Transportation Technology Tournament

2021 Transportation Technology Tournament is Now Open!

Sign-up now to solve a real-world transportation challenge


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.

Sign-up for the 2021 tournament using the form on the left.

Challenge Problems

Each team will select a specific challenge problem to work on and a specific agency to work with on that problem. The challenge problem can be chosen from a provide list (coming soon!) or create with the partner agency. Examples of challenge problems can be found from the resources from the three previous years via the links to your left.

2021 Timeline

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

February 2021: Sign-up and Challenge Problem Selection (exact deadline to be announced soon)

Sign-up for the event with your team information via the online form to join the Transportation Technology Tournament. After signing up you'll be asked for more information on your team and challenge problem. You'll also be asked to sign a waiver allowing us to use any materials you make for promotional purposes.

Early March 2020: Kick-off Webinar Informational Session

The Kick-off Webinar will take place in early March. At least one member from each team needs to attend this webinar live. A recording will be available for sharing with the rest of the participants. The webinar will cover guidance for the overall tournament, submission processes for each check-in and deadline, and overall advice on how to win the tournament. Webinar information will be posted here and sent to all teams ahead of time.

March 2021: Interim Check-In #1: Training, Part 1

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

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

April 2021: Interim Check-In #2: Training, Part 2

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 demonstrating their completion of the above ITS Case Study Courses.

May 2021: Solution Definition and High-Level Con-Op

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.

June 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.

Summer 2021: Live Competition (more details to be announced)

Finalist teams will compete at a live 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.


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