About EWB NTNU
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) NTNU is a local student department under EWB Norway, located at Campus Gløshaugen, NTNU. Our department consist of a large amount of voluntarily enganged students, ranging in academic year, age and field of study. Parallelly to our studies, we all contribute weekly to technological humanitarian aid work, directly and indirectly, through different types of work and activites. With several different projects and events we establish new bonds with professors, students, technologists and other organizations with a passion for humanitarian aid work.
Admission autumn 2023/24 - closed
Our department consists of 3 main groups: The projects group, the PR group, and the events group, which are all recruiting members for the academic year 2023/2024. Read more below to see how you can get engaged, and what the different groups and subgroups of EWB NTNU are working on! Scroll down to submit your application or read more about the different groups and positions. Currently, we are seeking new members for all positions.
|Meaningful Masters & Casebank||Social Media||Missing Maps|
|The Aid Portal||Stand & Craft||Borderless|
The main goal of our department is to offer an extracurricular activity that unites NTNU students across different ages and fields of study and educates them on humanitarian aid through engineering and technology. In addition to this, we also aim to be an arena to make friends outside your own study program, and we arrange a lot of purely social events for our members, like cabin trips, parties, sporting events, board game nights and more!
Since the spring of 2022, EWB NTNU has been an international organization, with English as the official department language, so English fluency is a prerequisite for joining the department. Erasmus+/International students are therefore also invited to submit their applications!
The Projects Group (Kompetansegruppa)
The projects group consists of 3 subgroups who are collectively responsible for many of our more technical activities, and "hands-on" aid work:
Meaningful Masters' (Master med Mening)
The Meaningful Masters’ program was initiated by EWB Norway to assist and support students who aspire to integrate the process of pursuing a master's degree with aid work. This is achieved by utilizing their technical expertise to innovatively address specific problems or fulfil needs within developing communities. Further information about the program can be found here.
The Meaningful Masters' group at EWB NTNU contributes to the planning and facilitation of these projects by aiding students in identifying suitable guidance counsellors at NTNU, outlining their projects, and establishing collaborations with organizations. As a member of this group, you will gain significant insights into technological aid and learn how an engineer's competence can be employed to construct and facilitate infrastructure and installations across various environments with distinct challenges.
The field engineers of EWB Norway are engaged in several challenging projects that entail significant obstacles requiring innovative solutions. Casebank serves as a platform where all departments of EWB Norway assemble their members to collectively tackle these issues through creative collaboration and competence sharing.
The Casebank group organizes regular events, bringing together EWB NTNU members and other students at NTNU. During these events, participants are introduced to specific cases and engage in discussions about potential solutions. Regardless of age, experience level, education, or expertise, the objective is to unite the entire EWB Norway community through engaging, educational, and social gatherings, while concurrently enhancing the organization's collective achievements.
The Aid Portal
The Aid Portal aims to connect students seeking to undertake aid-related theses with professors who possess ideas for projects about humanitarian aid work, either existing or potential. Additionally, the portal functions as a platform for other academic activities related to humanitarian aid.
The Aid Portal necessitates more specialized competence and experience compared to the other subgroups within the Projects Group, particularly in the fields of web design and development. The following positions are available:
A team of developers primarily responsible for the further planning and implementation of the platform's required functionalities.
Mainly responsible for the continued planning and design of the website, determining its visual appearance, and ensuring a clean and user-friendly interface.
Members of the podcast group will participate in crafting podcast content from scratch. Tasks encompass scriptwriting, conducting interviews, final editing, and publishing. The podcast group will advance our vision by featuring interviews with individuals from EWB Norway, the business realm, and more.
A new project?
Should you possess ideas for projects related to humanitarian/sustainable engineering, please inform us via email or in the designated section of the application form below. It is possible that we could bring your vision to life! Projects such as the Aid Portal and GridVille were initiated recently through the passion and innovative ideas of dedicated students, underscoring the realm of possibilities.
The expected workload in the Projects group: 4-5 hours each week on average. (Developers and designers of the Aid Portal may be required to put in a few extra hours a week.)
The PR Group (Profileringsgruppa)
The PR Group work with all necessary elements, making EWB NTNU stand out professionally as a local department. Some of the group’s responsibilities are graphic design, promoting all events, maintaining our website, distributing newsletters and operating our social media channels. The group consists of the subgroups listed below.
Social Media (SoMe)
Responsible for EWB NTNU's social media channels, as well as creating and publishing content.
Stand & Craft
In charge of organizing stands to ensure EWB's visibility on campus and promoting our events. Also in charge of Care Package, which is recurring small event where we spread cheer and distribute small treats and gifts on campus to cheer up our fellow students, simultaneously promoting the organization. In the meantime, the group will organize workshops for other PR members so the members can get creative and do some crafts.
The graphic design group is responsible for editing photos and videos, designing posters and flyers and other content to be posted on our social media channels.
The expected workload in the PR group: 4-5 hours each week
The Events Group (Arrangementgruppa)
The events group work with planning and arranging all events within EWB. The different subgroups are each responsible for other events, some recurring, and some not. As a member, you learn a lot about administration and planning of events, whilst also learning a lot about different humanitarian organisations and challenges within the field.
The missing maps group arranges recurring events called Mapathons. Several areas in developing countries and communities - especially rural areas - have maps that lack information about specific buildings and infrastructure, which can be crucial in emergencies, E.G. in the case of natural disasters or wars.
In mapathons, members of EWB and anyone else who wishes to come to gather to help supply information and data to maps, based on satellite photos of areas where it doesn't already exist. The Missing Maps group arrange these events and teach the attendees how to use the software while maintaining the cooperative relationship between The Missing Maps Organization and EWB NTNU.
Borderless is EWB NTNU's very own humanitarian aid festival, with a wide variety of events, lectures, competitions, sofa talks and more! The borderless group is responsible for planning these events, and getting in touch with field engineers, organizations and other experts who can share their experiences and competence.
Throughout the academic year, the course group is responsible for planning and arranging various courses for the members of EWB NTNU. The main point of the courses is to help to fulfil the goal of every EWB NTNU member to learn more about humanitarian aid through engineering and technology.
The Everyday Hero’s group is a new group responsible for organizing events where different people come and give a small talk about themes such as technology, humanitarian aid, sustainability etc. The group will most likely collaborate with an external organisation and another student organisation. In addition to this, the group will be able to host workshops where students can meet each other and work with their hands.
The expected workload in the Events group: 4-5 hours each week
GridVille – Our Project
GridVille is a unique project of EWB NTNU that started in the fall of 2020. The goal of the project is to build a sustainable independent microgrid with solar and wind, after local conditions which will provide necessary and sustainable green electricity to local communities. The project consists of two main groups, Electrical and marketing and finance. Read more about the project here, or on GridVille's own website.
Expected workload: 20+ hours each week
As of this year, GridVille has expanded to the point where it is somewhat separate from the EWB NTNU department, and it now has a separate application process. Prior experience from technical projects is not necessary, and you can read more about the specifics on GridVille's own website. Here you can also apply if you think you could be a good fit for the GridVille group!
Projects, Meaningful Masters'
Events and marketing