The EWB Challenge

Image designed by Emily Nix, from EWB Sheffield Branch.

The EWB Challenge is a design program for first and second year University students delivered in the UK and Ireland by EWB-UK.  It is coordinated internationallly by Engineers Without Borders Australia and delivered in Australian, New Zealand, British and Irish universities. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the EWB Challenge students are presented with a fantastic opportunity to design creative solutions to problems identified by real EWB projects.

Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief is based on a set of sustainable development projects identified by EWB with its community-based partner organisations. In past years the EWB Challenge has included developing innovative and sustainable project ideas and solutions to support communities in Vietnam, India, Cambodia and rural Australia.

In the UK, the EWB Challenge is open to students undertaking a first or second year university course registered with the EWB Challenge in the UK and Ireland. Students studying in the disciplines of engineering, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, science, business and social science are all encouraged to participate.

The EWB Challenge culminates with a national design competition at the end of the year. Each university may nominate up to five team submissions for external review and consideration for entry into the National Finals.   The National Finals are held outside of term time in June of each year.

The EWB Challenge is made possible in the UK through the generous support of the Anglo American Group Foundation.