European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) is the largest Engineering Competition in Europe, conducted by students for students. Teams that are composed of 4 students from technology fields, regardless of the status of their degree, are challenged to solve the tasks that are provided by BEST in 2 different competition levels. The team which proves to be the most efficient, creative and successful at the end of competition finale is granted by “BEST Engineers of Europe” title.
EBEC project begins functioning every year by the first Local EBEC Round that is conducted in Europe. Afterward moving onwards with several other Local EBEC Rounds as well as National/Regional EBEC Rounds who is the final and winning round.
History of EBEC
The history of the EBEC started in 2002 when BEST members became interested in Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) – the prototype of EBEC in Canada. The idea of the student’s competition was presented at a following General Meeting of BEST and was initiated at BEST universities right afterward. There were different names than the current EBEC and different categories had been tried.
BEST European Engineering Competition (BEEC) was the previous name of the EBEC project, but it was changed in 2008 to EBEC – where it took its final shape. There were different categories of EBEC: Team Design, Debates, Case Study, Negotiations. After years of experience and feedback, Team Design and Case Study are currently the official categories that EBEC pyramid has; as these are being the most practical among others and consequently they are stimulating the enjoyment of competition among participants.
EBEC has a developed chain of a contest; an EBEC pyramidal structure. It consists of three levels; each level of pyramid refers to relevant rounds that are being held throughout the year.
- Local Round of EBEC is the first round which includes students and organizers from all universities that take part in the project. All EBEC local rounds are being organized by Local BEST Groups (LBG). While EBEC is becoming more and more popular among LBGs, the amount of participation to the competition chain is increasing by every year. When it comes to EBEC 2019 edition, the project is expected to include 97 Local BEST Groups in 34 European countries.
- National/Regional EBEC Rounds are the second level of the EBEC project. Winning teams of Local EBEC Rounds are invited to the next stage; either a National or a Regional competition depending on their division in EBEC pyramid. In the framework of project EBEC 2019, there will be 15 National/Regional EBEC Rounds that will represent the semi-final level of EBEC pyramid.
- Lastly, the Final Round of EBEC is the third and final level of the project. This stage is an international engineering competition which gathers the winners of the National and Regional Rounds of EBEC who compete in Team Design and Case Study categories.