Each year, the top teams from each participating university and a number of wild card teams are invited to the Grand Finals to celebrate their participation in the Engineering for People Design Challenge and present their ideas to our judges from the Engineering Council, Engineering Professors’ Council and our partner engineering companies. We are also joined by representatives from industry who are interested in the next generation of engineers. 

Participating universities can nominate up to five teams for submission to the Grand Finals. Each team’s submission is reviewed and scored against the Engineering for People Design Challenge marking criteria by our team of reviewers. The top team from each participating university is invited to the Grand Finals along with a selection of other high scoring teams from all participating universities. At the Grand Finals, all teams present their ideas to the judges in a semi-final round poster exhibition. The judges shortlist the best teams who are invited to deliver a more detailed presentation in the final round and compete for the Grand Prize and Runners Up Prize. All teams that attend the Grand Finals are in with a chance of winning the People’s Prize.

Prizes

There are three Grand Final Prizes to compete for; the Grand Prize, the Runners Up Prize and the People’s Prize.

Grand Prize winners will receive a £2,000 prize fund to split between all team members, this money should be used for educational activities or something related to team members studies (this could be books, a new laptop or software). The Grand Prize winners are selected by the final panel of judges.

The winners of the Runners Up and People’s Prize will receive a £150 education bursary for each competing team member. This bursary is intended to be put towards resources for your education, such as books or short training courses. The Runners Up winners are selected by the final panel of judges. The People’s Prize is decided through a ballot box vote of all attendees at the Grand Finals.

All prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the competition and the judges decision is final.

Key dates

31 January 2019: Submission portal for team design reports opens.

30 April 2019: Deadline for top 5 teams selected from each university to submit their design report to Engineers Without Borders UK.

31 May 2018: Invitations to the Engineering for People Design Challenge Final sent out and reviewer feedback provided.

Date TBC, week of 17 or 24 June 2018: Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Final.

*All prizes are subject to the terms and conditions of the competition.