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Each year, the EWB Challenge works alongside a community partner to design a brief that can directly address the challenges of a specific community. For many years we’ve focused this work on our overseas partnerships, with past Challenges exploring solutions for communities in Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Zambia, India and Nepal. But in 2020, the EWB Challenge comes closer to home – building on EWB Australia’s commitment to Engineering On Country.

EWB will be working with our long-term partner, the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CfAT) to deliver the 2020 EWB Challenge Program. Students will be asked to address a design brief based around appropriate technology to support indigenous homelands and outstations, with a focus on CfAT’s work in the Cape York region of Far North Queensland. 

In November this year, our Education team spent two weeks On Country with representatives from CfAT and local community members to progress our scoping process that feeds into the comprehensive design brief and supporting multimedia resources issued to our EWB Challenge students. 

EWB has previously worked with CfAT and the Lama Lama community on enabling a more secure, clean water supply, and we look forward to building this connection and exploring what more can be done to better enable Indigenous communities across Cape York to live and work comfortably, and securely, On Country.