Entries open for Highways UK innovation competitions
Highways UK has a central role supporting and promoting innovation in the highways sector – they want to be a catalyst for innovation and accelerate the uptake of new ideas.
Along with their Innovation Partner, Innovate UK, they run two annual innovation competitions that this year culminate in live finals at Highways UK on 4/5 November.
The Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge, sponsored by Costain, is for intelligent infrastructure products or systems, that is loosely anything that uses data.
The Civils and Materials Innovation Hub, sponsored by AECOM, focuses on innovative solutions used in the construction and maintenance of highways including physical products, components, systems, processes and materials.
Using a computing analogy, think of the Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge to be about software and the Civils and Materials Innovation Hub to be the hardware.
In both competitions they are particularly looking for innovations that have the potential to be trialled on a UK road within the next 6-18 months.
The competitions offer an opportunity for organisations, particularly small to medium enterprises, to pitch ideas to senior highways sector clients and industry experts.
The category winners and overall winning organisation will be offered a high-level half day mentoring session led by Highways England and including other key industry organisations who will offer in depth advice on the processes involved in taking your innovation to the next level.
The closing date for entries is 31 July.
You’ll find further information on the competitions including entry categories and the type of information you will be asked to supply using these links: