European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) is the largest in Engineering Competition in Europe, conducted by students for students.Teams that are composed by 4 students from technology fields, regardless of status of their degree, are challenged to solve the tasks that are provided by BEST in 3 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; afterwards moving onwards with several other Local EBEC Rounds as well as National/Regional EBEC Rounds and reaches an end by a EBEC Final event that is organised in beginning of August.
History of EBEC
The history of the EBEC started with its launch in 2002 when BEST members became interested in Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) – the prototype of the EBEC in Canada. The idea of the student`s competition was presented at following General Meeting of BEST and was initiated at BEST universities right afterwards. 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 for EBEC – where it had 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 contest; a 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 organisers from all universities that take part in the project. All EBEC rounds are organised 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 passing year. When it comes to EBEC 2014 edition, the project is expected to involve 86 Local BEST Groups in 32 European countries.
- National/Regional EBEC Rounds are the second level of EBEC project. Teams that are winners of Local EBEC rounds in their universities 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 2014 there will be 15 National/Regional EBEC Rounds that will represent the second level of EBEC pyramid. Each year more than 600 participants attend the second level of competitions in order to prove their practical skills and to be qualified for the final event.
- Last but not least, EBEC Final event is organised every year after the second level of competitions as the peak gathering for the finalists that are confident in teamwork, creativity and innovative approach to problems in society or industry.
EBEC 2014 Final event is aiming to gather 120 final participants out of 15 National/Regional EBEC Rounds. During the following nine days of the event which includes four competition days, participants will be practicing engineering approaches that they learned in their studies under limited amount of time, material and external access.