How it works
Application deadline: November 7, 23:59 (each team member must submit a separate application)
First round: November 9 – 14, 2021 (online)
Final round: November 26 – 27, 2021 (in person1 with an option to join online)
The competition is for Czech- and Slovak-speaking university students and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional experience. All participants must be fluent in Czech or Slovak. The competition is open to teams of 4–5 members and individuals (who will be grouped into teams before the first round of the competition). Each team must have at least one male and one female member and each member of the team must either be vaccinated against COVID-19, or have a valid PCR test, or provide a document written by a medical doctor stating the person is advised against such vaccination. Only solutions from teams that meet all required conditions will be assessed. In case you do not have a complete team, we have created a forum for you to connect with other individual applicants looking for teams.
In the first round, registered teams will receive a challenge in the form of a key question along with supporting data. The materials will be sent on Tuesday, November 9, between 4pm and 8pm.
Teams will have 5 days to analyze the situation, develop a solution, and design and submit their output online. The output will be in English and must be submitted in the form of both (I) an Excel file and (II) a readable or viewable presentation (ppt or pdf) by 23:59, November 14. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. It must be possible to read or view the output in 10 minutes or less.
The top 4–6 teams will be shortlisted and will be invited to the final round on November 26–27. All team members must be available in person1 during both days from approximately 8am until 10pm. If all team members are not present both days, the team will be disqualified.
Final round participants will include the top 4–6 teams from the first round.
The final round will be held in person1 in Prague where teams will build on their initial work to develop and present a solution. Leaders from this year’s Solve It organization and McKinsey consultants will be present in person to provide further background and guidance. A committee composed of the organization leaders and McKinsey consultants will assess the teams’ solutions.
The winning team will win a prize – airline tickets worth 40,000 CZK per team to a destination selected by the team and coaching after Solve It with McKinsey consultants.
1) The in-person format of the final round of the competition is subject to change following regulations imposed by the Czech government and the internal policies of the Firm.