Bentley Institute, a leading organization advancing infrastructure professions by empowering practitioners, students, and academic institutions through continuous learning, scholarships, internships, and applied research partnerships, recently announced its Digital Infrastructure Student Idea Challenge 2020. The challenge is continuing Bentley Institute’s undeterred mission of nurturing future professionals, helping them stay active, engaged, and enthusiastic amid the challenging times of school closures and self-isolation.
With migration, urbanization, and climate change placing increasing stress on the world’s-built environment, the industry must transform and innovate to deliver resilient infrastructure. Bentley Institute is looking for students from around the world to come up with visionary ideas and inventive concepts that could potentially transform infrastructure and make a positive impact in the world.
The challenge is open to individual students (or teams of two) from community colleges and schools, polytechnics, technical institutes, and universities. To participate, students need to select a challenge that is relevant to any infrastructure domain and propose a smart, ground-breaking solution concept. Students should submit a presentation and PDF document (with a minimum of 500 words) of their conceptual ideas, not a detailed technical solution with a design. However, students should describe how software technology could play a role in their proposed concept. It must also be supported by graphs, figures, videos, and pictures.
In addition to gaining recognition from Bentley Institute, the top winning team will receive a cash prize of USD 5,000. The winners of the Best Presentation, Best Challenge, and Best Solution categories will also win cash prizes of USD 2,000 each.
Bentley Institute encourages all students to use time at home constructively to suggest ideas for a better tomorrow.