Speak out for Engineering

Are you a young engineer or an engineering student looking for a new challenge?  Are you a confident public speaker who can engage both technical and non-technical audiences? 

“SOfE” (Speak Out for Engineering) is a renowned presentation competition organised annually by IMechE to encourage young engineers to  showcase their talents in ‘speaking’ technical mechanical engineering subjects to technical and non-technical audiences.

We encourage you to take the challenge and compete in the “SOfE” NZ 2022 competition. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your current project (i.e. Final year project) or a project you completed in the last 12 months. Entries are now open. The virtual competition will take place on the 16th November 2022. Pre-recorded video submission is to be made prior to the competition. Q&A will be livestreamed on the day after each participant’s pre-recorded video. 

The winner will receive a certificate, a cash prize of approximately $600 NZD and an opportunity to represent NZ for the SOfE Oceania 2023 competition.  The runner up will receive a certificate and a cash prize of approximately $400 NZD.  

Please download the competitor’s registration form to enter and send entries to our secretary, Lindsay Robertson (nzsec@imechenearyou.org).  Questions to Lilly Peng (lilly.peng@auckland.ac.nz), Young Engineers representative, NZ Panel IMechE. If a promising applicant is not currently an IMechE member, then membership can easily be arranged via affiliate or other membership.  The NZ Panel of IMechE will certainly assist such applications!

Competitors Registration From 

Competitors Guidance 


  • Heat dates and times will be arranged with participants as entries are received, and will not be redacted to a specific state
  • Presentations will need to be submitted, pre-recorded.
  • All Q&A will be live during the video conferencing heat
  • Competition is open to all IMechE Affiliate Members, Associate Members and Members who have been professionally registered for less than 10 years

Students can apply to join IMechE here
Graduates can apply to join IMechE here

Previous announcements

Duncan Henderson has won the world SOFE 2018 competition in Delhi! Speak Out for Engineering is an international public speaking contest run by IMechE and supported by the Mechanical Engineering Group and Engineering New Zealand Wellington Branch.