The ending of the competition

We have reached the final day of the competition! It’s the last opportunity for participants to prove their worth to the task partners, Valeo and Honeywell.

It was the second day for the Valeo task for Team Design and participants had to present in front of the jury from the company. The presentations consisted in being able to fit their racks in both hoods of cars with different sizes. They had a few minutes to present their idea and to change between each hood of the car. When the prototype was placed on the hood with the Velodyne LiDAR in it, the jury checked if it was high enough for the hood to not block the laser and also low enough so that it’s resistant to higher speeds.

EBEC Final 2017 Brno

While the presentations were happening in the hall, across from it there were happening the case study presentations. This day, the Case Study task was provided by the European Patent Office and it consisted of participants putting themselves in the role of an interdisciplinary team of inventors and founders of a start-up. This team had to develop ideas about a public transport system/service that would make transportation easier for people that are visually impaired. The solution had to cover the full travel from A to B and it should be safe and balance costs and travel time. Besides from that, the teams needed to find existing technical solutions on Espacenet and know what does it take to use the technology that they find. Participants found EPO’s task useful for their future since they now know how to search for patents and how they can use them.

To see the presentations of the solutions provided by the students for the Case Study and Team Design, go to our youtube page @BESTorganisation.

Author: Carolina Amorim

EBEC Final – printing the future

“I think all of them are winners because they built something and it works!” said Marie Chaloupková, Chief of Engineering at Y Soft be3D, impressed with the concept of the event. When asked what they think about the partnership with EBEC Final she said “For us is a chance to see the printers in a real environment…”, “We now know how the kids will actually be modeling and how they will be using them.”.

Y Soft supplied 3D printers for the participants to use freely and be able to do even better models by printing certain pieces that they design. The team design topic for the last two days of the competition was provided by Valeo. Participants will have to design a roof rack mount that will be easily mountable by a car passenger and is robust enough to withstand the maximum acceleration of a modern car. The rack will hold the Velodyne LiDAR which is a laser sensor that emits laser rays and receives reflections from objects, such as buildings, other cars, etc.

EBEC Final 2017 Brno

The case study task was powered by Honeywell which consists of being able to understand basics of the heating system design and methods used in Machine Learning or Data Analysis to come up with a solution that is using the data from the sensors. Students liked to create a new heating system to be installed in smart homes in order for the future air conditioning system to be more efficient.

To see the presentations of the solutions provided by the students for the case study, go to our youtube page @BESTorganisation.

Author: Carolina Amorim

Second day of the adventure in Brno

The adventure continues in Brno for the second day of the competition! Case Study created the idea of a smart home and Team Design built a box transporting vehicle.

Team Design teams got the chance to show what they are worth on the presentations of their task solutions. Each team had two minutes to present their solution and four to make the created vehicle lift three boxes and move them through an obstacle course.
In order to make the task, participants have an EBEC shop and access to 3D printing. All of this provided by Alfun, Isover and Ysoft.

EBEC Final 2017 Brno

When asked what they learned from the task, team Design Boys said “The most important thing that we learned in this challenge was time management. We need to manage our time more efficiently.”. The team was positive, showing their good team spirit!

As for case study, a two-part task was presented by Eaton. In the first part, participants needed to design a smart home based on smartgrids. While the second part had two options, either considering problems of the efficiency of power transmission or identifying energy aggregators for maintaining the grid frequency. The presentations were made at the end of the day leaving the jury impressed with their ideas.

To see the presentations of the teams, go to youtube @BESTorganisation.

Author: Carolina Amorim

The competition has begun!

The competition for the European Champions of Technology has started! Yesterday was the official first day of the competition, where 120 students gave their best to find solutions for the tasks proposed by the companies.

The case study task was proposed by the city of Brno. It consisted of creating a plan of a sensoric laboratory in the Brno Exhibition Hall. The laboratory would serve to collect different types of data in order to understand the problems of the city and to improve it by making it smart. In the end of the day, the participants’ ideas were presented in front of a jury.

EBEC Final 2017 Brno

The reactions of the participants were positive even with such a time-wise challenging task, saying “…it was very clear what we had to do…” and “…we managed to do it and are satisfied with the results.”.

Skoda proposed the team design task that will have a duration of two days. The proposed task was to create a vehicle capable of lifting 3 boxes from a shelf, moving them through an obstacle course and storing them in another shelf at the end of the course. Today there will be the presentations of solutions that the students came up with.

To see more about the competition, watch the live stream on youtube @BESTorganisation.

Author: Carolina Amorim

The final round of EBEC is officially open!

The winners of the regional rounds started the day with a tour of the competition place in order for them to know their working rounds and are prepared for the following competition days.

“We are very proud to host the final round of EBEC”, said Jaroslav Kacer, the Deputy Mayor of the Statutory City of Brno at the ceremony held at Brno Exhibition Centre. The ceremony also counted with welcoming speeches from Elias Solana, EBEC 2017 Coordinator, Samuel Lesko, President of BEST Brno, and Daniel Kovac, EBEC 2017 Main Organizer. With heart warming speeches thanking everyone for their hard work to make this event possible, participants felt the inspiring environment of BEST, Brno and the university. “The collaboration and fraternity spirit (…) takes the best example in the organization of EBEC. People born up to 6000 km away from each other, work together in the same direction” said Elias Solana. Samuel Lesko also complimented the organization saying “I truly stand behind the vision of this organization and I believe BEST is making the world a better place”. Following Samuel’s speech, the Main Organizer, Daniel Kovac, showed a video of the preparations for the event and invited all of the organizers on stage for a big round of applause.

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Marketa Lorinczy presenting JIC Starcube.

Brightening the ceremony, Anezka Knapkova, a choreographer/dancer champion of tap dance in Czech Republic and the second runner up at the World Championship, charmed the audience with a flowing, astonishing and powerful dance.

Following the performance, there were presentations by Marketa Lorinczy from JIC Starcube, a startup incubator with several programs for every entrepreneur who is looking to develop a startup, and Peter Nemec from the Brno University of Technology, showing the growing institution and all of the opportunities that it has to offer.

After the ceremony, students were invited to take a tour of the Exhibition Center and watch a presentation on 3D printing technology, that will be used in the competition, by Jaroslav List, a participant of last year’s final round of EBEC. A buffet followed, providing a great chance for the attendees to interact with each other and exchange their views on the competition.

The official opening day marks the beginning of the adventure in Brno! With an incredible heartening ceremony, the tone has now been set for the participants. As the coordinator, Elias Solana, said, “Now it is time for you, participants, to challenge yourselves, to test your limits, to give your BEST and to show why you are the finest minds of the European universities.”

Celebrate with us the beginning of this final round and watch the ceremony on youtube @BESTorganisation.

Author: Carolina Amorim