The Speak Out for Engineering (SOfE) competition opens each year in the hope of discovering talented young engineers from around the world eager to demonstrate their presentation and communication skills in the field of technical mechanical engineering.
Showcasing the industry in a unique way and encouraging the engagement of seasoned, new and potential engineers, the competition organized by the young members of the Institute is now in its 56e year, and it seems that talented young engineers are applying to showcase their skills.
The SOfE competition is a challenge – contestants compete in regional rounds in their own country, and the best of the best from regions around the world then come together for one final showcase where the winner will be announced.
The World Finals was a two-day event held on 23rd and 24e April 2021, where the regional winners took to the virtual stage with their individual presentations and to participate in a specialized question-and-answer session. While points were awarded for the content of the presentations, the bulk of the marks to be gained depended on how the competitor communicated his ideas and explained his technical topics.
The Institute congratulates this year’s winner, Charlotte McMain, who represented the UK and Ireland with her presentation titled ‘Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 2020 and Beyond; and finalist Tausiful Islam, representing South Asia with his presentation “Unmanned Air Systems in Bangladesh”. Both contestants were highly regarded for their informative and highly engaging presentations which showcased their passion for the industry.
“The presenters were all very enthusiastic and their topics were equally interesting,” said President-elect Perter Flinn, who enjoyed playing the role of chief judge of this year’s competition. “I especially want to congratulate winner Charlotte and runner-up Tausiful for winning their regional finals first and then for making it through the world finals.”
For Charlotte, it still doesn’t feel real to have been crowned the winner of the world competition, and her feat has put her in the # 1 spot to encourage others to take the leap and follow their passions.
“I entered the competition with encouragement from a colleague, but I was so shy and even during the first round my hands and voice were shaking. However, with each round of the competition I became more confident and, although still not completely Lovers of presentation, I was able to relax and have fun at the World Final – and for me, this is the most incredible prize! As a strong promoter of Women in Engineering, I am truly proud to be able to inspire other girls to step out of their comfort zone and show that they can be successful in engineering too! I encourage everyone to give SOfE a try and share your passion for engineering! “
Tausiful said if he could describe the SOfE journey in one word, it would be “overwhelming.”
“The most important thing to take away from all of the competition is the immense learning opportunity you get and the room for personal growth in such an incredible talent pool. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined representing my country and even less South Asia on such a grandiose stage.
The SOfE competition opens up the world of engineering and emphasizes communication, presentation and passion. If you are feeling up to the challenge and want to know how to apply for the annual competition, don’t hesitate and take the leap, this could be the start of something extraordinary. As Tausiful says, “If you believe in something, don’t stop trying, no matter how many obstacles you encounter. Limitations only exist if you allow them. “
IMechE is organizing a series of competitions and challenges for young engineers, all details can be found at here.
You will find more details on how to participate in the 2021 competition here.