About the competition

Speak Out for Engineering is a competition for young engineers designed to help develop verbal and visual communication in explaining technical mechanical engineering related subjects.

The competition

The competition is organised and run annually by the Young Members of the Institution. Established in 1964, the competition continues to challenge young engineers to prove that they can communicate effectively. It is specifically concerned with verbal and visual communication in describing and explaining technical subjects.

Speak Out for Engineering (SOfE) competition heats take place across the globe, with over 50 set to run in 2021. Winners from each heat are invited to participate in their regional final and the winners of the regional finals will be invited to participate in the annual Global Final, the winner of which will be crowned the overall SOfE winner.


Competitors must give an oral presentation on a mechanical engineering subject to be broken down as follows:

  • Presentation length: 20 mins
  • Discussion and questions from judges / audience: 10 mins.

90% of the total marks are given for presentation with only 10% for technical content. This ensures that while all presentations must have mechanical engineering content in its broadest sense (e.g. purpose, research, design, feasibility and practicality), a topic concerning comparatively ‘low’ technology has an equal chance of success as one which is technologically very complex.

Who can enter

The competition is open to any AffiliateAssociate or Young Member of the Institution who has been professionally registered for ten years or less.

Full details of eligibility criteria are available in the Competitor's Guidance Document.


Prizes are awarded to 1st and 2nd places in all competition heats and the regional and global finals.

Competition Heats

  • 1st Prize - £300 & certificate
  • 2nd Prize - £200 & certificate.

Regional Finals*

  • 1st Prize - £500 & certificate
  • 2nd Prize - £300 & certificate

*Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa, North East Asia, Oceania, South Asia, South East Asia, UK & Ireland Regional Finals

Global Final

  • 1st Prize - £1,000 & certificate
  • 2nd Prize - £500 & certificate

The decision of the judges on the award of the prizes shall be final.

Prizes are funded from the Institution’s Trust for Education and Research.

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