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 spring 2023 - 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 2022/2023. 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. Right now we are looking for event planners, web developers and someone who want to work with social media.
|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 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 4 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 wish to combine the process of writing a masters' degree with aid work, by using their technical expertise to innovatively solve a specific problem or fulfill a need in a developing community. Read more about the program here.
The meaningful Masters' group at IUG NTNU work to help planning and facilitating these projects, by assisting students in allocating appropriate guidance counselors at NTNU, planning their projects and finding organizations to cooperate with. As a member of the group, you'll learn a lot about technological aid, and get a lot of insight into how the competence of an engineer can be applied in order to build/facilitate infrastructure and installments in different environments with different challenges.
The field engineers of EWB Norway have several demanding projects, with several significant challenges that require innovative solutions. Casebank is a platform where all the departments of EWB Norway gather their members to attempt to solve these problems by using their collective creativity and competence.
The casebank group plans events on a regular basis, where all members of EWB NTNU come together, and are introduced to specific cases and discuss different possible solutions. Across different ages and levels of experience, education and expertise, the goal is to connect all of EWB Norway through interesting, educational and social events, whilst also optimizing what the organization accomplish collectively.
The Aid Portal
The Aid Portal is the newest project of the projects group, and was initialized in the academic year of 2021/2022. The portal is a website with the goal of serving as a link between students with a desire to write aid related theses, and professors with ideas for projects that are, or can be, related to humanitarian aid work. In addition, the site will work as a platform for other humanitarian aid related academic activities. The Aid Portal demands more specific competence and experience than the other subgroups of the projects group - specifically within web design and development. The following positions need to be filled:
A team of developers, mainly responsible for further planning and implementation of the necessary functionality of the platform.
A team of people, mainly responsible for further planning and design of the website, what it should look, and how to make it appear clean and user friendly.
Responsible for contacting professors and students, gathering information on how to best develop the platform to make it appeal to both parts.
It’s the very first year with EWB NTNUs own podcast! The members of podcast group will be involved in creating podcast content from scratch. Some of the tasks are writing the script, interviewing people, final editing and publishing. Podcast group will promote our vision through interviews with people from EWB Norway, the business world and much more.
A new project?
If you have any ideas for projects related to humanitarian/sustainable engineering, let us know, either in an e-mail or summarize it in the last part of the application form below, and we may be able to make it happen! Projects like the aid portal and GridVille was started recently in this exact manner, by passionate students with good ideas, so anything is possible!
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 which makes 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 listes 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 events where we spread cheer and distribute small treats and gifts on campus to cheer up our fellow students, whilst 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.
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 different events, some recurring, and some not. As a member you learn a lot about administation and planning of events, whilst also learning a lot about different humanitarian oranizations 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, that can be crucial in emergency situations, E.G. in the case of natural disasters or wars.
In mapathons, members of EWB and anyone else who wishes to come, gathers to help supply information and data to maps, based on satelite 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 a variety of courses for the members of EWB NTNU. The main point of the courses is to help fulfilling the goal of every EWB NTNU member to learn more about humanitarian aid through engineering and technology.
Every year, in the spring semester, EWB helps the UN Students of Trondheim to organize UN Themeweek - a string of events, workshops, letures, and more. There's a new theme every year, usually connected to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
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 an island microgrid on solar and wind, after local conditions which will provide necessary and sustainable green electricity to local communities. The project consists of three main groups, Electrical, Mechanical and Sustainable Design. 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 seperate application process. Prior experience from technical projects is 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!
Kompetanse, Master med Mening
Events and marketing