The Engineering for People Design Challenge has been running for a number of years around the world. It was initiated by Engineers Without Borders Australia as the ‘EWB Challenge’ in 2007 and brought to the UK and Ireland by Engineers Without Borders UK in 2011. Now starting its sixth year in the UK and Ireland it has been renamed as the Engineering for People Design Challenge. This timeline gives an overview of the Challenges and winning teams over the past five years.

2017/18 CHALLENGE

The 2017/18 Challenge was run in partnership with KDI, a partner organisation of Engineers Without Borders UK based in the informal settlement of Kibera, Nairobi in Kenya.  Kibera is Kenya’s largest informal urban settlement and is located in Nairobi, the country’s capital city. Today it is a vibrant, bustling, densely packed neighbourhood delivering an important, affordable settlement niche within Nairobi. Its population is estimated at anywhere between 250,000 and 1 million people. Kibera has evolved as a neighbourhood not formally recognised by the authorities in Nairobi, as a result development of key infrastructure has been challenging and the people living in Kibera suffer from the impacts of poor water and sanitation provision, a lack of waste management, limited transport and digital infrastructure, and, unsafe energy provision. As part of the 2017/18 Challenge we asked students to come up with ideas to contribute to sustainable development in Kibera. Find out about the winning teams here.

Find out more about the student ideas submitted for the 2017/18 Grand Finals.

2016/17 CHALLENGE

The 2016/17 Challenge was run in partnership with EcoSwell, a partner organisation of Engineers Without Borders UK based in the small town of Lobitos in North West Peru. Lobitos is currently at a cross roads in its development. In the early 19th century it was a very important hub for the oil industry in South America however, after a military coup in Peru all foreign oil operators in Peru were expelled and the town was taken over by the military. During this time much of the infrastructure built up in the town fell into disrepair and the population decreased dramatically. This was until the 1990’s when the military left and the town began to repopulate, as the decade went on an El Niño weather phenomenon changed the make up of sands on the coast transforming Lobitos into a world class surfing destination. The growth in tourism as a result of the waves is now what characterises Lobitos and EcoSwell are working hard to ensure that the town forges a sustainable path to development. As part of the 2016/17 Challenge we asked students to come up with ideas to contribute to sustainable development in Lobitos. Find out about the winning teams here.

Find out more about the student ideas submitted for the 2016/17 Grand Finals.

2015/16 Challenge

The 2015/16 Challenge was run in conjunction with Engineers Without Borders partner Reignite Action for Development who are based in Bambui, a rural community based in the North West of Cameroon. At the time of the Challenge, Bambui was undergoing rapid urbanisation following the construction of a new university three years ago and this presented challenges around increasing pressure on the existing water supply, sanitation, waste management and housing facilities available.  26 Universities and over 4,600 students across the UK and Ireland participated in the 2015/16 Challenge. The Finals were held at the Siemens Crystal at the Royal Victoria Docks in London, 36 of the top teams from around the country came together to compete for the Grand Prize. Sheffield Hallam University took this accolade with their design for an efficient modular stove burner, Nottingham Trent University claimed the Runners Up Prize and London South Bank University received the very first People’s Prize.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE STUDENT IDEAS SUBMITTED FOR THE 2015/16 GRAND FINALS.

2014/15 Challenge

The 2014/15 Challenge collaborated with Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) to crowd-source student engineering design solutions to address basic access needs in the hill-top village of Sandikhola in the Gorkha District of Nepal. 23 Universities and over 3,800 students participated in the 2014/15 Challenge and the Finals were held at Nottingham Trent University where 19 teams showcased their design solutions. The team from Birmingham City University won the 2014/15 Challenge with a design focused on water supply, the design used a fog-catching tower concept to collect water which aimed to overcome the lack of water in the dry season. Edinburgh University were the runners up with a design for a water mill using locally sourced materials.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE STUDENT IDEAS SUBMITTED FOR THE 2014/15 GRAND FINALS.

2013/14 Challenge

The 2013/14 Challenge was completed in partnership with international NGO, Plan, in Timor-Leste. This Challenge focused on Codo, a community within the Lautem district. The team from Nottingham Trent University claimed the Grand Prize with their winning design for a safe playground using locally available and appropriate materials and based on a local storytale for the children of Codo in Timor-Leste. In 2013/14 2,896 students from 20 universities participated in the Challenge.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2013/14 WINNING DESIGN BY CLICKING HERE.

2012/13 Challenge

The 2012/13 Challenge was run in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. Students were invited to develop innovative and appropriate project solutions that could make a real contribution towards the sustainable development of the Anh Minh district within the Kien Giang province on the Mekong Delta. The team from Durham University received the Grand Prize. In 2012/13 2,499 students from 13 universities participated in the challenge.

2011/12 Challenge

2011/12 was the first year for this initiative in the UK and Ireland and was developed in partnership with Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants (TNPFC) projects in Devikulam, Kerala, India. The team from Coventry University received the Grand Prize for their design of a structure to improve infrastructure and livelihoods in Devikulam. In 2011/12 1,985 students from 13 universities participated in the Challenge.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE 2011/12 WINNING DESIGN BY CLICKING HERE.