Grand Challenges for Engineering: $25,000 Grand Prize

The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review NAE’s 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, then create and submit a 1 to 2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!



Shanghai: Making Urbanity Through Passages in the Reappropiated Expo Site

What types of passages to design in the eastern part of the Expo 2010 site? How to generate a real, lively urban neighborhood; facilitate mobilities, from metropolitan scale to green transport? How to connect the site to its natural and built environment using passages? The challenge: to identify strategic points in a developing area under construction and proposing passages of different types for construction.

Call for an open, public and international competition of ideas followed by a workshop for architectural and urban design professionals under the age of forty.



Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ designed the Wireless Innovation Project™ as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects of exceptional promise that meet their eligibility criteria.

The Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™ (the “competition”) seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.

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Cognicity Challenge

London, UK

The Cognicity Challenge is the starting point for the Cognicity initiative by Canary Wharf Group (CWG), a development that understands and responds to the needs and lives of its residents and workers.

The Challenge is divided into six streams, which will open to applications in pairs in October, November and December 2014, when startups from around the world can apply in a secure, online process.

The startups in each stream will develop their technologies and solutions through an intensive 12-week programme, with expert guidance from leading technology companies and CWG operational leads. One startup from each accelerator will win a £50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to pilot their solutions in the ongoing development of Canary Wharf, creating a showcase connected city.

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Spark’s Eighth Annual Official Call For Entry is live

The Spark Transport Awards are part of a series of eight exciting competitions created to promote great design and designers. They invite you to join the Spark Community and enter your best designs.

In this, one of their most exciting new competitions, they will explore innovative transportation developments that exemplify a commitment to using natural resources more efficiently. This unique perspective will shine a spotlight on audacious designs and technologies that challenge the current state of the art. We hope all participants in these many fields and disciplines will tilt their windmills into the wind and send us their Sparks.

Spark Transport includes all modes of transportation design, from vehicles to transit stations, aircraft to electronics.

The Spark Transport competition continues Spark’s core Mission and basic Criteria. All Spark events are international in scope and accept entries from all designers, everywhere.

They invite everyone to participate—student concept and professional transportation designers, art directors, engineers, teachers, design firms, manufacturers, institutions, ad and PR agencies and entrepreneurs—anyone with a great new transport design solution.

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Call for Nominations: CUTC Leadership Awards

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) is  now accepting nominations for its annual awards program, which honors outstanding faculty, staff and industry leaders for their accomplishments and contributions in the field of transportation research and education.

The 2014 awards include three categories:

The CUTC/ARTBA Administrative Leadership Award honors individuals in a staff position or non-tenure-track faculty position who make outstanding administrative leadership contributions to the transportation field by non-academic appointments

The Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research Award is given to individuals who have had a long history of significant and outstanding contributions to university-level transportation education and research.

The Lifetime Achievement in Transportation Research and Education Awardrecognizes individuals who have contributed immensely throughout their professional lives to transportation research and education by working in government, business or non-governmental organizations.

The CUTC Leadership awards are open to all CUTC member schools that are in good standing and there is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted from an institution.

All nominations must be completed online at the “Awards” section of byOctober 30.

Contact Kashae Williams at 202.289.4434 or with questions.