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Posted on April 21, 2022
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the winners of its inaugural Make Reality Challenge™, a global competition for Rising Leaders to bring creative and strategic solutions to life using no-code/low-code tools, while by having a social impact. This year’s Make Reality Challenge™ was comprised of nearly 10,000 participants, ages 18-24, from colleges and universities around the world. Collectively, the winning teams were rewarded with nearly $40,000 in cash prizes and PMI networking opportunities.
Among all the winners, Sport Sharks, a team of students from the University of Mumbai and the Institute of Chemical Technology, India, who developed an app that connects sports enthusiasts with Indian coaches and mentors, got the third place in the world. Regionally, two teams came out on top in India. Second place was a group of young minds called Team Niraale from the University of Chandigarh who set out to help farmers sell their crops directly to end consumers. Third place in India was awarded to a group of students named Decoders from Banasthali University, National Institute of Technology, Patna, who responded to the growing need to educate students in the country.
Nearly 5,900 Make Reality Challenge™ teams across 65 countries were tasked with identifying a problem and developing a solution related to one of the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), making the theme this year’s “Disruption for Social Impact”. During the three phases of the competition, teams were judged on various elements, including user functionality, presentation, impact and scalability, ideation, and Q&A. The judging was conducted by senior PMI executives, former PMI Board Chair Tony Appleby, former PMIEF Board Chair Ram Dokka, members of the Academic Insight team and the PMI® NextGen Insight team.
“At PMI, we believe that young and emerging leaders have the power to drive change and create tangible social impact. With the necessary project management skills, these changemakers can turn their ideas into reality,” said Dr. Srini Srinivasan, Regional Managing Director – South Asia, Project Management Institute. “The demand for citizen development and the adoption of low-code/no-code platforms can be the catalyst for change and enable project professionals and changemakers to create solutions that can transform lives. We are working with NASSCOM and other industry leaders to expand the potential for citizen development and how we can jointly promote it,” he added.
Sport Sharks, the group of young minds that ranked third in the world in India, focused on SDG #3 Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG #4 Quality Education and SDG #10 Reduction of inequality. According to the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Research Center, only 5.56% of people in India have knowledge about a specific sport. Sport Sharks has developed an app that connects young people with mentors and coaches focused on the sport of their choice, while supporting health, wellness and quality education while bridging the gap in India.
“We give very little importance to sports and physical education, unlike the academics in India. In addition, access and awareness related to sports avenues are quite low. In order to fill this gap, we have developed a solution using a low-code/no-code platform to connect aspiring athletes with coaches and mentors. Make Reality Challenge by PMI, gave us the opportunity to present our work. Through this project, we believe we will be able to increase awareness, create opportunities and help aspirants pursue their favorite sport as a career. commented the Sport Sharks team (Anurag Nala, Hiten Sharma, Khush Patil and Rohit Paidimuddala) from the University of Mumbai and the Institute of Chemical Technology.
“We all have a basic right to education in India. Unfortunately, many children in our country still do not have access to quality education. Despite receiving free education in public schools, children cannot get books, basic infrastructure to support online learning, and timely counseling. We wanted to develop a solution that bridges the gap between children and available resources. Therefore, we plan to use technology from citizen developers to create an app that can help children easily access some of these resources. As young leaders in the making, we believe it is important for us to focus on projects like these that can make a difference to quality of life and education is the need of the hour. Opportunities such as the Make Reality Challenge allow us to spread our ideas to the world and encourage us to pursue our goals. commented the Decoders team (Aditi Jha, Priya Kumari and Shivani Singh) from Banasthali University, Patna National Institute of Technology.
“Agricultural products in India contribute significantly not only to our GDP, but also constitute the main source of income for more than half of the Indian population. However, they face unique issues such as requiring the correct price for the product, etc. Therefore, we are eager to develop a solution that can enable farmers to demand and expect a fair price of the product directly from traders by cutting out middlemen. . Today, it’s good to see easy access to technology and low-code/no-code platforms that help us realize our dreams and work on projects that can have a social impact. We are grateful to PMI for giving us a platform and the opportunity to present our idea,” commented Ansh Rawat (Niraale team) from the University of Chandigarh.
By using no-code/low-code platforms in the Make Reality Challenge™, Rising Leaders has been able to develop solutions to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems faster and more efficiently.
The Make Reality Challenge™ supports Hours for Impact™, an initiative that encourages community members to commit to spending hours aligned with the 17 SDGs for the betterment of people’s lives and the planet, now and in the future. the future. In India, PMI members have contributed immensely to solving many societal and environmental issues. One such example is the Sarvam Organic Vegetable Cultivation Project – an organic farming project for nature club students run by volunteers from PMI Kerala, India Chapter. Volunteers supported 300 students with skills in market gardening, monitoring using technology, as well as sessions on project management. This was the first large-scale project for students who were successfully introduced to project management skills while being environmentally conscious.
To collectively help drive change and make the SDGs a reality, individuals can pledge hours of service at PMI.org/hours-for-impact and share their story of their experience on social media with the hashtag #PMImpact.