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Digital Design Summit

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For six years, EWB’s Humanitarian Design Summits have created a transformative learning experience like no other. These study tours challenge thinking, push boundaries, and create first-hand understanding of just how important a role engineers can play in creating positive change. With these ‘on location’ tours currently on hiatus due to the pandemic, the Digital Design Summit offers an alternative, equally expansive experience, in an online environment.

Participating students will gain experience in:

  • Humanitarian engineering skills and insights
  • Appropriate technology best-practice
  • Designing in resource constrained environments
  • Working with community and clients on needs analysis and problem definition
  • Evaluating solutions including maintenance, materials and cost
  • Rapid prototyping and development
  • Client engagement and communication
  • Cross-cultural engagement, teamwork and project management.
Participation in the Design Summit program is secured by your $500 deposit and a $1,000 program fee. Students may be eligible for financial assistance through an NCP grant.

Participants on the Digital Design Summit will undertake up to 100 hours of engineering work experience during the four-week program.

Eligible Applicants

The EWB Digital Design Summit is open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate technical field of study in Australia or New Zealand. We also welcome students from other disciplines.

You are aware of the global challenges we face and see the opportunity you have to contribute, using your burgeoning career and work as a tool for positive impact. You want to go beyond the theory and see another side of the conversation, to see how your technical skills can make an impact on the change you want to see in the world.

“I had a wonderful experience in the EWB Digital Design Summit! The program was well-structured and professionally planned to provide the participants with the best learning experience. The program helped me to think from a different angle, both when solving problems and working as a team.”

Alison Doan

Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Pharmaceutical)

Upcoming Digital Design Summits

Digital Design Summit: Timor-Leste

An EWB Digital Design Summit, 20 June – 15 July 2022

Theme: Water Security in a Changing Climate

Over four weeks, participants will be immersed in a real-world learning experience focused on engineering and design, learning from and working with communities in Timor-Leste. Students will engage in project-based initiatives and be mentored by a diverse group of professional humanitarian engineers.

The Digital Design Summit is a deep-dive into engineering practice, creating the space and time to immerse in a real-world and complex learning environment. The experience aims to complement and expand the boundaries of the university experience. It also seeks to shape the next generation of socio-technical engineering leaders. 

Applications open: 21 March 2022 / Applications close: 1 May 2022

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 


Information Session

Date: Thursday April 21st, 12pm – 12.45pm AEST

Location: Online via Zoom

Join the EWB team to learn more about our upcoming Digital Design Summit.

“The Design Summit was a really enriching experience. I made meaningful connections with people from all over the world while building my confidence and enhancing my skill set.

I am grateful to have learnt from people who are passionate about the intersections between sustainable engineering and development, and this program has put me in great stead as I begin to contemplate my career path after graduation.”

Sophie Goodall

Bachelor of Development Studies/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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