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Public urged to vote for Pitch 200 winner

07 July 2021

A shortlist of eight finalists has produced videos to explain a civil engineering concept to members of the public, as they compete for ICE's Pitch 200 title.

Public urged to vote for Pitch 200 winner

Eight finalists from around the world have been selected by an ICE judging panel to go head-to-head in the 2021 Pitch 200 online vote.

Voting is now open to the public, in a competition that sees ICE members take on the challenge of explaining an aspect of civil engineering on video in just 200 seconds.

The public are encouraged to explore the shortlist and vote for their favourite, based on the pitch video they think is clear, interesting and entertaining. The contestant with the highest number of votes will walk away with the top prize of £400.

ICE members of all different grades and representing the West Midlands, London, Scotland, North East, South West, South East England and the Middle East, are competing for the title.

'Creative communicators'

The pitch videos cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • a simulation of chimney demolition using a tower of bagels;
  • showing how 3D printing in construction works with the help of squirty cream;
  • a rough guide to different types of bridges; and
  • an appeal for civil engineers to help engineer our way out of extinction – among others.

"The pitch videos are bite-size, accessible and a lot of fun. You’ll definitely learn something new about civil engineering,” said Wendy Blundell, director of ICE regions.

"We’re grateful to those who reached for their mobile phone or camera to record an entry this year. ICE Pitch 200 really shows that civil engineers are creative communicators who are determined to bring civil engineering to a wider audience. Now, it’s over to the public to choose the winner."

Key dates

The Pitch 200 online vote opens on Wednesday 7 July and closes on Wednesday 18 August. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 1 September 2021.

Pitch 200 was first launched in 2018 to mark the 200th anniversary of ICE. The competition aims to raise public awareness of civil engineering and its positive role in shaping and improving communities and tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The competition also seeks to highlight the creativity and communication skills of civil engineers and encourage more young people to think about joining the profession.

  • Lidia Pearce, communications lead at ICE South West