On the competition day, the challenge is announced at the beginning of a 12-hour period. Teams must then work to create an idea, a prototype, a business plan, a video presentation and an optional Power Point/web presentation.
The work of each team is submitted via the internet to a panel of international judges, who look for the winning combination of teamwork skills, an innovative approach and an outstanding standard of product, prototype, plan and presentation.
The GEC will run across three time zones in 2015 - the Americas, Europe / Middle East / Africa and Asia / Pacific. Each of the three GEC regions will utilise the following official time zone for the GEC:
- Asia / Pacific region (AEST) - Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC+10 hours (Sydney)
- Europe / Middle East / Africa region (CEST) - Central European Summer Time UTC+2hours (Berlin)
- The Americas region (CDT) - North American Central Daylight Time UTC-5 hours (Chicago)