The Theme: Automation

Each year, a different theme is determined in order to provide the competition with its own identity. This year, the theme chosen by the committee was automation to highlight the ability of the engineers to design and build a fully fledged system that functions with little to no human interaction. This requires teams to innovate and come together with teamwork in order to find the best approach to the problem. The theme aims to expose the Ontario engineering talent to these challenges such as in large manufacturing plants and improving the home via automation in the hopes that the competition inspires their creativity and innovation for the future.

Junior Design

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First and second year engineering students are given a problem that will require them to develop an innovative and practical solution, they will be judged on their design, application, and teamwork, among other aspects.

Senior Design

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Third and fourth year engineering students are given a more advanced problem that will require them to develop an innovative and practical solution, they will be judged on their design, application, and teamwork, among other aspects.

Innovative

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Teams are tasked to create a new technological design or revisit one that requires development. The proposals will be judged based on their originality and practicality.

Communication

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Competitors must prepare a presentation explaining the environmental, economical, technological and societal impacts of their selected topic. The presentation should cater to an audience that contains a variety of technological backgrounds.

Programming

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Teams are challenged to construct industry quality software that solves the given problem.

Competitors will be given a time constraint to develop an argument based on an assigned subject which they will be asked to support or counter.

Consulting

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Competitors are challenged to create a solution to a problem that accounts for the environmental, economical, technological and societal impacts that it may incur.

Re-Engineering

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Teams are challenged to reengineer a relevant design under a new set of constraints while accounting for economic impact. Solutions are judged based on practicality, originality, feasibility and marketability.