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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.

When is it?

It will take place from 4th to the 6th of March 2023, with a networking nsession on the first day.

Receive 1,5 ECTS!

Due to its big academic interest, this competition is ccredited by the University of Porto with 1,5 ECTS.

The competition has 2 levels!

The competition is structured on two níveis: a ronda local e a ronda regional.levels: local round and regional round. The winners of EBEC Challenge Porto will move on to the next round and will have the opportunity to participate EBEC Challenge Iberia, which will take place in Madrid, in May.



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 Innovative Design category (previously known as Team Design), the goal 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.


Pyramid rounds

Local rounds

There are 51 local rounds in 33 countries.

National and regional rounds

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 in Madrid from the 5th to the 8th of May.

There are 8 regional and national rounds.


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.


Sofia Moura

Main Organizer

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Gonçalo Almeida


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João Morais

Corporate Relations Responsible

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Eva Rodrigues

Topic Responsible

[email protected]

Maria Salgado

Topic Responsible

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Maria Taveira

Public Relations Responsible

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Matilde Silva

Design Responsible

[email protected]


You can register through our website or through the following link until the 19th of February.
Registrations will be considered according to the deposit payment order and not according to the order of filling in the registration form.

The competition will take place in person at FEUP

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.

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!

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.

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.

Of course! Every student of FEUP and FCUP can participate in EBEC.

Yes! As long as you are studying in FEUP or FCUP.

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.

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.

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 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.

At the opening session, the challenge will be presented and all of the potential doubts will be clarified.

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.

Participants will have Internet access and should bring at least one computer per team.

If any member of the team does not follow the rules, their team will be disqualified and they will lose their 5 euro deposit and access to credits.
If the team fails to come up with a solution to the challenge, the appropriate penalty will be decided by the jury members.
Each team is responsible for keeping the workspace assigned to it clean and in the condition in which it was found. Violation of this rule will result in the loss of the deposit.
For more information on possible penalties, we recommend reading the regulations, namely the article corresponding to irregularities.

Yes! All of the prizes will be announced during the event.
Besides that, the team that finishes in first place (Innovative Design and Case Study) will have access to the regional phase, which will take place in Madrid.

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.

If you have any doubts, you can contact the organization by the email[email protected] or the participants responsible, eva.carvalho.bestporto.org, or through our Facebook, Instagram oor in the BEST Office (room B321 in FEUP).