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 designchallenge@ewb.org.nz


Odyssey Projects





The Odyssey Design Challenge 2017 has come to an end! This year, EWB partnered with Christchurch’s Gap Filler, a creative urban regeneration initiative that facilitates a wide range of temporary projects, events, installations, and amenities in the city.

EWB has partnered with Gap Filler for the 2017 Odyssey Design Challenge. This year’s challenge targets the youth of Christchurch.

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...