2024 Competition Overview

Student teams will develop a community event day based on the Lake Michigan shore which highlights Michigan natural resources and Military services via demonstrations, information sessions and contests for attendees!

Students are required to develop a Project Charter and Plan, including the project and event day schedule, budget, location, and high-level logistical plans while applying their PMI principles.

Student event planning should include alternate plans in case of inclement weather and other risks to the event (extreme planning like “what happens if we have a pandemic” or “what happens if we have a public safety risk” may be covered in a basic risk mitigation plan).


For more details on THEProject 2024 Competition 


If you have any questions, please email Travis Pursel, Director, Academic Outreach THEProject email:


2024 THEProject Competition Winners


Congratulations Michigan Technological University (MTU)
Team Name: Anchor Management
Photo Left to Right: Travis Puesel, WMPMI THEProject Director with MTU Students: Easton Armstrong, Meredith Raaslo, Jacob Maurer, Blake Lewis, William Zinser, Alexander Bos


Thank You Michigan Technological University 

Team: U.P. Elements Alliance


Thank You Michigan Technological University 

Team: Lake Superior Salute



Thank You Ferris State University 

Team: Bulldogs of Business

To See Full Program Details

Please Download the 

2024 THEProject Brochure 


Thank you to All the Teams for Participating! 





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TheProject 2023 Spring Competition 


Student teams develop a plan to prevent and protect digital infrastructure from a Ransomware attack.


Recently Virginia State Legislature's IT branch was hit with a Ransomware attack resulting in data loss and interrupting legislation for weeks. As a result of the increasing trend of Ransomware attacks, the Acme Corporation has put out a contract to your team to develop and implement a Ransomware Prevention Plan and put in place a Ransomware Response Plan. The RPP should include enhancing current IT processes, training of IT resources (like clean desk and phishing training) and any desirable certifications for the infrastructure to achieve minimum risk from Ransomware. The RRP should include training for all employees, war line procedures and a desktop planning scenario plan for each year.


To learn more about TheProject 2023 see the details click here


Congratulations to the 2023 Winning teams

1st Place - Team HACME from MTU

2nd Place - Team WileyWare from MTU

3rd Place - Team Bronco Cyber Consulting from WMU

Honorable mentions

Team Synced from Hillsdale College - Overcoming Diversity Award

Seidman Six from GVSU - Most Improved Award

Bulldogs of Business from Ferris University - Underdog Award


Warm welcome all the students, champions, and mentors to our THEProject 2023 competition taking place at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville on Monday, April 10, 2023.

This year in 2023, the competition was represented by students from Ferris State University, Grand Valey State University, Michigan Technological University, Hillsdale College, and Western Michigan University.

1st Place - Team HACME from MTU!


2nd Place - Team WileyWare from MTU!


3rd Place - Team Bronco Cyber Consulting from WMU!


Thank you all for your participation! 

For all the participating teams, volunteers and sponsors, we have a consolidated brochure for you consolidating our successful event for 2023!

Learn-More.PNG  TheProject 2023 brochure


For questions, please contact Matt Mills, VP Academic Outreach


To all the students, mentors, school champions,
panelists, judges, and volunteers:


The 2021 event was a success because of you!

Check out this year's competion in the booklet below.


This year was the 10th annual competition for the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) collegiate project management competition – THEProject. This year the students tackled a scenario that was straight from the headlines.
teamwork.png  Transitioning from brick-and-mortar to remote
or hybrid-school environment
Create a project plan that will protect the university under conditions similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Project Plan will take into consideration lessons learned from the current situation and identify opportunities for the following models: Funding, Matriculation, Campus Building, IT Infrastructure, and IT Security.


1st Place


2nd Place

3rd Place

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Honorable Mentions

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Each team was provided the 2020 detailed scenario - Inspiring Young Adults To Be The Project Managers And Project Leaders For The Future. 

Read more about thTHEProject 2020, participants, and the competition.

Award Winning Teams of 2020:

1st Place: Western Michigan University

Academic Architect Associates


2nd Place: Western Michigan University

Diverse Urbanites


3rd Place: Michigan Technological University

PM Back to the Future



4th Place: Michigan Technological University

The PERTfect Team



Other Award Winners:





THEProject 2019 Finalists

1st Place: Grand Valley State University

Synergy Project Consulting



2nd Place: Michigan Tech University

Huskies LEEDThe Way


3rd Place: Michigan Tech University

Extreme Makeover Tech Edition


Other Honors recognized by THEProject 2019:

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

Check out these videos from other years 


Read about where students are now, and how THEProject has benefitted their career paths