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Program Rules

Submission Requirements and Program Rules

Design teams may wish to address a single issue or provide an integrated design solution for two or more design areas. Alternative projects may also be considered.

Reporting Requirements

Each university may nominate up to four team submissions for external judging. 

Each participating team submission should include a design report, or folio written in English explaining
their proposed design. As a minimum, each team design submission should:

  • Contain a coversheet downloadable from the EWB Challenge website.
  • Summarise the design addressing each of the selection criteria for the written submission.
  • Reflection on students’ learning / experience gained
  • Identify the alternative options considered during the design process and a justification for the selected technology, approach and/or process with a particular focus on its appropriateness to the local community and culture.
  • Provide details of the conceptualdesign, analysis and final design. Design calculations or an
    explanation may be included, appropriate to the level of team experience.
  • Identify schedules and detailed design, construction and maintenance costs associated with
    completion and construction of the design.
  • Identify how the selected design is appropriate to the social, environmental, economic and cultural
    context of the community.
  • Discuss ethics, long term sustainability and maintenance of the engineering work that would be
    completed as a consequence of the design.
  • Provide basic advice on the construction and operation of the design.
  • Outline the details of any external support provided to the design team and identify any content
    that is not attributable to the design team.


Other key considerations aiding in students proposals would include the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the cultural responsibilities
  • Setting an example of sustainable land management.
  • Creation of economic and social opportunities for locals so they can improve their livelihood in the region.
  • Create centres of environmental education and training in rural and hilltop areas.
  • Proposed solutions must consider the capacity of the community to maintain the equipment and build on their existing community strengths.
  • To take the necessary steps to protect, preserve the existing natural environment, and encourage traditional practices.


Program Rules

Different universities will have different submission requirements, but to be eligible for the EWB Challenge
students will need to comply with the rules outlined below. Failure to comply will result in disqualification
from the program.

Teams are eligible to participate in the EWB Challenge providing that they:

  • Are enrolled in a first-year university course in Australia or New Zealand.

(International universities affiliated with an Australian or New Zealand University may participate in the EWB Challenge. However team travel expenses to the Australia and New Zealand National EWB Challenge Showcase Event are not covered by the program).

  • Respect the privacy of all participating organisations and communities. Under no circumstances are participants to contact the communities or partner organisations directly. All questions and requests for data should be made through the discussion board on the EWB Challenge website: www.ewbchallenge.org
  • Comply with the EWB Challenge Submission Requirements.

Universities are eligible to participate in the EWB Challenge based on the following provisions. By
registering to participate in the EWB Challenge universities are agreeing to these provisions:

  • A registration fee per university, per year. This fee provides important funding to support the administration of the EWB Challenge including presentations at universities, communication with students and lecturers, website, resources and the development of future design briefs.
  • The EWB Challenge will be incorporated into first year design subjects offered by universities during Semester One and/or Two.
  • Individual universities will decide how to integrate the program into their curriculum.
  • Each university may enter an unlimited number of teams into the program within their institution.
  • Each university will be responsible for assessing their own teams’ submissions and selecting up to
    four team reports for submission to EWB for external review in the international finals.
  • All submissions for Australasian review will be judged against a common set of criteria and
    guidelines. These criteria will be provided to all participating universities.
  • A multidisciplinary engineering judging panel will decide upon a short-list of entries for the
    Australasian awards presentation at the National EWB Challenge Showcase Event.
  • Final judging will be based upon both the original entry and the presentations.
  • All student reports submitted to the EWB Challenge for review are given to the community partner
    to support their development programs. Universities submitting student reports to the EWB
    Challenge agree to dedicate the ownership of any new intellectual property (including designs,
    computer models, data sets, work materials ect) contained within the student reports to EWB for
    use in the development of programs with their associates at no cost to EWB or their associates.