Transportation Technology Tournament


The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and the U.S. DOT ITS JPO PCB program are hosting a competition for students to work directly with public agencies to solve real-world transportation problems utilizing ITS and TSMO solutions.

Student teams will assemble to work with a State or local DOT, MPO, or transit agency to define a transportation problem. After submitting an initial contest application identifying the team and the problem, students will work with academic advisors to learn about potential ITS and TSMO solutions via online training programs outlined below. Teams will then utilize their experience, education, and new coursework to develop a solution or suite of solutions to directly address the originally defined problem. Students will submit their solutions via a proposal. Finalist teams will develop a presentation and then participate in a live event during the summer of 2021. Teams will give a presentation in front of a panel of judges made up of leaders in the ITS and TSMO community. One team will then be selected as the 2021 Transportation Technology Tournament Winner.

The 2018 - 2020 tournaments featured extremely competitive teams with innovative solutions. More information on previous years is available via the menu on your left.

2021 Teams

College/University Challenge Problem Agency
Memphis (BUZZ) Rural ITS Solutions for I-40 at Rockwood and I-75 Jellico Mountain. These areas experience
high crash rates due to weather and grade conditions. This area also experiences rockslides.
Tennessee DOT
Memphis (Ibarra) High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane violations in Nashville and Memphis Tennessee DOT
Memphis (Trucking Tigers) Shortage of truck parking in Tennessee Tennessee DOT
Mizzou Interactive data platform for non-recurring congestion detecting and analysis Missouri DOT
UMass Lowell Turning existing camera video into traffic sensors MassDOT


2021 Timeline

Below is an outline of the steps and process of the 2021 Transportation Technology Tournament

February 26, 2021: Sign-up and Challenge Problem Selection

Sign-up with your team information via the online form to join the Transportation Technology Tournament. Teams should be 5 students with at least 2 students under the age of 26. All students should hail from US-based universities, but teams are allowed to be built from multiple colleges and universities.

After signing up you'll be asked for more information on your team: 

  • List of team members, including age and degree being pursued.
  • For each team member: One-page resume (like a private consulting firm would do when they submit a bid for a project – to show they have qualified staff) and headshot photo.
  • Formal selection of the problem. (Note: teams can submit a problem statement from their own State DOT or other public agency, and receive input and/or approval by the competition organizers.)
  • Signed waivers that allow the USDOT, NOCoE, and ITS America to use/reuse/publish photos, images, presentations, etc. in printed materials and on websites.
  • A statement of team dynamics and methodologies: how frequently they intend to meet, how they intend to take trainings, what the roles & responsibilities of each team member are, etc.

Early March 17, 2021: Kick-off Webinar Informational Session

The Kick-off Webinar took place March 17, 2021. A recording of the webinar can be found here. Slides are available here

The webinar covered guidance for the overall tournament, information on check-ins and deadlines, and overall advice on how to win the tournament. 

April 18, 2021: Interim Check-In #1: Training, Part 1

Submit your check-in #1 documents.

Teams will submit a packet demonstrating their completion of the following ITS PCB courses (submission packet here):

The packet will include proof of completion for each course from each team member. Submission instructions will be provided during the kick-off webinar.

The interim check-in #1 is due by Sunday,  April 18, 2021. Please submit your check-in #1 documents here

May 16, 2021: Interim Check-In #2: Training, Part 2

Submit your check-in #2 documents.

Academic or industry advisors were also responsible for teaching students Con-Ops and ITS Civil Engineering Design. Advisors led the team through the following ITS Case Study Courses, found on the ITS JPO Professional Capacity Building Program:

  • ITS Case Study Course: Con-Ops (submission – course deliverable)

  • ITS Case Study Course: Civil Engineering Design (submission – course deliverable)

Teams will submit a packet (one per team) demonstrating their completion of the above ITS Case Study Courses.

Interim check-in #2 is due by Sunday, May 16, 2021. Please submit your check-in #2 documents using this link

June 13, 2021: Solution Definition and High-Level Con-Op

Submit your final solutions document.

Teams will submit a 10-page packet describing their solution. The packet will include:

  • Description of problem
    • Scoping the dynamics of the site and the problem, identifying requirements for solution, identifying stakeholders, etc.
  • Description of solution
    • How this could address the problem
    • Who the players are within that solution
  • Con-ops for solution, including:
    • High-level functional architecture
    • High-level physical architecture
    • High-level enterprise architecture
  • An estimate for the work needed to develop and implement the solution including:
    • Cost breakdown
    • Timeline
  • Anticipated impacts
    • Operational benefits
    • Safety benefits
    • Mobility benefits
    • Environmental benefits
    • Other benefits and risks

Judges panel will review the submissions and select  finalists teams.

The final solutions document is due Sunday, June 13, 2021. Please submit your final solutions document here

July 2021: Finalist Presentation Practice Runs

Finalists will be asked to give at least two practice presentations ahead of the live competition and receive feedback from the organizing committee.

Late July / Early August 2021: Live Competition (more details to be announced)

Finalist teams will compete at a live virtual event. Students will have 10 minutes to present to a panel of judges and a live audience and face a question and answer session from the judges.

The virtual event will take place either at the ITE Virtual Annual Meeting or in the first few weeks of August 2021 at an independent event. 


If you have any questions, please contact Adam Hopps with the National Operations Center of Excellence.