BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) is a European non-political, non-profit and voluntary organisation formed by and working for students of technology.
EBEC (European BEST Engineering Competition) is the biggest engineering competition for students in Europe, which is annually organised by BEST. The main purpose of the event is to develop, improve and test the engineering knowledge and skills of the students and to push their limits further by solving an interdisciplinary technological challenge.
In order to accomplish this, EBEC is organised as a team-based competition on 2 categories – Team Design and Case Study, and structured in a pyramidal form with 3 levels: local, national or regional and international.
Team Design is a practical challenge that requires design, creation and presentation of a prototype model that can successfully meet specific construction and operation criteria, all done in a limited amount of time and through the use of limited resource materials.
Case Study is a theoretical problem-solving challenge. Its solution requires the analysis, creation and presentation of a technological solution for a current engineering, economical and social problem, all within a limited amount of time and resources.
I know that this is called a Survival Guide, and you’re probably asking yourself questions like “What? Survival?!” Isn’t this an engineering competition? Don’t worry, it really is just about engineering, we’re not going to dive into any tips on how to survive in the wilderness. Instead, this is going to be more like a guide to make your experience in Bucharest as amazing as it should be.
For me, EBEC is a tradition, if I can say this. I participated at Case Study section 3 years in a row – in the 1st year I didn’t pass the local round, in the 2nd year I go to the final round in Belgrade, where we classed on the 4th position, and in the 3rd year we managed to steal the light of the flashlights and get back home with the 1st prize from Brno final. EBEC means for me adventure, sincerely, because it’s challenging my intellectual skills, and also the social one’s and interpersonal. I met so many different persons, I made so many friends all around the Europe, and bonus, the contacts from the partner companies. The answer is simple: I wanted to participate at EBEC. Because from all the contests which I participated, this was the one who made me to grow up the most, on all the plans.
Lorena Ioana Cornea
1st place, EBEC R&RM 2017, Case Study
1st place, EBEC R&RM 2017, Team Design
This contest means to us all the values of the life of a student: ambition, curiosity, emotion, fun, risk, friendship. Next to the best colleagues and the best friends, we had the honor to take part of the big EBEC family which transced beyond any border or language, we take part of something bigger than us and we feel the challenge of every moment. It was a wonderful experience, we build, we made mistakes, we start all over again, we enjoyed every limit moment, we risked and in the final we won.
We will never forget these great moments and I think for sure that the best moments had just began.
The EBEC R&RM Team
EBEC Romania & Republic of Moldova is a team of 8 volunteer enthusiastic students – BESTies from different romanian Local Groups working together to offer a great experience in every possible way you can think about, to develop student’s skills and making them to interact with companies from all around the country.