Support our Design Challenges
Join our expert pool of mentors, reviewers, and judges and make an invaluable contribution to the work we do to shape the engineers of tomorrow.
Throughout the year, we run three global student and professional design challenges – the Engineering for People Design Challenge, Efficiency for Access and, most recently, Reshaping Engineering.
By registering as a volunteer and selecting mentor, reviewer, and/or judge, you will receive email alerts to express your interest and apply for these opportunities as we are recruiting. All of the opportunities listed below are carried out virtually and are open to volunteers around the world.
Help us put global responsibility at the heart of engineering by registering as a volunteer below:
Mentors provide crucial support to our student and professional teams in the Reshaping Engineering design challenge. As a mentor, you will provide constructive feedback and advice to the teams as they develop their designs, ensuring they are considering the principles of global responsibility throughout the design process.
When: Throughout February.
Time commitment: 1-hour training session and roughly 2 hours of mentoring per team. Mentors are able to select the number of teams that they are happy to support.
Our design reviewers review the innovative design concepts submitted for the Engineering for People Design Challenge and Efficiency for Access design challenge, providing professional written feedback to the student teams.
“This was really a great opportunity to work with students to mould the future generation of innovation. I would recommend this to any engineer that wants to help younger engineers and students develop their ideas and abilities.”
Engineering for People Design Challenge reviewer, 2020
When: October and April.
Time commitment: Upwards of 3 hours for the whole reviewer period, with each submission taking roughly 90 minutes to review. Reviewers are able to select the number of teams that they are happy to provide feedback to.
Shortlisting judges decide which teams will proceed to the final round of the design challenges, based on both their own views of the submissions and the feedback provided by reviewers. To decide which teams will proceed to the final round of the design challenge, judges will attend a virtual deliberation session with a judging panel to discuss the designs. The panel will decide on the best designs via a vote, which is facilitated by an Engineers Without Borders UK staff member.
When: March and July.
Time commitment: 5 hours (maximum) over the course of 2 weeks to review the design concepts and attend a virtual deliberation session with the judging panel.