On the 9th of November 2019, BEST Louvain-La-Neuve organized the first round of the EBEC Challenge Preliminaries. This first round gathered 11 teams of students, all motivated to compete, show off their skills and win crazy prizes. This was of course made possible by our partners:

– Odoo for the Case Study, 

Google for the Team Design

–  Brico and Westmalle for the logistical support.

The first part of the day was dedicated to the Case StudyOdoo exposed a conceptual challenge to the students. It consisted of the design of a new “Knowledge Transfer strategy” for the company. Odoo’s modules are mostly maintained by one employee. Hence it is crucial to have a good transfer of knowledge when that employee leaves the company. The students worked 3 hours on this problem, after which they had to present their solution in front of a jury composed of our partners and some teachers of the university.

The second part of the day was dedicated to the Team Design. Our sponsor, Google, choose the following topic: crazy machines. Google also organizes a Crazy Machine Challenge in Mons each year. So, don’t hesitate to take a peek if you are interested. This year, the crazy machine represented a “Smart House”. The task was to fill a bath on the upper floor, without this one running over. The participants had 3 hours to make the crazy machine, after which they were evaluated by the jury. Aside from the many bloopers :-D, there were also some pretty impressive results from the students.

At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed a delicious Westmalle-Drink and shared their opinions on the day. The participants left this event with new experiences, new skills and around 1000€ in gifts.