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South West engineers challenged to pitch an idea in 200 seconds!

11 March 2020

Civil engineers in the South West are being challenged to get creative and inspire the public about their profession in a pitch lasting just 200 seconds!

South West engineers challenged to pitch an idea in 200 seconds!

The contest, called Pitch 200, requires civil engineers to pitch an idea, project or innovation to a public audience in the most imaginative way possible, against the clock.

It’s part of an annual ICE competition aimed at promoting civil engineering as an exciting industry that transforms lives and positively impacts local communities.

Entrants are currently being sought for the regional heat, with the South West winner going forward to the national final in October.

Miranda Housden, ICE South West regional director, said:

“Pitch 200 demonstrates just how creative civil engineers can be. It’s no mean feat to communicate an engineering concept or innovation in 200 seconds, but you’d be surprised at the imaginative, even wacky ways that competitors have used to get their point across. I’d encourage civil engineers from all sectors and with any level of experience to take part because the contest is a lot of fun. Most importantly, you get to present to the public, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to inspire people about civil engineering.”

Last year’s regional Pitch 200 winner Jasmine Tombs, a 26-year-old civil engineer working for WSP in Truro, Cornwall (pictured) impressed the audience and judges with a compelling pitch detailing how timber – using modern production techniques – could become a viable and innovative alternative to concrete, which accounts for 5% of all manmade carbon dioxide emissions. She later went on to win the national competition.

How to enter

Pitch 200 is open to all ICE members in the region, including students. Applicants must first create a short video of around 20 seconds, outlining their idea, concept or project. Those who make the shortlist are then invited to develop their full 200 second pitch to present at a live final in Bristol on 13 May 2020 at the offices of the competition sponsor, law firm Burges Salmon.

The regional final is hosted by broadcaster Dave Harvey, the Business Correspondent for BBC West, who also joins the judging panel. Paul Sheffield, ICE President, will present the winner with a certificate and a prize. They will also be invited to become an ICE South West Ambassador, helping to promote civil engineering across the region.

Those interested in entering the competition can find out more and download an application form on the ICE SW Awards page.

The closing date for applications is 17.00, Monday 6 April 2020.

  • Lidia Pearce, communications lead at ICE South West