The Columbia University Energy Symposium is proud to host the 4th Annual Case Competition on Thursday, February 7, 2018. The Case Competition allows teams of 3 to 6 graduate students to present creative and innovative solutions to the main challenges facing the energy sector. Our competition encourages participating teams to present their approaches while considering economic, political, and financial aspects. This year, the Case Competition is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, and the case topic involves micro-grids. This is an incredible opportunity to apply your skills to solving key challenges in the energy sector and provides an exclusive opportunity to interact with professionals and students in the energy sector.


The winning team will be awarded $2,500, 2nd place $1,500, and 3rd place $500.


Participant Requirements


We invite graduate students from all universities to participate in this Case Competition.


  • Each team must consist of 3 to 6 currently-enrolled graduate students in established programs such as MBA, MPA, MPP, MSC, and others. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged, but it is not mandatory.

  • At least three (3) members of each team selected for Round 1 must present their proposal at Columbia University in New York City on Thursday, February 1st, 2018.

  • While there is no registration fee to enter and attend the Case Competition, the Friday Conference Fee is not waived.




Registration: Closed


The Case Competition will have two rounds:


Round 1: Presentations (Closed Session)


The 14 selected teams will develop and submit an extended solution of their proposals. They are invited to present their proposals to a panel of judges at Columbia University in New York on February 1st, 2018 for a closed session of short presentations. Teams should submit their presentations in either PPT or PDF format by Midnight EST on January 31st, 2018 to:


Ethan Forauer:

David Maravilla:

Rodrigo Inurreta:


Final Round: Presentations

4 teams will be selected to advance to the Final Round. They will receive feedback from the judges and disruptive information from the competition sponsor and will have approximately 2 hours to work this information into their presentations. Teams will present their final proposals in a room open to the public in the evening of February 1st, 2018. A panel of judges will select the top 3 teams.


Event Timeline


The event will take place in Warren Hall (corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 115th Street) and the International Affairs Building (corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 118th Street). Please check back often, as locations will be filled in as we get closer to the event. A campus map can be found here.
























Light refreshments will be available for teams and judges all day, but breakfast and lunch is not included. There are many food options on both Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway, just a short walk away.