Walid G. H. Saad

LBG Turin

Topic Group Member – EBEC Final Brno 2017

What does EBEC mean to you?

Olympics of Engineering, gathering young people with extraordinary potential from every corner of Europe.

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

I am certainly most proud of the team of great people I worked with: our spirit, our motivation, our dedication and determination on creating a competition that would significantly impact the future of hundreds of students!

How did organizing EBEC Final helped your personal development?

It helped me gain improvisation skills by organizing, together with two Spanish veterans and Topicantes, the first Educational Summit during EBEC SIM, where local and international volunteers of BEST came together for a profound team building and spirit ignition. Some argue that without the Educational Summit, BESTies wouldn’t have had the motivation to successfully conclude EBEC Final.

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

I learned that when you volunteer and invest your time and energy for the improvement of others, you most definitely are the first one to feel the impact: skills, friends, improvement, fun, and gratitude!

humans of ebec announcment

Announcing “Humans of EBEC”

When you hear “European engineering competition” what is first thing that pops in your mind? Some serious people with glasses, in white coats, surrounded by wires, cables, sitting behind large monitors? Or 20-something year old students, running through halls of university, carrying piles of materials or cleaning the corridors, laughing and shouting?

First Final round of EBEC was organized in 2009 by Local BEST Group Ghent, and today we want you to meet Lucien Romagnoli – founder of EBEC and it’s first coordinator. For Lucien, EBEC represents new service for engineering students in BEST universities and it brings more focus to technical aspects of engineering studies. 2009 was the first time all LBGs organised a joint pyramid of events, bringing their winners to the same place after two rounds of competition, which was never done before. This was accomplished with support of United Nations, and it was the first time we used media to build and promote the event.

“In 2008, when late night talks about the idea raised, we could have never imagined that a 10th edition would even be possible. Congratulations to all of you” says Romagnoli.

While organizing this big event, most important thing he learnt is “Run fast alone, run far together”, and that is exactly what we are doing this ten years.

You may say we’re still kids, too young and not serious enough, or that we’re not doing it right maybe. But we are doing it our way.

Engineering dream coming true

A long time ago, on the soil of Europe in heads of many an idea was born – to organize engineering competition. To help their friends and colleagues from technical faculties develop their skills, and use their wide theoretical knowledge they have in practice, for solving simulations of real engineering problems and to prepare better for their future jobs. From 2003 lots of Local BEST Engineering Competitions was conducted in Europe, and the first regional round was organized in Portugal, followed by Spain, Poland, and Belgium.

In 2009 National competitions were brought together, under the name of EBEC, and first Final round took place in Ghent. The rest is history.

Initially, there were four different categories of EBEC, but after a couple of years and feedback, Team Design and Case Study were instated as the official categories of the EBEC pyramid.

Years and years EBEC Project has continued to grow constantly, and nowadays it gathers more than 6500 students every year.

Soon, first NRRs will happen, and in July we’ll meet Europe’s best young engineers in Turin, and until that, local BEST groups are organizing local rounds of competition. This winter, engineers from Aachen, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, Madrid, Copenhagen, Brno, Budapest, designed their future.

Winter is here…So are the first Local rounds.

When talking about EBEC, it’s necessary to mention that Local Round of EBEC isn’t always a stand alone event. It can also be a to be part of larger and longer event, frequently called Engineering days or Engineering week. This way, Local round is extended by activities for all interested students, not only for participants, like science and job fairs workshops or company presentations.

Extending Local Round of EBEC is an opportunity to get more of a students’ attention and is a good way to more promote the brand of EBEC and work of BEST. Also, companies are interested in taking part in organizing these complementary activities, and getting close to students this way. And on the other side, students participating in these activities are getting to know companies and their interests better.

November is very popular time to organize Local round, and young engineers from Milan, Kiev, Prague, Madrid Carlos III, Turin, Barcelona, Brasov, Iasi, Vinnytsia, Moscow, Rome Tor Vergata, Lviv, Bucharest, Leuven, Louvain-la-Neuve and Sofia showed their knowledge and talents during that month. And in December, knowledge of students form Grenoble, Erlangen, Novi Sad, Nis, Skopje, Naples, Rome, Athens, Thessaloniki, Ankara, Ekaterinburg and Cluj-Napoca will be tested, so stay tuned, because EBEC is back, bigger and more exciting than ever before!

EBEC is back!

This year, after we accepted the challenge – EBEC is coming back bigger than ever before! Final round of EBEC will be organized in the beautiful city of Turin in August 2019.
The story of EBEC started in 2009, with first Final round organized in Ghent. After many years and cities, in Turin we’ll celebrate big jubilee – Tenth edition of EBEC. As a result of dedication, never-ending inspiration and hard work of organizers, EBEC has become a tradition in Europe.

This project is a true gift from students for students. The best European students will climb to the top of one great pyramid using only their minds. There’s no better place for contestants to improve themselves while testing their knowledge, and  skills they have. EBEC is a hymn to engineering and to youth, which motivated so many people to travel, study harder and apply again, or to join BEST and organize next year’s edition.