The 2017/18 Engineering for People Grand Finals results are in!
The Engineering for People Design Challenge is an initiative delivered at universities across the UK and Ireland. The initiative has been developed to teach students about the importance of ethical, culturally sensitive and appropriate engineering. The culmination of the 2017/18 Engineering for People Grand Finals took place last week with 36 of the countries best teams battling it out to be crowned winners at the Grand Finals. Read on to find out about the winning team and their design.
Last week as part of the Engineering for People Design Challenge, we welcomed the top 36 student teams from around the UK and Ireland to London for the 7th annual Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals.
With 200 people in attendance it was an exciting and closely fought competition. In the morning teams had the opportunity to showcase their design solutions to a panel of expert judges from a number of organisations including this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge partners: Kounkuey Design Initiative, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Department for International Development, The Institute of Chemical Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Arup, Arconic Engineering Solutions, Buro Happold, Energy Saving Trust, Pryce and Myers, UCL and the University of Cambridge.
The morning session saw some great ideas presented however, only six teams could go through to the final round to compete for the Grand Prize, a £2,000 educational bursary! Teams from Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Brighton, The University of Coventry, The University of Glasgow and The University of Portsmouth presented their ideas to the final panel of judges, the rest of the teams and our guests.
There could only be one winner and the team from the University of Glasgow took the top prize with their excellent idea to use the thermal energy produced during cooking to power small portable devices such as mobile phones. The team proposed a Thermoelectric Generator Belt that wrapped around traditional Jiko stoves commonly used by communities in Kibera, where this year’s Engineering for People Design Challenge was set. Manchester Metropolitan University took the runners up spot with their idea of a clay pot water filter manufactured locally from clay and ground coffee husks. The University of Coventry won the People’s Prize, as voted for by all attendees, with ‘Safelite’ a self sufficient lighting and bollard system. Congratulations to all of our winners!
Judges and academics commented on the high level of entries this year and a huge congratulation goes out to all teams that made it through to the Grand Finals.
A big thank you to everyone that attended the finals, a special thanks goes out to all of our judges, our speakers, all of our volunteers throughout the year, Steve Cross for brilliantly hosting the day, our partner Kounkuey Design Initiative, Think Up for their excellent workshop and finally, to our programme sponsors Anglo American, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, Arconic Foundation and The Department for International Development, without their generous support this programme would not be possible.
We look forward to launching the Engineering for People Design Challenge 2018/19 in the next few weeks. Watch this space!