2009 Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The 2009 Hewlett-Packard
Global Business Challenge


Sponsored by

2009 Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Click here to review the detailed travel information you are
asked to provide when registering.  Please download and
review this information prior to registering for the
2009 HPGBC Competition Finals.



Competition Overview

The HP Global Business Challenge (HPGBC) is based on JA Titan™, an online program that allows teams of high school and university students to act as chief executive officers of virtual manufacturing companies and compete to earn the highest performance index.

 

The teams are prompted to make decisions that affect the profitability and sustainability of their virtual company and attempt to outperform their competitors in profit, sales, and market share. They set prices, determine production levels, invest in capital, plan marketing and research, and development budgets.

 

"The HP Global Business Challenge is Junior Achievement's most intense competition, requiring superior knowledge and skill levels," said Sean C. Rush, president and chief executive officer, JA Worldwide. "These students are socially-minded technology innovators. Through this competition, we empower their entrepreneurship and work readiness."

 

Who is eligible to participate?
JA Students or alumni between the ages of 14 and 22, from any global region, who have JA Worldwide program experience including, but not limited to, JA Titan, JA Banks in Action, JA Company Program, JA Economics, JA Exploring Economics, and/or GLOBE. For a list of available JA programs for high school, visit www.ja.org/programs/programs_high_overview.shtml.  

 

Registration
Only JA Member Offices are eligible to register student teams for the HP Global Business Challenge. In addition to paying the $70 entrance fee, all participating JA Member Offices must agree to submit team contact information into the registration system by the stated deadline. Registration will open on Friday, October 10, 2008, and will remain open until Friday, January 16, 2009. JA Member Offices wishing to participate in the competition must be Members in Good Standing. Teams who attempt to register after registration has closed will not be eligible to compete.

 

Deadlines
Note the deadline for registration below and review the competition schedule for each elimination round to ensure full participation.
The competition takes place in three qualifying rounds. The fourth and final round will bring together two representatives from the top eight teams during the month of August. 

 

Virtual Elimination Rounds
Round One: February 3 – March 3, 2009
Round Two: March 10 – April 7, 2009
Round Three: April 17 – May 26, 2009

 

Finalists Announced
Friday, June 5, 2008

 

Date of Final Competition
Tentatively scheduled for August 16-20, 2009.

 

Location
Tentatively scheduled in Brazil.

 

Final Round
The Final Face-to-Face Competition will be held in Brazil in August 2009. Travel scholarships will be awarded to the top eight teams and one chaperone from each finalist country. Two students from each of the top eight teams will be flown to the final competition in August 2009 to compete in person. The finalist award includes: the cost of airfare, lodging and meals, and VIP tours for the two competing members of a team and one chaperone per finalist country. If a country has two qualifying teams, only one chaperone will be awarded the travel prize. That chaperone will be expected to assume responsibility for both teams from his or her respective country.

Because of limited space, observers must apply to JA Worldwide to accompany their students. Only registered team members and approved chaperones will be permitted to attend final competition as an observer. All observers will be required to pay the observer fee.

 

Cash Prizes

The following cash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams at the final competition!

·         First Place $3,000*

·         Second Place $2,000*

·         Third Place $1,000*

·         Fourth Place $500*

·         Fifth Place $250*

*Cash prizes awarded in U.S. dollars

 

Travel Prizes

Travel scholarships will be awarded to the top eight teams and one chaperone from each finalist country. Two students from each of the top eight teams will be flown to the final competition in August 2009 to compete in person. The finalist award includes: the cost of airfare, lodging and meals, and VIP tours for the two competing members of a team and one chaperone per finalist country. If a country has two qualifying teams, only one chaperone will be awarded the travel prize. That chaperone will be expected to assume responsibility for both teams from his or her respective country.

Because of limited space, observers must apply to JA Worldwide to accompany their students. Only registered team members and approved chaperones will be permitted to attend final competition as an observer. All observers will be required to pay the observer fee.

 

Divisions
All participating students compete within their age groups during the two qualifying rounds. The HPGBC has two divisions: University (ages 18-22) and High School (ages 14-18). Student teams who advance to the final competition will compete against both age groups with no separation by division.


 

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Payment Instructions:
    An invoice of your total conference fee balance will be sent in your confirmation email upon completing registration.

    Bank information for all wire payments to JA Worldwide:

    Bank information for all wire transfer payments to JA Worldwide:
    Bank Name: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
    Bank Branch: San Francisco, CA
    Swift Number: WFBIUS6S
    ABA Number: 121000248
    Account Name: JA Worldwide
    Account Number: 5058072580

    Provide this form to your bank.

    The wire amount received should be for the total due in US dollars. 

    If your bank uses an intermediary bank, find out what the fee is and increase payment by the fee amount or we will not receive the full payment.
     
    Fees resulting from this wire should be processed using the following SWIFT standards.
    OUR: Remitter pays all fees. 

    Please email
    gluckett@ja.org with details of wire amount and reason for remittance.