Take the Challenge!
EBEC (European BEST Engineering Competition) is the biggest European Engineering and Technology Competition that is designed to develop creative thinking, problem-solving techniques and creativity in the participants while working as a team to solve the proposed problem in 24 hours. It will take place from 19th to 21st of March 2022 with a networking session on the 17th of March. Due to its big academic interest, this competition is credited by the University of Porto with 1,5 ECTS.
The competition is structured on three levels: local round, regional round and final round. Winners of EBEC Porto will go to the next round, EBEC Iberia , that will also take place in Porto inn May. After that, winners of EBEC Iberia will be promoted to the last round, EBEC Final that will take place in Zagreb, Croácia, in July.
Applications: from 21st of February to 6th of March.
Grab your place in the competition before it runs out!
In the Case Study category, the teams have the opportunity to analyze and solve two problems based on a real scenario. For this, the team can use several means of research and creativity, having to present a solution in 24 hours. These challenges range from technological to economic problems. In the end, the participants have to submit a report and deliver a presentation to a panel of judges that will evaluate their performances.
In the Team Design category, the objective is to build a prototype, using limited materials, that responds adequately to the requirements of a previously presented problem. Thus, participants will have 24 hours to design an efficient solution based on their technical expertise and problem-solving and decision-making capabilities. The prototypes will then be evaluated by a jury based on parameters previously defined by the organization.
The regional round will be organized in cooperation with the five Local Groups of BEST in Portugal and the two Local Groups of BEST in Spain. It will have the participation of 64 students, distributed in both categories, 8 of whom will represent FEUP and/or FCUP. It is scheduled to take place also in Porto from the 13th to the 16th of March.
The two best teams, one for Case Study, one for Team Design and Innovative Design, will represent Iberian Peninsula in the final phase of the competition that will be held in Zagreb, Croatia from the 22nd to 30th July 2022. In this round, all the winning teams of European national and regional rounds will be challenged on Case Study and Innovative Design.
During the competition, participants have the opportunity to participate in a networking session with several companies and present to them what they most seek and need in their companies.
BEST Porto also invites EBEC participants to submit their CVs to companies.
José Luís Santos
How and until when can I register?
You can register through the button “Register here” on our website or through the following
link from the 21st of February until the 6th of March.
Registrations will be considered according to the deposit payment order and not according to the order of filling in the registration form.
What is the competition format?
The competition will take place in person at FEUP, with the appropriate health restrictions.
How many members should my team have?
Each team is constituted by 4 members. But you can register individually or even in groups of 2 or 3 members, and after that, you will be inserted into a team that lacks members.
Should I have prior knowledge of some specific theme?
You only need basic concepts of science and engineering and to be interested in challenges! You should have the will to work in a team and spend a fun but safe weekend with your friends. You don’t need anything else!
Does the organisation provide meals to the participants during the weekend of the competition?
Yes. BEST Porto assures all of your meals during the 24 hours of the competition (Saturday's dinner and Sunday’s lunch). Besides that, during all weekend we will have a coffee break space available.
Do we have to pay to participate in the competition?
No, you only have to leave a 5 euro deposit per person. This deposit is given back to you at the end of the competition and after you fill in a feedback form if you obey all of the expressed clauses in the regulations.
I’m still in the 1st year of college. Can I participate in EBEC?
Of course! Every student of FEUP and FCUP can participate in EBEC.
I’m already doing my master’s/ PhD. Can I participate in EBEC?
Yes! As long as you are studying in FEUP or FCUP.
Is it true that the competition is credited?
Yes, the rectory of the University of Porto credits EBEC since 2013/2014 with 1.5 ECTS to the participants. You will only receive credits the first time you participate in EBEC, for each of the modalities. Your course director decides the acceptance or not of your credits.
To access the 1.5 ECTS you have to: have a good performance in the competition, fulfil all the clauses in the regulations.
For more detailed information we recommend you to read the article “Creditação” of the regulations.
Does the competition last 24 hours?
Yes, the competition itself lasts 24 hours, which is the time each team has to solve the given problem. Outside of those 24 hours, you also have the networking session, the opening and closing session and the presentations.
How am I evaluated?
It’s up to the event organisation to inform the jury of the criteria of evaluation with a list of all the teams competing so that the selection of the winners will be easier.
If I have to skip classes, does BEST Porto justify it?
If you have to miss classes to participate in the event, BEST Porto justifies them for that day. You only have to ask for that same justification until the end of the competition with the Participants Responsible.
When will we know the challenge that we have to solve?
At the opening session, the challenge will be presented and all of the potential doubts will be clarified.
Can I leave the competition place during the challenge?
Displacements are only allowed inside the building. If you have to leave the place, you need a proper justification and the authorization of someone from the organisation. Other situations will be taken into consideration by the organisation.
Can we have access to external information?
Participants will have Internet access and should bring at least one computer per team.
What are the restrictions to the participants during the challenge?
In case any team members don’t follow the rules of the regulation, the team is disqualified and loses its deposit as well as the access to the 1.5 ECTS.
If the team is unable to present a solution to the challenge, the penalty is decided by the judges.
For more information about possible penalties that may occur, we advise the reading of the event regulations, in the article that corresponds to irregularities.
Are there any prizes?
Yes! All of the prizes will be announced during the event.
Besides that, the team that finishes in the first place (Team Design and Case Study) will have access to the regional phase, which will also take place in Porto.
Why do the presentations and the reports need to be made in English?
Since the competition is included in the international project “EBEC - European Best Engineering Competition”, there are some rules that need to be met in all of the local rounds. Besides that, BEST promotes the development of students and that includes their proficiency in the English language, which is of great importance.
What do I do if I have any other questions?