What’s Involved?

Below you’ll find a summary of each of the four elements of the Dell Technologies Management Challenge.

Click here for a general overview or here to learn more about team composition.

The challenge is focused around a two-day adventure race, which tests and fosters team development.

As teams generally comprise of mixed abilities, the challenge is to support each other in the various disciplines of canoeing, running, mountain biking, hiking and map reading. As well as focusing on team building the race will test fitness, communication and drive as teams compete against each other to complete the race in the shortest time.

The sport of adventure racing is sweeping the UK at a phenomenal rate, as one of the few sports where just completing a race is often considered a victory. It offers an easy crossover for cyclists, runners, walkers and water sport enthusiasts with an emphasis on teamwork, rather than individual achievement.

As well as physical mountain bike, run and hike stages taking you up Hay Bluff, Offa’s Dyke Path and the surrounding area, we’ll also be challenging teams on the water alongside new archery and logic challenges to test the mind as well as the body. With plenty of ways to make up time on other teams, the competition will be fierce from start to finish. You won’t have to be the fastest team to win the race as we bring brain and brawn together across two days of exciting challenges. Charity fundraising totals will also be taken into account, translating into time taken off a team’s adventure race time according to how much money is raised.

A live tracking app allows participants and spectators to track teams around the route with GPS as well as view overall progress on big screen live leader boards throughout the weekend.

The 2022 stage details can be found in more detail HERE.

Day One:

Stage 1 – Mountain Bike Duathlon

Stage 2 – Canoe

Stage 3 – Run and Logic Puzzle

Day Two:

Stage 4 – Mountain Bike

Stage 5 – Mountain Hike/Run

Stage 6 – Mountain Bike

Stage 7 – Archery & Run Duathlon

 

The event is a fantastic personal development opportunity allowing individuals to evolve their leadership and management abilities.

Through a keynote speaker and management task, participants will learn more about the principles of the chosen event theme which will respectively benefit themselves and their organisations. The event theme for 2022 is Sustainability.

The theme is an opportunity to address a contemporary management challenge and provide a solution to the pressing issues facing your organisation. Past themes and insights have included mental health, collaboration, inclusion and resilience. Keynote speakers have included Olympic Gold medalist Alex Danson MBE (one of the finest hockey players Britain has ever produced), Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Chrissie Wellington OBE.

A live case study will be presented to each team prior to the event, to be completed in parallel to the adventure race within a set time period. Teams will analyse, formulate and propose a strategic solution to a management issue which must be submitted by the Saturday evening before being passed to our partner Business School for scoring.

Information on how to submit the task will be provided in event rules sent to each team captain and there will be allocated time and space available for teams to work on their tasks on Friday afternoon at the start of the event.

Our partner business school will award scores which will affect how many minutes are taken from each team’s final challenge.

Scoring Band (%) Minutes taken from final time
90 to 100 60
80 to 89 54
70 to 79 48
60 to 69 42
50 to 59 36
40 to 49 30
30 to 39 24
20 to 29 18
10 to 19 12
0 to 9 6

 

The event is a fantastic networking opportunity, attended by senior representatives from a number of organisations in a range of fields.

As well as the keynote speaker session, attendees will have the opportunity to network at a number of functions hosted across the event weekend including a welcome drinks reception, dinner and final awards ceremony.

Current and past clients include leading global/ UK corporates/ public/ third sector: Dell Technologies, GE Capital, Barclays Legal and General, Toyota, PwC, CDW, Computacenter, Eastman, GE Aviation, Ordnance Survey, IQE, British Gas, Western Power, Action for Children etc

 

The 2022 partner charity for the Dell Technologies Management Challenge is The Prince’s Trust.

As a guide we respectfully ask that teams target a minimum of £1,500 for the partner charity and for the team raising the most overall there will be a prize and recognition at the event.

Time will be taken off team’s times according to how much money is raised. A ‘Time Reward Deadline’ will be in place, communicated by your account manager. Your fundraising total at that time will form your time reward bonus for the advenute race.

Previous charity partners have included Action for Children, The Prince’s Trust, The National Autistic Society, and the Transformation Trust.