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.

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Mentors

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: The Reshaping Engineering design challenge takes place throughout February.

Time commitment: In addition to a 1-hour training session, mentors typically provide 2 hours of mentoring to each team they are paired with. Mentors are able to select the number of teams that they are happy to support.

Design Reviewers

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 mold 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: Due to the international nature of the challenge, students submit based on differing academic year cycles. Recruitment, training and reviewing submissions will take place in October and April every year.

Time commitment: Reviewers commit upwards of 3 hours to 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.

Judges

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: Judges for the Engineering for People Design Challenge and Reshaping Engineering will need to be available in July and March respectively.

Time commitment: Judges typically need no more than 5 hours (maximum) over the course of 2 weeks to review the design concepts and attend a virtual deliberation session with the judging panel.