When is the competition?

The competition will run from Monday, March 5th (case released) to Friday, March 9th (case is due). Competitors will present their proposals during the McMaster Energy Conference on Saturday March, 10th to a panel of judges.

What is the competition about?

The Smart Energy City Competition will focus on designing the future smart city. The main focus of the competition is Pathways to Carbon Neutral. There will be several different streams and teams will choose one to design a solution for. More information on the case can be found at Competition > 2018 Challenge which will be available soon.

Who can apply?

The competition will be open to undergraduate students from any faculty or year at McMaster University.

Why should I participate?

This will be Canada's first energy week, energy conference, and smart cities challenge. Alongside being the first to take place in this event at McMaster, there will be national recognition. As well, the top three teams will receive over $2500 in prizes. They will also get their abstracts published in an undergraduate academic journal. Alongside this, we will be providing competitors with exclusive networking opportunities with Energy Week partners and sponsors. There will also be energy site visits that competitors will attend for free throughout the week. There will be free swag (t-shirts, pens, USB drives, etc.), free food, and tons of fun to be had networking with professionals and like-minded peers while learning about Canadian energy.

Where will we be working on the case throughout the week?

Rooms have been booked for all teams to work in. These rooms are available in the evenings of Monday to Friday at the Gerald Hatch Centre at McMaster University.

I don't know much about energy, should I still apply?

Yes! The case and competition are designed to be inclusive of individuals from all years, programs, and backgrounds. You will be provided with background knowledge and graduate student research mentors to guide you along the way.

I am applying as a team, does everyone in the team need to submit an application?

If you are applying as a team, the application that an individual submits will represent the entire team. This means that the answers should reflect the views of your team and you will be evaluated as a group. There is no need for everyone in the team to submit an individual application.

I am applying as an individual or a team of less than 5, how will that work out?

After the February 16th deadline for applications, the applications will be reviewed. If you are a team of less than 5 and you answered that you were open to accepting additional team members, attempts will be made to match your team with an individual applicant or another group. It will be ensured that the needs and vision of your team is matched with the individual/group after you are accepted for the competition.

What happens if I am placed in a team I don't get along with?

This will be coordinated on a case-by-case basis. It is a priority to ensure that you have the most enjoyable experience possible. If there are concerns within your team or disagreements, an equitable solution will be found by working with our delegates coordinator.

What will we be submitting for the competition?

The competition will require teams to submit a slide deck by Friday, March 9th at 11:59pm online to give a presentation to judges on Saturday, March 10th. Alongside of this, teams will be writing a short abstract (350 words maximum describing the proposal).

Where will we be presenting on Saturday, March 10th? Who will be judging us?

You will be presenting in rooms in LRW at McMaster University. The judges are comprised of academic researchers from McMaster University with a broad range of energy and smart city knowledge, industry professionals, and others who have either deployed energy projects or worked on energy policy.

How will we be evaluated?

Teams will be evaluated through several criteria established by an interdisciplinary executive board designing the case (undergraduate energy specialists, graduate researchers, professors, industry consultants, and policy makers).