Welcome to the Academic Forum!

This platform is available to academics from across the world who deliver the Engineering for People Design Challenges and will be your one-stop shop for all information relating to the Design Challenge.

By co-delivering our Design Challenges you are providing an incredible opportunity to enhance the learning experience of your students. To support that delivery, we hold a relationship with a minimum of one academic per participating university and provide training and guidance to up-skill.

By co-delivering our Design Challenges you are providing an incredible opportunity to enhance the learning experience of your students. To support that delivery, we hold a relationship with a minimum of one academic per participating university and provide training and guidance to up-skill.

Accessing the Academic Forum

As part of registering for the Design Challenge, you should have received an invitation to join the academic forum Slack channel.

If you have not received this invitation and would like to join please email us at [email protected]

Academic Events

As part of our academic community, you are invited to join us at our community leaders training events which are hosted bi-annually.

In April, we host our Inspiring Community Leaders event series intended to engage, inspire and influence Chapter committee members and the academics who run our Design Challenges. This event provides space to celebrate your achievements from the last academic year as well as feedback, reflect, and plan for a purpose-driven year ahead.

In August, we host our Building Community Leaders event series which is intended to prepare you for the year ahead, learning more about the Engineers Without Borders UK movement and by preparing for the Design Challenges you will deliver. You will also have an opportunity to meet members from our wider community where you can share ideas and learn from one another, building strong collaborative networks.

Specific details and invitations for these events will be shared nearer to the time.

A project-based learning approach

The design challenges that we co-deliver follow a project-based learning pedagogy. Whether delivered online or in person, this method provides engineering students a safe place to gain a deep understanding of their impact, in addition to practising fundamental skills that are essential to the profession.

For more guidance on how to run a design challenge as well as exercises designed to fit each stage of the design process find our project-based learning guide.

Reading List

We have pulled together a reading list to inspire you while delivering our Design Challenges.

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ENGINEERING FOR PEOPLE DESIGN CHALLENGE

During a pivotal moment in an undergraduate student’s career, the Engineering for People Design Challenge encourages individuals to broaden their awareness of the social, environmental and economic implications of their engineering solutions. Since 2011, the Design Challenge has been delivered in South Africa, UK, Ireland and the USA, to over 50,000 students.

This year Engineers Without Borders South Africa, and the UK partnered with Engineers Without Borders Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology to develop the design brief remotely, which is set in the Cape York Peninsula, Australia.

Accessing resources

To sign-in to the online resources, first, your university must be registered to participate. Once registered, staff and students must use their university email address i.e. [email protected] to sign in at engineering-for-people.org. We have provided a video and a pdf to help you navigate the website including a step-by-step guide to signing in.

Read the Engineering for People Design Challenge University Guide for further guidance on support on offer and learning outcomes for students.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Guidance and information on student submission can be found here.

The national student submission portals at the bottom of the student submission page are password protected to ensure that only the teams who have been selected by their academics can submit.

Password: Engineeringforpeople

Please only share this password with the teams that are eligible for submission to the reviewer stage.


EFFICIENCY FOR ACCESS DESIGN CHALLENGE

Delivered with the support of Engineers Without Borders UK, the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access. It is funded by UK aid andthe IKEA Foundation.

To provide sustainable energy for all, we urgently need to enhance the efficiency and affordability of high performing appliances. The Challenge invites teams of university students to create affordable and high-performing off-grid appliances and supportive technologies.

By bringing together and inspiring students, the competition aims to foster innovation in the off-grid appliances sector. It also seeks to help address barriers that limit market expansion in this area. Furthermore, the Challenge seeks to forge beneficial partnerships between universities, researchers and industry partners at a global level. In this way, it will further strengthen academic capacity within the off-grid sector.

Read the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge University Guide here.

We have developed a set of leaflets that explain both the Design Challenge and this year’s Challenge Partner:

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Engineering for People Design Challenge

Embedded in the engineering curriculum of 10,000 first and second year students, this challenge allows students to investigate and respond to real-world problems at an early stage in their education. It ensures that the human and social impact of engineering forms a foundation to their learning and that they develop the skills they need to operate and innovate in the complex global workplace.

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Efficiency for Access Design Challenge

The Efficiency for Access Design Challenge is a global, multi-disciplinary competition that empowers teams of university students to help accelerate clean energy access.

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Launching the Efficiency for Access Design Challenge

This challenge provides an opportunity for students to help accelerate global energy access. Students from Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda and the UK will be supported by nine off-grid industry partners through webinars, mentoring and feeding back on submissions.

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