Around 180 students from all over Europe as well as some representatives from 6 different companies took part in the final round of the European Best Engineering Competition 2019 which was held from 25th – 31st July 2019 in Turin, Italy. The organization took one year, and ŠKODA AUTO was involved from the beginning.
The Production department together with the HR department delivered one task of the competition: An accident in the production hall had caused some small fires. In order to stop the fires from spreading, students were asked to build a reusable device that was able to move and extinguish the fires located in different spots of the factory. 12 teams à 4 students participated in our task.
The teams came from all over Europe; there was even one team from the Czech Republic, from VUT in Brno. ŠKODA AUTO representatives were present during the competition. Over the course of two days, we could see many questions, discussions, testing, calculation of costs for materials, work under extreme time pressure as well as huge team spirit. The results were creative, unique and some of them effective in fulfilling the task. After evaluating all the innovative solutions that the students came up with, the jury awarded the teams from Poland, Italy and Slovenia 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in ŠKODA AUTO’s task.
The main goal about any competition is of course winning. In case of the EBEC Final 2019, it was indeed about winning, but not only about being first place in the competition, but also about making friends, cultural exchange as well as networking with big players. ŠKODA AUTO was one of them.
As a main partner of the event, we were very pleased with the whole organization and the great and very professional cooperation on behalf of the students from BEST (Board of European Students of Technology). We were able to show the students that we are fun to work and hang out with, but very passionate too. We also encouraged them to apply for our talent programs which offer great advantages when starting a career.