BEST Engineering Competitions are events organized by BEST, where teams of students have the opportunity to test their soft and technical skills in a competition, while learning and developing their creativity and teamwork at different levels.
These events are an important part of the BEST since they began in 2002. The first experience of BEST Engineering Competitions began in March 2002, when some members went to a Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) and after their return began to promote the idea in order to create this type of events in BEST.
Thus, from 17 to 23 October 2003, organized by the Local BEST Groups Eindhoven and Ghent, we had the first BEEC (BEST European Engineering Competition) in Nieuwkerke, Belgium with 60 participants from all over Europe.
What is EBEC Project?
EBEC is a team competition, at 3 levels/stages in 2 modalities (Team Design and Case Study).
- 3 Rounds
- 31 Countries
- 83 Universities
- 15 Regional/National Rounds
What are the EBEC modalities?
Team Design is one of the two modalities of EBEC, in which the participants are challenged to apply their engineering and innovation skills in order to develop a working prototype that is able to solve the problem given at the beginning of the task. The development of the solutions to the problem entails a high level of creativity, with a series of rules and restrictions and a limited use of materials and tools. The ranking of the winning team is based on quantitative parameters (used materials), the development and functionality of the prototype and the professional opinion of the jury (University Professors and/or professionals of the field) to assess the qualitative criteria of the solution, prototype creativity and presentations.
It’s the other EBEC modality that consists in the analysis, from a business point of view, of people, events, decisions, periods, designs, policies, institutions, or other systems.The proposed problems are real situations that call for the vision and creativity of the participants to find workable solutions in limited time and with certain restrictions known at the beginning of the task. This type of competition involves skills such as project management, teamwork and communication.
The proposed Case Study will come with an analytical framework within which the study is conducted and explained.