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.
The planned itinerary and selected modes of transportation provided in Verne’s story are provided below. 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.
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.
Starting Point and Ending PointStatue of Liberty, Liberty Island – New York, NY (USA)
Touch PointsShown graphically with the arrow symbol on the map
There will be three mandatory requirements for this competition. No points will be awarded, but each must be satisfied. Your entry will be automatically dismissed if any of these requirements are not satisfied. Points will either be added or deducted based solely on the extras that are achieved. The following scoring system will be utilized:
Once your adventure has been authenticated as meeting these minimum requirements, the following scoring system will be assessed:
Your submittal is required to be in a Word document and completed
Excel travel template. Entries should contain:
Submittals are due by
February 28, 2020 (6 p.m. EDT). Questions may be asked through ASCE Collaborate up to February 14, 2020. Submittals shall be electronically submitted to Debi Denney (
It is anticipated that 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 by
March 27, 2020 . Each of these 3 finalists will be invited to the
ASCE T&DI flagship conference (ICTD) held in Seattle, Washington on May 26-29, 2020, and a $1,500 award fee provided to each finalist team to help offset the conference registration fee, travel, lodging and meal expenses.Note 1
Note 1: If a team-entry is selected, the team is challenged to determine how many can represent the team at ICTD2020 with the $1,500 Award money.
May 26–29, 2020
Jointly organized by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the
International Conference on Transportation and Development (ICTD) 2020 offers a unique opportunity for public agencies, private industry, and research institutes to share their vision, exchange experience, collaborate on research, and showcase practical solutions on smart and integrated mobility solutions.
A special session will be arranged at the ICTD 2020 Conference to allow each of the 3 finalists to provide a 15-minute presentation (PowerPoint and 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.
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