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The beginnings

History of BEST Engineering Competitions starts in 2002. Besties – members of Best – became acquainted with a concept of engineering competition in March 2002 when some of them went to the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). They came back very enthusiastic and started to promote the idea for such kind of BEST event.

The International Board saw the idea was appreciated a lot and asked David Gonzalez (one of those who had been on the CEC2002) to create an international working group and to work out the idea in more detail. In the end of August 2002 an enthusiastic group of besties joined and started to create the first EC-Handbook.

Local BEST Group (LBG) Eindhoven and LBG Ghent were highly motivated to organise the first BEC together with CWG, and so it happened. From 17th till 23rd October 2003 the first competition took place in Belgium with 60 participants from all over Europe. They were competing in two categories: Team Design (practical solution with a physical prototype) and Case Study (hypothetical solutions for real-life problems), as it is still today.

After that CWG got requests from several LBGs to organise a BEC together with them. But the board at first decided to organise only one big BEC in 2004, to give CWG enough time to lay out a strategy on how to continue with the project.

Reaching to Europe

Concept of engineering contests appealed to many LBGs and many decided to organize a BEC. Soon it became clear that these competitions need more international approach as BEST is spread over whole europe. The result is the current structure of competitions which consists of several local competitions, a few regional and national (in larger countries such as Poland) competitions which are topped by one European final round.

First regional competition in Central region was organized by LBG Vienna in 2009 at the Vienna Univeristy of Technology (Technische Universitat Wien). They invited 24 students from Central Europe to match their knowledge, creativity and innovation. After Vienna, ceBEC, as the competition was named at the time, was organized by LBG Brno in 2010 and LBG Budapest in 2011. After two years EBEC Central is now again returning to Austria.

Present and future

When EBEC became an all-European competition in 2009 it had over 2300 participants. Last year's EBEC had more than 5000 participants in 81 local and 13 national/regional BEST engineering competitions, the fact that makes it the fastest growing BEST project. Last year the best 26 teams of 4 students gathered in Istanbul where each proved to be ready for the finals by facing real life engineering challenges in the competition’s two categories. This year the top European engineers among students will gather in Zagreb in the start of summer.


Hall of Fame

  Organizing LBG Team Design Winner Case Study Winner
ceBEC 2009 Vienna Brno Ljubljana
ceBEC 2010 Brno Graz Brno
ceBEC 2011 Budapest Vienna Ljubljana
EBEC Central 2012 Graz Veszprem Ljubljana