European BEST Engineering Competition
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EBEC - European BEST Engineering Competition
European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) is a project conducted by Board of European Students of Technology (BEST), gathering best European students of engineering. With EBEC Project BEST tries to raise the social awareness of all the students in relation to present-day world problems and involve them into resolving those ones. Project brings together students, universities, companies and NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations).
Students are offered to participate in these four categories:
Team Design: the competitors need to build a device, that has to perform the needed actions in order to solve a given problem; Case Study: it's a more abstract competition which consists of analysing and solving a real-life problem with no actual construction of any device or assembling of some materials, but using the information given to develop hypothetical solutions;
Mainly, only the first two categories are offered on BECs and there are only these two categories presented on EBEC final. Students gather in teams of four people. Case Study is the category where students can explore their analytical and economic skills in technology sphere. Team Design at this point concentrates on creation of engineering constructions regarding presented problem.
EBEC pyramid represents the three levels of Competitions: First level - Local BEST Engineering Competition (LBEC) - is held within one University and organised by one Local BEST Group (LBG). Winners of this level go to the next one.
Second level - Regional/National BEST Engineering Competition (RBEC/NBEC) - is held within one region/country and organised by one of the LBGs from that region/country. This level has 13 Regional/National BEST Engineering Competition (RBEC/NBEC).Winning teams go to the next, last, level of Competitions.
Third level - European BEST Engineering Competition Final event (EBEC Final) - involves students from more than 80 universities represented in BEST and the winners are awarded the honorary title of best European engineers.
List of all national/regional round:
EBEC Romania & Republic of Moldova
History of EBEC
Engineering Competitions became and are a real part of BEST(Board of European Students of Technology) since 2002.
The first real experience with an Engineering Competition (EC), came in March 2002 when some members of BEST went to the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). They came back very enthusiastic and started to promote the idea for this kind of BEST event.
LBG Eindhoven and LBG Ghent were highly motivated to organise this first B(E)EC (BEST European Engineering Competitions) together with CWG (Competitions Work Group), and so it took place on the 17th-23 October 2003. The first B(E)EC took place in Belgium with 60 participants from all over Europe. Half of them participated in teams of 4 people in a 2-day Team Design, the other half in a 2-day Case Study, followed by a presentation day. In the evenings 32 participants debated in teams of 2 people.
The second B(E)EC was organised by LBG Warsaw and CWG between 8th and 16 October 2004 in Poland. 80 participants participated in either Team Design, Case Study or Negotiation and could also take part in the debates in the evening.
In 2005 following BECs were organised: BEC Sofia (March 2005) BEC USTU (May 2005) BEC Zagreb (September 2005) All in all, the Engineering Competition project has grown up a lot in only few years.
EBEC 2009 was organised between 1st - 12 August 2009 in Ghent. This edition of EBEC had 80 participants involved in two categories: Team Design and Case Study. Participants were winners from NEC/REC in category CS and TD. Every team who won NEC / REC in TD or CS category competed in EBEC. One team consisted of 4 students.
EBEC 2010 took place in the period of 1st - 11 August 2010 in Cluj Napoca. This edition of EBEC had 104 participants participated in two category Team Design and Case Study. Participants were winners of 13 NEC/REC in category CS and TD.
EBEC 2011 was organised between 1st - 10 August 2011 in Istanbul. The competition gathered 104 top technical students in Istanbul united by one passion – engineering. This was the 3rd edition of EBEC, considered the biggest engineering competition organised by a students’ organisation in Europe.
EBEC 2012 was organized between 1 – 8 August 2012 and gathered 104 top European technical students competing at European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) final in Zagreb, Croatia, in two categories: Team Design and Case Study.
This event was supported by UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme ), which provided a real-life problem for the team design part. During recent years EBEC was recognised as partner of many companies and institutions. Some of them are: European Year of Creativity and Innovation, Detur, KasperskyLab, Siemens, Infineon, TÜBİTAK, (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ICOC), and for this year the partners are INA ( National Oil Company in Croatia).
Also Universities, that supported EBEC during recent years were: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) Technische Universtät Wie, Univerza v Ljubljani, Universidad de Valladolid, Unviersidade de Aveiro, Zaporiz'kiy Natsionalniy Techninichnyi Universytet, Polytechnio Kritis, Universidad, Politécnica de Madrid, Istanbul Technical University.
Supporters of EBEC are: Young in Action, European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI),IEEE and UNESCO.