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How the Program Works

Universities with enough qualified students and a willing faculty advisor apply to participate in the program. Universities teams then compete at the Region semifinal competitions and the top team from each Region will compete at the Global Final competition.

Logistics for the Global Final Competition

Six Region teams will take part in a virtual presentation before a panel of judges. Each team will be allowed 25 minutes for their presentation.


The following awards will be presented to the team finalists of the Global Final competition:

  • First: The Imperial Barrel Award (plus $20,000)
  • Second: The Selley Cup (plus $10,000)
  • Third: The Stoneley Medal (plus $5,000)
  • Honorable Mention: All remaining teams (plus $1,000)

Each school will be provided the following items:

  • IBA Welcome Letter from IBA Student Support Committee.
  • IBA Rules and Operating Procedures.
  • Scoring Guidelines.
  • IBA competition dataset and project instruction.
  • The opportunity to request software that has been made available by several sponsors for teams to use in making their analysis.
  • Materials specific to the local competition.