2020 Innovation Contest Now Open; Competition Finals at ASCE Convention

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January 13, 2020

What could be better than the return of ASCE’s Innovation Contest?

Two ASCE innovation contests.

In its fifth year, ASCE’s annual search for creative, new infrastructure solutions has grown into two related competitions – the traditional Innovation Contest and the ASCE Regional Student Innovation Contest.

Both contests will hold final competitions during the ASCE 2020 Convention in Anaheim, California, Oct. 30-31.

The ASCE Innovation Contest was developed as a part of the ASCE Grand Challenge as a springboard for forward-looking infrastructure ideas.

The main Innovation Contest, open to anyone with a high school diploma (faculty, industry professionals, undergrads, grad students, consultants, entrepreneurs and others), is accepting entries through May 18.

This year’s contest welcomes entries in six categories:

Internet of Things / artificial intelligence

Sustainable and resilient engineering

Next-generation transportation

Improvements in clean water

New construction materials and methodology

General civil infrastructure improvement

The top 10-to-12 finalists will showcase their innovations for an international audience at the ASCE 2020 Convention, while competing for two $5,000 prizes: the ASCE Innovation Contest Award and the ASCE Grand Challenge Award.

Meanwhile, the ASCE Regional Student Innovation Contest has expanded this year after launching last spring in a limited form. The contest is open to college student teams from schools participating in the following ASCE Student Conferences:

Texas-Mexico Conference

Southeast Conference

Carolinas Conference

Mid-Continent Conference

Upstate New York Conference

Teams finishing first or second in their student conferences will advance to the national competition at the ASCE Convention, where they’ll compete to win cash prizes for the top three innovations.

Learn more about both contests and how you can enter.

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