What is the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge?


The EGA Aluminium Design Challenge is a UAE-wide design challenge for high school students, where they apply the process of design thinking to create design solutions using aluminium. By participating in this challenge, students will learn more about aluminium and design innovative solutions to one of four selected themes.


What are the themes for The EGA Aluminium Design Challenge?

The four themes are:

  1. Futuristic transportation
  2. Architectural marvel
  3. Kinetic art
  4. Humanitarian relief packaging


How many stages are there in the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge?

There are two stages in the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge.

  1. In the first stage of The EGA Aluminium Design Challenge, teams submit their entries for consideration through our online portal. Judges will then shortlist five teams per category to compete in final competition.
  2. During the second stage, the shortlisted teams will attend a final event in January 2019 to present a physical prototype of their designs. At the final event, one winner from each category and one runner-up from each category will receive cash prizes.


What constitutes a team?

A team should include two to three team members and one coach or mentor. A team consists of a minimum of two students and a maximum of four students.


Is there an age limit on the challenge?

Regardless of age, high school students who are matriculating in grades 9 to 11 during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to participate.


Is there a fee to participate in the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge?

No, there is no fee to participate in the challenge.


Registering for the challenge


Can my team submit multiple submissions for different themes?

No, a team can submit only one submission in the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge.


Can my school submit multiple submissions for same themes?

Yes, a school can submit multiple submissions in the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge, either for the same themes or different themes.


How do I register for the Challenge?

 You can register for the Challenge online at the registration page


Can I register as an individual?

Only high school students based in the United Arab Emirates can register through an approved representative from their schools.


How do I change or add a team member after registering the team?

Team members can be changed only once after registration. The team mentor or coach must send an email to stem-ega@edutech.com detailing the change that needs to be made. You can also add additional team members in this way. Your team size should be minimum of two and a maximum of four students.


Prizes and certificates


What are the prizes?

One first-place team and one runner-up in each category will win cash prizes.


Will participating teams receive certificates?

Every team that makes a submission in Stage One will receive a certificate of participation. However, shortlisted teams, finalists and winners will receive certificates with special designations.


Judging and selection process


Who are the judges and on what basis are the teams shortlisted for the final event?

Judges are experts in the theme that they evaluate. Judges will use a theme-based rubric to assess each submission.

Five teams from each of the four themes, a total of 20 teams, will be shortlisted and progress to the next stage, Stage Two.

Visit our How to enter page to learn more about how each category is assessed. 


Can I submit someone else's design idea that I think is good?

No, you cannot submit design ideas that are not yours. Plagiarism will disqualify the entire team.


How is the final event, or Stage Two, judged?

The final event is judged based how well a team has translated their submission into a prototype. Judges will look for functionality, creativity and innovation in the the prototypes they receive. During the final event, judges will also assess teams by their presentation skills.




Can I send my design files or portfolio by email?

No, you cannot send your submissions by email. Registration and submission can only be done through our registration page.

In the event that your portfolio file exceed more than 70MB, use Dropbox or another file sharing program, and post the shared link into the submission page.


Can I send my project portfolio in any languages other than English?

The language for submission is English.


Will I be informed when my submission has been received? 

If you have included a functioning e-mail address, you will receive an email to confirm that your submission has been received.

A high volume of submissions could result in slight delays, but you will be informed as soon as possible.


Can I withdraw my submission to the design challenge?

Yes, you can withdraw your submission before 13 January at 11:59pm (+4 GMT). Please send your request to stem-ega@edutech.com.


How should the project portfolio be presented in the final round?

The shortlisted teams will receive a prototyping kit once they are selected. Each team must use the contents of the kit to create a physical prototype of the design idea that they have submitted. At the final event, each team will be provided with an exhibition area where they can display their prototypes to judges and visitors. 




Is there any support provided to prepare for participating in the challenge?

A series of bootcamps will be conducted every Saturday from until the submission deadline of November 2018. Bootcamps will be held between 10AM and 1PM. 

By attending this bootcamp, students will gain expertise in how to design human-centered designs based on design thinking principles. To join a bootcamp, submit your request to stem-ega@edutech.com.


How should my project portfolio look? Which kind of images should I submit?

A project portfolio template for each theme has been provided at the How to enter page. Teams can complete the project portfolio and upload their portfolio in the submission section of our registration portal once registered. A maximum of 10 images that are relevant to the project, sketched or designed in CAD can be attached in the submission section.


What is the finalists' briefing session? Can I attend a briefing session if I'm not shortlisted in the final stage?

The finalists' briefing session is for teams who have been selected to compete at the final event. The hands-on workshop will help the finalists prepare and present their project portfolios and their physical prototypes at the final event. Only shortlisted finalists are invited to attend the session.


Where do I find the project portfolio template?

You can find project portfolio template for each theme at our How to enter page.


Are there any resources available to help to promote the EGA Aluminium Design Challenge or knowledge of aluminium in my school?

Yes, you can download helpful documents at our About The EGA Aluminium Design Challenge page.


Who receives a prototyping kit and when?

Each of the final teams will receive a prototyping kit to create their physical prototypes. More details on the contents and prototype details will be shared upon receipt.


What does the prototyping kit contain and can we request for additional material?

The prototyping kit includes the 'Challenge manual'. You cannot request for additional materials, but can request for exchange of materials in case they are damaged. Please make your request through registered email ID to stem-ega@edutech.com.

You can source your own stationery items apart from the item included in prototyping kit and use them.


Can we have more than one mentor for the project?

Yes, while you may have other mentors or coaches, you may have just one primary mentor who is responsible for taking you through the design challenge.


How many hours should we allocate to prepare submissions for The EGA Aluminium Design Challenge?

For a team of four students, we expect 10 hours per student is required for preparing the online submission.




Will I get technical support to complete my project proposal?

No, there will be no technical support for the project proposal. However you can join one of our bootcamps and briefing sessions to get assistance regarding design thinking, project proposal preparation and presenting at the final event.


Will participants have to bear the cost of travel to the final event venue?

Yes, participants or schools bear the cost of travel to the final event venue, which will be in the UAE.


What if I have more questions?

For additional iquiries, please contact us at stem-ega@edutech.com.


I am unable to upload my entry. I get an error message every time. Please help.

We are always ready to help if such situations occur. Simply email us at stem-ega@edutech.com with a description of the issue, and we will help you figure out a way to submit your idea.


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