Endeavour 2020 Boeing Prize

Supported by Boeing

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About the prize

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. The company continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Its broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family; integrating military platforms, defense systems and the warfighter through network-enabled solutions; creating advanced technology solutions; and arranging innovative customer-financing options.

The Endeavour 2020 Boeing Prize will comprise one prize of $2,500. The prize is awarded to a student project group participating in the 2020 Endeavour Engineering & IT Exhibition.

The prize is looking for a project group who offers an innovative approach in providing a solution(s) to challenging problems relatable to the following topics:

  • Aerospace – flight and/or air, aerodynamics, planes, drones, helicopters, space
  • Mechanical – motors, engines
  • Energy conversion – electrical systems, chemical, combustion, battery, solar
  • Software – security systems, networks, systems, programs, tracking GPS devices, autonomous systems

Judging criteria

The project group will need to demonstrate skills and techniques with an innovative approach to solutions.  The project group will need to explain the measurables and provide evidence that the project team has considered in their project. The prize may not necessarily be awarded to the project with the most sophisticated or innovative use of technology. However, the use of creative engineering design to Boeing’s relatable topics of Aerospace, Mechanical, Energy Conversion or Software.

The application should address:

  1. How the project utilises engineering and/or IT in their research or design relative to any one of Boeing’s relatable topics.
  2. Explain the measures and provide evidence that the project group has considered in their project. Consideration should be given to:
    1. The problem that the project has the potential to address.
    2. Any implementation of concerns/risks such as sustainability, carbon footprint, cost, ethical considerations, complexity, competition, or regulation and how these will be overcome.
    3. Explain how the project group has come to a solution/outcome.
    4. Explain what measures were considered to address the success of the solution/ outcome.
  3. The application quality.

    The application should be sufficient to readily explain to a non-technical audience the key innovations of the project and the responses to the elements detailed in 1 & 2 above. Use of graphics, images and links to videos or other online material are all encouraged to make it easier for the team to communicate effectively but are not essential. Clarity of message is the primary consideration.

  4. The presentation by short-listed projects.

    Teams do not need to prepare a special presentation but must be ready and able to use the materials at their display to explain their project, the innovative nature of the solution developed and the measurable content they have evaluated for that solution.

    Teams will have fifteen (15) minutes with the judges including time for Q&A. The structure of the explanation and which team members are involved is up to the teams to decide. It is not necessary that every team member present but the team should have the most qualified/relevant member answer specific questions.

To apply, submit the completed application form in PDF format via email to endeavour-mse@unimelb.edu.au by no later than 5pm Friday 25 September 2020.

Download: Endeavour Boeing application form [Word]

Application and judging procedure

Your application and presentation will be judged by a University of Melbourne academic(s). Short-listed project teams will have the opportunity to present their application in a live ‘pitch’ to the judging panel.

Friday 25 September 2020

Project teams submit application:

  • A maximum two-page response (plus relevant appendices) to the prize judging criteria, using the 2020 Endeavour Prize Application Form.
  • Application submitted in PDF format via email toendeavour-mse@unimelb.edu.au
Monday 5 October 2020

Judging panel to shortlist projects.

Short-listed project teams will be notified to assist with preparation for the pitch.

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Pitching period begins

Short-listed project teams will ‘pitch’ their project in a short presentation to the judging panel via video meeting.

Monday 19 October 2020

Pitching period ends

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Winners Announced at the Endeavour Industry & Awards Night


All enquiries can be directed to the Endeavour team at endeavour-mse@unimelb.edu.au.