The Royal Academy of Engineering has invited UK university teams to participate in the Engineering a Better World Student Innovation Competition 2017; a seven-month programme of challenge-led innovation, design and business development, culminating in the opportunity for five successful teams to attend the Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington DC.

Nominated teams of undergraduate students took part in a two-day interactive workshop on 9 and 10 March, facilitated by UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), where they were confronted with a global challenge and tasked to develop a solution that engineering expertise can address in an innovative and effective way. This solution must contribute to sustainable development and reduction of poverty in developing countries. 

Competition Showcase

Teams will be pitching their design solutions at the Showcase held at the Academy at 6pm on 5 April 2017. Explore digital poster displays, listen to pitches, and ask questions about the teams' innovations and designs that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering. Our group of esteemed judges from the engineering and international development professions will be roving through the crowds to pick the five best teams. 

Register here to attend the Showcase

Global Grand Challenges Summit

The winning teams will go on to develop full business proposals for their design solutions, supported by a Business Development Bootcamp on 12 June, and then will have the opportunity to represent the UK at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington DC in July, competing against teams from the United States and China. 

The UK, US and Chinese academies of engineering are hosting this Summit on 19-20 July 2017 at the George Washington University, with the student competition day on 18 July and an opening reception that evening. Engineering leaders, educators and rising star students are invited to gather and seek solutions to humanity’s great challenges, inspiring the next generation to forge a better future for the world through engineering and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael Abrash, Oculus
  • Jeffrey Dean, Google
  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer to the UK
  • Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Molly Stevens, Imperial College London
  • Ding Yihui, China Meteorological Administration

...with more to be announced shortly.

Visit to register and join 800 professionals and students at the Summit.  

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