The year is never short on fun events to mark your calendars. Here are some EUS events to look forward to this year.
Blues Pub is a weekly event which would normally take place every Friday between 4pm and 9pm in the EUS common room in the McConnell basement. Engineering students, as well as others from different faculties, show up to Blues Pub for the cheap drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), legendary grilled cheese sandwiches, to hang out with their friends and make new ones. Every week, a different host (either an engineering department or a club/committee) chooses a theme and dresses up the EUS common room accordingly to offer a different experience every time.
BRIDGE Sustainability Case Competition
BRIDGE is an interdisciplinary case competition with the purpose of bridging the gap between engineering and business. This annual event encourages students to cultivate their creative and analytical skills by applying knowledge gained from one discipline to another. In teams of four to five, students will tackle society’s most pressing challenges by cracking a sustainability case that is related to both engineering and business. BRIDGE fosters a culture of innovation and aims to help students develop essential tangible skill sets that are paramount in the workplace. Last year’s event focused on energy poverty in off-grid Indigenous communities and encouraged students from all across Canada to develop a real-life case that requires scientific and business skills to tackle. Partnered with the Barkley Project Group and WSP Canada, the event had over $1000 in cash prizes, industry experts and recruiters looking for talent. The winning team also had their names engraved on the BRIDGE trophy – displayed at the McConnell Engineering building for years to come!
Usually held in November, CodeJam is the yearly hackathon run by the McGill Electrical, Computer, and Software Student Society. It’s an engaging environment for students to learn and have fun over a weekend of coding, meet like-minded hackers, and connect with companies looking to hire their next batch of talented developers. CodeJam is open to hackers of all levels of experience. Just bring an open mind and get ready to learn and code!
E-Week, or Engineering Week, is a competition between the engineering departments (as well as Old Patrol) to win the E-Week trophy. Over the course of four to five days, participants compete in a jam-packed schedule of design competitions, BOAT races, broomball, 3-Man, scavenger hunts, and more. It’s an amazing opportunity to bond with fellow engineering students, make unique memories, and enjoy the best of what engineering culture at McGill has to offer.
E-Week usually takes place in the winter semester. You can get involved as a participant, departmental captain, or a coordinator. Find updates on their social media accounts.
Held in the winter semester, This 4-day competition pushes the delegates through a collection of academic, social, cultural, and sporting events. Our delegates compete in a large number of events, such as academic and robotic competitions, debates, consulting, and entrepreneurship competitions. Mimicking workplace situations, these competitions take students out of the classroom and prepare them for their future as engineers.
McGill Engineering Competition
The McGill Engineering Competition (MEC) is an annual interdisciplinary engineering competition that aims to provide McGill engineering students with a variety of opportunities to test their skills against their fellow classmates.
Over the course of one weekend, 9 different competitions take place, pitting students against each other in a wide array of friendly competitions. These competitions span from design-focused events like Junior Design and Re-Engineering, to soft-skill focused events like Communication and Impromptu Debates.
The winners of MEC are then sent on to represent the McGill community at the regional Quebec Engineering Competition, with the potential to go even further beyond to the Canadian Engineering Competition.
No matter what you are interested in, MEC has a category fit for you! If you are interested in participating in MEC this year, follow us on Facebook and keep an eye out for the official MEC event in November! If you’d like to help out from behind the scenes and join the organizing committee, applications usually go out in the spring!
MERTW & MERTWinter
Bearing our famous tagline, these semesterly pub crawls are jam-packed with fun and friends. With scavenger hunts, teams racing for glory, and tons of stops throughout downtown Montreal. There’s no lack of thrill and memories to go around. Be sure to register with friends or as a free agent.
OAP (Open Air Pub)
OAP (Open Air Pub) is a pop-up music festival, bar, and barbeque run entirely by engineering students. You can find them on lower field, by the Y-intersection for two weeks at the beginning of the Fall semester and for two days in April. It’s the best place on earth to reunite after the summer, and celebrate at the end of the year! The profits go towards the engineering society as well as to charity. We also have opportunities to volunteer, primarily during the event, but also for projects such as furniture building. These will be posted on our Facebook group, Open Air Pub – Volunteers.
Each year in late January, a group of Engineers hit the slopes at Mount Sainte Anne for a weekend of skiing, snowboarding, and fun party times. A great experience for all regardless of skiing/ snowboarding ability and a great way to make new connections within the EUS!
TechFair is a career fair run by and for engineering students. As a first, mid,or upper- year student, it’s an excellent opportunity to meet with employers who consider McGill a target school, find job and internship opportunities, and leave a lasting impression on potential future employers. The McGill Engineering Student Centre (MESC) attracts high profile companies to McGill TechFair to meet students and to discuss employment opportunities at their companies, and it’s all done for you! Don’t miss out on this invaluable opportunity and volunteer for the committee if you’d like to achieve leadership and event planning experience. Feel free to contact the team by email or through our facebook page for more information!
An annual event usually held in late January, McGill TechWeek is focused on celebrating and showcasing the engineering profession. We create multiple activities spread over the week to give McGill students opportunities to learn more about ongoing research, career prospects and current trends in engineering. These activities typically include academic/industry talks given by guest speakers, professional development workshops, wine and cheese evening panels and speed-networking sessions.