the 2020 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 2020 is the 9th 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 2020 Scenario for THEProject is focused on:

Inspiring Young Adults To Be The Project Managers And Project Leaders For The Future.

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 13, 2020.

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 2020 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.  

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last year's competition

THE Project 2019 Finalists

CONGRATULATIONS TO the GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY  

"SYNERGY PROJECT CONSULTING" TEAM



 
1st Place:  Synergy Project Consulting - GVSU
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2nd Place:  Huskies LEEDThe Way - Michigan Tech

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3rd Place:  Extreme Makeover Tech Edition - Michigan Tech Univ

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Other honors recognized by THEProject:

 

Renovating LEEDers of Cornerstone University - Best Presentation by a non-finalist

Urban Uptake of WMU - Best Project Book by a non-finalist

Team Libertas of Hillsdale College - Most Improved

 

Honorable participants:

LEED Lakers of GVSU

FERRIS Team of Ferris State University

Team Liberty of Hillsdale College