Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017: The results are in…

20th June 2017

Yesterday, as part of the Engineering for People Design Challenge, we welcomed the top 35 student teams from around the UK and Ireland to London for the 6th annual Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals.

With 200 people in attendance it was a bustling event. In the morning teams had the opportunity to showcase their design solutions to a panel of expert judges from a number of organisations including this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge partner, EcoSwell, the Engineering Council, the Engineering Professors’ Council, the Institute of Highways Engineers, Anglo American and DfiD.

The morning session saw some great ideas presented however, only six teams could go through to the final round to compete for the Grand Prize, a trip to Mexico to participate in an international training course. Teams from London South Bank, Nottingham Trent, UEA, Edinburgh and Strathclyde presented their ideas to the final panel of judges, the rest of the teams and our guests.

There could only be one winner and the team from the University of Strathclyde took the top prize with their excellent idea to provide water to the medical centre in Lobitos where this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge was set. The University of East Anglia took the runners up spot with their idea to adapt houses to the extreme heat in Lobitos. Nottingham Trent University won the People’s

University of Strathclyde winners

Prize, as voted for by all attendees, with their ‘Miagua’ desalination solution. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Judges and academics commented on the high level of entries this year and a huge congratulations goes out to all teams that made it through to the Grand Finals.

A big thank you to everyone that attended the finals, a special thanks goes out to all of our judges, our speakers, all of our volunteers throughout the year, Steve Cross for brilliantly hosting the day, our partner EcoSwell, to Think Up for their excellent workshop and finally, to our event sponsors the Institute of Highways Engineers and our programme sponsor the Anglo American Group Foundation, without their generous support this programme would not be possible.

We look forward to launching the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2017/18 in the next few weeks. Watch this space!

For those of you that have thought about a career in the highways sector, or even if you haven’t, check out the support the Institute of Highway Engineers can provide by visiting their website: The IHE offer students free membership, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

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Comments (5)

peter hill

22 August 2017
sorry Dan, missed your previous reply, please ignore the last email!

peter hill

22 August 2017
Is it possible to see the winning entry?

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03 August 2017
Hi Peter, You can view reports from previous years here. Thanks!

Peter Hill

03 August 2017
Will details of the winning designs be made available on this site? It would be interesting to see the solutions and useful to get an idea of the standard for future design challenges.