Essential Reminders for 2018 M3 Teams

Essential Reminders for 2018 M3 Teams

February 28, 2018
This message was sent to 2018 M3 teams on February 28, and posted here because it contains important information 

Please double-check the following items to ensure that everyone on your team is prepared to compete in MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge this weekend. 


  1. Login credentials
    Your team ID # and password were sent to you at registration. You need credentials to log in and access the problem. If you have forgotten or misplaced your ID # or password, please recover your password immediately, and if unsuccessful, email [email protected] right away.

  2. Flexible work time
    Teams may download the problem anytime during Challenge weekend and must complete their (up to) 14 consecutive hours of work within the Challenge weekend timeframe of: 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, March 2, though 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, March 5.  Once the problem is downloaded, by any team member or coach, the team’s 14-hour clock starts and it cannot be paused. A countdown timer is shown in the upper right corner of the screen.

  3. Work in or convert your local time to Eastern Standard Time
    Students may download the problem beginning at 8 a.m. EST on Friday, and should begin no later than Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST to take full advantage of the 14 hours allowed. 

    Suggested start times
    Begin your Challenge work time during email help hours so that if you experience problems you will have ac 

    Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST
    Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST
    Sunday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST

  4. Partial solutions are accepted, read, and considered for awards. (so do what you do, and do it well!)
    Teams can upload their solution paper – even if incomplete - any number of times during their 14-hour work window; however, each upload completely overwrites any previous upload. Therefore, the last upload made before your team’s deadline is the complete and final solution paper of record. While logged in, you will be able to view your most recent upload.  The last solution uploaded by a team will be judged and is eligible for recognition.

  5. Submission upload process
    You will browse for and select your submission, the file name will appear, and you must click the orange “Submit Solution” button to complete the upload process. Your solution paper must be submitted as a PDF. The size limit for submissions is 18 MB. Use the search terms “make PDF smaller” to help you if your file is too large.

  6. Using Provided Data Files, Links and Resources
    The Challenge has done some of the RESEARCH/data diving for the teams! Students will be provided with several data sets; they may choose to use none, some, or all of them. To help access some of the links and resources that may assist with brainstorming for the 2018 problem, it may help to have java enabled with your browser. If you are uncertain about this or need help, try searching on “is java enabled on my browser” or “how do I enable java?”

  7. Trouble with uploading?
    In a pinch, you can email your paper to [email protected]  

  8. Refresh on the official rules and guidelines 
    Review the rules and guidelines prior to Challenge weekend to avoid unnecessary mistakes.  Provide only your team ID # to identify your paper for blind judging and to remain eligible for top prizes.

  9. Three to five students must be on your team, and can be swapped out right through Challenge weekend
    If there are any changes to your team’s composition (a member does not show up or a student fills in for an absent team member, for example), you may still compete as long as you have at least three qualified team members present. If necessary, please adjust your team record by logging in by the Monday of Challenge weekend: March 5, 11:59 p.m. EST to reflect the students who competed on your team during the Challenge.

  10. Capture your experience
    Use #M3Challenge and send pictures to [email protected] – they may be featured on the Challenge website or social media pages, or in future print materials. Make sure you do not give away the problem topic in your posts!  Here’s inspiration from last year.

  11. Send us your Challenge weekend video
    Don't forget, you can submit a 2-minute video documenting your #M3Challenge experience for a chance to win prizes!!

    Upload your video to YouTube and email the link to [email protected] by March 9th. Any registered team who submits a solution paper (even if partially complete) is eligible.

    Review the rules & guidelines for the video contest.

  12. Technical Computing?
    Teams who choose to use programming platforms other than MS Excel and want to be considered for the new, add-on M3 Technical Computing Award can append their code to their solution paper. Those pages do NOT count in the 20 page maximum.
  1. MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge, SIAM, and MathWorks are not responsible for local weather conditions, power or Internet outages, or any other situation or circumstance that would prevent a team from fully participating in the Challenge, including any situation that would prevent the submission of a paper during their 14-hour work time. No accommodations can be made for teams if such unfortunate circumstances occur during the Challenge.
Good luck to all M3 Challenge teams this weekend!

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