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New TxDOT Contest Challenges College, University Students to Compete for Prizes While Encouraging Careers in Transportation
Contact: Media Relations
Phone: (512) 463-8700
Date: Aug. 30, 2013

Contest encourages collaborative innovation to seek transportation solutions for Texas

AUSTIN – In an effort to provide Texas college and university students the opportunity to exercise their creative problem-solving skills while competing for prizes, the Texas Department of Transportation today launched its first TxDOT College Challenge. The competition seeks to find the most innovative transportation solutions from the brightest college students in Texas.

 “We’re excited to encourage students to consider careers in transportation and we look forward to their creative input as part of the TxDOT College Challenge,” said Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin. “Their ideas will be carefully considered as we continue to find ways to offer Texans safe and reliable transportation solutions.”

Student teams of up to five members must submit entries that reflect collaboration among engineering, science, marketing, finance or other fields, and that present solutions to current transportation challenges. Entries will include a short, written proposal and a 3-5 minute video that explains the concept. Contest guidelines are available at TxDOT College Challenge. All entries are due Nov. 15, 2013. Finalists will present their winning submissions to transportation industry leaders at the 9th Annual Texas Transportation Forum in San Antonio on Jan. 6-8, 2014. Prizes include TxDOT internships and a trip to the Transportation Forum.

College and university representatives can visit TxDOT College Challenge, email College-Challenge@txdot.gov or call (512) 416-4730 for information and competition guidelines.

For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

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