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EWB Challenge Series Showcase

Showcasing the EWB Challenge Series student design and research projects amongst a collection of sessions to choose from that involve pitching, learning and celebrating.

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Welcome to the Showcase

The EWB Challenge Series Showcase is the concluding event in the annual EWB Challenge and EWB Research Challenge programs, where the top university students from across Australia and New Zealand pitch their projects and EWB Australia celebrates the work of all participants. 

This year students from 23 universities have been invited to come together online to pitch their design and research projects to their peers and a panel of judges. The judging panel will assess the pitches, provide feedback, and select the award recipients.

Find out more about the EWB Challenge and EWB Research Challenge

2019 Showcase at the World Engineers Convention in Melbourne
3 days
29 speakers
13 categories

What's on offer?

Join us to watch the finalist pitches Wednesday to Thursday, research presentations on Friday and find out who the award recipients are at the concluding Awards ceremony later on Friday. We also invite you to our panel discussion launch of EWB Australia's new podcast, 'The Actioneers', on Thursday evening exploring career pathways and how the newly announced engineering competencies are set to produce socio-technical engineers and a revamped profession.

Make sure you vote in the People's Choice Awards for EWB Challenge projects before 1.30pm AEDT Friday!

View the schedule online | PDF

View EWB Challenge Pitches schedule (PDF) 

View Awards (PDF) | Award Winners!


Sessions at a glance

Sessions here are in AEDT (+11 GMT - VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS)

View the schedule online | PDF

View EWB Challenge Pitches schedule (PDF) 

View Link Research Symposium schedule (PDF) (coming soon)

Our Judges

Take a look at our judges for the EWB Challenge pitches running Wednesday and Thursday

Daniel Lambert
Australasia Water Leader, Arup


Dan is Arup's Australasia Water Leader, a Director with Engineers Without Borders and a passionate humanitarian with a focus on WASH and renewable energy. He serves on a number of Advisory Boards and committees focused on international development and has worked in over 25 countries with organisations including the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, WaterAid, World Toilet Organisation and EWB.



Aaron Kabasobokwe
General Manager - Satellite Enterprises, Centre for Appropriate Technology

Aaron is an aerospace engineer with many years of industry experience in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He is currently based in Central Australia, where he works as the General Manager for the Centre for Appropriate Technology Satellite Enterprises.







Peter McArdle
Board Director, EWB Australia and Operations Coordinator COVID-19 Asia Pacific, Red Cross

A civil engineer on paper, Peter specialises in the intersection of technical and social sciences - particularly how humans tend to behave (in good ways and bad) in the face of scarce resources, like water. It's no surprise, then, that he's a big advocate of interdisciplinary thinking, and having a curiosity for learning outside your usual ways of thinking.



Kim Axworthy
First Nations Program Manager, EWB Australia


Kim is a humanitarian engineer who is committed to a career that achieves enduring, positive social and environmental impacts. She has over 15 years' experience in engineering, community development and program management across Southeast Asia and Australia, and loves working collaboratively on programs that build communities, social justice, quality of life and great places.


Alesha Printz
General Manager, Engineers Australia


Alesha is General Manager, Victoria at Engineers Australia where she supports, develops and advocates for the engineering profession. Her passion for engineering was ignited by a life-changing volunteer experience in remote Mongolia convincing her of the importance of engineering to provide equitable lives for all. She is a civil engineer and knows a bit about water infrastructure.  Alesha is also a Board Member of EWB Australia.

Mitch Horrocks
Technology Development Lead, EWB Australia


Mitch is an Industrial Designer with a strong human-centred design background in developing communities. He has worked extensively in rural parts of Uganda, adopting a user-participatory design approach to solving complex problems in the communities with simple solutions. Since returning to Australia, Mitch has joined the EWB team to champion innovation and design as a tool for solving complex problems in the communities we work in.

Leah Sertorio
First Nations Principal Water Adviser, EWB Australia


Leah's primary focus in her career has been to deliver safe drinking water to the community. Her experience spans all stages of the source to tap water cycle to ensure a multi-barrier approach achieves the delivery of this outcome.

Nerida Baker
Training Organisation Manager, Centre for Appropriate Technology

Nerida leads the training programs at the Centre for Appropriate Technology based in Alice Springs, and has worked for a number of years in community development. Through these training programs she supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain skills and qualifications for employment and career progression in regional and remote areas.

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We couldn't be more excited about our lineup. Which talks will you be checking out?

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