The Project Management Institute announces the winners of the First Make Reality Challenge™ competition

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Global competition Encourages aspiring leaders to develop creative solutions to help make the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality

PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Project Management Institute (PMI) today announced the winners of its first Challenge reality, a global competition for Rising Leaders to bring creative and strategic solutions to life using no-code/low-code tools, while having a social impact. This Year’s Make Reality Challenge The contest was made up of nearly 10,000 college or university students between the ages of 18 and 24 worldwide.

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Citizen development is poised to become the most disruptive agent of change in a generation and Gartner predicts that by 2023, citizen developers will outnumber professional developers by 4 times.1 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.

“At PMI, we believe in the power of Rising Leaders, and we empower them to drive social impact and change through their project management skills,” said Michael DePrisco, Interim President and CEO of PMI. “Thanks to the Make Reality Challenge, these innovative thinkers have crafted helpful solutions to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, from climate change to inequality. They truly use their time and knowledge for good.

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 this year’s theme “Disruption to social impact”. The SDGs were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that by 2030, all enjoy peace and prosperity .

Advanced teams used no-code/low-code tools and citizen developer technology to bring their solution to life. 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 staff, former PMI Board Chair Tony Appleby, former PMIEF Board Chair Ram Dokka, members of the Academic Insight team and the PMI® NextGen Insight team. Collectively, the winning teams were rewarded with nearly $40,000 in cash prizes and PMI networking opportunities.

“Disruption doesn’t come from doing things the same way. The whole citizen development movement and its use of no-code/low-code platforms is a catalyst for faster change, revolutionizing the way we work, but also the way we create social impact,” said said Sam Sibley, PMI Global Head of PMI Citizen Developer™. “Thanks to the Make Reality Challengethe power of citizen development is evident, and it is equally powerful when used for business transformation or social impact. »

Global winners:

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First place: Team Tech Era (African Leadership University, Rwanda)

  • SDGs: Good health and well-being
  • Studies show that electronic medical records play an important role in reducing medication errors that can lead to death or pose a significant health risk to patients.2 In Rwanda, there is only one such platform called IvuliroTech, created by Karisimbi Technical Solutions, which helps hospitals record patient data online and serves only 12 hospitals.3 Team Tech Era has developed UbuzimaPrivacy, an innovative platform that will help hospitals record patient data online, including tests, results, prescriptions and disease trajectory.

Second place: EmEducation team (Emlyon Business School, France)

  • SDGs: Quality education
  • Students in primary and secondary schools in underserved countries regularly face educational disadvantages. The EmEducation team has created a distance learning course, similar to a massive open online course (MOOC) to help government agencies select qualified educators, monitor levels of effectiveness, and provide training resources .

Third place: Sport Sharks (University of Mumbai and Institute of Chemical Technology, India)

  • SDGs: Good health and well-being; Quality education; Reduced inequality
  • According to the Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Research Center, only 5.56% of people in India have knowledge of sports.4 sport Sharks has developed an app that connects young people with mentors and coaches focused on the sport of their choice, while supporting health, wellbeing and quality education, while reducing inequalities in India.

Regional winners:

Asia Pacific:

  • First place: Artemis (Ateneo de Manila University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
  • Second place: Adalace (Mara University of Technology)


  • First place: Zhouan Huang Team (Tianjin University)
  • Second place: P&E Team (Dalian University of Technology)
  • Third place: TD (Tianjin University)


  • Second place: UL Wolves (University of Limerick)
  • Third place: Tarongers Project (Polytechnic University of Valencia)


  • Second place: Niraale (University of Chandigarh)
  • Third place: Decoders (Banasthali University, Patna National Institute of Technology)

North America:

  • First place: Team MEM (Northeastern University)
  • Second place: Project Management Team (Northeastern University)
  • Third place: ESG Stars (University of Pittsburgh)

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The Make Reality Challenge supports Impact hours™, an initiative that encourages community members to commit hours aligned with the 17 SDGs for the betterment of people’s lives and the planet, now and in the future. To collectively help drive change and make the SDGs a reality, individuals can pledge hours of service to and share their service experience on social media with the hashtag #PMImpact.

Make Reality Challenge Winners will have the chance to participate in an interactive question-and-answer session at the PMI® 2022 Virtual Experiment Series: PMXPO, March 24, 2022. PMXPO is a free, interactive event for the project management profession to learn from key industry players, network, earn PDUs, and gain valuable insights. PMI® members and non-members can register for free here.

About the Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the leading project management professional association and the authority for a growing global community of millions of project professionals and individuals who use project management skills. Collectively, these professionals and “changemakers” consistently create better outcomes for business, community and society around the world.

PMI empowers people to bring their ideas to life. Through global advocacy, networking, collaboration, research and education, PMI prepares organizations and individuals at every stage of their professional journey to work smarter so they can succeed in a changing world. .

Building on a proud heritage dating back to 1969, PMI is a nonprofit organization working in nearly every country in the world to advance careers, strengthen organizational success, and empower project professionals and change makers with new skills and ways of working to maximize their impact. PMI offerings include globally recognized standards, certifications, online courses, thought leadership, tools, digital publications and communities.

Visit them at,, on Twitter @PMInstitute.

1 Gartner, 2019
2 National Biotechnology Initiative Center, 2015.
3 Disrupt Africa, 2021
4 Institute of Management Technology Research Center, 2019

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Mary Kate Dougherty

External Communications Specialist, PMI
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