Sustainable Engineering Competition Recommences

15 September 2023

Now in its 13th year, the Engineering for People Design Challenge is about to start up once again. Driven by the UK branch of non-profit humanitarian organisation Engineers Without Borders, in collaboration with its South Africa operation, this annual contest sees universities from all across the globe participating - with undergraduate students looking to leverage their technical skills to help underprivileged communities.

To date, the 70,000 students have been involved. The 2023/24 challenge is in partnership with Engineers Without Borders Australia and its engineering team based in Cambodia. This time, the design brief relates to the various day-to-day challenges faced by the impoverished rural village of Pu Ngaol, located in eastern Cambodia. All the members of the most innovative student team will receive an educational bursary, with the 2 next best teams each getting a bursary to share between them.

As Tom Whitehead, Programme Manager at Engineers Without Borders UK, explains “Our real-life design project provides a platform for students to truly understand how to develop engineering skills with a globally responsible mindset and place people at the heart of their designs.”

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