E-Fests Competitions

Old Guard Competitions

The oral presentations allows students to showcase their technical presentation skills. The poster competition demonstrates their ability to visually convey technical information.

Oral Presentation Competition:

Like all professionals, engineers must possess a well-developed ability to synthesize issues and communicate effectively to diverse audiences. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver clear, concise and effective oral presentations, particularly pertaining to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved.

Each student presentation lasts fifteen minutes and is followed by a five minute “Question and Answer” (Q&A) period. Two finalists from each E-Fest event are invited to compete at the Society level at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.

Each presentation in the Oral Presentation Competition must be delivered in English. The subject matter of each presentation must address a technical, economic or environmental aspect of engineering or other basic engineering theme, provided it pertains to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved. A major portion of a contestant’s total score is based on the judges’ evaluation of his/her relative capability to communicate orally, including evidence of a talent to respond effectively during the Q&A period.

Technical Poster Competition:

Engineers, like all professionals, must possess a well-developed ability to communicate. This poster competition is designed to emphasize the ability to deliver a visual presentation. Subject matter is to be related to some area in the field of mechanical engineering.


To be eligible to participate, a competitor must be a Student Member of ASME who satisfies the criteria established for the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. Students entering the Old Guard Technical Poster Competition may not enter the Old Guard Oral Competition at the same E-Fest.


Poster Presentation

Failure to abide by the following rules will disqualify the poster.

  • Each poster may be no larger than 48 inches (122 cm) by 36 inches (91.4 cm) unfolded. Posters may be assembled using A4, A5 or 8½" by 11" paper panels.
  • The poster must be able to stand free on a supporting table by means of one or more vertically hinged joints separating the poster into multiple panels, or by physical supports attached to the back of the poster that are not visible from the front of the poster.
  • Except for fasteners (such as thumbtacks) all poster material must be flush with the board, not protruding more than 1/8 inch (3.2 mm).
  • There may be no mechanical or electrical devices attached to the poster.
  • There may be no materials placed in front of, above, below, or to the side of the poster.
  • All material must be accessible without having to lift or turn a page.
  • Each entry may have only one author printed on the poster. However, ethical policies require credit (acknowledgements) to be given on the poster for any assistance by other students or advisors.
  • The name and affiliation of the author must be in a prominent place on the Poster.
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Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC)

Human-powered transport is often the only type available in underdeveloped or inaccessible parts of the world, and if well designed, can be an increasingly viable form of sustainable transportation.

ASME's Human Powered Vehicle Challenge provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

Eligibility & Requirements

Any student who was enrolled in an engineering program during the previous semester or quarter, but graduated no earlier than six months prior to the competition date, is eligible to participate. Participation in all HPVC events is not restricted to political boundaries and are open to eligible students globally.

The first stage of the competition involves the preparation of a comprehensive design report. The second part includes a demonstration of a technical innovation included in the design, a speed event (either 100 meter flying start time trial or head-to-head drag race) and a 2.5 hour endurance race held over the course of a weekend. Guidelines and more detailed requirements (including safety measures and tests) can be found in the full competition rules.

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Student Design Competition (SDC)

The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME Student Members to present their solutions to a range of design problems - from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement.

The 2019 Student Design Competition challenges your imagination and technical design skills to create a device that can quickly but carefully secure a variety of different balls that will be balancing on tube stands in the middle of a flat playing surface.

You must construct a single remotely controlled device to collect as many balls as possible, and place them in a collection area – you must do this quickly, but avoid having balls fall off their stand and hit the ground. The competition will have an initial round where your device will run without competition, and then devices will compete against each other in a knockout format.

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ASME Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge (IAM3D)

When natural disasters occur it often leaves thousands of people without food, water, or power. The 2019 ASME IAM3D Hovercraft competition tasks university students to use additive manufacturing and an iterative design process to create an unmanned emergency resupply hovercraft that can traverse many mediums to deliver lifesaving aid to those in need. One submittal, a design report showing your vehicles detailed design will be required prior to participating in the physical obstacle course.

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