UK: Engineers Compete to Demystify Complex Engineering for the Public in Just 200 Seconds.

Pitch 200 – the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) international competition for engineers to explain their work in the most engaging and creative way in under 200 seconds – launches today and the general public is invited to put the pressure on the contestants.

Competitors will bring to life their chosen engineering concept – everything from Waterloo Bridge to what makes a smart motorway ‘smart’ – using props, presentations and anything their imaginations can conjure. Members of the public will have the chance to grill each of the engineers on their presentation and gain an insight into civil engineering and the science behind it.

Wendy Blundell, ICE Director of UK Regions, said:

“Civil engineering is not widely understood by the public, even though it has a major positive impact on people’s daily life – from keeping the lights on to getting people to work on time. With Pitch 200, we’re challenging our members to see how creative they can be when sharing their passion for civil engineering and to explain clearly how it makes a difference for people around the world.

“We’re inviting the public to get involved, come along to our regional heats and put our competitors through their paces. Hopefully, we’ll not only help people learn something new in a fun and engaging way but inspire the next generation of budding engineers.”

Part of the ICE’s 200 anniversary celebrations, the competition is kicking off with the first UK regional heat, London and South East England, on Monday 29th January. Other UK and international regions will hold their competitions throughout the year and the winner from each regional heat will go on to the Pitch 200 Grand Finale in November 2018. All heats are free to attend.

For more information, contact the Institute of Civil Engineers

Vienn McMasters

020 7665 2107

Pitch 200 UK Regional Heats

London and South East One Great George Street, London 29 January 18.30-20.00
Northern Ireland Empire, Belfast 21 February 18:00-20:00
East & West Midlands Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham 22 February 12:00–14:00
Yorkshire & Humber Hull 27 February 1800-2000
South West Burges Salmon, Bristol 28 February 18:00-20:30
Yorks & Humber Leeds 13 March tbc
North West Manchester Central Library 20 March 17:00-19:00
North East Sheffield 17 April tbc
North East Newcastle 18 April tbc
Yorkshire & Humber / N East York 25 April tbc
Wales Cardiff School of Engineering 26 April 17.30–19.30
East of England Mercure Noke Hotel, St Albans 9 May 18:00-20:30
Scotland Glasgow Science Festival 7-17 June tbc tbc


Pitch 200 Final

FINAL One Great George Street, London 22 November tbc

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