why set up a Facebook page for the team? 

A. Facebook is just one part of it! We’re also on email: teamfortenz@gmail.com and Twitter. You can follow us @teamfortenz

We’re out here trying to highlight our efforts not just for the university, but to show what the Waikato can do! Through Facebook, Twitter and other means we hope to share this experience with as many people as possible. 

We’re also out there looking for sponsorship from the local community and businesses; and Facebook is the perfect place to share with you all the great work our sponsors do. So please share this with others, the more people we can reach, the better!

Please join us on this journey, and show your support. We will post regular updates in the lead-up to the competition, and while we're in Canada; but we would love to hear from you as well!