Introducing the 2019 Project Competitors!


What is THE Project?

THEProject is an annual collegiate project management competition offered by the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI).  This is our 8th annual competition. Although project management tends to favor business, computer science, and engineering curriculums, students of all academic disciplines are highly encouraged to participate.  THEProject engages college students in the practice of project management, develops their leadership skills, and provides them with a showcase to demonstrate their leadership abilities on stage and in person with business and community leaders from West Michigan.   

How Does It Work?

Student teams comprised of 3 to 6 students from colleges and universities in the Western Michigan area must provide solutions for a real-life scenario in the form of a project plan.  Each team is provided a detailed scenario and assigned a PMP® (project management professional) certified mentor to teach them how to transform their solutions into project plans using the initiating and planning processes documented in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (a.k.a., the PMBOK). Teams are judged on their use of proper project management techniques, the quality of their solutions, and their ability to present their project plans.

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he event day, which takes place on the second Monday in April, includes team presentations and keynote speakers. And, of course, there is plenty of good food and networking opportunities. The top four teams in the competition will receive cash prizes. Teams that do not place in the final four may receive prizes in a variety of categories during the awards presentation.

This competition is an excellent tool to teach real world skills to students, to incite an interest in project management as a career, and to ignite an understanding of how complex problems can be solved and solutions delivered using tools that have been honed in the fires of real-life practice.


The Purpose

Engage college students in the practice of project management, develop their leadership skills, and provide a showcase to demonstrate their leadership abilities to business and community leaders.

A CHANCE TO WIN MONEY

THEProject 2019 is the 8th annual collegiate project management competition offered by the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI). Although project management tends to favor business, computer science, and engineering curriculums, students in all academic disciplines are highly encouraged to participate. 

Students from colleges and universities throughout the WMPMI service area help create solutions for a real-life scenario in the form of a project plan. 

This 2019 Scenario for THEProject is focused on:

A LEED Building Renovation for Your School’s New Bachelor and Master Degrees in Project Management.

Each team is provided a detailed scenario and assigned a PMP (project management professional) certified mentor to teach them how to transform their solutions into project plans using the initiating and planning processes documented in a guide called the Project Management Body of Knowledge (a.k.a., the PMBOK). Teams will present their plans to panelists and possibly executive judges on Event Day, April 8, 2019.

The winning teams will be chosen based on demonstration of proper project management techniques, the quality of their solutions, and the ability to present their project plans.

A variety of prizes are available to participants.

Read about THE Project 2019 scenario.


THEProject - Where Are They Now  Read about where previous students are now, and how THEProject has benefitted their career paths.

WMPMI has successfully hosted a Collegiate Project management competition every year since 2012.  

 If you have any questions please send an email to  THE Project@wmpmi.org


last year's competition

THE Project 2018 Finalists

CONGRATULATIONS TO the GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY  

"Green Root Consulting" TEAM



 
1st Place:  Green Root Consulting - GVSU
Team:  Matt Stevenson, Kyle Ferris, Assem Aljamhoor, Pushpaja Dodla, Bisoye Adeosun, Zee Kandanga
 

 
2nd Place:  Real Food for Thought - GVSU

Team:  Josh DuBay, Tyler Kanczuzewski, Bryleigh Loughlin, Qi’Shaun Coyle, Luciano Hernandez, Marissa Hoffman



3rd Place:  Squash the Waste - Michigan Tech Univ

Team:  John Carey, Emma LaFleur, Shelbie Koenitzer, Nihar Brahmbhatt, Austin Riipi


 
4th Place:  Serve to Conserve - Cornerstone

Team:  Tyler Pohl, Mackenzie VanderWolde, Hunter Brown, Erik Bean


Other honors recognized by THEProject:

 

Penultimate Food Waste Reduction Group of Hillsdale College - Most Creative Team Name

Edible Impact of Hillsdale College - Best Face to Face Presentation Delivery

Lettuce Taco Food Waste of Michigan Technology University - Best Presentation Book

Dotti of Hillsdale College - Most Improved