SIMPLE engineering competition


Project SIMPLE

The project “SIMPLE”, funded under the Green Partnership between UE and ASEAN, develops, with partner schools in the Lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam), a set of “sustainability metaverses”, i.e., educational solutions based on the integration of  immersive virtual reality environments with serious games and scientific simulations.

SIMPLE will be providing an integrated learning equipment called the Mobile Metaverse Learning Lab (M2L2) that can be deployed quickly and provide a complete virtual reality playground for classes, even in remote locations with limited Internet bandwidth.

The M2L2 will be designed with practicality in mind, aiming to be a seamlessly movable device within a school, providing teachers with all the necessary equipment (4 VR headsets, a server computer, a screen, a projector, and a WiFi router). Even teachers with minimal technical expertise should be able to easily deploy it. With the capacity to accommodate around 10 children simultaneously, some of them engaged with VR headsets, the device should be compact yet ingeniously engineered to meet specific requirements, keeping it safe and simple. It should also incorporate efficient airflow systems to maintain optimal conditions for electronic components.  Additionally, a UPS-based stable electricity delivery is necessary, as well as the possibility to allow operation on batteries for 1 to 2 hours.

List of mandatory components

Defined hardware

Hardware to add

Box engineering

  • The box should be engineered to be lightweight yet sturdy to withstand the rigors of educational environments. 
    • The outer casing should be made from robust materials to protect the internal hardware during transportation and everyday use. 
    • The compact form factor should ensure that the M2L2 can be conveniently stored and moved within a school.
  • The design should incorporate strategic ventilation to facilitate the airflow system while maintaining a sleek and ergonomic aesthetic. 
  • The M2L2’s box engineering should prioritize child safety through rounded edges, secure cable management, secured access to VR headsets.

Competition Information

Competition dates & prize

    • Deadline: Submission deadline is set for the 5th of January 2024.
  • Winner announcement: The announcement will take place on the 10th of January 2024.
  • Prizes:
    • First Place: 10M VND
    • Second Place: 5M VND
    • Third Place: 2M VND

Expected Deliverables

Participants are required to submit a comprehensive proposal that includes:

  1. Proposal Document: This should encapsulate:
    • The concept behind your box design.
    • Clear delineation of the design’s advantages and innovations.
    • How your proposal aligns with the listed requirements.
    • Insight into the complexity involved in actualizing your proposal.
  2. Blueprints: Detailed engineering blueprints of the proposed box design are mandatory for submission.
  3. Visuals: While not mandatory, providing preliminary visuals such as 2D sketches or 3D renderings will add value to your submission.
  4. Supplementary Documents: Any additional documents supporting your proposal are encouraged. These could include technical specifications, material lists, or feasibility studies.

Please ensure that all documents, including text, diagrams, and any supporting materials, are submitted in English.

Submission Guidelines