“Where there is no Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience”

Design competition for Students and Professionals


Where there is no engineer is a  design initiative coordinated by the Development Technology Research Group in Dublin Institute of Technology. The program is delivered in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Engineers Ireland and Engineers without Borders Ireland. Within DIT it is supported by the Water Innovation Research Centre (WIRC) within the Environmental Sustainability Health Institute.

It 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 and professionals will have the opportunity to design creative solutions to real life development projects. 


Global Development Themes

The design brief is based on a set of six global development themes;

  • Climate Resilient Infrastructure
  • Self Supply Water and Sanitation
  • Community Participatory Health
  • On and Off (Micro) Grid Energy Systems
  • Food Security
  • Applying Big Data in the Community

Click here to access more details on the development themes and more specific information on how to get involved and participate in the design challenge.

‌The setting for this program is Kenya.  The program is open to students and professionals across the disciplines of engineering, architecture, urban planning, science, business, social science, arts, media  etc. Organisations participating within other development challenges within Ireland and UK may also enter their submissions for consideration in this design initiative. 


Each Institute may nominate up to four submissions for external review. The project can run over semester 1 or 2 depending on the course requirements. A professional design initiative will run parallel to the undergraduate program whereby individual companies or consortiums will be invited to participate in teams to develop an innovative solution for the communities within the region (Kenya). We are currently in discussion with Engineers Ireland to allocate CPD hours for time spent on this project. 



“Where there is no Engineer” design initiative submission process closes on 1st May 2015. Outstanding undergraduate teams, together with professional teams from each region will be invited to participate in the National Finals where their work will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of judges. The National showcase events will be held in June 2015. Dates and venue will be posted on our website nearer the time. Awardees will be announced at a special awards ceremony following the presentations. Judging criteria will be made available to participants well in advance of the national finals day and will be posted on our website. The overall winners will have the opportunity to travel to the country to experience first hand the challenges faced by local communities. 


To download a brief four page summary of the competition click here:  Where there is no Engineer Overview

To download a detailed competition brief click here: design brief where there is no engineer

To download a resource toolkit click here: resource toolkit

 To register your interest and organise a detailed briefing for your team email: liam.mccarton@dit.ie







Further Information 

Further information is available on our partners websites by clicking the links below.

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