Young Professionals T&I challenge

The CIHT Young Professionals Technology & Innovation challenge is an annual competition designed for young professionals to push themselves by encompassing an analytical approach to a key question on everyone’s minds. 



We are on the cusp of a revolution in transportation. Rapid advances in technology are changing how we move people and goods, and how we design, build and manage the supporting infrastructure. Simultaneously we face challenges such as climate change and changes in demographics and we need to make sure that the technology that is developed will benefit society.

As a young professional, what is your vision of the future and what does the profession need to do to address the challenges in realising this vision? 


The challenge 

We are challenging young professionals to identify how can technology help us solve the climate and air quality problems and how the transportation sector can create a sustainable future?

Why you should enter

  • Get your ideas and voice heard by senior leaders in the sector
  • Make a difference and lead debate in the sector
  • Gain confidence and fast track your career
  • Stand out from the crowd with this incredible accomplishment and fantastic publicity opportunities
  • Boost your career with this prestigious award
  • Entries of suitable quality as moderated by the T&I Panel will be published in the T&I section of the CIHT website
  • Creators of the top entries will be invited to the Young Professional Conference on 14 November to present a summary of their entries where the winner will also be announced.


Don't just take our word for it

Last year I submitted a paper to the Technology and Innovation Challenge at the first CIHT Young Professionals Event. It was a great task that made me sit down and think about challenges that local authorities face and what we as an industry could do to support them.
I became very passionate about my challenge and being able to voice my opinion at this event was a great opportunity for me to make a difference.
This challenge also gave me the confidence to open up my thinking within my role at Yotta and spurred me on to get more involved in the industry.

Emily See, Finalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Senior Consultant, Infrastructure Asset Management, Yotta

The T&I Challenge was a great opportunity, because it provided us a platform to bring our ideas together. In delivering our presentation at the YP conference, the experience of sharing and discussing our transport vision with industry leaders offered us a lot of learning and has been a source of professional growth.

Jeannie Foo, Finalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Graduate Traffic Engineer, Mott Macdonald

I enjoyed the challenge of writing up my Transport Vision – whilst the future is something we discuss a lot, writing it down in a concise paper gave me the opportunity to organise my thoughts. My favourite part was presenting the paper and hearing the views of the other entries and the audience, the topic was great for initiating discussion. Also, taking part in the competition was a good stepping stone for entering papers in other conferences, for example I’m speaking at the TPM this summer.

Penny GilgFinalist of the Young Professionals T&I challenge 2018, Consultant, Transport Planning, Atkins


Am I eligible?

Open to all CIHT members with less than 10 years’ experience in the sector and below the age of 35. 


How do I enter?

To enter a submission please e-mail with your response to the challenge below before Monday 9th September following the guidelines below. The scope and the guidelines of this year's challenge are also available as PDF here.

The context

Transport accounts for 20-25% of global Greenhouse Gas Emissions contributing to climate and weather changes and exposing our transport infrastructure to challenging conditions. The 2018 IPCC report cements this and finds that we need to limit global warming to 1.5°C below pre-industrial levels to avoid severe effects on "health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth.

In urban areas transport causes severe air pollution which in turn have serious implications for the health of populations. In the UK alone, long term exposure to man-made air pollution has an annual effect equivalent to between 28,000 and 40,000 deaths and the cost of air pollution to the UK is estimated to be more than £20bn a year.

The challenge

Solving these linked issues is a global task, the challenge is to identify:

How can technology help us solve the climate and air quality problems and how the transportation sector can create a sustainable future?

What should be the format of my entry

Formats for entries include:

  • PowerPoint presentation (up to 15 slides)
  • Blog (up to 1,000 words)
  • Video (up to 5 minutes)
  • Podcast (up to 10 minutes)
  • …or any other suitable format.

How do I submit my entry?

Send entries to


Guidance/areas for consideration:

  • Include a vision of how technology can mitigate the negative effects that transport has on the climate and/or air quality
  • You can either consider a specific area of technology or consider a wider scope and you can either take a local regional, national or a global focus
  • Technologies might include hardware, software, data analytics, etc.
  • You could consider impact of technology on new infrastructure, asset management and/or transport planning.
  • What are the barriers to change in our profession and how do we reduce them?
  • Make clear which stakeholders need to be persuaded/involved to capture the wider benefits of new technology. 
  • Articulate how the vision impact on end user services.


Want inspiration?  Here are the Top 3 Entries from 2018


Help and support

Guidelines of this year's challenge are also available as PDF here.

If you have any further questions about the competition please do not hesitate to contact us at


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