THE FINAL DAY OF THE FINAL ROUND: THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BEST ENGINEERS OF EUROPE

A whole week of work, feelings, creativity and friendship has passed and the long-awaited awards have come.

We are at the destination of this long, wonderful, developing trip, where companies and students met and waited to know the name of the winners, the names of the best engineers of this edition of the European BEST Engineering Competition.

The ceremony started with a delightful exhibition from Turin’s Conservatory, followed by the greetings of the International Board of BEST: Senne Mausen, President, and Paulina Kopton, Vice-President for Services went on the stage to share their thought and experiences.

Monika Dziembowska, the EBEC Coordinator succeeded them, wishing everyone good luck and inviting the public to always accept the challenges.

After the introduction, the Career Fair started, giving to the Task Partners, together with Atos, CNH Industrial and Nestlè the chance to better introduce themselves to the students, showing them their several opportunities: a moment strongly representative what of BEST do, connect its stakeholders.

Every company’s stand was surrounded by curious students, willing to know more, and companies’ representatives, always available to solve any doubt and give some advice.

In the afternoon the moment has come: the awards started, each company chose its own task’s winner and finally the winner of Case Study and Team Design were announced. Who are these winners? Let’s check it out from this table.

Case Study Winners
Team Design Winners

Congratulation to all the winners for having proved their skills and to all the other participants for having accepted the challenge, tested and practiced their skills.

The challenges may be over of this edition of EBEC, but they will never end, so never stop embracing them and pointing to the best. Always do better, always keep the gradient.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST DAY TO BE THE BEST ENGINEERS

We are close to the end of the Final Round of EBEC, the last day of competition and the last chance of this event for the participants to prove they are the best engineers in Europe.

Today, last but not least, our students are working to complete Škoda’s task, which guaranteed us an astonishing show during the prototypes’ tests as well as the exposition of brilliant solutions and prove of competences and skills.

The task, as mentioned in the previous article, was about building a robot capable of extinguish several fires, simulating a fire in a factory plant.

In the meanwhile, Eaton come for the third time in a row at the Final Round of EBEC, bringing one of the problems they are facing right now in engineering level and commercialisation.

The participants had to define a start up, complete with vision and commercial plan and propose a viable solution to solve a problem related to a well defined street, Corso Francia, one of the biggest and most crowded of Turin, for the reduction of queues and emission of greenhouse gases.

The challenges are over for this edition of EBEC, but it is not over with you. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out who are the winners of each task and the general ones. Stay tuned to know the BEST engineers of Europe! 

OUT OF THE SCHEMES FOR THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE

It is the third day of competition of the Final Round of EBEC and today we had a whole reboot for both the challenges.

After the free day, where both participants and organizers had the time to chill, visit Turin, relax  their minds and charge their batteries, FCA and Škoda’s tasks have been described to our Finalists. 

For the Case Study, FCA challenged the creativity of the students into defining several aspect of a business case related to autonomous driving: level of the autonomous drive, target of the product, applicable environment, conceptual design and layout of the vehicle. 

Furthermore, the business case needed to include details about the data collection algorithm. A really challenging request that left a lot of space for brilliant ideas to implement. 

In factories’ productions, if accidental fire started, production would stop, causing economic losses not only for the damages of fire, but also due to the arrest of production and the water used to extinguish fire. This is the reason why Škoda asked for the Team Design a robot capable of annihilate the flames in the shortest time possible.

Strong imagination, flexibility and proactiveness were proved, interesting ideas came out and as always, our participants DESIGN THE FUTURE, TODAY.

Stay tuned to know more about a new Case study and the fire robot solutions of tomorrow! 

THE CHALLENGES CONTINUE!

New and old mixed in the second day: a new challenge for the Case Study and the old one for the Team Design.

AvioAero invited the students to a reflection: hybrid systems are booming in cars but not really used in aerospace, hence the teams had to present such a hybrid system but for planes taking into account as many details as possible.

As usually, the suggested solutions included brilliant ideas and interesting hints for the company. 

Finally, after 2 working days, the Team Design participants had the possibility to show their prototypes to Danieli Officine Meccaniche, demonstrating high inventice and creativity, helped by the possibility of printing components in 3D thanks to Fabula 3d and the technical support of Meccano.

We wish all the participants good luck and encourage them to keep with the creativity and productivity showed so far!

Stay tuned for the next challenges, where the students will be able to design the future, today.

Ready, set, GO!

EBEC Final has started and for this first day of competition ABB and Danieli Officine Meccaniche introduced their thrilling challenges.

For the Case Study, ABB asked the students to imagine themselves as a Start up, e-Moby and define some innovative service connected to sustainable mobility, defining a typical customer, possible partnership and costs of the project.

In the meanwhile, Danieli Officine Meccaniche asked the Team Design participants to create an industrial robot. More specifically, the job of the robot was to move a cartridge in a well defined spot, requiring extreme precision and repeatability. The challenges were exciting and stimulating for the students, who proposed several interesting solutions to the Case Study and started working on the prototype for the Team Design, which will be presented on the second day.

We cannot wait for the next tasks and ingenious solutions and you?

Lights, cameras, action!

Everything is ready and the Opening Ceremony of the Final Round of EBEC has come. 

Participants, Organizers, Companies and University representatives met yesterday at MAUTO, the car museum of Torino. 

The excitement is in the air and we can start to see the fruits of the hard work done so far: a wonderful location, every organizing team doing their job and well structured presentations, but what exactly happened during the day?

The Ceremony started with a splendid performance by the Conservatory of Turin, followed by the the greetings from Greta Gasperoni, President of BEST Politecnico di Torino, Monika Dziembowska the EBEC Coordinator, Marco Tuccio the Project Manager and Elisa Armando from the International Mobility Office of Politecnico di Torino. 

Later on, the partner companies FCA, AvioAero, ABB, Danieli, Škoda and Eaton presented themselves to the students, interspersed by a new exhibition of the Conservatory and some break to let students, organizers and companies get to know each other, take some picture in the photo area and enjoy the meals. 

BEST students proved that EBEC and the network itself is not only about working and meeting companies, as far as motivation and inspiration lead them and in the same way that they wanted to motivate and inspire the people at the event, through the speech of Enrico Risi, head of enterprise sales EMEA at Chronicle: 

“A few things we can control in our life, our goals are a part of those. Overshoot if you want to land somewhere good.”

His invitation to set high goals for our lives was only a part of his speech, which was followed by the knowledge fair, where the students had the chance to share and increase their knowledge talking with local Start ups and different realities, delighted by a wonderful musical company. 

A lot of feelings and experience already happened, but there still is a lot to come.

In conclusion, I would like to greet the readers with the definition of “compete” suggested by Risi:

“Challenge yourself and support others who are striving to be their best.”

Luka Jesensek

Luka Jesensek

LBG Maribor

Social Media Manager – EBEC Final 2014

What does EBEC mean to you?

Connecting young people from Europe in a creative way, fostering international collaboration, and at the same time building a great asset for the future careers.

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

EBEC Final looked like something that could easily be compared with top level international events, from the point of view of participants, sponsors, engaged local environment, media coverage… The fact that a representative of a major European company who took part at the event could not believe that the whole thing is run by student volunteers speaks volumes about the level of the events BEST can pull off. This enthusiasm and dedication of its members is a defining point of BEST, and because of this I am sure that the organization will continue achieving big things.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

I had an opportunity for defining social media presence of a large international organization, from strategy to execution and monitoring. Looking back, I am proud to see that four years ago, we were utilizing cutting edge techniques, from video, to livestreamings and innovative storytelling… everything you could see in modern social media campaigns today. Such experience proved useful for my future career and might even helped me of landing some nice jobs later 🙂

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

Team work, collaboration, drive and a good spirit trumps big resources every day. Big time.

André Calatré

André Calatré

LBG Porto & Aveiro

FR Responsible – EBEC Final 2015

What does EBEC mean to you?

The most marking project in my life, where I met a second family.

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

The high quality achieved and the high standards set, despite being a bunch of college kids with no outstanding resources.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

It’s the excelent example I mention all the time to my employers, colleagues and friends: that whole year I managed to work with an international team spread around all corners of Europe, how different we all were and how that became our strenght and not a weakness.

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

Preparation and improvisation under pressure.

Galina Androsova

Galina Androsova

LBG Moscow

Topic Group Member

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC was the first event I saw in BEST and since that time it became my passion and adoration. This was the project which always moved me further: to learn and experience something new, to become better, to meet people. But the most important thing in all of this is to see participants with shining eyes, which are able to accept challenges and show how great they are as engineers. EBEC is an amazing possibility for students to test their skills, to apply their knowledge into practice, to perform their abilities, to meet new people and build their network. It can completely turn round their interests, hobbies, and goals as it once did for me.

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

I am proud of a great atmosphere created for participants to find themselves, to show their abilities and to create their future.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

I became more stress resistant and learned how to deal with difficult situations, learned how to listen to people’s opinion, accept it and use it in the best possible way.

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

While preparing EBEC Final I learnt a lot about communication: with organisers, with Topic Group, with companies. The event showed me that exactly communication changes a lot: your teammates become your great friends, you can feel comfortable with company representatives and increase your network, you can learn many things from talking with other people.

Alex Bellos

Alex Bellos

LBG Patras

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

There is an Engineer’s aspect – analogical thinking, mathematical reasoning, hard skills.
And there is a BESTie’s aspect – BEST spirit, always flexible, friendly and with an appetite to constantly develop soft skills.
The combination of these two aspects simply means EBEC to me.

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

I’m most proud of my team, Topicantes. Neither for their skills, nor the workload we had to deal with in order to deliver topics of high quality. I’m proud of them because they made me a better person. Because together we made a team that had tons of fun, enjoyed every single moment and because everyone could have seen how much we cared for each other. Once a Topicante, always a Topicante!

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

As a Topic Group member, and more specifically as responsible for one of the Case Study topics of EBEC Final, I got the chance to work closely for more than 5 months with a big multinational company (Honeywell). In the end, apart from huge development of my project management and communication skills, I also got an internship offer from this company.

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

That EBEC Final is a huge project. A project that even big, profitable companies would hesitate to undertake. However, some motivated students-volunteers, us, somehow manage to put together all kinds of resources, mix them with our awesome BEST spirit and come out with this astonishing result. Before EBEC Final, I still remember I was wondering: “But how can we possibly do that?”. Now, whenever I look back to those moments, I answer to myself: “Look what we did!”. And that’s a great lesson.