AEM to Award $150,000 for Innovative Infrastructure Solutions

January 21, 2016

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)  announces the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge— a three-phased, crowd-sourced competition to award a total of $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul the crumbling infrastructure that Americans rely upon to move people, materials, products, services and information.

“The United States is the strongest and largest economy in the world and yet the overall quality of our infrastructure is falling dramatically behind our global competitors,” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “AEM’s members thought it was time to break the cycle of patchwork fixes and deferred maintenance and lead the conversation in a different direction. We need to engage innovators who we haven’t heard from before and who have the ability to imagine how people, freight, energy and information will move in the country of tomorrow – even as far out as the year 2050.

Competition Phases, Judging and Prizes

The Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge is open to everyone everywhere. Finalists and winners of the three-phased Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge will be determined by a judging panel and crowd voting. The first two phases are open now. The third phase is scheduled to launch in mid-summer, 2016.

Phase 1: Total Prize: $5,000 - The “Complain Phase” will engage the public to describe the biggest infrastructure challenge facing their community.

Deadline to enter: March 15, 2016

 Phase 2: Total Prize: $45,000 - The “Dream Phase” will seek to solicit new thinking and solutions, especially from non-experts.

Deadline to enter: May 31, 2016

Phase 3: Total Prize: $100,000 - The “Build Phase” takes the second phase a step further and solicits plans to implement those solutions on a larger scale. Deadline to enter to be annouced later.

Judging criteria and other information can be found at the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge website.