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SwRI sponsors ITS World Congress student essay, video competition with cash prize

March 29, 2022 — Southwest Research Institute invites college students to share visions for the transformation of transportation for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a paid trip to Los Angeles to attend ITS World Congress September 18-22.

The ITS World Congress 2022 Student Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students at accredited colleges and universities who submit either a written essay or video essay relating to this year’s topic. Students should answer how disruptive technologies could transform transportation and outcomes for generations, leading to greener communities and more resilient systems, increased access and equity, and safer, smarter roads for all.

“We envision that today’s advancements will change the future of mobility and transportation. Not only will transportation be more efficient and safer, but it will also be more accessible and have a reduced environmental impact,” said Josh Johnson, director of SwRI’s Critical Systems Department. “These essays should envision how transportation systems will adapt to challenges and opportunities presented by the next wave of electric and automated vehicles and intelligent roadway infrastructure.”

New for this year, either an essay or video can be submitted to the contest. Submissions can be sent to SwRI ITS WC 2022 Student Competition by June 1, 2022. View submission guidelines.

“We want to encourage students in transportation, engineering and public policy to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking manner,” Johnson said.

The winning entry, chosen from student submissions across the United States, will be announced publicly at ITS World Congress 2022. Winners will learn in advance of the event. Judges will select the winner based on the insights expressed about future advances in the intelligent transportation industry.

SwRI, a leading innovator of intelligent transportation systems, has sponsored the competition for 11 years. ITS World Congress is the world’s largest and most prominent event focused on smart mobility and the digitalization of transportation. In partnership with ITS America, ERTICO and ITS Asia-Pacific, ITS America Events is hosting the 2022 conference.

Download contest poster.

For more information, visit or contact Robert Crowe+1 210 522 4630, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.