Bridging Countries Digitally: The IPMA Young Crew Completes The First Global eCollaboration Competition


On September 15th, 2012, 44 young project managers took part in the first edition of the Global eCollaboration Competition (GeCCo), organized by the Young Crew of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Participants from Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain, were matched live into international and distributed teams. They had 24 hours to solve a case study scenario, experiencing the internationality of the IPMA Young Crew network.

On 30th of September, 2012, the award ceremony for this competition took place. The team formed by Andrew Hansen (Australia), Sandra Mišić (Croatia), Edgars Grūbe (Latvia), Maurits – Jan Donga (Netherlands) and David Cebrián (Spain) came out in first place, receiving a price of 2000€ to be spent organizing a face-to-face reunion within the next months, sponsored by the IPMA. “It’s been an amazingly enriching experience, working so intensely and sharing those precious moments; apart from project managers, we are also people” claims David Cebrián Tarrasón, member of the winning team. “We will probably be meeting in Amsterdam soon”.

The second and third prizes were sponsored by the reputable Thunderbird School of Management, who offered a Global Mindset Test for Harriet Floyd (Australia), Rainer Svacinka (Austria) and Tamara Baniček (Slovenia) for their second place, and Matin Fenboeck (Austria), Tomáš Juříček (Czech Republic), Stefanie Helmchen (Germany), Kristīne Kazaka (Latvia), Bipin Acharya (Nepal) for their third place. All participants manifested their enjoyment in the challenging experiment, and the event has proven its value for the IPMA Young Crew community.

There are few opportunities where Young Crew members can meet and share knowledge on an international level. Only a small number of members has had the chance to participate in international events such as IPMA World Congresses, due to lack of time or funding. “This project has broken barriers on the possibilities of online communication and network-building“, stated Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz, Head of Innovation in the IPMA Young Crew Management Board, and GeCCo Project Sponsor. “Seeing GeCCo generate such a strong link between participants so far apart just shows that we are entering a new era, and that the IPMA Young Crew is in the lead“.

During the event, the participants had to prove their project management skills as well as their social skills in interacting with team mates from all over the world. During the 24 hours, they were provided with keynote speeches from prime international experts on project management: Peter N. Stearns (George Mason University), Dennis Baltzley (Thunderbird School of Global Management), Stacy A. Goff (asapm, IPMA) and Martin Stenkilde (IBM).

The results were revealed two weeks later after a keynote speech by Ali Guarneros Luna (NASA). The jury for the awards was comprised of 15 international project management experts from all around the world. All keynotes will be available online soon on the IPMA Young Crew livestream channel, at www.livestream.com/ipmayoungcrew.

After this success, the IPMA Young Crew has decided to include this project in its portfolio of yearly events. “It is the first year that this project is held, and it’s already close to matching our flagship Global Young Crew Workshop in notoriety and number of participants” pointed out Dr. Daniel Collado-Ruiz. “And this surely is a challenge, because the team organizing the Global Young Crew Workshop this year in Crete is not making it easy“. With a theme of “Don’t Panic!” this event is generating expectation both within the IPMA community and outside of it. Learn more about the Global Young Crew Workshop—and register—at http://www.ipma2012.gr/youngcrew.html.

In a pure spirit of coherency, the GeCCo project has been developed by a fully international team. Niklas Bein (Germany) and Alena Vejsadová (Czech Republic) constituted the core team, supported by Natalia Majcher (Poland) responsible for Keynotes, Iris Hauck-Rameis (Austria) in charge of the jury, Gordana Blazevics organizing the Award ceremony, and a national local organizer for each of the 13 countries participating. “Working on GeCCo project gave me opportunity to learn more about myself and other cultures”, expresses Alena. “And that was the reason why we did this project in the first place: to connect people. This experience literally changed my life”.

About IPMA Young Crew: IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of the leaders of tomorrow. We are an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew strives to provide experiential learning through interaction and information exchange with young project managers.

Contact Details:
Alena Vejsadová

Member of the GeCCo core team
Global eCollaboration Competition
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