The Engineers Without Borders Challenge - awarded as a place of ideas!

Driven by the motto "Connecting Worlds - Strengthening Cohesion", the initiative of the Federal Government "Germany – Country of ideas" promotes 100 projects that have lighthouse character for the location Germany in the competition "Excellent Places in the Country of Ideas". The Aachen Engineers without Borders Challenge has been able to compete with 1,500 other applications and appointed as such a place. As part of the teaching concept, students work on real problems from developing regions. Together with Engineers without borders e.V., the Challenge has been held since 2013 in various interdisciplinary courses at the Cybernetics Labs IMA & IfU at RWTH Aachen University. For the first time in the winter semester 2017/18, she also successfully held a joint final event at the TU Dortmund.
The teaching format is a measure from the BMBF-funded joint project ELLI2. It has been proven many times in the recent years; Engineers without Borders Challenge promotes the awareness of young engineers for the social responsibility of their profession. As part of a festive event on June 4 in Berlin, the prize was awarded to the person responsible for the project Dr. med. phil. Kathrin Schoenefeld. We are delighted that the Challenge (and thus Aachen and Dortmund) has now been named as a future-oriented place for ideas and innovations, where high-quality and creative answers to the most urgent social questions are delivered. The jury chairman Prof. dr. Michael Hüther emphasizes that the selected projects have a high signal effect on German society and provide decisive trends for future viability.
The competition originated from the event series "365 Places in the Land of Ideas", which started in 2006 and since 2013 has been highlighting projects that change annually. It is a joint initiative of the Federal Government, the German economy, represented by the Federation of German Industries (BDI), and Deutsche Bank AG.

For further questions, please contact the research group leader Dr. phil. Kathrin Schönefeld.