In the wake of the pandemic and the cancellation of live track events in 2020, a refreshed virtual programme was launched to recognise the hard work and passion that Shell Eco-marathon teams put in every year, offering them new ways to participate despite not being able to get on the track.
From making some familiar competitions completely virtual, to launching new virtual learning opportunities with industry experts, and introducing brand new ways for teams to compete; the aim of the 2020 Shell Eco-marathon season was to inspire, challenge and provide students the chance to actively collaborate and learn, even if unable to get together as a team.
So, read on for the highlights of the 2020 virtual programme; and what’s coming up in the 2021 programme and how you can get involved.
We have taken the decision that all student teams who qualified to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, Shell Eco-marathon Asia or the Shell Eco-marathon Europe competitions in 2020 will still receive the travel allowance they would have been entitled to if they had attended the event. This will be calculated in the same way as it was in 2019.
The global impacts of COVID-19 have meant that all physical events in 2020 have been cancelled. However, while we can’t gather around a track, we’re delighted to share the latest on the alternative Shell Eco-marathon virtual programme. Above on this page, you will find an overview of the 2020 programme, what’s coming up and how you can get involved.
Teams who have been approved to compete at the events will receive a letter that recognises your official selection to participate in the programme in 2020. If you receive academic credit for your Shell Eco-marathon participation, please speak with your faculty member.
Prize money will be awarded for competitions that take place in 2020 such as the Virtual Off-track Awards. Above on this page, you will find an overview of the 2020 programme, what’s coming up and how you can get involved.
For the 2021 programme, priority will be given to all teams who were selected for Phase 3 in the 2020 programme.
While we have taken the decision to cancel a physical Autonomous Category competition in 2020, we continue to develop this category with students and partners. We have announced a beta trial of the new Shell Eco-marathon Autonomous Programming Competition. This will initially be trialled with a small number of teams from the Americas region and we will communicate updates as they develop.