The Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals are a day of celebration. It is a day to bring together the best teams from participating universities across the UK and Ireland and discover the ideas that the students teams have proposed.
The top ranked team at each participating university will be invited to attend the Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals. A number of additional spaces will also be offered to exceptional teams from across all participating universities. These entries will be known as ‘wild card’ entries and will be invited at the discretion of Engineers Without Borders UK. All teams invited to the Engineering for People Design Challenge Finals are semi-finalists. Typically, around 140 students, 20 academics, 20 judges and 30 or so industry representatives join us for the day, so it’s an exciting and bustling event!
Each attending student team will be expected to develop materials for a poster exhibition stand. At a minimum student teams should produce a poster that details their design. However, there is no limit to what you can include on your stands in addition; extra posters, prototypes, videos and models etc. are all acceptable. A panel of judges will visit your stand, so you must be prepared to answer questions about your exhibited design idea. From the semi-final round, the judges will select a number of teams for the final.
If you are selected for the final, you will be required to give a lecture hall presentation (maximum 10 minutes) about your design to all attendees and judges. The use of a PowerPoint presentation or similar is recommended to aid communication of your idea. The judges will select the Grand Prize winner and Runners Up winner from the finalists.
Industry representatives and other supporters of Engineers Without Borders UK will also be invited to the Engineering for People Design Challenge Finals to view the semi-finalist teams’ designs. This allows you the opportunity to interact with potential future employers and their employees.