Frequently Asked Questions

What is UTEK?

UTEK is UofT Engineering’s flagship competition! It is a weekend long event where students choose to compete in 1 of 8 categories and the winners go on to represent the university at the provincial and potentially national level.

Who can participate?

Any undergraduate student at UofT! Other faculties are welcome to compete as well!

How much does it cost to attend UTEK?

Early bird tickets are $10 until the beginning of December. Afterwards, tickets are $12 whether you choose in-person or online competition!

How many people can be on my team?

Innovative Design: Up to 6 People per team
Junior Design, Senior Design, Programming, Consulting: Up to 4 people per team
Reengineering, Debate, Communications: Up to 2 people per team

What are the prizes this year?

1st place winners = $80/person
2nd place winners = $60/person
3rd place winners = $30/ person
There are prizes for every competition and this year, there will be a prize for best CAD Design sponsored by Autodesk.

Do I need to know how to code to participate?

NO! At UTEK there is an engineering competition for everyone! As long as you enjoy problem solving, there is a category for you to participate in! Check out the home page to see more information on competitions or reach out to competitions directors specifically using the contact info on the about page!

Do I need a full team to sign up?

No! You can register on your own or with your partial and we’ll help you complete your team based on the competition you sign up for!

When can I register?

Registration will open during the fall semester! Sign up for our mailing list here to stay up to date on workshops, info events, and other important information!

What kind of workshops, talks, and activities will there be?

Each competition will provide a workshop to help you prepare for your competition! Sign up for our mailing list here, and follow our social media to stay informed on the upcoming events. During the competition weekend, there will be opportunities to interact directly with companies and professionals related to your competition category!

What is the difference between Junior & Senior Design online versus in person this year?

"in-person" means all materials will be shipped to one of your team members for building all requirements will be the same. Must do this to go to OEC
"online" one is just a CAD submission and report to support

When do ticket sales close?

For Senior & Junior Physical building, Jan. 3 , everything else is Jan.13 11:59pm

What do you win?

$80/person for first place + can compete in OEC, $60/person for second place, $30/person for third place

What are the 2 new competitions?

UX/UI & CIV are limited time competitions that are not traditionally part of UTEK and are being hosted this year to allow more people to participate! Any undergraduate student can compete in these but these categories do not continue on to OEC. The prizes are otherwise the same.