Sandra Ivanovska

Sandra Ivanovska

LBG Skopje

Coorganizer – EBEC Final 2016
PR Coordinator– EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

I don’t think I could even begin describing what EBEC means to me, as it’s been by far the best experience of my life. However, if I had to sum it up I’d say it was a giant step out of my comfort zone and a healing process, as I came out in one, healthy piece on the other side.

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

I’m extremely proud of my teams – EBEC Team and Media Team and I’m also super proud of the organizers. I’m proud of the whole organization, as we showed the companies that a bunch of students armed only with endless passion, unyielding will, and everlasting motivation can do some pretty amazing things.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

Since crabs don’t grow the same way as other animals, they need to shed their shell. At the point where the shell is too small and starts to get uncomfortable, the crab sheds the shell as it has already outgrown it. The shell is the comfort zone, small and uncomfortable and I, most certainly, shed mine during EBEC Final. As an introverted person, I managed to stand in front of 160+ people and crack jokes into a megaphone while lining them up for a picture. In a way it was a catharsis as well, as I went through an emotional cleanse; meeting so many people and hearing so many stories and experiences…It’s a healing process. I haven’t been the same ever since I joined the project and that’s an excellent thing. I was thrown into the fire a couple of times at work but instead of burning up, I put out the fires because I had the experience from the amazing and immense EBEC Project. And you can’t grow like that at the faculty-or anywhere else for that matter- not even if you study for 10 long years. Life changing is what EBEC Final is, life-changing!

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

Most importantly, I learned to trust myself and my abilities and believe in myself because I could do so much more than what I initially thought. I also learned to trust the process, let it happen and enjoy every second of it.

Timea Izsak

Timea Izsak

LBG Cluj-Napoca

Corporate Relations Coordinator – EBEC Final 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

Due to its complexity, EBEC is definitely not just an event you are part of for a year – regardless your position (participant, organizer, partner), this one-of-a-kind experience gives you as much as you are ready to take from being part of it. 
EBEC for me had different meanings at different points of its development, but now I can easily admit that EBEC is a powerful service BEST should be proud of and should further develop for its next generations in order to be always one step closer for reaching its potential – because once being directly involved on the pyramid’s highest level, you get the great chance to understand its gratitude even more than ever – and it’s still not the complete picture.

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

I am first of all proud of what students can do for other students only by volunteering. EBEC Final Brno would have never been the same without having all of us collaborating in the best way we could and I am sure that the passion, commitment, international mindset and eagerness for a high quality experience for its all stakeholders were only a few things we have brought together and made it priceless. This way, new practices were also arisen and I am very proud of what we were able to achieve by collaborating with a big number of universities that year. 
There were definitely ups and downs in the process, but there is nothing you have to be afraid of when being part of a well-shaped team, which values human interaction just as you do – they will always have your back when needed and their support, friendship and leadership skills will always make it easier and pleasant – Yes, this is about my lovely Breakfast Club! <3

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

Well, it definitely helped me in many many ways.
At the very beginning, EBEC was a huge contributor for self-motivation in terms of other parallel commitments taken back then. Therefore, I am now able to deal with it in a very natural way and it feels easy to take the most out of each experience along the way.
Just a few months later, EBEC was an incredible surprise in terms of working with different nationalities. I can still recall our very first live meeting in Brno and the way we were able to interact after months of online meetings. It was a pleasant confirmation that I am part of something truly grandiose. Working with these kind of teams in the future is really something to consider and to not forget about.
Moreover, EBEC has not only helped in shaping a mindset for always achieving “a meaningful more”, but has also brought a lot of confidence on board while practicing new ideas. It is now easier to make my voice heard because great things are happening as a result of collaboration when you are not afraid of trying.
In addition, I believe that I had the great opportunity to enlarge my understanding in terms of how the world of external relations work. Since it has always captured my attention, the motivation coming from this process is still on fire for future steps in my career path.

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

I’ve realized that volunteering on such a high scale is really preparing you for what comes next and the challenges I’ve met along the journey were definitely pushing myself beyond my limits.
I’ve learned that ethic, equal treatment, respect and appreciation are crucial in any kind of collaboration and proper communication methods can always help us in shaping a better environment for the projects we are working for.
When these are fully mutual and are meeting the humans inside us, the event becomes personal and priceless – and the very strong connections that made it easier, now are just called friendships that could last forever <3

EBEC is coming. Is everything ready?

Right now, you should know a lot of information about EBEC, the local rounds, the national rounds and  the “humans” who have been part of it, but what does the Final Round of EBEC mean from a closer look?

If we think about it, now less than 20 days are missing to the event and people from the whole network are still working on it. More than 80 students from all over Europe are dealing with exams and private life just like everyone else, but in the meanwhile they find the time to proactively organize this huge event. 

Even while I am writing this, the Media Team is managing the promotion, keeping constantly in touch with all the Local Groups, the Topic Group is testing the subjects of the competition, the FR Group is constantly communicating with the partner companies, making any possible effort to satisfy all their needs in the best possible way and all the members of BEST Turin are dealing with logistics and making sure that the Final Round of EBEC will be the most enjoyable of all times.

How is this even thinkable? How could a group of students spread over Europe gather multinational companies and 120 participants from several universities in a single, immense event while studying for exams and without even meeting in person?

The answer is easy: MOTIVATION, PROACTIVITY AND WILLINGNESS OF IMPROVING ARE OUR STRENGHTS. The history taught us that, all together, we can achieve everything and, as Filippo Di Iorio, Photographer for EBEC Final 2017 and PR Coordinator of EBEC Final 2019, said: 

“[The most important thing I learnt from EBEC is] That nothing is impossible. For example volunteers from all over Europe, organising the biggest engineering competition in the old continent. We made it possible. We are continuing to make it possible. We will make it possible forever.”

We are ready, what about you?

Vítor Morais

Vítor Morais

LBG Porto

Logistics Responsible – EBEC LR 2015
Topic Group Member – EBEC Final 2016

What does EBEC mean to you?

The biggest European competition organized by students.

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

The ability to organize the 2015 international evening of EBEC, without having a party place (only a back-backup plan) and without spending almost anything. I am proud of everyone that has worked like hell, and in the end, they feel that their work was rewarded with one of the most epic moments of our lives.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

Being part of the organization of two years of EBEC gave me the ability to control any event of my professional and personal life. All the stress before a big moment of my life is now transformed into the incoming excitement of a big accomplishment.

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

In EBEC Final I found that the most interesting people are capable of exceeding your expectations. I just realize, as an example, that the participants are the most ingenious people capable to find brilliant solutions that nobody was expecting. If you have the right motivation, you can do anything!

Thomas Uyttendaele

Thomas Uyttendaele

LBG Leuven

Topic Responsible – EBEC Final 2014

What does EBEC mean to you?

EBEC brings the best engineers from all over Europe together and challenges them. With a true team spirit, they give everything they can during 4 competition days and solve the problems in ingenious ways.

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

During a whole year, you are working together with a team of equally motivated people. The three most memorable moments where:
– The official opening day: you see all the participants together in one room for the first time, understanding the event’s sheer size.
– The official closing event: to be able to see all the results in action after the challenging and rewarding competition days.
– The ‘see-you-later’: the last day, a very emotional time, with all the organisers you met and collaborated closely with during a full year!

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

Organising an event of this size certainly challenges you in a number of areas. For me, the key elements where:
– Team work in a virtual environment: working together with remote and a multi-cultural team was certainly an additional to the education I received at university.
– Prioritisation and time management: being a full-time student while preparing for the event helped me on manage my time better at all times.

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

Team spirit is everything, especially when executing volunteering work. Only with a motivated and willing team you are able to organise an event this size! And, of course, we made this happen in the BEST spirit possible 🙂

Onur Ulaş Özmekik

Onur Ulaş Özmekik

LBG Istanbul

NRR Supporter – EBEC 2016

What does EBEC mean to you?

That is our huge value and more than an usual event that enables opportunities to acquire personal development, experience real teamwork daily, enhance your project and time management skills to every single person enthusiastic for EBEC. After all those things that I have carried out for EBEC, I am so grateful to be part of this tremendous project. By means of EBEC, I see Europe as my home after all unforgettable moments with my lovely friends and emotions that remind me of all the time that I had in EBEC.

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

I would say being able to handle a huge project together with people from the hosting LBG, international teams and any other BESTies who have contributed to EBEC.

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

My personal development has performed incredibly and the best thing to be aware of, that is a constant development as long as striving for EBEC. I am able to take much more dynamic roles in projects, I perform very well at public speaking, I coordinate people’s work, tasks and many skills but most important I have gained huge self confidence.

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

I would say it doesn’t matter where you come from and how long you involve in BEST, you would always have a family in EBEC as long as you devote yourself and like to join the organisation.

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.