History of EBEC

EBEC through the years

A Brief History of EBEC

The history of the EBEC started with its launch in 2002 when BEST members became interested in the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) – the prototype of the EBEC in Canada. The idea of the student`s competition was presented at the 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 EBEC, 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. For many years, Team Design and Case Study were the official categories that EBEC Pyramid has; but during EBEC 2022 Team Design will be replaced with the newest and innovative category that EBEC never had before – Innovative Design.  EBEC has a developed chain of the contest – EBEC pyramidal structure. It consists of three levels; each level of EBEC 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 (LBGs). 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 2022 edition, the project is expected to involve 52 Local BEST Groups in 19 European countries.

National/Regional EBEC Rounds are the second level of EBEC competition. 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 2022 there will be 9 National/Regional EBEC Rounds that will represent the second level of EBEC Pyramid. That is brining us to 416 participants that will prove their knowledge and practical skills in order to be qualified for the Final Round in Zagreb!

Last but not least, EBEC Final is gathering the finalists that are confident in teamwork, creativity and innovative approach to problems in society or industry, and that are ready to compete to get the tytle of the ‘BEST Engineers in Europe”! This year, the Final Round of EBEC will take place in Zagreb, from 22nd – 30th of July!

The realisation of EBEC Final is only possible by the cooperation of supporters, partners and several internal bodies of BEST that are involved in the preparations. Therefore during the event, a considerable amount of people are taking part in the organisation of activities that are offered to finalists. There are more than 60 local and international members of BEST, who dedicate their full time in providing top quality organisation to finalists that participate in the competition. Ranging from logistics to media relations, every single activity is planned and managed in detail so that finalists can enjoy the unique experience of EBEC Final!


Fairness and transparency is a key figure in any contest, therefore we always position external professors, experts and company representatives who possess deep knowledge about the given competition task in order to assess the solution of finalists in the best possible way.


The project itself is conducted for students, by students. BEST is a non-profit, non-political organisation; therefore we always seek support from the institutions that are willing to recognise our efforts and share our vision to create an impact on Europe and its citizens. In return, we promote their means of support in our media channels and kindly ask the representatives to honour us by their presence or a speech on the Official Opening or Official Closing Day of EBEC Final.


We believe engineering studies must not be placed far from the industry and latest technological trends. Therefore having companies present in the event ensures the tasks are oriented to current problems that the world faces nowadays and the enthusiastic minds of Europe meet their future corporations as early as possible. More information regarding potential collaboration for EBEC Final you can find in the ‘Partners’ section of the website!

MADRID, spain


EBEC Final 2021 was held in Madrid, Spain, by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. This was the first time ever that this big event of BEST was organised in a hybrid format!

Participants were winners of 10 National/Regional Rounds and the event was supported by: Nestlé, Atos, Capgemini Engineering, Atos, Altair, IBM, Ineco and Indra.

warsaw, poland


EBEC Final 2020 was supposed to happen in Warsaw, Poland. Anyways, with the COVID pandemic that hit the world, many of the EBEC Rounds needed to be cancelled, including EBEC Final.



EBEC Final 2019 was held in Turin, Italy. The event itself was supported by ABB, AvioAero, Danieli, Eaton, FCA, Škoda, CHN Industrial, Atos, Nestle,.. Participants were winners of 12 National/ Regional Rounds.

EBEC Challenge 2018

EBEC Challenge 2018 was 2 — phased, team — based competition in 2 categories — Team Design and Case Study.

Brno, Czech Republic

Final Round of EBEC 2017

EBEC Final 2017 was held in Brno, Czech Republic. The event itself was supported by Skoda, Valeo, European Patent Office, EATON, Honeywell…

Belgrade, Serbia

Final Round of EBEC 2016

EBEC Final 2016 was held in Belgrade, Serbia. The event itself was supported by EATON, Autodesk, European Patent Office or Serbian National Commission for UNESCO…

Porto, Portugal

Final Round of EBEC 2015

EBEC Final 2015 was held in Porto, Portugal. The event itself was supported by UNESCO, Câmara Municipal do Porto, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude and leading industry partners such as Deutsche Bahn, European Patent Office, Colquímica, Reply, Dell and SAKTHI.

Riga, Latvia

Final Round of EBEC 2014

EBEC Final 2014 was held in Riga, Latvia and it was supported by Riga Technical University. There was also support from several important institutions such as UNESCO, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies and leading industry partners such as FIMA, Deutsche Bahn and European Patent Office.

“You learn by doing. Being in a real case of having basically documents to use, I think that it put participant in a real case situation. Personally in my sight, I had a lot of fun to see how many people take it so enthusiastically, they are willing to do it, ask really smart questions and I am just amazed and surprised by quality of the participants.” – European Patent Office

“The first thing that really struck me is the degree of professionalism of event. A very nice environment for teams to work and everything went really smoothly. Congratulations!” – Mathworks

Warsaw, Poland

Final Round of EBEC 2013

EBEC Final 2013 was held in Warsaw, Poland. The event itself was supported by Warsaw University of Technology; as well as several important institutions such as Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Copernicus Science Center and leading industry partners such as Procter & Gamble, GSE, IVECO, Deutsche Bahn, GE and European Patent Office.

“Such type of contests are unique for expressing needs and expectations of both – future employers and employees. Because of case studies form of the competition, we receive priceless feedback from them and fresh look. It is highly challenging for both sides but also, incredibly productive and rewarding. We learn from each other and benefit from it.“ – IVECO

“In Deutsche Bahn, we enjoy that EBEC brings together such a high quality of well-qualified students. A meeting point of tomorrow’s high potentials. It is an added value for the students to take part in EBEC. It helps to think out of the box and to stay open-minded.“ – Deutsche Bahn

Zagreb, Croatia

Final Round of EBEC 2012

104 top European technical students competed at European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) final in Zagreb, Croatia, in two categories: Team Design and Case Study. Case Study category had to solve the problem how to expand Kuwait’s airport capacity for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics. At the same time Team Design category had to to build a Roller Coaster. But that’s not all: EBEC 2012 has received the patronage of the President of Croatia!

Istanbul, Turkey

Final Round of EBEC 2011

104 top technical students were united by one passion – engineering. This was the 3rd edition of EBEC, considered the biggest engineering competition organised by a students’ organisation in Europe.

“You can find very innovative ideas, you can really see in real life how your people think, how they are trying to improve the social arena and how they are mixing together, networking together and getting to know each other better.“ – Ruxandra Benga, Infineon Technologies

“We found very interesting candidates for internship which we invited and they had a better chance to look and to get a deep inside of our company’s environment. We will reach interesting candidates who really want to develop a long term career in the semiconductor field.“ – Ruxandra Benga, Infineon Technologies

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Final Round of EBEC 2010

This edition of EBEC had 104 participants participated in two categories Team Design and Case Study. Participants were winners of 13 national/ regional rounds.

Ghent, Belgium

Final Round of EBEC 2009

LBG Eindhoven and LBG Ghent were highly motivated to organise this first BEST European Engineering Competition together with CWG (Competitions Work Group), it took place on the 17th-23th October 2003.

The first BEST Engineering Competition took place in Belgium with 80 participants from all over Europe. Half of them participated in teams of 4 people in a 2-day Team Design, the other half in a 2-day Case Study, followed by a presentation day. In the evenings 32 participants debated in teams of 2 people.

This edition of EBEC had 80 participants involved in two categories: Team Design and Case Study. Participants were winners from national and regional rounds. Every team who won national/ regional rounds in Team Design or Case Study categories competed in EBEC. One team consisted of 4 students. All the participants were eager to find the answer “ Who is the best engineer?”.

Since 2009, the Local Engineering Competitions are brought together in a common project where winners from these competitions compete at the Regional and National level and then the winners go to the European final which is called EBEC. The idea of having local, national and maybe a European final reaching towards cooperation with Canadians raised already in 2004.

How it all started?

Original idea of Engineering Competitions (EC) in BEST

Engineering Competitions (EC) Engineering Competitions (EC) was initially born in Canada. Canadian Federation of Engineering Students(CFES) established in 1985 the idea of having this competitions under the name of Canadian Engineering Competitions (CEC). The competition represents a valuable opportunity for industry participation and support, and sponsors and contributors propose real-world case studies for competition themes. The judges are drawn from related industry fields, or academia, and share their experiences with the competitors throughout one weekend as they network with the top up-and-coming engineers. The idea was afterwards taken by BEST and it resorted to the starting point of Competitions in BEST.

The idea of organising competitions was promoted in General Assembly 2002 and in BEST Courses in the summer season that same year. In those first days, the competitions Core Team was planning already to have a Competitions pyramidal system, as the Canadians were already doing it. They wanted to have new groups formed at higher levels to keep up with BEST spirit – meaning that participants had to work with people from other countries that they didn’t know from before. The aim of these Engineering Competitions were to provide soft skills such as teamwork or public speaking among the technical ones, eventually developing the participants.

One of the guys who brought the idea of Engineering Competitions to Europe – Carlo Spellucci and his testimonial:
“It was January 3, 2002. The very second time a BESTie took part in the Canadian General Assembly. I had the privilege to be that BESTie, sitting in a Montreal pub with the Vice President for Services of CFES*. Between beers and after dinner we wrote down on a napkin what would be the ideal journey of exporting Engineering Competition from Canada to Europe with BEST. I knew it would become a huge success, I just knew it. I was just surprised that something so cool did not start already with BEST while it was everyday life in CFES already then. I was only sorry I would not be there to work on it in the next years since I was about to finish my Treasurer mandate and go to earn a living. And now I see this video, all what generations of BESTies did in the last 11 years, and I feel so proud of our organization and you guys – you turned a dream from a napkin into wonderful, impressive reality.”
* The Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES)