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The transportation student competition challenge will be to minimize the number of days to circumnavigate the world/globe using as many modes of transportation as possible. The mode of transportation must be suitable for the terrain (i.e., bicycles cannot traverse across the Mediterranean Sea). In addition, there are a few locations or checkpoints you must travel through on your journey. You are free to choose your route, mode of transportation used along the way and other pertinent details to compile for judging and scoring your adventure.

Portrait of Jules Verne
T&DI Student Competition

Developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation & Development Institute (ASCE/T&DI)

Inspired by the 1873 adventure novel penned by Jules Verne, where the main character, Phileas Fogg of London, accepts a £20,000 wager (£2,221,600 in 2018) set by his friends to circumnavigate the world in 80 days. It was believed that with the completion of railroads in India and the United States, global travel was possible in 80 days. Phileas accepted the challenge and so the adventure began.

Verne's planned itinerary - 80 days total

Route Method Duration
London to Suez, Egypt Rail to Brindisi, Italy, and steamer (the Mongolia) across the Mediterranean Sea 7 days
Suez to Bombay, India Steamer (the Mongolia) across the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean 13 days
Bombay to Calcutta, India Rail 3 days
Calcutta to Victoria, Hong Kong Steamer (the Rangoon) across the South China Sea 13 days
Hong Kong to Yokohama, Japan Steamer (the Carnatic) across the South China Sea, East China Sea, and the Pacific Ocean 6 days
Yokohama to San Francisco, California Steamer (the General Grant) across the Pacific Ocean 22 days
San Francisco to New York City, New York Rail 7 days
New York to London, England Steamer (the China) across the Atlantic Ocean to Liverpool and rail 9 days
Map of Verne's planned itinerary
Map of Verne's planned itinerary to travel across the world in 80 days, starting and ending in London, England.


My, how times have changed! The automobile hadn’t made its debut yet, and flight hadn’t taken off yet.

Think about how quickly we can span the globe now. The world has truly gotten smaller, and advancements in technology have played a major role. With the industrial revolution first, ushering in automobiles and airplanes in the early 1900s, then the computer revolution followed by the network and communications revolution, there now are many modes of transportation to choose from. Trips can be planned to minimize time, minimize cost, minimize energy consumption, while at the same time maximizing the thrill of the adventure.

The concept for this competition

Your adventure will be similar, and your challenge will be to minimize the number of days to circumnavigate the world/globe using as many modes of transportation as possible. The only restriction you have is the mode of transportation must be suitable for the terrain (i.e., bicycles cannot traverse across the Mediterranean Sea). In addition, there are a few locations or checkpoints you must travel through on your journey. Other than that, you are free to choose your route, mode of transportation used along the way and other pertinent details to compile for judging and scoring your adventure.

This is a planning and logistics competition: You need not physically complete the travel and prove it with a stamped passport! You can work individually or in groups, but if you work in groups, your journey should reflect only 1 person traveling.

How it works

Red outlined arrow glyphStarting point and ending point

  • Space Needle, Seattle, Washington (USA)

Burgundy outlined arrow glyphTouch points

  • Montreal, Canada
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Istanbul, Turkey
Map of the world showing the starting, touch, and end points of the competition
Starting point, touch points, and end point are marked by the arrow symbols.

Registration

The 2022 registration will open at a date to be determined. Stay tuned.

You must register with ASCE Collaborate to compete.

Not an ASCE Member? Create a new Account. ASCE membership is free for students. Only one member of your team should create a credential if you elect to complete as a team.

Award

3 finalists (individual or team) will be selected from the entry pool, based on a total point scale, as well as any WOW-factor the judging panel considers pertaining to the thrill of the adventure and the creative use of transportation modes integrated into your journey. These finalists will be notified by email of their selection at a later date (TBD). Each of these 3 finalists will be invited to the ASCE T&DI flagship conference (International Conference on Transportation and Development 2022). A special session will be arranged at ICTD 2022 to allow each of the 3 finalists to provide a 15-minute presentation (PowerPoint, Poster or Video) and a final vote will be made for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Failure to accept the conference invitation will result in an award made to the next highest scored/rated entry.

Questions?

Refer to the complete rules and instructions for further details and important deadlines, documents and resources.

The 2022 competition details will be posted soon. Stay tuned.

Contact T&DI

Muhammad Amer
Managing Director, T&DI & Future World Vision
Leanne Shroeder
Senior Manager, T&DI
Taylor Eshenbaugh
Coordinator, T&DI