The history of the EBEC started with its launch in 2002 when BEST members became interested in Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC) – the prototype of the EBEC in Canada. The idea of the student`s competition was presented at following General Meeting of BEST and was initiated at BEST universities right afterwards. There were different names than the current EBEC and different categories had been tried.
BEST European Engineering Competition (BEEC) was the previous name of the EBEC project, but it was changed in 2008 for EBEC – where it had its final shape. There were different categories of EBEC: Team Design, Debates, Case Study, Negotiations. After years of experience and feedback, Team Design and Case Study are currently the official categories that EBEC pyramid has; as these are being the most practical among others and consequently they are stimulating the enjoyment of competition among participants.
EBEC has a developed chain of contest; a EBEC pyramidal structure. It consists of three levels; each level of pyramid refers to relevant rounds that are being held throughout the year.
– Local Round of EBEC is the first round which includes students and organisers from all universities that take part in the project. All EBEC rounds are organised by Local BEST Groups (LBG). While EBEC is becoming more and more popular among LBGs, the amount of participation to the competition chain is increasing by every passing year.
– National/Regional EBEC Rounds are the second level of EBEC project. Teams that are winners of Local EBEC rounds in their universities are invited to the next stage; either a National or a Regional competition depending on their division in EBEC pyramid. Each year more than 600 participants attend the second level of competitions in order to prove their practical skills and win the second lef of the pyramid.
– Final round of EBEC; At this stage,winners of National Rounds are gonna show their engineering skills in Turin, Italy.