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Discover the impact of engineering through real-world sustainable development projects.

The EWB Challenge Series enables more than 10,000 students each year to build professional engineering competencies and contribute to social impact.


The EWB Challenge Series is delivered by Engineers Without Borders Australia in collaborations with our partner organisations across the world. Community-identified project briefs, supporting resources, and live stakeholder engagement opportunities present a clear pathway for students to develop future-fit professional skills and personal engineering vision. These flexible programs support the tertiary sector in the delivery of curriculum-integrated and career-relevant applications to theoretical study.

EWB Challenge
A scoped design brief, supporting resources, and a series of EWB engagement points structured to support first year professional skills development and innovation for sustainable development.
EWB Technology Challenge
Live project briefs to enable the application of technical skills and development of a human-centred engineering approach, directly linked to EWB’s Community and Technology Development spaces.
EWB Research Challenge
A series of adaptable, impacted-oriented research briefs framed around the SDGs and EWB’s work. A supported program engaging individual students or whole courses to inform and influence research agendas and projects.

The EWB challenge as a whole has opened our eyes to humanitarian engineering and the positive impacts it can have on communities. We have been challenged to step outside of our own culture and create a design solution that would be viable in a different community to our own.
From this experience, our team is now able to move forward to other projects recognising that engineering is more than just creating a design; it’s about utilising communities’ strengths, combined with engineering principles to provide a solution that will improve a person’s life in some small way.

Charles Sturt University
EWB Challenge Showcase 2016 award winners

Over 10 Years of Engineering Education

The EWB Challenge Series is embedded into the curriculum of universities across Australia and New Zealand. The EWB Australia team closely collaborates with university academics as well as course tutors, faculty, and students, to ensure education offerings are valuable, exciting, and readily adapted to suit a variety of course structures. EWB Australia engages with universities through strategic university partnerships, university partnerships, and program delivery partnerships based on the depth and breadth of activities. 

At EWB Australia we know long-term community partnerships are vital for the development of equitable, sustainable, and scalable solutions to complex sustainable development challenges. The EWB Challenge Series strongly integrates and aligns with EWB’s community and technology development work across Australia, Southeast Asia, and other regions.

Since the EWB Challenge was piloted with universities in 2007, EWB Australia’s engineering education programs have engaged with more that 100,000 students at all levels of a degree. Students have been presented unique opportunities to explore and develop broad professional engineering skills through engaging with authentic, real-world project briefs with the potential to lead to positive community impact.