Enter the Competition

Find out more about how to enter the competition, what the participation rules are and what to expect.

The Competition

The world’s population is witnessing substantial interrelated challenges including climate change, increasing numbers of natural disasters, pollution, war, conflict and the resultant famine, poverty, large-scale involuntary migration and human rights abuses. As a result, a global Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has approached your University to assist it in its work in providing ‘rapid response disaster relief’ to those impacted by such global events. Their initial vision is a cost-effective flat-pack type of building using components that fit into standard-sized shipping unit(s), can be airlifted by helicopter to the site, be readily and quickly assembled by local unskilled labour using simple tools ready for ‘fit-out’ which again needs to be provided within a shipping unit(s). Finalists of the Global Student Challenge will present their bid to a live panel of industry expert judges online. The winning team receive an all-expenses paid trip to CIOB Members Forum to present their bid and test their ideas in the real world with global industry experts giving feedback on the winning submission. On top of that, the winning team also will receive a £2000 cash prize!


1 September – registration opens
31 January – registration closes
1 February – competition opens
16 March – competition closes
2 April – finalists announced
11-17 April – online interviews
18 April – the winning team announced
End of June – the winning team goes to Members’ Forum


The entry fee depends on the number of teams each educational institution decided to register. Competition entry fees allow us to run the competition. Discounts are available for teams in Africa, South Asia and Malaysia.


One Team


Two Teams


Three Teams


Four Teams


Five Teams

*VAT applies to teams from universities based in the UK or EU. Discounts are available for teams in Africa, South Asia and Malaysia.

Why You Should Enter

Win the Prize!

The winning team will receive a £2000 cash prize and the runners up will receive £800 for second place and £400 for third place


The winning team will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to CIOB Members’ Forum


Present your bid and test your ideas in the real world with global industry experts giving feedback on the winning submission
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How many teams can my university enter?

A University can enter up to five teams into the competition, but only one of those teams can represent the University in the Finals.

Do I need to be a CIOB Student member to take part?

Membership of the Chartered Institute of Building is not required to partake in Global Student Challenge, but if you’re not a member we certainly encourage you to become one! You can view our student membership options here.

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