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About the Competition

The mission of the 2023 ASCE Innovation Contest is to develop an innovation that addresses one of the following three ASCE Report Card topics: Drinking Water, Energy, and Roads. There is also a direct connection to the UN Sustainability Goals. Participating teams will develop and pitch their innovation to the judges and at a minimum provide proof-of-concept for its feasibility and innovative potential. The closer your innovation is to having a proof of concept and a business plan, the more persuasive the result.

The ASCE Innovation Contest was launched by the Industry Leaders Council and is now 100% supported by the Innovation sponsors of the ASCE Convention.

Rules and RFIs

The rules are intended to stimulate creative infrastructure solutions using three ASCE Report Card topics: Drinking Water, Energy, and Roads, as a backdrop and point of reference. Students and teams should read these rules thoroughly and seek clarifications, as necessary.
The competition provides a “Requests for Information (RFI)” period so that student teams can ask questions about the rules. See the rules document for where and when to send RFIs as well as how to access the responses.

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2022 Finals Competition

The 2022 Winners will compete at the Finals event during the ASCE Convention. In addition, we are hosting an Innovation Challenge – Train the Team Advisor session designed for faculty advisors to help with the challenge of coming up with an innovative idea. This session will help advisors and mentors with the tools needed to encourage students to think innovatively and say yes to pursuing an opportunity such as the ASCE innovation contest. We hope you will join us in person; arrangements are being made for the Contest Final event and this Advisor session to be available live to faculty and students connected to the student symposia. Please contact [email protected] with subject line: "2022 ASCE Innovation Contest Finals – virtual attendance inquiry".

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Eligibility for Student Symposia Competitions and Society-wide Competition Finals

Review the qualifications required of all ASCE Student Chapters to compete at the Student Symposia Competitions and in order to advance to ASCE Society-wide Competition Finals.

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