Now in its eighth year, the Engineering Newcomer competition offers budding engineers the opportunity to win a prestigious award, showcase their designs, and take home a cash prize.
norelem, the global standard components specialist and creator of the Engineering Newcomer competition, has confirmed that this year’s judges will be looking for a winning combination of design innovation; technological benefit and market opportunities; use of parts and cost considerations; function and handling; and technological implementation.
Working with CADENAS, the Bundesarbeitskreis Fachschule für Technik, MDESIGN, and the two new participating companies TENADO and ZUKEN E3, norelem’s Engineering Newcomer award is open to entries from around the world. Previous winning designs include the Ina’lite, an innovative light and durable thermostatic generator that turns heat into clean electricity; an innovative filling device for hobby and micro-brewers, and the design and prototype production of a compact, electric drive unit that offers increased safety for rollators.
Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem, commented: “Promoting young talent and facilitating training and engineering knowledge is an integral part of our company philosophy. The competition is now in its eighth year and has been growing year on year, with outstanding and inspirational entries coming from students around the globe. With so much focus on the skills gap, we want to invest in the future of our industry by encouraging young talent to showcase their creations and show the world how exciting engineering can be.
In addition to the Engineering Newcomer 2021 accolade, the competition also offers cash prizes of 2,000 euros for 1st place, 1,000 euros for 2nd place, and 500 euros for 3rd place. As well as this, norelem supports young talent with free standard and operating parts that can be used for current and future projects.
Last year’s competition received a number of incredible entries. However, the students of the Berufskolleg für Technik und Medien in Mönchengladbach, Germany, claimed first place – developing a lifting and swivelling device that enables the operator to reach goods stored in a box without much physical effort. This makes it easier for the operator to reach the parts stored inside, especially for people with physical disabilities – picking should be made easier without replacing workstations.
The competition is open to students of technical disciplines from a university or technical college. Entries, including photos, videos, or reports, should be submitted by 31st July 2021. Winners and the award ceremony will take place at the trade fair Motek in Stuttgart in October.