Where There Is No Engineer’ 2024 National Finals

Where There Is No Engineer’ 2024 National Finals

The ‘Where There Is No Engineer’ program provides participants with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork, and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable, and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the program, students have the opportunity to design creative solutions to real-life development challenges. The program is jointly funded by Irish Aid and Engineers Ireland.

Product design and engineering students from universities in Dublin, Cork, and Galway have taken part in the WTINE competition this year. Students had the opportunity to design innovative solutions for Kameswaram, a small fishing village located in Southeast India in collaboration with EWB Ireland’s development partner, Friend in Need India Trust (FIN).

The 2024 National Finals of the ‘Where There Is No Engineer’ (WTINE) Design Competition took place in the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) on Friday the 24th of May 2024, where seven teams from NCAD, TU Dublin, MTU and DCU showcased their projects in front of a panel of judges from Concern, Alternus Energy, Arup, Inspeq AI and FIN.

Students have designed creative solutions ranging from a food dehydrator to tackle food waste, to a sewage treatment system to improve the sanitation and water supply, to a menstruation toolkit to reduce female dropout rates, and to faux leather produced using mango waste.

The judges selected the Nutricure project as the overall winner of this year’s competition. Nutricure is a highbred hydroponics crop growth system that is optimised for the entire growth cycle of a plant from germination to harvest. It was developed by Shannen, George and Christopher, three students from TU Dublin in their final year of Product Design. As winners of the competition, they will have the opportunity to develop their project further this summer with EWB Ireland and our partner, FIN, in our Innovation Academy and travel to India to implement it.

The Young Innovators Award went to the floating solar stills that focus on supplying clean water to fishermen in Kameswaram while they work. It was developed by Esiyemeh and Cormac, two first-year Engineering-Global Challenges students from DCU. As part of their prize, the team will visit various leading organisations in the sector and learn more about their work and the different opportunities they could pursue in the future.

 

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