Engineers Without Borders
The Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia Challenge is an Australasian design program for first-year university students. Students work in teams to develop conceptual designs for sustainable development that contribute towards real international development projects.
The program is based on the sustainable development projects from EWB’s growing list of past and present programs. Each year, the EWB Challenge design brief will be inviting students to tackle a new range of projects identified by EWB in conjunction with its community development program partners. Students will work in teams of 4 – 6 to design solutions for projects ranging from water supply and quality to sanitation, waste management, energy supply, transport, permaculture and infrastructure development.
Participating universities may nominate up to four teams to submit their work to EWB.
These reports are reviewed by a judging panel and awards are made to outstanding contributions and include the EWB Challenge Overall Champion Award incorporating a study tour and visit the EWB Community Partner project sites and BHP Billiton Award.
The EWB Challenge helps to ensure students are inspired and motivated by their first year engineering experience.
EWB brings together engineering students, young graduates, experienced engineers and even non-engineers as a team to tackle the issues of development and sustainability and help solve basic, small-scale engineering problems faced by many people in need.
EWB also aims to expand the dimensions of experience for engineers and engineering students through education and awareness-raising activities focused on sustainable development, appropriate technology and poverty alleviation. EWB is committed to working with universities, professional associations, high schools and industry to increase understanding of these issues.