Design Reviews

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Design Reviews allow students to present robot designs to industry professionals and UC Berkeley professors. This is your chance to present your ideas and receive feedback from experts. You can also use this opportunity to form contacts with esteemed members from the industry and academia.

Several awards presented to teams at Final Competition are based on your team's performance at Design Reviews, so do your best!

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The 2015 Design Reviews will occur on Wednesday 3/18, Thursday 3/19, and Friday 3/20 from 3 - 6 PM. Following the Design Reviews event, you will receive the results from your mentors, who will return the judges' feedback to you.

In previous years, each team was assigned a 30-minute time slot, comprising 15 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of judge questions and feedback.

Itinerary

Wednesday, 3/18 Thursday, 3/19 Friday, 3/20
540AB Cory 373 Soda 373 Soda 606 Soda 380 Soda 212 Cory 531 Cory 400 Cory
3:00 - 3:30 PM De Anza Raoul Wallenberg Lighthouse Ralph Bunche San Lorenzo Cal Prep
3:45 - 4:15 PM Community Day NCLC Head-Royce Lionel Wilson El Cerito
4:30 - 5:00 PM Oakland Tech Berkeley Arroyo McClymonds ACLC Bishop O'Dowd Albany High
5:15 - 5:45 PM Encinal High Balboa High LPS Richmond Realm Oakland Arts Pinole Valley


Each team has 30 minutes with the judges. We recommend delivering a 15-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of interactive feedback with the panelists. Please plan your presentation and schedule accordingly.

The time between scheduled slots will be used by judges to reflect, discuss their thoughts, and compile feedback.

Preparation

A team presenting during Design Reviews 2012
  • Make sure your entire team attends, as well as your mentors.
  • As you will be presenting to professors and professionals, we strongly recommend that you dress in semi-formal attire. The Wikipedia article on business casual may be helpful.
  • Preparing a PowerPoint presentation to defend your design may be useful. Don't forget to bring a flash drive!
  • Having a working robot is not absolutely necessary. More importantly, bringing a CAD design or proof-of-concept prototype is highly encouraged.
  • Be prompt, as you only have 30 minutes to present and receive feedback. There will be other teams immediately before and after you.

Presentation content

Generally, a design review presentation should strive to answer the following questions:

  • What are the challenges and design requirements of your engineering task?
  • What is your solution or plan?
  • What is your projected timeline for completion?
  • What challenges do you have left to solve?
  • How have you organized yourselves to solve these problems?

For this Design Review, we expect that you've followed the engineering design process to make significant progress to a final design. As such, you should cover the following:

  • Briefly summarize your project motivations and major challenges for our guests' benefit.
  • Present your solution(s) and explain some of the underlying thought.
  • Demonstrate proof of concept. Bring a prototype, and show engineering drawings and bills of materials, if appropriate.
  • Describe your plans moving forward: next steps, future challenges, etc.
  • Show a timeline for completion based on your progress and deadlines.

Refer to the article on giving presentations to polish your content and style.

Example Presentations