EWB Technology Challenge

The EWB Technology Challenge offers a deeper-dive into a specific technical challenge, enabling students to more acutely build their skills in applied human-centred engineering.

The EWB Technology Challenge builds upon students’ growing understanding of what needs to be considered when developing equitable, sustainable and scalable solutions in challenging environments. It offers a deeper-dive into a specific technical challenge, enabling students to more acutely build their skills in applied human-centred engineering. Importantly, their project is directly linked to EWB’S Technology Development department and Community Program, and could directly contribute to the development of scalable, impactful technology; each project is reviewed for its potential to actually be implemented in-community.

Each year, a new set of design briefs will be developed and made available for academics and students to engage with through the EWB Challenge website. The projects will be directly linked to technology development projects either EWB Australia or one of our partners is supporting. All design briefs will be linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The EWB Technology Challenge Program is open to students enrolled in a university course registered with the program. Multidisciplinary courses with students from outside of the engineering faculty are welcome to participate and in-fact the Technology Challenge can be an excellent way of engaging multi-disciplinary cohorts on a common platform.

At the conclusion of each academic semester, universities may nominate student reports for external review. Each university may nominate up to four team submissions across the academic year. Based on feedback from our external reviewers, one outstanding team from each region will be invited to present their work at a Showcase event to representatives from EWB, our community partner organisations, and members of the engineering and international al development sectors. Awardees are announced at a special awards ceremony following the presentations.

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Program Aims

EWB Australia and EWB New Zealand are working towards the goal of a transformed engineering sector so that every engineer has the skills, knowledge, experience and attitude to contribute towards sustainable community development and poverty alleviation.

The EWB Technology Challenge builds upon students’ growing understanding of what needs to be considered when developing equitable, sustainable and scalable solutions in challenging environments. It offers a deeper-dive into a specific technical challenge, enabling students to more acutely build their skills in applied human-centred engineering. Importantly, their project is directly linked to EWB’s Technology Development department and Community Program, and could directly contribute to the development of scalable, impactful technology; each project is reviewed for its potential to actually be implemented in-community.

The EWB Technology Challenge program aims to contribute to this broader goal by working at the university level to create change within engineering curriculum and help to shape future engineers through the following end of program outcomes:

Key Activities

The annual EWB Technology Challenge registration fee is between $8,500 – 14,000 + GST for universities, which supports the delivery of the program, and provides access to the following:

In addition to the above components of the EWB Technology Challenge, registration fees support the administration and staff costs associated with the program and on-going engagement with our community-based partners and projects. This ensures appropriate and respectful partnership development, including the sharing back and further investigation of student ideas.