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.

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.