About

EWB Technology Challenge

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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Future-Fit Graduate Attributes

EWB supports the integration of authentic project-based work into undergraduate courses with international and domestic, social, cross-cultural and sustainability dimensions. The program is designed to develop engineering graduate attributes specified by the national accrediting body Engineers Australia:
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development.
  • Understanding of the principles of sustainable design and development.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and commitment to them.
  • Ability to function effectively as an individual and in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.

In addition, the program sets the scene for students to develop 9/10 skills the World Economic Form believes are essential for the future:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Coordinating with others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Service orientation

 

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:

  • Students are introduced to EWB Australia’s Human-Centred-Engineering Approach and Technology Development Process by working on real world development projects.
  • Students are able to engage and apply their technical skills in practical projects to gain a deep understanding of what is takes to develop equitable, sustainable and potentially scalable engineering solutions. 
  • Live projects are supported by providing access to engineering student designs and by supporting them to share knowledge and resources with universities internationally.

 

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:

  • The EWB Technology Challenge Design Brief(s) – a detailed project brief and design history file will be developed originating from a community identify need or aspiration and framed within EWB Australia’s Technology Development process.
  • EWB Technology Challenge Resource Package including - academic and student guide to EWB Australia’s Human-Centred Engineering Approach, Guiding Principles, Technology Development Process, Ethical Guidelines and Intellectual Property. Briefs will also include relevant including written content, interviews, data, photos, videos and design files. 
  • Introductory workshop for academics (optional) – Pre-semester online workshop for course coordinators and tutors will be made available that covers EWB’s Human-Centred Engineering Approach, appropriate technology and creates an opportunity for academics to share ideas around their prior engagement with EWB and other relevant projects. Generally delivered by region and can be customised for participants.
  • Introductory presentation or workshop for students (online or in-person) – at least 1 presentation or workshop delivered by an EWB member and/or a video with accompanying slides will be provided to the course coordinator upon request.
  • Student access to EWB Technology Challenge discussion forum – monitored by EWB staff and members to support student questions through the semester.
  • External review of top student reports – up to four reports may be submitted to the EWB Technology Challenge for external review by professionals in the engineering and international development industry.
  • Opportunities for attendance at the EWB Challenge Series Showcase – the top student team from each region for semester one and the top student team from each region for semester two will be invited to represent their university at the EWB Challenge Series Showcase.

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.