We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions for the Ryerson Engineering Competition. We hope that you can find the answers to any questions you may have below.

General

What is the Ryerson Engineering Competition?

The Ryerson Engineering Competition (REC) is an annual competition that gives young engineers the chance to showcase their skills in a number of categories. Student will be required tackle real world challenges under a limited time and materials budget; after which they will present to industry representatives and get to participate in a great networking opportunity. Biggest of all, winning teams of each competition get the chance to move on to the Ontario level, and possibly even to the national Canadian Engineering Competition!

What do you get for winning?

The top three teams get cash prizes (of $250, $350 and $450, for third, second, and first place respectively). The top team in each category will be sponsored to go free-of-charge to the provincial Ontario Engineering Competition (OEC) to compete against other schools, and if they win there, they will go on to compete in the national Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). This year, the Ontario Engineering Competition 2018 will be held in University of Ottawa, and the Canadian Engineering Competition 2018 will be held in Toronto, Ontario.

When is the competition?

The competition is going to be held on the weekend from Friday, October 27th to Sunday, October 29th. Note though that no competition category runs the full weekend. Junior and senior design both run Friday to Saturday, building on the Friday evening and presenting on the Saturday, while the remaining (Programming, Consulting, and Communications) will receive their challenge on Saturday and present on the Sunday.
Schedule will be posted soon! 

How do I register?

Once you have a team together and have decided on a competition category, fill out the sign up form at: http://ryengcomp.ca/signup/

Where will the competition be held?

The Ryerson Engineering Competition will be held on campus at Ryerson in the much beloved, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.

Will there be food?

Food and refreshments will be provided for the Friday only! Please either eat before, after, or bring your own snacks and drinks. Please do not bring any snacks containing peanuts!

Junior Design

What is it?

Teams will be given a design challenge based off a general level of engineering knowledge (such as forces, mechanics, etc.) and will be required to build a working prototype using limited time and resources. Teams will then be required to prove their design by actively completing the given challenge, as well as making a complete presentation on their design. Each team will be judged based on their design, application, teamwork, and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, inclusively, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students in either first or second year of their studies.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop for the presentation! Otherwise, all materials will be provided.

What am I allowed to use?

All materials will be provided at the beginning of the competition. No use of cellphones, internet or outside help is allowed. You will need to bring a laptop, but only for the purpose of working on the presentation. You may not bring your own tools or materials.  

Will we be able to test our prototype before judging?

Yes,  you’ll be able to test your prototype a limited number of times in the given area. Details about the number of times, duration allowed, and where the test area will be will be provided at the competition.

How much time do I have?

Building time begins at 7pm sharp in your designated rooms. Be sure to arrive at 6:00pm in order to register and get your designated build area. You will be given 5 hours to finish both the prototype and presentation, though you will be allowed to leave before the allotted time is up.

What will be submitted?

The presentation must be submitted in a PDF format, along with the prototype at the end of the 5 hours. A representative will come around with a USB key 10 to 15 minutes before the end of the session for your presentation to be put on. You may not change anything on the presentation once it has been submitted.

Senior Design

What is it?

Teams will be given a design challenge based on the intermediate level of engineering knowledge and will be required to build a working prototype using an arduino which will be provided, limited time and resources. Teams will then be required to prove their design by actively completing the given challenge, as well as making a complete presentation on their design. Each team will be judged based on their design application, teamwork and performance, with regards to both their prototype and presentation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, inclusively, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Competitors must have attended Ryerson engineering for more than 2 years.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop to work with the arduino and also for the presentation. Other, all materials will be provided.

What am I allowed to use?

All materials will be provided at the beginning of the competition. No use of cellphones, internet or outside help is allowed. You will need to bring a laptop, but only for the purpose of working on the presentation and to work with the arduino. You may not bring your own tools or materials.

Will we be able to test our prototype before judging?

Yes,  you’ll be able to test your prototype a limited number of times in the given area. Details about the number of times, duration allowed, and where the test area will be will be provided at the competition.

How much time do I have?

Building time begins at 7pm sharp in your designated rooms. Be sure to arrive at 6:00pm in order to register and get your designated build area. You will be given 5 hours to finish both the prototype and presentation, though you will be allowed to leave before the allotted time is up.

What will be submitted?

The presentation must be submitted in a PDF format, along with the prototype at the end of the 5 hours. A representative will come around with a USB key 10 to 15 minutes before the end of the session for your presentation to be put on. You may not change anything on the presentation once it has been submitted.

Consulting

What is it?

Teams will be given a real-world industry problem. They will need to develop a solution and present it to a panel of judges. They have to convince the judges that their solution is optimal and practical.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop for the presentation.

How much time do I have?

You will have 5 hours to prepare on Saturday. You will have to write a solution report and prepare your presentation within this 5 hours.

What will be submitted?

You have to submit your report, completed or not, or else marks will be deducted. All documents must be submitted in PDF format. The presentation must also be submitted as a PowerPoint during submission. No documents can be modified after submission.

Programming

What is it?

You will be challenged to make an industry-quality software to solve a given problem. The software will be presented to the judges for evaluation.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a laptop/tablet to complete the design.

How much time do I have?

You will have 5 hours to complete the design.

What will be submitted?

You will have to submit an executable(.exe) along with all source code. The presentation must be submitted in a PDF format and cannot be modified after submission.

Communications

What is it?

You will have to identify a technological process or issue, from an opinion about it, thoroughly and clearly explain the process or issue to an audience not specializing in their field, and present strong arguments to support their viewpoint.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.

What do I need to bring?

You will have to bring your presentation in an USB in either PowerPoint or Adobe PDF format.

What will be submitted?

You must submit a ONE paragraph abstract in order to compete.

Parliamentary Debate

What is it?

You will have to evaluate and argue for or against a proposal given minimal preparation time. Competitors defend or refute a previously undisclosed resolution using the format of the parliamentary debate.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.

Innovative Design

What is it?

You will have to combine creativity and knowledge to develop a new product or service that will fulfill a need or to improve an old design of their choosing. You will be judged based on feasibility, research, and in most cases, design prototyping.

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between two to four people, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.

Re-engineering

What is it?

Who can compete?

In order to compete, a team must contain between one to two people, all of whom must be full-time Ryerson undergraduate Engineering students. Students of all year can apply.