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UK Grand Finals

Run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders South Africa, and the UK, the Engineering for People Design Challenge encourages university students to broaden their awareness of the social, environmental and economic implications of their engineering solutions. Taught through a project-based learning approach, the initiative embeds a globally responsible awareness during a pivotal moment in the student’s career. Since launching in 2011, over 60,000 students have participated from institutions in Cameroon, South Africa, UK, Ireland, and the USA.

Throughout the year, students worked in teams to investigate the challenges faced by a real community in Cape York, Australia and design a solution to meet the community’s needs. The top teams from each university then submitted their designs to a pool of international reviewers. The student teams that have most effectively considered the social, environmental, and economic impacts of their design, are then invited to present their ideas to expert panels of judges and are recognised for their efforts during a national Grand Finals event on Friday 17 June 2022. 

The People’s Prize

This platform provides the space for participating students to showcase their design ideas and for the general public to vote on the team who has considered the social, economic and environmental impacts of their design idea most effectively. The design with the most votes on Friday 17 June at 14:00 BST will win the People’s Prize, with the winners announced at the Grand Finals ceremony. Beyond the voting, we also encourage you to respectfully share any feedback or complimentary ideas on designs in the comment sections of each submission. Head over to the Workspace below to start exploring and then cast your vote!


Voting will close on 17 June at 14:00 BST

Are you a student group looking to upload your design?

Make the most of this opportunity by entering the Workspace below and sharing your team's design idea. Be sure to add your team number and university as the title, and a summary of your design idea, before uploading your submission and any other supporting materials. While all teams are automatically entered into the People's Prize, how your idea is communicated in the Workspace may impact your chances of winning. 


By taking part in the Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals, teams agree to share their solutions under an open-source Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0. As part of participation, finalists will have signed the competition Terms and Conditions which further outline licensing, details of which can be found here.Teams shall own the Intellectual Property of their work, however, they will agree to provide Engineers Without Borders South Africa and UK permission to use the ideas for a wider benefit. If you have any queries about this, please get in contact at

Engineering for People
Design Challenge
UK & Ireland 

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