Official Rules

Responding to COVID-19

The Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Competition is adapting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, the case competition will be held virtually this year.

Eligibility

Students enrolled and taking classes part- or full-time in an accredited Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration program, or other similar master’s programs that educate students in business, health care, or analytics at an educational institution based in the United States are eligible to enter.  Students must be currently enrolled and taking classes and must not have graduated from the qualifying program at the time of the final case competition presentations. Students must also be physically located in the US from team sign-up to final presentations excluding personal short term travel of less than 2 weeks. Employees of Humana Inc. are not eligible to participate.

Teams

Teams must be made up of 2 to 4 participants from the same school. Although multiple teams from the same school may enter the competition, a student may not be on more than one team.  If a participant drops out of the competition, no substitution is permitted.  If the team falls below the 2-person minimum due to a member leaving, the team is no longer eligible to compete.  To be eligible, teams must submit each team member’s name, student email address, telephone number, and signed Non-Disclosure Agreement by the deadline below.

Key Dates

September 8, 2021 Case competition kickoff virtual information session at 4:00 p.m. CT (session will be recorded and posted within 3 business days on the competition website – www.mays.tamu.edu/humana-tamu-analytics  – for those who cannot attend)
September 13-17, 2021 Deadline to submit your team information and signed Non-Disclosure Agreements by 5:00 p.m. CT. Dataset will be provided to team within 24 hours of that team’s information and signed Non-Disclosure Agreements being received
September 24, 2021 Virtual pre-submission workshop at 4:00 p.m. CT (Q&A with a Humana Analytics Professional) (workshop will be recorded for teams that cannot attend and posted within 3 business days on the competition website)
October 10, 2021 Deadline to submit your team’s completed submission by 11:59 p.m. CT
October 13, 2021 50 Teams advancing to Round Two notified
October 22, 2021  

Finalists notified

October 25, 2021 Deadline to confirm availability by email to humanacasecomp@tamu.edu to present in Round Three
November 9, 2021  

Deadline to submit presentation electronically by 5:00 p.m. CT

November 9, 2021 Virtual reception for finalists and Humana and TAMU professionals
November 11, 2021 Finalists present virtually to an executive panel of experts
November 11, 2021 Winners chosen and announced
December 15, 2021

(approximate)

Prizes awarded to winning teams

Judging

Entries will be judged in three rounds.

The problem set rules and guidelines are designed to be ambiguous to mimic a real-world business problem that is not thoroughly defined.

  • Students are encouraged to use Stack Overflow, Google, etc., for questions about analytical best practices.

ROUND ONE

This round is a simple quantitative evaluation of a team’s solution based on its ability to accurately predict the specific business issue and provide a ‘fair’ (i.e. equal opportunity) solution.

  • Submissions will be evaluated based on the accuracy and fairness of the model using a predicted score provided by the team and comparing the score to the known result, held by Humana.
  • The top 50 solutions based on accuracy & fairness (meeting all other eligibility criteria) will advance to Round Two. If there is a tie for the 50th spot, all teams tied for that position will advance

ROUND TWO

  • Weighting associated with each category:
    • 20% – Establishing key questions & performance indicators aligned to a business issue
    • 30% – Depth & description of quantitative analysis resulting in actionable insights
    • 50% – Ability to provide meaningful implications and recommendations based on results & insights

ROUND THREE

The final round will build on previous rounds to demonstrate the solution is not only analytically sound but is also understandable, appealing, and viable with regards to implementation.

Finalists are invited to give final PowerPoint presentations on November 11, 2021, to visualize and explain their findings.  To be eligible for Round Three, at least one member of a two-person team and at least two members of a three- or four-person team must present (all presentations will be held virtually).  If a potential finalist team is not able to meet this requirement, the team with the next highest score will become a finalist.

Final presentations will be judged by a panel of executive and academic experts according to the same point scale but using the following criteria:

  • 20% – Demonstrate clear understanding of the business challenge
  • 20% – Summary of approach and resulting business insights
  • 40% – So What? How will this solution help improve the business issue
  • 20% – Presentation Effectiveness: clarity of message, visualization of key findings/recommendations, ability to answer questions

Following the final presentations, the Round Three judges will meet in private to discuss the entries. Then each judge will score the entries, and the scores of all will be added together to determine the winners of the competition. The team with the highest score will be the First Place Winner; the team with the second-highest score will be the Second Place Winner; and the team with the third highest score will be the Third Place Winner.  In the event of a tie, the same procedure will be used as described above in Round Two.

Additional information:

  • Students should wear business attire for presentations.
  • Every student who is present during the final presentations on a team must take an active role in the presentation.
  • Teams should be prepared with a backup copy of their presentation should any technical difficulties occur (the one they submitted electronically in advance is intended as the primary with the USB as backup in case of technical issues).
  • Teams may, but are not required to, use posters and other physical visual aids to enhance their presentation.

Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:  First Place – $50,000; Second Place – $20,000; Third Place – $10,000.  Prizes will be awarded in the form of checks and the prize amounts will be divided evenly among team members; where it is not possible to divide the amount exactly equally for a four-person team, the team will instruct Sponsor as to which amounts will go to which team members.

Releases

Sponsor/Organizer are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, corrupted, mislabeled, or unintelligible entries, or incorrect contact information for any team member, in any round, including entries or notifications not received because of interrupted or unavailable network servers, failed communications networks or equipment, computer hardware or software, or other errors or malfunctions whether human, mechanical, or electronic.  Any team suspected of tampering with or disrupting any aspect of the competition will be disqualified.  All decisions of Sponsor/Organizer are final.

Teams and team members, by participating in the competition, (i) agree to be bound by these Official Competition Rules, (ii) agree to release, indemnify, and hold Sponsor and Organizer, their affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, and all of their officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Entities”) harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, and damages of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from team/team members’ participation in the competition, (iii) agree that the Released Entities may use team and team members’ name and likeness for the purpose of promoting and publicizing the competition and future competitions, (iv) agree that Sponsor may contact them for recruiting purposes (with the right to opt out of further email contact), (v) agree that their presentation may be recorded and used by Sponsor and Texas A&M University for internal purposes and for recruiting, and (vi) agree that any dispute or claim will be resolved individually and without resort to class action.

Sponsor

The Sponsor of the competition is Humana Inc., 500 W. Main St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

Organizer

The Organizer of the competition is Texas A&M University, Mays Business School, 6000 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843.