Engineering for People Design Challenge 7th Year!
In the build up to this year’s Grand Finals we reflect on the biggest year yet for the Design Challenge, and give our top tips for those of you who will be pitching your design ideas at the upcoming finals!
The Engineering for People Design Challenge is into our 7th year, over that time it has evolved and become the leading student engineering design challenge in the country. The competing students have developed their understanding of globally responsible engineering, and each year they have amazed us by producing exciting and innovative context driven design solutions. Read on to find out our top tips for our competition finalists for when they present their design to the judges. We can’t wait to see the teams designs at The Grand Finals and find out who will win, so to start the countdown to the finals let’s look back at what we’ve achieved together in the last year in numbers!
6000 Students including some of the brightest young minds in the country have been battling it out to be crowned this years winner.
Over 80 Teams Shortlisted by their universities to compete for a chance to attend The Grand Finals on the 20th June 2018.
36 Teams Selected to do a short elevator pitch on their design to our judging panel of leading industry professionals at The Grand Finals.
28 Academic Institutions from Brighton to Strathclyde, from the University of West of England to the University of East Anglia; leading institutions from across the whole of the UK have taken part.
3 Semi Finalists out of the 36 shortlisted groups will be selected to present their ideas to the whole audience and compete to be crowned champion.
Only 1 Winner! The winning team will be selected from our judging panel and get the prestige of being the winner as well as being presented with a cash prize to be spent on their academic studies.
To be crowned champion the groups will have to present their ideas to our judging panel and the grand finals audience. Here our five top tips for presenting your designs:
- Practice, Practice, Practice – No need for explanation here, the better preparation the better the pitch. The more you practice the more confident you will feel.
- Play to your strengths – You are a part of a team. All of you will have different strengths and each team will have different dynamics. Think about who is going to present and what you are going to present. Will everyone have a go or just one or two? Think about what will work best for the group and make the most of each others skills and weaknesses.
- Know your audience – How you should pitch and present depends on your audience, think about who they are and what they want to know. Think about what they are likely to know and what they are not. Use your time wisely to covey the most important and relevant elements of your design. Tailor your pitch to your audience.
- Know your design – This might seem obvious but it is essential. Take the time to really understand every aspect of your design: How much does it cost? What makes it unique? What are the bad points and what could be improved? The more you understand your design the better you will be both presenting on it and answering questions about it.
- Smile and relax – This is easier said than done, pitches are stressful for everyone, but evidence suggests that your body actions can influence your emotions. So when you smile (even if you don’t really feel like it), you can trigger your brain to relax and when you are more relaxed your pitch will be more natural.
Good luck to everyone competing and don’t forget to have fun (better to laugh at your own mistake on stage than panic and freeze)! If you’re having fun and enjoying yourself then this will show the judging panel your passion for the project!
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