Infrastructure and the built environment plays a key role in our lives and our society. People rely on infrastructure for transportation, water, power generation, and housing. Booming urban populations, climate change, and other large changes for human societies will bring new challenges to the infrastructure industries. Through the Digital Infrastructure Student Idea Challenge 2020, Bentley invites students from around the world to describe challenges that they see for the infrastructure industry now or in the near future, and present their ideas for meeting these challenges.
We invite students across the world to define a challenge that the infrastructure profession faces or will soon face and discuss their potential solutions to that challenge.
What is the challenge about?
Contestants will select a challenge relevant to the infrastructure world. The challenge can encompass any of the domains of the infrastructure profession, including transportation, construction, mining, water resources, environment, climate change, renewable energy, and mapping. We welcome students to consider challenges specific to their region, or broad worldwide challenges. We encourage our contestants to think big!
How should I describe my solution?
Contestants will describe their proposed solution to their challenge. As this is an ideas competition and not a design competition, the contestants will not need to present detailed technical solutions but rather the ideas and approaches that will help tackle this problem. We also ask participants to describe how software and information technology will play a role in their proposed solution, though we do not require that any software be used in their project.
The main portion of the submission will be essays describing the challenge and proposed solution, but teams can also use photographs, simulation, animation, video and other media sources as a part of the description. Use of software application can describe or model the solution is possible but not necessary. Further details are discussed as a part of the Project Submission.
How will the entries be judged?
The Innovations and Ideas Challenges is all about exploring the possible solution to the most complex problems. The ratings for the competitors will be provided based on the severity of the challenge they select to work on, number of people who will benefit from the solution, innovative approach to derive the solution, economic and social considerations to the solution stated and possibilities of future development.
The challenge is open to individual students (or teams of two) from Community Colleges/ Schools, Polytechnics, Technical Institutes and Universities.
Prizes will be split equally among the members of the winning team.
In addition, each team must have an advisor. The advisor can be a faculty member, or an expert from industry.
The challengers can start with their registration process:
Start – March 4th, 2020.
End – May 30th, 2020.
For Submitting the project:
Start –April 10th, 2020.
End – July 10th, 2020.
Results will be delivered in September 2020.
Our Grand Prize will be $5000 USD for the winning team. We’ll also have Outstanding Entry prizes ($2000) for runners-up in the following categories: Best Presentation, Best Challenge, and Best Solution.
The Challenge – The participants must describe the infrastructure challenge and its impact. The severity of the infrastructure challenge will be considered. The challenge presented will be in the form of an essay with a minimum of 500 words. The team may also submit additional files to support their challenge presentation. For example, a team may wish to submit a slideshows, videos, graphs or figures, or design models.
The Solution – Once the infrastructure challenge is described, the next task is to propose a solution for the challenge. The solution will be judged on the innovativeness of its approach as well as its feasibility. We ask that you include a discussion of the role of software and information technology in your solution, though the use of design or analysis software in the project itself is not necessary. The solution presented will be in the form of an essay with a minimum of 500 words. As in the challenge section, the team can include supplementary material such as slideshows, videos, graphs, design models, or other such presentation methods.
The first round of judging will be handled by the Bentley academic team to winnow the list of entries into those showing significant excellence. Then, the finalists will be sent to a panel of judges to determine the grand winner and the outstanding entries. This panel will be comprised of Bentley experts and industry leaders.
The submissions will be judged upon the following criteria:
Quality of the described challenge: Contestants will be judged on the quality of the description of their challenge based on the essay as well as any additional submitted material. Judges will consider the importance and impact of the challenge. Contestants are encouraged to support their description with evidence from properly-cited sources. This portion will be 30% of a submission’s total score.
Quality of the proposed solution: Contestants will be judged on the quality of their proposed solution to their chosen challenge. Judges will consider the feasibility of the proposed solution and the inventiveness of the solutions. This portion will be 30% of the submission’s total score.
In addition, contestants will be judged on their explanation on the role of software and information technology in their proposed solution. Their submission should comment on the ways that computing technology can help facilitate their solution. This portion will be 10% of the submission’s total score.
Quality of the presentation: Contestants will be judged on the quality of the presentation of their submission. This will include the quality of their writing and their ability of effectively communicate their ideas. This could also include any supplementary presentation methods that the contestants choose to include. This portion will be 30% of the submission’s total score.
If you have any questions, please contact the academic team at firstname.lastname@example.org