The European Sci-Tech Challenge is a program jointly organized by JA Europe and ExxonMobil, that aims to encourage students aged 15-18 to consider Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) oriented careers and skills, and to advise how these can be applied in enterprising ways in today’s world.
The Sci-Tech Challenge has a dual aim. While it encourages young Europeans to use and develop their STEM knowledge by trying to solve real-world issues, it also intends to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and spur their innovative skills.
Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe
In 2017, the eighth edition of the Sci-Tech Challenge will take place, once more culminating in the European Grand Finale at the European Parliament in Brussels. The best students from 7 participating countries (Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania and the UK) are selected through national competitions held in February-March 2017. They then progress to an online competition, where an expert jury selects the top three teams to compete in the European Grand Finale. This year, the European Grand Finale will take place at the European Parliament on 10 May with business representatives and policy-makers in attendance.
In ExxonMobil, we believe that the key to the world's energy challenges lies in technology and innovation. The future of transport is an important issue for Europe. With this year’s Sci-Tech challenge we want to tap into the innovative thinking of the next generation on the topic of low-emission mobility.
Nikolaas Baeckelmans, VP of EU Affairs, ExxonMobil in Europe
This year’s Sci-Tech Challenge builds on the successes of the seventh edition held in 2016, where students from 10 Eurasian countries participated. Students from Belgium, Romania and the UK were chosen to participate in the European Grand Finale based on their outstanding innovative idea, excellent presentation skills and team spirit. Offering alternative approaches to transportation, the three top solutions stood out for their combination of feasibility, cost efficiency, and quick implementation. They deployed an integrated mix of technology while reducing cars in the city.