Introduction to The Case:

Please watch the following videos before starting your first round.  The first two videos will explain what the case is all about while the last video will help you become familiar with the navigation of the case simulation. Watching these videos will help prepare you for the case competition. Additional videos and tips for TFC can be found on our Documents page in the folder called: Tools for TFC Teams. In addition, live orientation webinars will be offered beginning through February 3rd through February 10th. Each team member should attend one of these orientation webinars. Webinar schedules are listed below these videos.

Important dates (Dates are for 2017, will be updated when available)

Thursday, Feb 3 - Saturday, Feb 4

Orientation to The Fresh Connection (TFC) (Note: this is done remotely)
Our case expert, Chuck Nemer, will hold live webinars beginning Friday, Feb. 3rd through Saturday, Feb. 4th.  Each webinar will be no more than 1 hour. Chuck will cover specifics of this version of our case simulation, and how individuals and teams will operate. You should attend only 1 session and it can be either by yourself, or with your team.  Each session will be limited to 50 attendees.  No pre-registration is required, but if you are NOT one of the first 50 for that session, the link will not work.  The committee will provide each registered team member with the links for the webinars. All times are Pacific Standard Time. Orientations are scheduled:
  • Friday, Feb 3 at noon or 6 PM.
  • Saturday, Feb 4 at 8 AM, noon, or 6 PM.

Sunday, Feb 5 - Friday, Feb 10

Orientation Continues & Practice Round (Note: this is done remotely)
Students will be required to attend an orientation webinar for introduction to the simulation game during this period (see previous paragraph). Webinar times will be at 8 AM, noon or 6 PM daily beginning Feb 5, ending on Feb 10. 

Students will also have a chance to gain experience with the simulation game by running a Practice Round up to 4 times and receive feedback from simulation experts.  This round will carry no weight and will NOT affect your ROI in the scoring. It is highly recommended that students work through the Practice Round all together for maximum understanding of the tool. 

Students can use these orientation webinars to ask questions of the case expert while they work on their practice round. Students will use the Practice Round Login information for this round. All practice rounds will close at midnight, Friday, Feb 10th. Our case expert, Chuck Nemer, will provide team feedback on your practice round by 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb 12th.

Monday, Feb 13 - Thursday, Feb 16

First Round (Note: this is done remotely)
This first round must be completed before the official competition starts. However, this round will have the least weight of the total score. This round will close at 10 PM on Thursday, Feb 16th.

Friday, Feb 17

(Note: On-site competition begins Friday morning!)
Students need to arrive in time to register at 7:30 AM on Friday morning because we will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Students will begin Round 2 of the case at approximately 8:45 AM and will need to finish their simulation rounds and submit their PowerPoint presentation by 4:00 PM. All teams will present Friday evening and finalists will be announced Saturday morning to give their final presentations.

Saturday, Feb 18

Students are required to attend the morning events on Saturday, lunch, and the case awards ceremony. Afternoon educational sessions and activities are highly recommended but not required. Please do not plan to leave until after 3:00 PM.

Detailed on-site agenda (2017 dates, update TBA)

Friday, February 17
Hotel: Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Room: Pacific Ballroom C&D

7:30 am Team registration (No breakfast)
8:00 am
Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda
8:30 am Tips for presenting your case
8:45 am Second Round
10:30 am Third Round
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Work on PowerPoint presentation
4:00 pm Submission deadline and dinner break (on your own for dinner)
5:00 pm Practice time available with PowerPoint
6:00 pm Team presentations
10:00 pm Conclusion of events

Saturday, February 18 
Hotel: Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Room: Pacific Ballroom C&D

7:30 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 am
Welcome and conference navigation
8:40 am Announcement of the Top 4 teams who will then play the Fourth Round starting at 8:45 in Embarcadero Room
8:40 am Group Meeting with Professionals
9:00 am Case discussion with expert and judges
10:00 am Morning Break
10:15 am Julie Dorr "How to Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn"
11:00 am Final presentations and Q&A by top 4 teams, judged by all attending professionals
11:50 am
Lunch on Loma Vista Terrace (weather permitting)
1:00 pm Linda Duffy "Building Communication Skills for a Successful Career"
2:00 pm Case awards
3:00 pm Conclusion of mandatory events for students. There will be other presentations intended for APICS chapter officers. Students are welcome to attend.
6:00 pm
Optional dinner with the professionals. Pay your own way.
Location: Seasons52 San Diego - Seaport District
It is a 15 minute walk from the Wyndham in the picturesque Seaport Village.