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2018 VANCOUVER WIDEMAN PRIZE COMPETITION WINNERS

 The Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) is excited to announce that team Code Green of SFU is the winner of 2018 Wideman Prize Project Excellence Competition in Vancouver in support of the theme Go Green Vancouver. 

The annual competition emphasizes the importance of learning by doing, and all participating teams have completed a project from inception. Six student teams from SFU, Douglas College, and Langara College took part in the competition. 

Winning Team: Code Green, SFU

 
Targeting high school students in Greater Vancouver, the Code Green team organized a one-day sustainability pitch competition that incorporated collaborative learning. High school student teams signed up for the event, attended workshops, developed ideas for green solutions, and pitched their ideas in front of judges. A total of 34 high school students attended the event, which was supported by over a dozen sponsors with $1000 of in-kind donations. Code Green team members are: Rahim Rajani, Tom Kadota, Dalia Al-Ahmad, Braeden Peterson, and Jordon Fernandez.  

Runner-up Team: Therapeutic Garden, Douglas College   

Partnering with Open Door Group Vancouver, a community organization that opens its doors to continued learning and career success for those who are affected by mental illness or addiction, the project team redesigned the Open Door Group’s patio. The goal was to improve social connection and create a therapeutic gardening space and program protocols for a weekly class for up to 10 clients.  

Phase 1 of the project is complete, consisting of space design, donating existing furniture, ordering new furniture, development of a therapeutic program protocol, and plant recommendations. With the warmer weather coming, phase 2 of the project is targeted for completion by the end of April.

The gathering area will get new furniture  and the gardening  space will get new plants and an irrigation system. This was a hybrid project team with members from two different areas of study: Project Management and Therapeutic Recreation. The  Therapeutic Garden Project team consists of: Gillian Hollett, Manpreet Singh, Vu Doan, Shoshana Loewen, and Courtney Stebee.  

Finalist Team: Vancouver e-Recycling, SFU 

Recognizing the need to raise awareness around e-waste danger and proper electronics disposal, the project team carried out interviews with subject matter experts in the field of electronic recycling. From this they produced a 7-minute VR (virtual reality) application and documentary which they released at a showcase event they hosted on November 18, 2017 attended by 50 people.  

The project team members continue to explore ways to raise awareness. They have been invited to Metro Vancouver Landfill’s Open House and plan to attend other local community events. The Vancouver e-Recycling team members are:  Shane Nilsson, Muhammadqasim Dewji, Jordan Epp, Chamodi Basnayake, and Maxwell Hanson. 

Many Thanks 

We offer sincere thanks to all who contributed their time and effort to make this year’s competition a success.  

Our judging panel, pulled from the vibrant Project Management community in the Lower Mainland area, consisted of the following people: 

  • Jette Helin 
  • Maria Patten 
  • Cindy Laschuk 
  • Mike Dewing 
  • Gary Lengyell 
  • Mehran Jamshidi 

We also offer a special thanks to our discussion panelists who volunteered their lunch break. The students were fully-engaged as our panelist shared their diverse experiences and views on building a successful career. 

Our panelists: 

  • Jasmine Maini 
  • Crystal Mishra 
  • Iraj Riahi 

And thank you to Veronique Labeau, our Independent Observer, for contributing to improving the Wideman Prize Competition for years to come. 

Finally, thanks to our sponsors Annex Consulting Group, PMI Westcoast Chapter, IT/IQ Group, and our competition host Langara College. 

 

Li Yang, President 
Wideman Education Foundation  

 

2018 Ontario Wideman Prize Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the teams who took part in the Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) Ontario Competition (WOC) 2018! This year’s theme was Giving Back to the Community” brought inspiring projects that are contributing and touching lives around the Globe.  

The WEF and PMI Toronto were honoured to host the students at Ryerson University, a valued partner in the competition, and the support of ProjectWorld*BusinessAnalystWorld, an organization experienced in providing tangible education and opportunities to learn from professional project managers and business analysts in North America.

 

The students had the opportunity to present in front of judges with vast experience across multiple industries as well as Max Wideman himself. The feedback provided to the groups will be invaluable to their continued successes, and the presentations themselves have motivated those who had the fortune to see them. The Top 3 collected a cash prize with the winners received passes to the upcoming ProjectWorld*BusinessAnalystWorld conference in Toronto! The Grand prize will complement their achievement and provide the opportunity to learn from professionals in the industry and grow to their network. 

The Results: 

First Place Alizeh, Diana, Jithin, Rafat & Taru 

Teachers Without Frontiers  

Teachers Without Frontiers (TWF) is a continuous professional development program to empower teachers, particularly women in rural areas of Pakistan. TWF has a network of fellows that connect with over 10,000 teachers. This initiative is envisioned as a movement for teachers to augment their knowledge, skills and approaches through a wide range of innovative learning opportunities. Since the teaching and learning strategies in these areas lack high-quality technology resources are used to inculcate 21st century necessary technical and educational skills.  

As a response to this initiative, this project provides technology-based teaching materials to teachers and students in Pakistan, aiming that with improved accessibility to online teaching materials, educational expansion at lower cost will be possible, allowing existing educational resources to benefit more children and educational provision to be available to more people, at higher quality and for a longer period of time (TWF, 2018).  

Second Place Iftikhar, Ronit, & Saljoq

ITMSA – Gantt Masters  

The true value of leadership is conceptually your ability to positively impact and improve the lives of the people around you; to ensure that every human interaction effectively leaves the people around you a better version of themselves compared to when they started.  

Incorporating project management to giving back to the community enables us to assist in managing the creation of value to deliver exceptional experiences, products, services and results to facilitate the development and improvement of the individuals and communities around us. This was done through the first ever CIO Event through which students were equipped with knowledge on various emerging technology trends and how they’re being leveraged to improve operational efficiencies within a variety of businesses and making the world a better place. 

Third Place Amir, Anastasia, Brooke, Emily & Vanessa

RGMG – The Water Project  

The Water Project is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and Sierra Leone. In doing so, the Water Project works with local NGOs with an established in-country presence that can help provide reliable access to water and ensure its maintenance over time. Not only is it crucial for people to have clean drinking water in their communities, but it also improves education, health, hunger, and poverty. 

This project consists of a one-week fundraising initiative during March 19th to the 23rd in support of World Water Day on March 22nd, 2018. The fundraiser will consist of kiosk marketing events, in-class information sessions and the set-up of an online campaign page to raise donations and achieve a campaign goal of $3000. At the kiosks, there will also be a set of virtual reality headsets. The video playing in these headsets will broadcast the lack of clean water worldwide, therefore letting students become more educated on this global issue.   

Finalist: Brandon, Ejaz & Tiffany 

AskMe Mental Health 

With the growing increase in technology and social media people are afraid to show who they really are. Society as a whole is scared to show how they feel. Technology such as the internet is leveraged to connect individuals and equip them with the necessary tools to combat their struggles.   

AskMe is a non-profit organization that strives to target mental illness from the source; by supporting youth. Through leveraging donations, pledges, sponsorship, volunteerism and sales of merchandise toward mental health initiatives, live chat services through the website, in person peer to peer support, and interactive post-secondary clubs can be provided. 

The Wideman Ontario Competition 2018 Organizing Committee (Natalie Borg, Latif Hassanzay, Avis Petersen and Osmary Torres), would like to congratulate all the participants in their achievements and give their sincerest thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s competition possible. Thank you all! 

WEF 2017 Vancouver Competition Update

We are sad to announce that we will be cancelling the 2017 competition in Vancouver. Unfortunately we didn’t receive the necessary number of applications to run a strong competition and therefore decided to cancel this year to prepare more extensively for the 2018 competition.

Thank you to everyone who supported and applied this year. We will be looking forward to the 2018 competition.

If you have any questions, please contact us at competition@widemaneducationfoundation.org