Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira

LBG Porto

Media Team Photographer – EBEC Final 2014
PR Responsible – EBEC NRR Portugal 2015
PR Responsible/Coordinator – EBEC Final 2016

What does EBEC mean to you?

European BEST Engineering Competition. It houses the opportunity for every European student to grow exponentially above others. A competition of such a magnitude that everyone comes out of it different from how we got in. A competition where engineers marvel stakeholders with ideas that are flexible, lean and modern.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

People. Organisers working non-stop to provide the best of what BEST has to offer and doing so with a smile, infecting everyone with our spirit. Participants working non-stop, against the clock, and pushing themselves to the limits; thinking outside of the box; making new friends and getting to know a lot of different cultures.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

It’s funny when something that scares you falls on your lap and lets you understand and get to know yourself so much that you cannot believe on how much you grow when it’s over. Management. Leadership. Failure. All of the skills that one would only learn at high positions were given to me by this opportunity; and I was taught to fail often and fail fast; learn and yield, manage and lead for a better future designed by me.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

Human Relations can move the world. Knowledge can be taught. Experience can be gained. But attitude, character and personality gives us the power to do our job better than anything, which, coupled with others’, will empower us to do more and be better.

Bogi Duray

Bogi Duray

LBG Budapest

Photographer – EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC is a huge event, a fantastic chance for both participants and organizers to get out of their comfort zones, test their limits and show their talent.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the Media Team, which I got to be a part of. We were working from morning till late night. Everyone was giving their best, taking and editing pictures and videos, having interviews with company representatives, participants and organizers and publishing on social media. There was a huge amount of work to be done and, from my point of view, we made the best results. I am very grateful for have been part of this event.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

Taking more than 1500 pictures each day, selecting the best ones and uploading them to the official Flickr account can give a person a lot of experience. I learned so much and got the chance to develop my skills from the first day till the end of the event, and I think with success!

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

As an organizer, besides having tons of tasks to do to make the most out of the event, one must enjoy what she is doing. We are a voluntary student organisation and we are there to help others’ development, which also helps us. There is no chance to do this without fun spiced with, at least ,a bit of passion and there is absolutely no chance to do this without others.

Katarina Jasencova

Katarina Jasencova

LBG Bratislava

NRR Supporter – EBEC 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC is love – it is my favorite project in BEST and what I love about it is that every stakeholder (students, universities, companies) and even members of BEST can benefit from this project.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I am proud of everyone who helped at any way with organization of EBEC Final and who had dedicated his or her time in order to successfully organize it. I am very happy that we all made it together and we can proudly say that EBEC Final in Brno was a great experience for everyone who participated.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

I improved my English and being in EBEC team also helped me to become more organized and responsible.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

It does not matter where you are, what matters is the communication between people involved in the project.

İlkin Göksal

İlkin Göksal

LBG Istanbul

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2013

What does EBEC mean to you?

To put it simply: friendship, effort, spirit, fun!

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the part that participants were sweating bullets while designing prototypes and trying to solve problems we have had pre-defined. It made me feel proud to see how our effort in pre-EBEC for months was turning into a valuable outcome, defining the best engineering team of Europe.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

EBEC Topic team helped me improve my teamwork a lot. Without expecting any benefit and with only a mutual goal to achieve as a team, being a team means much more than the usual business life.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

Never make changes in the work you have being preparing for months the rght night before the day you are going to present it.

Veselin Živanović

Veselin Živanović

LBG Belgrade

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2016

What does EBEC mean to you?

I literally wanted to leave BEST when I discovered EBEC and found out that I couldn’t participate in it because I was already a member of the organization. Then I decided, if I can not participate in it, then I will create tasks and again “participate”. For me, EBEC is, in other words, an unrealistic dream, but saturated.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

All the smiles on the faces of the participants, the organizer and the observer that came out of our tasks and the EBEC itself.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

You realize that no matter how perfectly perfect it is, it can also have a disastrous end, and something so imperfect can have a beautiful result.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

One man can do anything, 100 people can do everything that never occurred to that man.

Vasile Taranovici

Vasile Taranovici

LBG Chisinau

Video Producer – EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC is energy, EBEC is life… EBEC is a passion for building something truly remarkable and having fun in the process.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of the journey that EBEC let me dive into and the unlimited experience that it had in store for all of us.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

EBEC taught me how to be more independent, how to work more efficiently and how to solve problems spontaneously. It also helped with my communication and time management skills.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

“Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you’re part of a team”

Gonzalo Marcos Abad

Gonzalo Marcos Abad

LBG Madrid

FR Responsible – EBEC Final 2013

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC project is a seed to develop the European leadership in the world of technology through human values.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

I am proud of the positive impact the project did in all the stakeholders involved, and particularly of having met so many participants having a great time solving the challenges we set them and developing enriching relationships both with their teams and their opponents.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

A bunch of new contacts (personal and professional), my English was totally boosted, and I acquired plenty of soft skills related to project management: time management, international teamwork, communication…

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

Communication is a key in project management. It can ruin the project, or make a huge success out of it; communication management is frequently the only difference between the former and the latter.

Stefan Zrnović

Stefan Zrnović

LBG Belgrade

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2014
Media Team Journalist – EBEC Final 2015

What does EBEC mean to you?

It is hard to put into words what this project means to me as a person. The reason is the huge potential and creativity as a unique concept in the students’ world. EBEC helped me understand how just a well-organised group of students can achieve huge results when they are united. It also showed me how to face the challenges that occur during the organisation of complex events.

When you look back at event, what are you most proud of?

Since I still believe that EBEC is one of the best representations of engineering among students, there will always be things that make me proud. Firstly, being part of EBEC Final 2014 as a Topic Group member, I was astounded by the level of creativity shown by students based on our given tasks. Next, organising EBEC Final 2015 as an EBEC Journalist, I was impressed by how LBG Porto showed dexterity and professionalism during the whole event. It made me feel delighted how BEST as an organisation treats this event as one of their most important occurrences. Lastly, as a President of LBG Belgrade during the time EBEC Final 2016 was hosted in my city, I am proud of my team and the whole organisation, as well as how much persistence and strength we had in order to overcome all the obstacles during that one year of preparations for the event.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

It helped me a lot! Firstly, taking responsibility for a part of the event and seeing the outcome of all our hard work was actually the biggest lesson I learnt as a TG member. When EBEC Final 2016 was organised in LBG Belgrade, as a president I built the self-confidence to face any challenge that comes on my way. It can even raise to the extent of surrealism! I believe that specific event really made me a mentally stronger person.

What is the most important thing you learned during the organization of EBEC Final?

The most important lesson I learnt is definitely that good team work can move the rocks. I am extremely happy to know that I came to that conclusion after changing lots of different teams and work environments. All the good memories which we will cherish throughout life were a product of teamwork, unity, friendship and passion. Knowing that each one of us grew, progressed and that we couldn’t be where we are now without this development is a realization we will always be glad about.

Who are the BEST students in your country?

Do you remember about Local Rounds? (if not, you can read about them in this article and on our channels)

The winners of each Local Round of EBEC have the access to the National/Regional ones to be challenged again, try new experiences and feeling a lot of emotions.

What does it mean being part of a National/Regional Round?

For universities and companies it is a great chance to increase their own visibility, empower their brand and do some networking.
If you are an organising student, on the other hand, it is a wonderful moment to increase your skills, while amusing yourself and meeting new people and companies.
If you are a participant student, finally, it means you are representing your university at a national level, while having the opportunity of having fun, meeting new people and companies.

Of course, it is impossible not to mention the further possibility to work in a team, dealing with different ideas and a limited availability of means to solve a problem; to quote Marie Chaloupkova, who represented Y Soft Corporation during the Final Round of EBEC in 2017:

“I really liked it [the competition] because they have some kind of problem, some time to tackle it and I think that actually all them are winners because they built something, it works and even if it does not work this is what sometimes happens with technology”.

Despite these inspiring and profound words, there are winner teams, tough, and being the winner of a your own country, beside obviously going to the Final Round to represent it.
Right now, all the rounds are gone, who will be the aforementioned brilliant students and who will be the ones to win the title “Top students” in Europe for this edition?