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The 2019 Innovation Contest is closed. Read about the winners here:

ASCE Innovation Contest

The ASCE Innovation Contest was developed as a part of The ASCE Grand Challenge and is a springboard for forward-looking infrastructure ideas. The contest is an avenue to transform the way we approach, build and design infrastructure and brings together your best ideas, projects, and theories for how to build a better future. Now in its fourth year, the ASCE Innovation Contest has a track record of reaching a worldwide audience, delivering value to all participants, and attracting industry attention. Be part of the movement and share your innovation. 

Here are the details about the 2019 contest for your reference.  The 2020 contest information will be posted no later than October 2019.

Reasons why should you enter:

  1. Prize money will be awarded to each team or the individual winner of the following awards;  the Overall Grand Challenge Award, the Best Entrepreneur Award, and the Best Student Submission to the 2019 ASCE Innovation Contest.  For more details, create an account and download the contest documents.
  2.  New opportunities may become available –  many of our past winners received useful feedback, advice and sometimes new opportunities during their two days networking and meeting with industry leaders at the Contest Celebration Event.
  3. If you win, you are the best in that topic category across all types of submitters. The ASCE Innovation contest is unique because it is open to anyone with a great idea in one of the six topic areas. Past winners include; undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, and industry professionals.
  4. Winning a topic category offers an expense-paid trip to ASCE Headquarters where you will present your innovation to potential investors and get feedback on your innovation from industry leaders and compete with the other six topic winners for the Overall Grand Challenge Award and prize money that comes with winning this award.
  5. If you are a student, the 2019 offers an Overall Best Student Submission Award that is only open to undergraduate or graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college level or higher academic program.  The winning submission will be showcased at the Contest Celebration Event in June.

How to enter?

Complete instructions that explain how to enter, a detailed checklist for creating your submission, judging criteria, prize money and
descriptions for each topic area are available for download after you create an account on the contest site.

A short summary of characteristics sought include:

  • Critical thinking, including the ability to integrate different perspectives and “connect the dots” between disparate data points
  • An ability to communicate and articulate an idea.
  • Demonstration of Industry specific knowledge but there is no penalty for making assumptions when necessary (e.g., unknown facts, future trends, demands)
  • It is appropriate to question underlying assumptions presented by others who may have examined the problem if you are convinced a different perspective is appropriate.
  • All things being equal, innovations with broad applications will generally be scored higher.
  • In summary, we are interested in seeing how you think through the problem and a potential solution.

Please contact innovationcontest@asce.org with any questions you may have about entering the 2019 contest.