Saturday December 6, 2014 was “Super Saturday” for the ModelOff 2014 World Finalists. All 16 Finalists had arrived in New York City with a dream to become the Financial Modeling World Champion. But first the Finalists had a great opportunity to see a bit more of the Big Apple, many of whom had never been before. The morning started with a surprise activity arranged by ModelOff’s Major Global Sponsor for 2014, Intralinks. As a reward for making it through to the World Finals, all 16 Finalists were treated to a helicopter ride over New York City. In spite of some early drizzle, it was a spectacular start to the day for the Finalists, taking in some brilliant scenic views.
On the Finalists continued to the Chelsea Markets, a chance to get to know each other more, to shop and to sample some of the best local produce. In the afternoon the Finalists enjoyed an intimate Product Insights session with the Microsoft Excel Development team. Many of the Finalists remarked how they appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the Excel product, to let their biggest gripes known and to help shape the future direction of Excel. After fulfilling their media commitments for the weekend, it was on to the final stop for the evening, the Finalists’ Celebration Dinner. The intimate meal, held at Bobby Van’s on 50th, brought together key ModelOff stakeholders including competition organizers, event partners and Finalists to toast the success of ModelOff 2014. And yet, before it was too late, our group of 16 ventured back to their hotels, eagerly awaiting the challenges facing them the next morning with the Finals Testing. Enjoy some of the highlights from Super Saturday at ModelOff: