A global engineer is one has both a) the technical knowledge to solve problems in various international settings and b) an understanding of how to incorporate and communicate the unique socioeconomic, financial, stakeholder, local and political considerations of each problem to develop truly sustainable solutions.
Global Engineering Week, held in mid-March, is a week long initiative partnered with universities, NGOs, and industry leaders that exposes engineering students to multidisciplinary thinking through a hackathon, speaker series, events, and case studies in courses. It emphasizes the importance of addressing socio-economic, political, cultural, and technical considerations when solving global problems to develop sustainable and innovative solutions.
To provide an immersive and interactive learning experience for students across Canada. We want to create the next generation of global engineering thinkers to solve the world’s toughest problems.
Sponsored by the Boston Consulting Group, this panel will bring together thought leaders from business, tech, academia and the non-profit sector to discuss how cutting edge technology can be used to address global development challenges. The discussion will also highlight how private sector, public sector, and government institutions can work together to implement the most innovative and sustainable solutions.
Hack the Globe, the first hackathon of its kind in Canada, is a social impact hackathon partnered with BCG, Google.org, and the LEAP-Pecaut Center. It will provide university students across Canada an opportunity to apply their technical skills, business acumen, and innovative thinking to develop solutions to some of Canada’s largest social impact challenges. Learn more here.
We have partnered with faculty across Canada to introduce real-life global poverty case studies, examples, and readings into the engineering curriculum during GE Week, ranging from electrical communications systems to entrepreneurship to engineering design. In 2019 we will partner with over 50 courses and impact over 7,000 students in the classroom alone.
Every year partner organizations participating in GE Week organize speaker series and keynotes to expose students to the forefront of thinking around global development and the role of engineering.
Global Engineering Week is growing rapidly - in the 3 years since our inception we’ve grown our impact to 10,000 students across Canada and hope to continue this trend in the future. We need exceptionally talented and motivated volunteers to help with the hackathon, partnerships, outreach, marketing, web design, and curriculum development.
Whether you’re a global development veteran or simply interested in helping out, we’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to apply to one of our positions, please do so here.