ENGINEERING FOR PEOPLE DESIGN CHALLENGE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATe


Last Updated on 29 May 2020

We would like to reassure students that the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2019/20 is continuing as planned. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have made some small adjustments and updates for each nation which can be found below:

South Africa

No changes have been made at this time. Information on dates for submission deadlines and grand finals will be made available in due course.

It is likely that some of your courses will be moved online, particularly for the second half of semester one. We are working with your lecturers to ensure that online delivery of the Design Challenge will be as smooth as possible. We are fortunate that both the Design Brief (and associated materials) as well as the Design Challenge itself, lend themselves well to online implementation.

We appreciate that recent events have caused disruption in day-to-day activities but hope it can also be an opportunity to enhance your abilities in remote working, a skill which is ever more required/commonplace in the workplace today.

UK, Ireland & UAE

Submissions
For the top 5 teams from each university, the submission date remains Friday 24 April 2020, unless specific adjustments have been agreed with your university. The submission portal can be found here, please be sure to read the student guidelines for submission. Your academic will be able to provide you with the password required to gain access to the submission portal. Feedback on submission will now be provided on 20 May 2020.

Grand Finals
The Grand Finals has been reimagined into an online series beginning with pitching sessions from Monday 8 June- Friday 18 June,  a panel discussion on Wednesday 1 July and culminating on Friday 3 July when the winners will be announced.

Find out the UK, Ireland and UAE Grand Finals here.

USA

Submissions
The submission date has been extended to Friday 24 April 2020. The submission portal can be found here, please be sure to read the student guidelines for submission. Your academic will be able to provide you with the password required to gain access to the submission portal. Feedback on submission will now be provided on 20 May 2020.

Grand Finals
Due to current restrictions in place across the US, the US Grand Finals have been postponed until September 2020, we will release further details nearer the time.

Following submission, the top 10 teams in the US will then be invited to our Grand Finals in Denver, Colorado. These 10 teams will receive an invitation to the finals, alongside their feedback, on 20 May 2020.