This first category represents the theoretical part of the competition. You are given a real life problem in a context specified at the beginning of the competition and, looking at everything through an engineer's point of view, you have to find the most suitable solution. The task chosen is a hypothetical situation inspired by problems we could encounter in a day-to-day dystopian life. This way, the ideas must have an applicability in the real world.
Like last year, you will not be disturbed by the noise created by all the other teams debating ideas, the experience of coming up with solutions being more private. This part of the competition will take place on Zoom, the team preparing their topic in a breakroom.
This year at EBEC you will be teleported in a new world where Team Design
gets a new form -
So what is Innovative Design?
ID represents the new challenge of this competition where students have to combine their creativity and
engineering knowledge towards innovating a concept which solves real
problems of our society or industrial
plan. The main focus is not the mechanical performance but rather the degree of
This way, the students that enter into the portal and are willing to participate in this competition are
required to find new ideas of implementation for the topics given by the companies.
What’s the difference from Team Design?
For Team Design you were asked to make a prototype 100% functionable in physical/digital format following some requirements. For Innovative Design you are provided with the situation and you have to come up with a non-existent solution - Also, it was created as a reinterpretation of the Team Design challenge, encouraging lateral thinking and originality. This way the participants have to aim for an out of the box idea that can be built (not 100% practical, but to be a solution for something real).