We have an exciting opportunity for professionals to review innovative design concepts, submitted for the Engineering for People Design Challenge. Your participation as an expert reviewer will make an invaluable contribution to the work we do by providing university students with professional feedback, helping to shape the engineers of tomorrow and ensure a safe and just future for all.

the Engineering for People Design Challenge

During a pivotal moment in an undergraduate student’s career, the Engineering for People Design Challenge encourages individuals to broaden their awareness of the social, environmental and economic implications of their engineering solutions. Since 2011, the Design Challenge has been delivered in South Africa, UK, Ireland and the USA, to over 50,000 students.

Your Role

In order to make this experience as authentic as possible, we ask professionals to review the submissions. We welcome reviewers from any country in the world, providing you with experience of working in one or more of the following design areas: Water, Sanitation, Energy, Waste, Built Environment, Transport, Digital, or Food and Land Management.

Your role will include providing detailed, positive and constructive written feedback in English, participating in a briefing webinar and completing feedback by the key dates given above. This then requires you to have the competency to review in a two-week window. 


To apply to become an Engineering for People Design Challenge expert reviewer, you need to complete the application form that will cover the following:

  • The thematic area you feel competent in assessing (Water, Sanitation, Energy, Waste, Built Environment, Transport, Digital, or Food and Land Management) as well as provide any complementary information as to your relevant experience in this area.
  • An opportunity to specify your availability.
  • An opportunity to specify the number of submissions you are able to review.

If successful in your application, you will:

  • Participate in the webinar briefings.
  • Review the student submissions sent to you against the provided marking criteria (90 mins per submission).
  • Provide constructive comments against each review criteria – remember you are reviewing students’ work!

Each submission will be reviewed twice (at least) to produce an average score. The scores will be used to select the top teams in each university to present at the Grand Finals event and be eligible for the various prizes on offer.

Apply here

The headlines

Applications close – Wednesday 6 April
Successful applicants notified – Thursday 7 April
Reviewer training – Thursday 21 April
Reviewers sent reports – Thursday 28 April
Reviewers return their feedback – Thursday 12 May