We have put some advice together based on our experiences working on projects like these. The guidance provided here is intended to be complementary to any engineering design theory that you receive at your university. Remember, your academic is the best person to ask if you have any questions and you can also use our discussion forum.
How to approach the Engineering for People Design Challenge
Engineers are known for solving problems, but what problems do they solve? This project is about defining the problem first by understanding people’s issues and needs before considering how the problem might be solved.
The Engineering for People Design Challenge provides you with a set of real issues faced by one of the communities we work with and challenges you to propose engineering interventions that could make a difference. As a result, there are no predetermined right answers and there are likely to be multiple possible solutions. Just as in a real engineering role, you will need to work out an appropriate solution and justify why you think this is the case.