Odyssey Design Challenge


The Odyssey Design Challenge is an annual design competition open to all levels of students from different disciplines in participating Universities around New Zealand. The competition runs throughout the year where student members compete in teams (generally up to four) and are supported by profession mentors. A new focus of the design challenge is sought at the beginning of every year.

The challenge aims to prepare students for real-life engineering projects. It encourages students to think critically about the environment and cultural design considerations inherent to every development project. Students are also forced to consider budgets, by-products, and appropriate technology.


Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved with the Odyssey Design Challenge please contact odyssey@ewb.org.nz


Mentoring Opportunities

Engineers Without Borders NZ and Christchurch's social enterprise Gap Filler have partnered together this year to bring the Odyssey Design Challenge to university students in Christchurch and Auckland, and there are positions available for professionals willing to mentor the design teams for the 6-week program.

Gap Filler is a creative urban regeneration initiative that facilitates a wide range of temporary projects, events, installations, and amenities in the city.

The student teams will be required to design a technical strategy and business plan for Gap Filler by engaging with an identified local community within the current ‘World Tour of Christchurch’ project.

The responsibilities of an ODC Mentor are to support a team of four to six students as they develop their solution, providing real-world expertise and advice. In return, you have the opportunity to personally and professionally develop by gaining experience in facilitation, education and training, development practices and exposure to EWBNZ's local work.
An ODC Mentor should:

● Have a minimum of three years experience in industry

● Be available to attend two workshops to assist students

● Be available via email or mobile to provide additional guidance should teams require it during the course of the 6-week program.
How to Apply

Send a cover letter articulating your experience against the Selection Criteria and a CV to designchallenge@ewb.org.nz. Please include your availability and preference for program dates.

Applications close 3 July 2017.

Odyssey Projects


The Social Enterprise in Tongan Schools Odyssey Challenge will see students designing a technical strategy and business plan for a social enterprise which will assist Tongan schools with their energy and water needs, while reducing their environmental impact. Power and water bills are a significant burden for rural Tongan schools,...

EWBNZ is again working with the three hapu of Te Whanau-a-Apanui in the Bay of Plenty on a community scale disaster management and preparedness assessment on its existing resources and future development initiatives. The Odyssey Design Challenge features real life problem solving experience, networking opportunity with professional practitioners as well...

EWBNZ is partnering with Hikurangi Foundation to work on the Kaitiakitanga initative to support a relatively isolated coastal community in the Bay of Plenty to tackle energy and sustainable resourcing issues.