The Alternative Energy Challenge is an annual competition which will be hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World of The University of Texas at Austin. The intent of the competition is for students to create novel ideas for the generation of power using sustainable and renewable methods.
In the first phase of the competition, teams will submit a written report detailing their design and the logistics involved in producing it. The top three teams will be granted a prototyping budget to actually create their device and present it in the final round before another panel of judges.
The competition is run entirely by students for students to not only foster innovation in the field of alternative energy but to give competitors the opportunity to gain practical experience in product research and development. This will be the first year that ESW will host the Alternative Energy Challenge which was previously hosted by the Student Engineering Council with hopes that it will continue to attract motivated engineering students with a passion for alternative energy, creativity, and innovation.