PMIEF Presents Future City Award to Leaders of Tomorrow
They say the future is in the hands of today’s youth. If the talented young people who participated in this year’s Future City competition are any indication of how our future looks, I’m feeling pretty confident for what lies ahead.
The annual competition, powered by DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) asks the question “how can we make the world a better place?” The answer- through teamwork, imagination, research and project management.
During this year’s global competition, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders were asked to create and build their ideal cities of the future that showcase a solution to a citywide sustainability issue. This year, nearly 40,000 youths from ages nine to fourteen participated globally in the regional competitions from September 2018 to February 2019. This year’s theme – Powering our Future – tasked participants to create a resilient power grid for their future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of natural disaster.
The winning teams from each qualifying regional competition received a trip to the Future City Finals at the Hyatt Regency in Washington D.C. this past February. The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) was honored to be a part of the experience. PMIEF presented the Best Project Plan award, a special award commending the complete project plan of a team and evaluating how project management skills were integrated into their citywide solution, to the AAHE – Aiken Area Home Educators of South Carolina – as the 2019 winners for their city Urbe Grafito!
The Future City competition reaches youth around the world, and this year was no exception. Teams from the U.S. to Canada to China all made their way to the finals. While all teams made an excellent effort, Warwick Middle School of Lititz PA, USA took home the grand prize of a trip to space camp and $7,500 towards their school's STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. Congrats to all of the teams involved!
The team project plans were voted on this year by PMI’s Washington D.C. Chapter. A special thank you to our D.C chapter volunteers – Alan Hall, Uma Hiremagalur and Lensi Goshu – for their contribution to the judging process which helped to make the day an enjoyable and educational one for the youth.
PMIEF is grateful for our collaboration with DiscoverE whose commitment to teaching project management, sustainability, STEM and the delivery of technical skills to youth around the globe is inspiring. Since 2012, DiscoverE has worked with PMIEF to emphasize the importance of project management and incorporate PM best practices into programs in multiple countries. This is just one great example of how our collaboration with nonprofits serving youth and the PMI volunteer community can truly make a difference in the lives of youth throughout the world.
As our strategy evolves here at PMIEF, we’re excited to continue to grow partnerships that highlight the talents of tomorrow’s leaders, and help inspire further use of project management for social good®.