PennDOT Innovations Challenge” Link:

Students must work together in teams of 3-4 students and submit their innovative solution to the PennDOT Bureau of Innovations email account. The submission must include an attachment containing the project title and description of no more than 500 words, outlining the team's concept. Along with the project description, all submissions must include the following information: team name, full names of team members, faculty mentor name, school district, and county.

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Every hour, about 15 reportable traffic crashes occur in Pennsylvania. Though we have made positive steps toward reducing traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities, a disproportionate number of these crashes involve teenagers. PennDOT is dedicated to promoting safe-driving actions (e.g. no texting, work zone safety, and anti-aggressive driving) through traditional media — like the radio, newspaper, and television — and social media.

Aside from using traditional paid advertising, marketing, and social media channels, what technologies or innovative methods can be developed in the next five to 10 years to curb unsafe teen driving practices?


  • Effectiveness – 10 points
    • Does the solution apply to the work performed by PennDOT?
    • Could the solution be used by PennDOT without substantial revisions?
    • Does the solution address a problem that can be solved with the technology that is available today or being discussed as possible within the next five to 10 years?
    • Does the solution include a proposal for continued operation (long-term maintenance) after implementation?
  • Benefits to the community – 10 points
    • Does the solution serve the community?
    • Does the solution improve safety to the traveling public?
    • Does the solution improve communications and/or interactions between PennDOT and the community?
  • Cost savings – 10 points
    • Would the solution save Pennsylvania taxpayers or the traveling public money?
    • Does the solution demonstrate indirect cost savings?
    • Are the cost savings sustainable (i.e. does this project save money in the short- or long-term)?
  • Innovation – 10 points
    • Does the solution inspire transportation progress?
    • Does the solution introduce an original or advanced concept?
    • Does the solution introduce a new or advanced product, business model, field, etc.?
  • Presentation – 10 points
    • Were the presentation materials submitted completely?
    • Is the solution presented in a captivating manner?
    • Is the solution presented with clarity and forethought?
    • Did the presenters discuss all aspects of the solution from formulation through execution?
    • Did the group members answer questions from the judges completely, logically, and personably?
    • Did the solution's brief write-up contain a clear, complete, and well-organized summary of the project?