2016 Wideman Prize Competition

Newly Added!

Round 2 Event Schedule – April 30, 2016
Full schedule, rooms and times planned for the Wideman Prize Competition being held at Langara College.

Competition Bios: Judges, Keynote Speaker, and Volunteers
Meet our judges, keynote speaker for the main event, and generous volunteers who have helped make the competition possible.

Competition Overview

Wideman Education Foundation is an inclusive community that promotes Project Management competencies and skills and connects individuals and organizations to the world of Project Management. The foundation hosts a competition every year. For 2016, the Wideman Prize competition is for teams that have implemented and executed a project with the theme of “Giving Back.”

Read further on this page for more information about this year’s competition, or download the competition information and application package here.

How do you qualify to participate?

It’s pretty easy, this year we have changed the requirements to ensure that everyone can participate.

The following are the team criteria:

  • Teams must consist of a minimum of 3 members and maximum of 5 members.
  • All members must be enrolled at a post-secondary institution.
  • Project teams are encouraged to select projects that promote the theme of “Giving Back” in their own communities, schools or environments.

When choosing a team you may want to consider the following:

  • As Wideman Prize Competition is focused on project management, it is recommended one individual on the team has experience in project management or has taken the Project Management course offered at your institution.
  • As project may examine all areas of business, including costs and budgeting, marketing, human resources, operations, and information technology, it is strongly encouraged that you have a well-rounded team.
  • It is recommended that your team includes at least one member who is in the third or final year of study.
  • We encourage all teams to attend the project management workshop offered by Wideman Education Foundation on February 6, 2016.

Why should you participate in the competition?

The following are some of the benefits of participating in this competition:

  • Become affiliated with a professional organization and build strong business contacts with professionals judging the second and final round of competition.
  • Obtain project management knowledge as well as competition knowledge and expertise for future competitions.
  • Winning team will receive a $500 to be split among the team.
  • Winning team will have access to the annual conference organized by Project Management Institute (PMI) Canadian West Coast Chapter (CWCC.)
  • Winning team and runner up team will have access to a dinner speaker event organized by PMI CWCC.
  • Certificate to members of the winning and the runner up teams signed by the President of the Wideman Education Foundation.
  • Letter to acknowledge participation to all members of the competition.
  • All members of the competition will have a chance to win a free one-day pass to Project World Vancouver Conference organized by Diversified Communications of Canada.

How to participate

Submit Application Form and Resume

All the teams must submit the Wideman Prize Competition Team Application Form (See Appendix 1: 2016 Wideman Prize Competition) and resumes for each team members.

The above information must be submitted to competition@widemaneducationfoundation.org by 11:59 pm on January 23, 2016

Teams accepted will be notified on or before Saturday January 30, 2016 via email.

Click here to download the full competition information and application package.

Note: There is no limit for the number of teams that are accepted for the competition.

IMPORTANT: The email you provide here will be used for occasional information that will be communicated to you regarding the Wideman Prize Competition and other WEF Programs or project management related events.

Round One: Quality of Project Management

The Wideman Prize Competition is for teams that have completed a project with the theme of “Giving Back”. The competition is broken into three rounds:

Round one focuses on the quality of Project Management. Teams’ written project reports will be evaluated and scored based on the enclosed Score Sheet.

All reports must be submitted to competition@widemaneducationfoundation.org by 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2016.

All project reports will be judged and scored based on Part One of the enclosed Scoring Sheet. Judges will be industry professionals with extensive project management experiences.

Team’s scoring above 50 will move forward to Round Two. All Teams will receive their scored by email on or before April 8, 2016.

Requirements for Your Team’s Project Report, no more than 2 pages (size 10 font, single space), with the following sections:

  • Project Goals or Project Business Case
  • Project Planning
    • Stakeholders
    • Focus of the project
  • Project scope
  • Project Execution
    • Time control
    • Problem management
    • Team work and effort
  • Lessons Learned

Round Two: Presentation and Ability to Answer Questions

The round two will be on April 30, 2016 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Each team will be randomly numbered and the presentation schedule will be assigned by team number.

Teams are required to bring USB drives containing their presentation with them to the Wideman Prize competition and will be given 5 minutes to set up their presentation. Presentations are a maximum 20 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes for the judges to ask questions and the team members to answer.

Each team will be judged by a panel of minimum 3 industry professionals with extensive project management experiences using the set scoring sheet. At the end of all presentations, a key note speaker will address all teams taking part in the round two of the competition. Lunch will be provided following the keynote speaker. The top 3 teams will be announced after the key note presentation at 1:00 pm.

Note: Teams who are not presenting will not be allowed to attend other teams’ presentations.

Round Three: Finals

The finals will be following the round two on April 30, 2016 after lunch. The top 3 teams will present and the winning team and the runner up team will be selected at the end of round three.

All rules applied for round two applies to round three except that teams are allowed to attend other teams’ presentations.

Rules & Regulations

  1. The Wideman Prize Competition Selection
    • The WEF Wideman Prize Competition Teams are selected by competition organizers, which are comprised of Wideman Education Foundation board members and judges.
  2. The Wideman Prize Competition
    • The Wideman Prize Competition will be comprised of a first, second and final round. The first round consists of a submitted project report, summarizing the project vision, approach, execution and outcomes, scored against the criteria outlined in the  Score Sheet. Teams scoring 50 and above in round one will participate in the second round, and a final competition round with the top three teams.
    • The first round projects will be due by March 23, 2016 at 11:59 pm. All teams will participate in the first round of the competition.
    • Selected teams will be invited to the second and final round. Teams are not required to submit any documents to the judges in the second and final round.
    • Round two and the final round will be presented with PowerPoint and oral presentations. During the round two of completion, teams who are not presenting will not be allowed to attend other teams’ presentations.
    • Teams will be judged solely based on the Score Sheet, including their project planning, execution, outcomes and on their presentation.
    • The second round will be held on February 13, 2016. The three teams competing in the final round will be announced after lunch.
    • The final case competition will be held on February 13, 2016. The winning team will be announced at that time.
  3. The Presentation
    • Teams will be given 20 minutes to present to the judges, followed by 20 minutes of question and answers.
    • Teams are responsible for bringing USB drive with their PowerPoint to the presentation room.
  4. The Judges
    • Judges will be business professionals with extensive project management experiences.
    • Each team will present to a minimum of three judges.
    • The judges’ decisions will be final.

Important Dates to Remember