Engineering Design Challenge 5.0

Engineering Design Challenge (EDC) is a regional university-level engineering competition. It was launched for the first time in the American University of Beirut by the AUB Robotics Club in 2015. This year, EDC 5.0 is coming back with a new creative theme:  Robots in Football.

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EDC 5.0 welcomes students from any major, university and country to participate. To do so, students need to form teams of 2 to 5 players to compete for a chance to a win a grand prize of $700 for first place, $500 for second, and $300 for third. No specific platform is required in order to reduce implementation costs for participating teams

EDC 5.0 will be held on the 13th of June 2020, at Beirut Digital District, replica watches room 1280.


Engineering education in the region’s universities lacks good practical experience; many engineers graduate without having the chance to apply or implement concepts they’ve learned in their fields. Moreover, problem solving skills and self-learning aren’t always encouraged in traditional university education. For industrial growth and technical innovation to boom, there is need for more hands-on experience for students.

EDC offers practical experience to mold students into confident engineers who can connect the dots between what is offered in courses and what is useful, and are willing to learn something new on their own and further their skills. EDC’s main goal is educational; students can better understand what they learn once they get the opportunity to apply it. The competitive spirit of EDC encourages university students to work independently and research new concepts, integrating fun into the learning process, which makes for a more involved university experience.

EDC is the first competition in the MENA region that deeply tackles university-level engineering concepts such as control theory models, machine learning techniques, navigation systems, computer vision, and other concepts in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. In the future, EDC will grow to focus on more tasks from various engineering disciplines.


This year’s theme:  Robots in FootballAs the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence advance, the question of whether machines will replace all human jobs has emerged in all industries. This is only aggravated as artificial intelligence enables the automation of even the most creative tasks in the industry like graphic design. With a few industries left untouched by these advances, human eyes turn to sports: Will the next generation of robots powered by artificial intelligence overshadow technical finesse and natural athletic talent? This question is yours to answer as you benchmark the performance of robots you build against your own performance as you compete for the title of EMEA Cup winners.


Registration is open from Feb. 3, 2020 to March 28, 2020. To register, enter your team info in this form, and our recruitment team will contact you for finalizing the process.

Registration fees are 15,000 LBP ($10) per person, to cover some basic expenses on the competition day.

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