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Winner of Northern Ireland's ICE Pitch 200 contest announced

26 February 2020

Pitch 200 – ICEs engineering stand-up competition with a difference - came to Belfast recently.

Winner of Northern Ireland's ICE Pitch 200 contest announced

Ruth Kelly from Amey Consulting has won the Northern Ireland regional final of ICEs Pitch 200 contest.

Ruth came out on top for her insightful and engaging pitch: The ICEing on the cake.

Ruth successfully used her 200 seconds to engage the audience in the world of geotechnics, using the concept of cake to represent ground conditions and to understand the importance of ‘what lies beneath’.

Using props to explain complex engineering concepts

In total, eight civil engineers went head to head to give the best demonstration of what they do in just 200 seconds (or less), bringing to life their chosen engineering concept using props, presentations and ingenuity to showcase their work in the most curious and unconventional way.

The topics ranged from analysis of complex structures, design innovation, soil, floodplains and embracing sustainable urban drainage systems to what the UN Sustainable Development Goals mean for us all.

Every prop imaginable was used from building toy models to making the audience a little peckish and thirsty with some cake and Guinness!

The calibre of entries made the decision a difficult one for our panel of judges:

  • Ciara Lappin, Technical Director at Doran Consulting
  • Martyn Harvie, Practice Manager at Atkins and
  • Conor Crawford, Technical Director at Jacobs and last year’s Pitch 200 winner for the region

While the judges deliberated, the audience were entertained by the Emer Maguire, who was also host for the evening.

Shining a light on civil engineers

ICE Regional Director Jenny Green said: “All eight contenders did a fantastic job, with brilliant feedback from non-engineers in the audience on the night.

"Well done to everyone for their demonstration of the breadth of work done by civil engineers and a huge congratulations to Ruth Kelly who’ll be representing ICE NI in the UK final later this year.”

The NI Regional Final of Pitch 200 was part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival with the competition taking place at the Black Box on 19 February.

Ruth Kelly will go on to compete against other regional winners in the Pitch 200 Grand Final in autumn 2020.

  • Neeta Cubitt, communications lead at ICE Northern Ireland