Finalist for World Engineering Day Hackathon Announced

12 February 2024

Ahead of World Engineering Day (4th March), UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) have announced the 12 teams that will compete in the World Engineering Day Hackathon.

The shortlist of teams comprises representatives from the University of Bahrain, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Makerere University, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Rice University, Strathmore University, etc. Each team will choose a challenge that they will look to undertake in the coming weeks and subsequently present at the hackathon. These will be based on the following themes:
  -  Accelerating the transition away from the use of fossil fuels. 
  -  Addressing climate change and sustainability through innovation.
  -  Improving the lives of people currently situated in refugee camps.

After carrying out extensive research in the relevant area, followed by financial analysis and feasibility studies, the competing teams will need to apply their knowledge of engineering to develop solutions to help tackle these problems. The hackathon will give these teams opportunity to show the judges their project management and collaborative abilities. Skills in computer modelling, CAD, 3D printing and suchlike will also be of value. Their solution designs will then be thoroughly tested.

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