Award for Innovation in Project Management

The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award for Innovation in Project Management was launched in 2015 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, with the aim to encourage and promote the innovation culture in the project management Field. It includes 4 categories celebrating individuals, teams, organizations and academia, and offers 8 awards recognizing the successes of participants with cash prizes totaling $710,000.

Winners are flown to Dubai to accept their award(s) during the annual Dubai International Project Management Forum held this year on  8-11 DEC 2018.  This is certainly one of the most prestigious PM events in the world.

Here is the link to the 2018 site for this year’s Awards and the Application Forms:

It is very important to note that Applications are due 31 JULY 2018.

Categories and Award values:


  1. The Innovative Idea in Project Management Award (USD $100,000.00)
  2. The Innovative Idea in Program Management Award (USD $150,000.00)
  3. The Innovative Idea in Portfolio Management Award (USD $200,000.00)


  1. The Innovative Project Manager Award (USD $50,000.00)
  2. The Innovative PMO Manager Award (USD $50,000.00)


  1. The Innovative Project Team Award (USD $80,000.00)


  1.  Research in Innovative Project Management Practices Award (USD $40,000.00)
  2.  Innovative us of Project Management Practices – Academic Category ( USD $40,000.00)

PMI Leaders meeting in Malmö -trip report

Three PMI Finland board members, Vesa Koskela, Javier Martin and Lutful Mandson visited PMI Europe Leaders (“Region-8″) meeting in Malmö Sweden 17-19 November.

Region-8 meeting is yearly conference where European chapter board members and volunteer leaders join to share their experiences on PMI activities, network with other chapters, learn and have fun together.

This year’s R8-meeting had attendance from 30+ chapters, with total of 170 participants from all across Europe.

On Friday 17th there was meeting with chapter presidents and european co-operation liasons, focusing on co-operation pilot projects between European chapters: Mentoring program, Corporate ambassador and Speakers bureau, running until May 2018. Finland chapter is part of Speakers bureau activity aiming to create database of speakers making it easier for chapters to create high quality conferences and other events.

Saturday and Sunday included three parallel tracks with speakers from different chapters sharing their experiences. Topics include e.g. different partnership models with sponsors, experiences from marketing activities, how GDPR shall be taken into account in chapters, etc, etc.

Equally important to presentations, we all had great networking discussions with chapter leaders from all across Europe sharing experiences and ideas as well as agreed actions for continued collaboration.  On Saturday evening we were enjoying excellent dinner generously offered by mayor of Malmö.

Team Finland,
Vesa Koskela, President
Javier Martin, Board member, Finance
Lutful Mandson, Board member

Vaasa BRT and TEDx Vaasa on Friday 22nd September

We have BRT session on Friday morning and if you are still hungry after that to learn about innovation, technology and leadership, there is opportunity to view live Tedx event from Vaasa during afternoon (not PMI organised event).

TEDxVasa event is organised on 22nd September around theme “Progress through Innovation, Technology and Leadership”. Event starts at 12:15 and runs until 17:00 and includes ten inspiring speakers. You can claim PDUs for all PM related presentations according to length e.g. 4x 15 min presentation = 1 PDU.

Why we are promoting this to our members, though PMI Finland is not organising this?
Event is professionally set up event providing great value for project practitioners, and is free of charge.

Event will be streamed on Youtube, available for anyone to join remotely. It will be also available in

Event is held at Hanken School of Economics in Vaasa, but is sold out. There is live streaming in Wärtsilä Vaasa premises for Wärtsilä employees, and in Ritz Vaasa for everyone free of charge.

In order to enable TEDxVasa event to grow, please go and like the Facebook or LinkedIn.


‘LWT’ Event – Kicking off the Conference 2018 preparations

September 28 @ 16:30 – 19:00, Accenture-Porkkalankatu 5, 00180 Helsinki

Invitation by Karolina Mackiewicz-Conference Project Manager

We are kicking off the PMI Finland Annual Conference 2018 preparations. The Conference will take place 17.5.2018

Join us for ‘Learning’: ‘6 Marketing Tips for Holding a Successful Event’.. and‘Working’: kick off the conference preparations.

The meeting is open to all volunteers ready to take a role in one of the PMI 2018 Conference teams: 1) Programme 2)Marketing 3)Sales 4) Sponsors 5)Venue and finances (for those teams we already have interested volunteers and we welcome them for the meeting as well!)

Please, let me know if you can come to the kick-off by filling in the form by 26.9.2017:

If you cannot come but you still want to be engaged, please fill in the form. 🙂AND .. even if you don’t know yet if you want to commit – come and meet us, do some networking, give your ideas.. and decide later. AND .. even if you just want to hear an interesting and informative presentation about Event Marketing.

Tero Eskolin, experienced marketing spokesperson
Tero has strong marketing acumen combined with an IT sales and technology background. He has also accepted a position as ‘Senior marketing advisor’ in our Conference team.



16.30 Coffee and snacks available

17.00 Kick-off meeting starts

17.00 Presentation: ‘6 Marketing Tips for Holding a Successful Event’ – Tero Eskolin, experienced marketing spokesperson

17.30 Discussion about the topic

18.00-19.00 Teams working on the Conference 2018

Accenture- Helsinki is sponsoring our meeting and our host is Antti Nurmi

If you come by car, the easiest parking option is Ruoholahti shopping center – just on the other side of the road.

How to reach Nordea facilities in Vallila, Helsinki

Visiting address for Nordea Campus at Helsinki: Nordea Campus-Vallila, Aleksis Kiven Katu 7, FI-00500 Helsinki (Reception).

Our host is Petri Kopsa(Nordea), and the event you’ll be attending is “The BRT event of PMI”

How to park your car:

  • Visitors parking are arranged at Satamaradankatu 6(Parking is attached with st1 gas station) Please follow the map in pictures.
  • When driving into parking area you can be asked name of the our host: Nordea (Petri Kopsa)
  • The parking boom is operated through the gate telephone from 8.00 -16.30 and it opens automatically when you drive out. There is a walkway to the reception between Satamaradankatu 3 and 5.


How to get there by public transport (from airport):

  • Take the P-train from Airport  and get off at Pasila (travel time 25 min)
  • At Pasila take the tram no. 9, direction towards Länsi-terminaali, and get off at Fleminginkatu stop.
  • From Fleminginkatu stop it is only a 5 minutes walk to Nordea Campus.
  • Alternatively, take bus 615 (Dept. from terminal 1) from the Airport to Nordea Campus, Vallila. Bus tickets are available from the ticket machines at the bus stop.
  • Get off at Vallilan kirjasto. It takes 8 minutes to walk. See the map.