Info for Participants
Here we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Where exactly will the Olympiad take place?
We have booked a beautiful resort near Moscow — Pokrovskoe (website in Russian). Contestants and team leaders will spend there most of the time. On September, 15, the Opening Ceremony will take place at the venue of our partner Sberbank Corporate University. Contestants and team leaders will spend September, 17 in Moscow.
Pokrovskoe has all the necessary facilities for our Olympiad. You can participate in sports activities (cycling, football, volleyball, basketball, tennis and table tennis, gym, bowling and billiard).
How will we get there? Should we book transportation by ourselves?
The Steering Committee will take care of all transportation, including meeting the delegations at the airports, excursions etc. Our staff will be waiting for you at the arrival hall after your plane lands. After that, our shuttle service will bring you to the Olympiad venue.
In case you don’t want to be met at the airport and/or don’t want to go straight to Pokrovskoe (for instance, if your flight arrives early in the morning and you want to spend the day in the city), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the plan.
What documents should I bring with me?
No special documents are needed except the consent regarding processing your personal data (download PDF here) signed by you. This applies to all contestants, team leaders, observers and visitors. Note that if the contestant is younger than 18 years, their parent (legal guardian) must sign the consent as well.
If it’s not too difficult, contact your physician and request the document that you are healthy (in any case, the team leaders should know everything about contestants’ health problems and medications that they take).
What else should I bring with me?
Think of your trip to the IEO as of any other trip. Russia is a cold country and the summer has already come to its end, so take some warm clothing with you. It can get as cold as +5 C (41F) in late September. If you are going to participate in sports activities, bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Pokrovskoe provides services for washing and ironing.
Also, we highly recommend bringing laptops with some presentation software (Powerpoint, Keynote) — at least one or two for a team. This will help you prepare for the business case presentation (you don’t want to make do with just a flipchart, do you?). Wi-Fi Internet access will be available.
Do I need money?
As you know, participation in the IEO is free of charge (unless you are an observer or a visitor). We will take care of all transportation, accommodation and food, so don’t expect to pay anything for this. Some additional services in the hotel (laundry, bar etc.) may be provided at a price, so have it in mind if you are planning to use them. VISA and Mastercard are accepted almost everywhere in Russia, ATMs that can give you rubles are available in the airports and elsewhere. If you need a currency exchange, you can find one at the airport.
What is the dress code for the Olympiad (competition and ceremonies)?
There is no special dress code for competition — you should just look good 🙂 One thing you should have in mind is that during the Closing Ceremony winners will be invited to the stage and photographed. Also, the Jury will expect to see good-looking presenters during business case presentations (part 3 of the Olympiad).
What is a ‘Day in Moscow’? Is it mandatory to attend?
Moscow, the Russian capital, is a beautiful city that you should not miss. The main venue of the Olympiad is outside the city, therefore you won’t be able to walk around the downtown every evening. During the Day in Moscow, our guides will not only help you explore the city, but also will open the doors of leading Russian companies for you so you can look into their business. So we highly recommend going.