What is Endogenous?

Endogenous is a 3-month collaboration program between the SPE Young Professionals and the Student Outreach teams that aims to develop the technical, leadership, and communication skills of young professionals and students in the energy industry.

Throughout Endogenous, participants will be divided into teams consisting of 2 to 5 members. The teams will come up with innovative solutions to solve strategic problems that fall under any of the following categories: Strategy and Development, Operation Enhancement, Sustainability, IR4.0.

The proposed solutions will be reviewed and assessed by subject matters experts (SMEs) specialized in the field in question. Once the proposal is accepted, the participants will work with the SMEs to tackle those challenges and provide feasible solutions.

Finally, the selected projects will be presented on the outskirts of the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC 2020) and the winners will be recognized in the same venue.

What is in it for participants?

By participating in the Endogenous program, you will have the chance to:

  • Work on solving real-life challenges and providing innovative solutions.
  • Expand your professional and personal network through working alongside talented team members and SMEs.
  • Enhance your technical, leadership and communication skills.

Strategic Challenges

The participants must provide solutions for challenges that fall under one of the following strategic categories. (NOTE: Sub-categories are used for guidance purposes only and do not have to be followed.)

  • Cost Reduction & Efficiencies
  • Energy Economics
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • EUR & Forecasting Optimization
  • Optimizing Field Development Plans
  • Unconventional Development Strategies
  • Workflow Optimization
  • Asset Optimization
  • Cost Efficiency
  • Inventory Management
  • Maintenance Optimization
  • Mitigating Operational Risks
  • Operation Data Management
  • Process Improvements
  • Quality Improvement
  • Rigless Operations
  • Safety Performance
  • Shutdown Management
  • Creating Positive Environmental Impact
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Improving Hydrocarbon Transportation Safety
  • Reducing Liquid Discharge
  • Water Use and Treatment
  • Big Data/Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning Applications for the Oil and Gas
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Transformation
  • Digital Twins
  • Immersive Technology
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

Once participants submit their challenges proposal, they will be evaluated by the SMEs. If the experts approve the challenge, the team will be assigned to work hand-in-hand with an SME to tackle the challenge and provide feasible solutions.


  1. Ideation

    October 20 – December 19

    All interested applicants should register their ideas by completing and submitting the ideation form, Individual applicants with similar ideas will be grouped together

  2. Ideation Deadline

    December 19

    Ideation must be submitted before December 19

  3. Proposal Creation

    December 26 - January 8

    Selected participants will be asked to create a 10 minute cohesive presentation, The presentation should cover the challenged and proposed solution, A recommended format will be provided to the participants.

  4. Proposal Development

    January 9 – February 13

    Participants will be asked to build on their presentations based on the SME’s feedback and mentorship.

  5. Proposal Finalization

    February 14

    Participants will be asked to finalize their presentations based on the SME’s second review and remarks

  6. Endogenous

    February 19

    Participants will have the opportunity to present their innovative solutions in the Endogenous Ceremony

Submission is closed. Finalists will be announced soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Individual submissions are permitted but individuals will be grouped together to compete as a team.

Yes. Sub-categories are only used for guidance purposes.

You can submit your solution and highlight the primary and secondary strategic challenges.

Yes. Company approval for abstracts and presentations must be obtained before submitting it to Endogenous.

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