Engineering Games (Eng Games, french Jeux de Genie, JDG) is a community of engineering undergraduate students from Quebec universities and technological institutes. The community participates in many social events year-round, and is driven by a 5 day competition, known as The Games, during the first week of January. Schools take turns hosting The Games each year.
By far the most prestigious event of the engineering games and the only competition to be broadcast, the “machine” is an intense competition involving the various disciplines and aspects of engineering. During the four months proceeding the Games, each university forms a team of 6-8 members tasked with building a small robot that will perform specific tasks outlined by the design problem drafted by the Games’ organizers.
These competitions are designed to test the depth of knowledge and creativity of its participants through the assignment of a written format examination and a small design challenge. The participants have three hours to complete both segments. There is a separate test for each of the following programs: chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, software, and industrial engineering.
Teams of students work to conceptualize and present their optimal solutions to a large-scale engineering problem. Social, economic, environmental, and political aspects of the solution have to be considered when presenting to the judges, who represent potential clients. The quality of the solution, the written report, as well as the solution presentation are all graded in the determination of the best team.
During this event, teams of two students will put their public speaking skills and sharp minds to the test by partaking in a classical debate on a technical topic of choice, chosen by the organizers. The teams are judged based on the relevance of their arguments, and the fluidity of their speech. Professionalism, critical thinking, and clashes of opinion are all in attendance.
This competition gives the participants the chance to demonstrate their physical aptitude in a range of sporting matches. The delegations go head-to head in an environment where team spirit is of the utmost importance. Due to the nature of the sporting challenges, the events are not only geared towards the physical ability of teams’ individuals, but also towards testing the cohesion of the their teamwork.
At McGill, the chief and execs are chosen by the previous committee, just following The Games in January. The fall semester leading up to The Games is known as The Race, where students interested in Eng Games attend events organized by each school to demonstrate their interest and spirit.
Since Jeux de Genie is part of QCESO, the EngGames committee falls under the VP External's portfolio. Bylaws for the committee and it's positions can be found here.
Each participating school sends a delegation of 44 students, plus 2 graduated ambassadors from other schools, known as godparents (parrains). Each delegation is made up of one chief, the executive committee, machine team members, and general members selected by the execs.