Program Rules

Participation in the EWB Challenge requires adherance to a set of rules which will ensure appropriate program management and engagement with our partners. To be eligible for the EWB Challenge, universities and students need to comply with the rules outlined below. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from the program.

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

  • Are enrolled in a first-year university course in Australia or New Zealand, or affiliated university campus.
  • 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 and awards eligibility.
  • 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.