Win up to $800 in the Renewable Energy Challenge. Apply now!

Today nearly everyone, everywhere, every day, comes into contact with disposed recyclable materials. As the amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanization, Wecyclers (  tackles the waste challenge in the environment by using a fleet of low-cost cargo bicycles called Wecycles, to offer a convenient household collection of recyclable materials.

The Wecycle is a combination of a cart and a regular bicycle. The body of the cart is made up of strong metal structure to hold the weight of the recyclable materials.

In an effort to collect more recyclable waste, a Wecycle rider could go as far as overloading the Wecycle and this results in an additional pressure that often forces the chains to break off and the tube of tires to flatten.


The theme for this Wecyclers’ product design challenge is “THE UNILEVER-WECYCLERS RENEWABLE ENERGY CHALLENGE”.  This is a competition dedicated to challenging students to design solar-powered Wecycles that can commute more recyclable wastes and remains efficient without mechanical faults.

The outcome should use clear, scientific measures that can be easily translated for production and be as locally neutral as possible, especially in the context of the Nigerian roads.


The overall objective is to challenge young talent especially those in relevant disciplines like Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Studies and all other disciplines to come up with a cost-effective and renewable product designs to tackle recyclable waste collection in Nigeria.

Ensure that the designs are done on standard design software and model testing are carried out on the designs. These testing should show friction test, finite element analysis, and other engineering model testing.

Shortlisted entries will be invited to present and defend their designs.


A total of $800 will be shared among the top three designs with certificates for the awarded individuals or teams.

Three main prizes – Gold, Silver, and Bronze

  • Gold: $500
  • Silver: $200
  • Bronze: $100

The Gold design will get a two weeks internship with the WeCyclers team to fabricate the winning design.


Participant can be either an individual or a group of individuals

In the case that a team is participating, the maximum number of members in a team is 4.


– Originality (30%)
– Effectiveness in meeting design objective:

a. Design Efficiency (30%)
b. Application practicality (20%)
c. Clear Communication (20%)


You will be sent a link for Submission after registration.

You will be required to submit the URL reference of a Dropbox, Google Drive, or any cloud storage platform that contains the PDF material of your work and any other optional materials.

Make sure the PDF version of your work explains your purpose or design process and features. Include Up to 5 3D images of your designs in either JPEG, PNG, GIF formats


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