We are very excited to offer a range of competition categories at OEC 2010.
Please voice any concerns to our competition heads.
Any student who falls into a category below is eligible to compete in the OEC:
In Innovative Design only, a student who is currently enrolled in a non-accredited Ontario undergraduate university program or who has successfully completed a non-accredited Ontario undergraduate university engineering program during the fall semester prior to OEC is eligible to compete in OEC provided that 50% or more of the team qualifies under the first or second criterion above and the post secondary program is relevant to the project being entered (i.e. Industrial Design or Business).
Each year the Board may grant eligibility to specific programs or schools which are in the process of seeking accreditation to participate in specific categories. Typically, categories open to this type of consideration are Junior Team Design, Senior Team Design, and Parliamentary Debates.
A team is a group, composed entirely of eligible students from the same university, which applies to enter one presentation or project in the Ontario Engineering Competition.
In Entrepreneurial Design only, the non-accredited portion of the team must be composed of eligible students from the same university, or a post-secondary institution affiliated with the university where the accredited portion of the team attends.
Each team is required to submit one application form provided by the OEC Organizing Committee. A letter from the Dean of Engineering (or person of equivalent authority) of each participating university must accompany the application form to confirm eligibility of the team for participation in OEC.
If the team plans to present work done for an employer (i.e. summer employment, a work term, or an other form of employment) a letter, per team, from the employer giving permission for the team to enter and display the work in OEC must accompany the application form.
In Innovative Design and Engineering Communications, a one (1) page abstract, per team, that summarizes the design or topic must accompany the application form. The abstract will be reviewed by the OEC Organizing Committee to assess the suitability of the design or topic for inclusion in OEC and will be given to the judges for information prior to the start of judging.
The completed application form, all attachments, and the required entry fees must be received by the OEC Organizing Committee on or before the application deadline. An incomplete application may result in the rejection of an application by the OEC Organizing Committee. Late applications may be accepted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the OEC Organizing Committee.
Acceptance into the Ontario Engineering Competition will be based on the order in which applications are received and the suitability of the problem description (if applicable) and suitability of the design or topic as determined from the abstract (if applicable). Preference will be given, in each category, to provide equal representation from all eligible universities.
If an application is rejected by the OEC Organizing Committee, the OEC Organizing Committee will notify the applicant in writing within one (1) week after the receipt of the application or one (1) week after the application deadline, whichever is the later. In addition, all entry fees will then be promptly refunded.
Each participant is required to pay the entry fee of CAN$225, due in full at the time of application.
Returned or NSF cheques may result in the rejection of an application by the OEC Organizing Committee.
Cancelled applications must be received by the OEC Organizing Committee on or before the cancellation deadline or the entry fees will be forfeited.
A team must present its own work at OEC. The teams must work independently with minimal assistance from faculty, other engineers, and / or other students.
In the event that the team members were part of a larger group, were continuing the work of a previous group, or the work was done for an employer, the team must clearly state this fact to the judges and must clearly identify which portion of the work was their own. Even if not a member of the presenting team, any individual who made a significant contribution to the project must meet the rules regarding eligibility for participation in OEC.
Repeat entries are not permitted. A project or presentation which has previously been entered in OEC is no longer eligible for entry into the competition. Similarly, a project or presentation which has been entered in any other regional-level competition (i.e. AEC, QEC, WEC) is not eligible for entry into OEC.
Participants cannot compete in more than one category per year.
Teams using audiovisual equipment for their presentation are asked to test their equipment during a designated testing period allocated by the OEC Organizing Committee prior to the presentation times.
Teams in Innovative Design, Engineering Communications, Junior Team Design, Senior Team Design, and Consulting Engineering are permitted to present in either of Canada's official languages (i.e. English or French). Teams in Parliamentary Debates are permitted to present in English only.
If a team wishes to present in French, they must inform the OEC Organizing Committee in writing with the application or earlier if possible. If a team fails to give sufficient advance notice of their intent to present in French, they will be permitted to present in English only.
Two teams from each category will be expected to represent Ontario at the Canadian Engineering Competition (CEC). CEC is usually hosted within one to four weeks after OEC.
Entry into the Canadian Engineering Competition and acceptance to participate in CEC is in accordance with the rules of CEC. Following OEC, the CEC Organizing Committee will invite the first and second place winners in each category to attend the Canadian Engineering Competition. In the event that either the first or second place team in a category is unable to attend CEC or is ineligible to participate, the rules of the Canadian Engineering Competition will be used to select an alternate participant.
Before and after the competition, the application of the official rules of the Ontario Engineering Competition is the responsibility of the OEC Organizing Committee Category Officials. In the event that a dispute arises within the Organizing Committee, the Chairperson shall impose a decision.
During the competition, the application of the official rules of the Ontario Engineering Competition is the responsibility of the judges.
In the event that a dispute arises within a panel of judges, the Head Judge for that panel is responsible to attempt to resolve the dispute. In the event that no resolution is possible, the head judge shall impose a decision.
In the event that a dispute arises between Head Judges, the Chairperson of the OEC Organizing Committee is responsible to attempt to resolve the dispute. In the event that no resolution is possible, the Chairperson of the OEC Organizing Committee shall impose a decision.
To assist with the application of the rules, a party may make a request to the Chairperson of the Advisory Board for an official interpretation in order to clarify the rules. The Chairperson of the Advisory Board may at their discretion issue an interpretation independently or put the request before the entire Advisory Board depending on the nature of the request.
If a team is judged to be in violation of the official rules of the Ontario Engineering Competition before, during, or after the competition the entry fees may be forfeited, the participant may be ejected from competition, and any prizes awarded may be required to be returned to the OEC Organizing Committee.