November 13, 2017

uOEC 2018

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Jan 20th - 21st


Register for uOEC 2018


General Description

    The University of Ottawa Engineering Competition is a competition designed to challenge the engineering students in the fields of innovation, design and communication while solving real world problems. Students have a choice to compete in a variety of 8 exciting challenges, afterwards the winners will move on to represent uOttawa at the Ontario Engineering Competition and compete against schools from across the province.

Common Questions

General

What is the University of Ottawa Engineering Competition?

uOEC is an annual competition held at the University of Ottawa that challenges engineering students to put their classroom knowledge to the test in several different categories of challenging topics. Competitors will work under several time and resource constraints and then present their work to a variety of judges. In addition to being an excellent networking and academic opportunity, the winners of uOEC will have the chance of moving on to the provincial level Ontario Engineering Competition!

What can you win?

The first place teams of each category will automatically qualify to move on to the Ontario Engineering Competition, with all their costs covered. OEC 2018 will be hosted right here at the University of Ottawa, and any winning teams from OEC will be able to go to the Canadian Engineering Competition hosted at Ryerson University.

When is uOEC?

The Competition will take place on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd. Sign-in, competition briefing, and build/ design phases will occur on Saturday while presentations and the closing award ceremony will happen on Sunday. A detailed schedule will be released to registrants.

Where will uOEC be held?

The competition will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Ottawa, specifically in the buildings SITE and Colonel By Hall (CBY).

How do I register?

Once you’ve formed a team and chosen a topic, please use the registration button at the top of the page to attend uOEC!

Junior Design

What is the challenge?

Teams will be given a design challenge based off a general level of engineering knowledge (such as forces, mechanics, etc.) and will be required to build a working prototype using limited time and resources. Teams will then be required to prove their design by actively completing the given challenge, as well as making a complete presentation on their design. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students in either first or second year of their studies.

What am I allowed to use?

All materials will be provided at the beginning of the competition. No use of cellphones, internet or outside help is allowed. You will need to bring a laptop, but only for the purpose of working on the presentation. You may not bring your own tools or materials.

Will we be able to test our prototype before judging?

Yes,  you’ll be able to test your prototype a limited number of times in the given area. Details about the number of times, duration allowed, and where the test area will be will be provided at the competition.

How much time do we have?

You will be given exactly 5 hours to build your prototype and create your corresponding presentation.

What will be submitted?

The presentation must be submitted in a .ppt (Powerpoint) file format along with your actual prototype. A competition organizer will come by 10-15 minutes at the end of the build phase with a USB drive to collect your presentation file.

Senior Design

What is the challenge?

Teams will be given a design challenge based off a general level of engineering knowledge (such as forces, mechanics, etc.) and will be required to build a working prototype using limited time and resources. Teams will then be required to prove their design by actively completing the given challenge, as well as making a complete presentation on their design. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students in either third or fourth year of their studies.

What am I allowed to use?

All materials will be provided at the beginning of the competition. No use of cellphones, internet or outside help is allowed. You will need to bring a laptop, but only for the purpose of working on the presentation and the Arduino. You may not bring your own tools or materials.

Will we be able to test our prototype before judging?

Yes,  you’ll be able to test your prototype a limited number of times in the given area. Details about the number of times, duration allowed, and where the test area will be will be provided at the competition.

How much time do we have?

You will be given exactly 5 hours to build your prototype and create your corresponding presentation.

What will be submitted?

The presentation must be submitted in a .ppt (Powerpoint) file format along with your actual prototype. A competition organizer will come by 10-15 minutes at the end of the build phase with a USB drive to collect your presentation file.

Consulting

What is the challenge?

Teams will be given a real-world industry problem. They will need to develop a solution and present it to a panel of judges. They have to convince the judges that their solution is optimal and practical.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop to make the presentation.

How much time do we have?

You will be given 5 hours to prepare your solution. You will be required to write your solution report and presentation within this time span.

What will be submitted?

You will submit a proposal report in PDF format (completed or not) and your presentation in .ppt (Powerpoint) file format. A competition organizer will come by 10-15 minutes at the end of the design phase with a USB drive to collect your report and presentation files.

Programming

What is the challenge?

You will be challenged to design and create industry-quality software to solve a given problem. The software will be presented to the judges for evaluation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop to complete your design.

How much time do we have?

You will be given exactly 5 hours to complete the challenge.

What will be submitted?

You will submit an .exe (executable) along with all source code, as well as a presentation in .ppt (Powerpoint) file format. A competition organizer will come by 10-15 minutes at the end of the design phase with a USB drive to collect your code and presentation files.

Engineering Communications

What is the challenge?

You will have to identify a technological process or issue, form an opinion about it, thoroughly and clearly explain the process or issue to an audience not specializing in their field, and present strong arguments to support their viewpoint.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your presentation on a USB drive in .ppt (Powerpoint) format to submit.

What will be submitted?

You will be required to submit a maximum ONE (1) page abstract and your presentation in .ppt format.

Parliamentary Debate

What is the challenge?

You will have to evaluate and argue for or against a proposal given minimal preparation time. Competitors defend or refute a previously undisclosed resolution using the format of the parliamentary debate.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

Innovative Design

What is the challenge?

You will have to combine creativity and knowledge to develop a new product or service that will fulfill a need or to improve an old design of their choosing. You will be judged based on feasibility, research, and in most cases, design prototyping.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

Re-Engineering

What is the challenge?

You will be given a relevant design that is required to be re-engineered under a new set of constraints. After these details are revealed, teams will have five hours to fabricate a design and presentation. Teams are required to take into account all relevant aspects of the engineering process such as material availability, finances, and so on. A panel of judges will assess each team’s design based on practicality, originality, feasibility, and marketability.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people all of whom must be uOttawa undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all years can apply.

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Contact Info

Paul Lee
Vice President of Internal Affiars
internal@essaeg.ca

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