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USA Grand Finals 

Join us virtually as we celebrate student accomplishments in the 2020-21 Engineering for People Design Challenge USA Grand Finals!

The Engineering for People Design Challenge, run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders South Africa, UK, and USA, encourages university students to broaden their awareness of the social, environmental, and economic impact of engineering. Taught through project-based learning, the initiative embeds a globally responsible awareness during a pivotal moment in student's careers. Since launching in 2011, close to 50,000 students have participated from institutions in South Africa, UK, Ireland, and the US.

This year, the challenge was set in the northern coastal Piura region of Peru, known globally for its surfing and ecotourism. Throughout the year, students worked in teams to investigate the challenges faced by a real community and design a solution to meet the community’s needs.

The top teams from each university submitted their designs to a pool of international reviewers. Those who have most effectively considered the social, environmental and economic impacts of their design, are then invited to present their ideas to an expert panel of judges and are recognized for their efforts during a national Grand Finals event. 

On the Day

During the US Grand Finals event, participating students, academics, industry professionals, and Engineers Without Borders USA come together to celebrate top student teams and the future of globally responsible engineering.

Throughout the event, we will hear from the EcoSwell community partner and a variety of engineering industry professionals about their experiences and the role of engineering in serving people and the planet. The event will conclude with the announcement of the award winners. 

To join the event, sign up here.

The People's Prize

The People's Prize is a public vote, awarding the team who has considered the social, economic and environmental impacts of their design idea most effectively. All teams are automatically entered into the People's Prize. 

Be sure to explore the design ideas in the workspace, which you can access by clicking the orange button below, and then cast your vote.

Voting closes on June 4 2021. 

The team that receives the highest number of votes will win the People’s Prize which will be announced at the Grand Finals.

Vote here


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, USA 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 - USA 

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