parking solution competition

Parking Solutions Student Competition

Submission: February 15, 2017
Registration: February 15, 2017
Language: English
Location: Alexandria, VA \ New Orleans, LA – United States
Prizes: $500, Trip to New Orleans
Type: Open


The International Parking Institute (IPI) Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development parking challenge for college students actively enrolled in an undergraduate institution or actively pursuing a graduate degree. This inaugural competition is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Next Big Idea in parking. IPI seeks to engage students in a challenging parking solutions exercise based on real-world scenarios. Students can submit independently or form multi-disciplinary teams. Finalists will be selected on the basis of creativity, innovation, realism, applicability scalability, overall presentation, and the idea’s ability to benchmark success and demonstrate return on investment.

At first glance, the question posed may not seem to be a parking challenge. However, parking is an essential element of the mobility equation. Parking and transportation go hand-in-hand – one cannot be planned, implemented, and managed effectively without the other. Too often and for far too long, planning and operating parking was an afterthought in the planning and design process for our cities, towns, and campuses. The urban landscape in particular has changed rapidly due to demographics, demand for more livable places and communities, and transformative (and disruptive) technologies. In the face of all this change, parking will play a vital role in the mobility equation – but it, too, will evolve. How can parking adapt, and be resilient and effective while taking advantage of financial, societal, and technological trends? That’s our challenge: to reduce the frequency and reliance on the single-occupant vehicle as the primary mode of transportation and craft more viable mobility solutions for the places we live, work, and play.


The Challenge: Find an innovative new way to reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles and: Maximize land use. Increase mobility options. Decrease congestion, emissions, and pollution through parking solutions.


  • Opening day of competition: December 1, 2016.
  • Submissions due: February 15, 2017.
  • Notifications and invitations for four finalists: March 2017.
  • Up to four finalists travel to IPI’s 2017 Conference & Expo in NOLA: May 23, 2017.*


The Parking Solutions competition is part of IPI’s ongoing effort to raise interest and awareness among the professionals of the future about the parking and transportation industries. The competition will address parking development patterns and the need for multidisciplinary solutions to design and development challenges for urban spaces, campuses, and parking and transportation challenges.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: December 22, 2016