We are an interdisciplinary group of engineering students interested in finding answers to questions nobody is asking yet. Our mission is to coordinate and support engineering students to develop the technologies that will under-gird the success of tomorrows cities. In striving for our goals, we endeavor to motivate, challenge, and up-skill students to help them springboard into their engineering careers.
We believe that major technological breakthroughs have led to economic, environmental, and social restructuring of a select few cities but that adoption is lagging behind due to a sparsity of engineering talent. This team will build the next generation of talent through hands on, project-based work which ends in open source software or demonstrations of our skills at competitions.
Here are the competitions that we participated in during the 2020-21 academic year:
E – Energy Team
T – Transportation Team
- MIT Energy Hack (E)
- World’s Challenge Challenge (E)
- ASCE Student Conference – Blue Sky Innovation Contest (T)
- Translink’s Open Call for Innovation (T)
We’re planning on attending these or similar competitions in the 2021-22 year!
Throughout this year, our team has been working on self-directed projects to make new discoveries, get hands on experience, and push our thinking to the limits. These projects will be determined with your “focus team” depending on the interests and skill sets you have related to the topic of your team. These projects not only help you explore your interests, but allow you to develop a portfolio of interesting work beyond the technical projects that all of your classmates also have.
Follow our progress here!
Better transportation systems create connections to people, places, and opportunities, while tackling the big challenges our cities are facing: climate change, housing affordability, inequity, and public health. However, transportation has long been a “wicked” challenge for cities, where promising solutions bring unavoidable tradeoffs or hidden long-term consequences.
The UBC Smart City transportation focus team aims to develop transportation solutions that generate clear public benefits, at a minimal cost. To this end, we competed in TransLink’s 2020 Open Call for Innovation and the 2021 ASCE Blue Sky Innovation contest, where we advanced to the national competition. We also created a street space reallocation dashboard to illustrate key tradeoffs involved in shifting road space between transport modes.
If you’re interested in creating innovative solutions to our cities’ big problems, while helping Metro Vancouver achieve its climate change, transportation, and land use objectives, we would love to have you onboard.
The energy focus team will aim to design systems to meet the energy needs of the population while being robust, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. The start to end life cycles of energy systems will be analyzed for new innovations and optimizations to accommodate increasing populations while limited by finite natural resources. Some potential areas of research include smart buildings, heat recycling, infrastructure repurposing, and renewables. To ensure companies and citizens are incentivized to adopt new solutions, concepts such as metering, demand pricing, and transition plans will be investigated to ensure the grid functions effectively and in the interest of all stakeholders.
Potential competitions for the energy team include Generate, a clean energy conference in BC. If you have a passion for smart energy systems, the energy team is for you.
The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 academic year has now passed.
Stay tuned for future opportunities to join the team!
Our team would like to extend a heart-felt thanks to our sponsors for their generous donations to our team. Our sponsors help fund contest registration fees, software licenses, honorariums for guest speakers, and banners/merchandise which is used to advertise for our team and attract talent. Click on our sponsors’ logos to learn more.