Where there is no Engineer: Design competition

Posted: 21 October, 2014

“Where there is no Engineer” is a design initiative coordinated by the Development Technology in the Community (DTC) Research Group in DIT.   The programme is funded by Irish Aid and delivered in partnership with Concern Worldwide, Engineers Ireland and Engineers Without Borders Ireland.  The competition will focus on Northern Kenya, working with pastoralists who roam across three countries.  Six themes for the design competition have been selected and the design challenge is to design projects that create change and to find opportunities to improve life in communities through technology. 


The design challenge is aimed at undergraduates and professionals across a range of scientific, engineering and business/media disciplines to address one or more of the following 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

All submissions will be adjudicated by a multi-disciplinary panel and the national finals will take place in June 2015.  The winning project team or individual will be funded to travel to the country programme to experience first-hand the development challenge.

The competition will be formally launched by An Tánaiste Joan Burton TD  in DIT Grangegorman on Tuesday 21 October.

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