Symkaton 3.0

engineering design competition for students


Let’s simulate!

Join Symkaton, a competition for creative engineering solutions and computer simulation enthusiasts.

Teams registration



01.04. – 01.06.2024

Qualifier results




Qualifiers take place remotely, teams send their submissions online.
The qualifier task is to design a durable solid connector (e.g. a hook) within specified engineering constraints. The solution must be designed and tested by the participants in the ANSYS simulation environment. The top ten teams will be selected for finals based on simulation reports and experimental tests conducted by the organisers.

A detailed description of the task will be sent after team registration. The submission form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Finals will take place at Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza in Kraków, Poland.The teams selected in the qualifiers will have 24 hours to solve the task revealed on the day of the finals. The goal of the final task will be to optimise a device or a process using ANSYS software. 3D printers will be available for participants to manufacture a working prototype.

The winning team will be selected through experimental tests.


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Who can participate in the competition?

Student teams comprising 2–3 members (bachelor’s or master’s students) can participate in the competition. Basic knowledge of ANSYS software is required.

The sign-up list closes after the first 100 registrations.

A condition of participation is acceptance of the terms and conditions.

How to participate in Symkaton


Register a team by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page. Upon verification of the team's application, a detailed description of the qualification task, will be provided.


Prepare your contest project using ANSYS software.

  • Student license is available free of charge at


Upload project files to a shared drive

Evaluation of qualifiers results

Projects will be evaluated based on the simulation reports and experimental tests. Only complete submissions (including the completed form, project and proof of use of Ansys software) will be subject to the evaluation stage. The top ten teams will be selected for finals.


Mentorship for the competition is provided by

Marek Jaszczur, Ph.D

Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology

Maciej Ginalski, Ph.D.

Commercial Director
at Symkom

Maciej Borek, M.Sc.

Flow analysis specialist
at Symkom

Kacper Wagner, M.Sc.

Flow analysis specialist
at Symkom

Wojciech Danek, Ph.D

FEA analysis specialist
at Symkom


Symkom sp. z o.o. - Ansys Channel Partner

Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza w Krakowie

Wydział Energetyki i Paliw przy AGH

Frequently asked questions

Do you have any questions?

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about participating in the Symkaton competition.

Aleksanda Czochrowska

+48 885 543 900

Olga Rechulicz

+48 601 958 288

Previous editions

See what the Symkaton looked like in past years.

Edition 2023

Qualification task: the task was to design a nozzle directing airflow from a computer fan. The goal was to blow out the largest number of candles.
Finals: design of a lightweight helicopter propeller


  1. KN Mechaniki Stosowanej AGH (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow)
  2. Bezstronne beztalencie (Silesian University of Technology)
  3. Dzień przed (AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow)

Edition 2022

Qualification task: design of a mixer.
Finals: Tesla valve.


  1. Nieobliczalni (Warsaw and Wroclaw University of Technology)
  2. PRz Stirrer Team (Rzeszow University of Technology)
  3. Chadowe Chłopaki (Cracow University of Technology)


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