International Concrete Dragon Boat Competition


The Fifth International Concrete Dragon Boat Competition (ICDBC-2023), themed with ‘Intelligent Sailing, Poetic Design’, will be held around 22 June 2023 in Yueyang City, Hunan, China, where the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan drowned himself for his homeland. Participants are expected to design, fabricate and race a maneuverable concrete dragon boat equipped with power and control system. This year’s competition encourages students to design a self-driving concrete dragon boat, and to present the design concept with poems. It will provide students a unique opportunity to combine poetic culture and cutting-edge artificial intelligence, while testing their skills in terms of concrete mix design, hydrodynamic design, power and control system design and project management.

International Concrete Dragon Boat Competition is a multidisciplinary competition for undergraduate students, which is featured by professionalism, sportsmanship and entertainment. It has been successfully held for four times since 2019 by Zhejiang University, China. This year’s event is organized by Central South University, China, and co-sponsored by American Concrete Institute and other academic and industrial organizations.


Date June 18th and 20th, 2023
Venue Protect the Yangtze River” Exhibition Hall, Junshan District, Yueyang, Hunan, China
Cost Registration and meals are free; Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.
Organizer Central South University
Co-organizers Changsha University of Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Southeast University, South China University of Technology, Hainan University, Guangxi University, Harbin Institute of Technology, Hohai University, Hunan University, Hunan University of Science and Technology, Nanjing Tech University, University of Southern California, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Sanjiang University, Shenyang Jianzhu University, Tongji University, Tianjin University, Xi’An University of Architecture and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Zhejiang University, Junshan District People’s Government of Yueyang City, etc.
Co-sponsors American Concrete Institute  and others TBC
Honorary Advisers Academicians J.G. Nie, J.G. Teng, B. Spencer and S.L. Xu, etc
Honorary Guidance The National Administry Committee on Teaching Civil Engineering to Majors in Higher Education under The Ministry of Education
Technical Committee


J.F. Chen, L. Deng, H. Fang, P. Feng, H.Y. Fu, T. Guo, Y.F. Gao, Q.H. Han, X.H. He, X.M. Hu, D.A. Lange, G.C. Li, X.Y Mao, G. Monti, O. Nanayakkara, B. Shan, H.X. Sun, B. Wu, L. Wang, Y.Y. Wang, Y.F. Wu, W.D. Wang, J.Y. Xue, Y. Xiao, T.H. Yi, Y. Zhou, Y.X. Zhao, Z. Zhou, etc.
Organizing Committee  X.H. He, W.D. Wang, Y. Yang, L. Yi, Y. Yang, L. Han, X.J. Wei, T.M. Zhou, Y.M. Huang, L.J. Yi, Z.R. Shu, P.R. Deng, H. Zhou, C. Li, Y.B. Wan, X. Lei, M. Chen., Z. Zhou, J.P. Wang, C.J. Wu, J.Y. Wang
Secretariat  X.J. Wei, T.M. Zhou, Y.M. Huang, Z.R. Shu, P.R. Deng, H. Zhou, C. Li, J. Ning, X. Liang, L. Luo



Concrete dragon boat prototype competition (Please read The Fifth International Concrete Dragon Boat Competition Rules and Regulations for more information which is accessible on the website ( after March 10, 2023)


Project proposal, Prototype design and fabrication, Technical presentation, Race demonstration.


A team may register with 3-5 undergraduate students. Up to two teams are allowed to register for a single university. Teams which do not turn up will be disqualified automatically. No substitutions shall be permitted.

Visit ICDBC International Concrete dragon boat website “Rules Page” page to see the competition rules.



March 10, 2023 to April 10, 2023. Please visit the website for registration.

Submission Deadline:

June 10, 2023.

Date (TBC):

June 18 and 20 2023


Protect the Yangtze River” Exhibition Hall, Junshan District, Yueyang, Hunan, China


Winner of ICDBC-2023, First-, second- and third-class prizes, Best innovation award, Best design award, Best technical proposal award, Best technical presentation award, Cultural inheritance award, Sprint race champion, runner-up, third place winners.


Website:; Email: [email protected]

Tel.: (0086) 17708457334 (T.M. Zhou), (0086) 15874293412 (Y.M. Huang)