The Urban International
Design Contest

The Urban International Design Contest (UIDC) is a student design competition involving cities, universities, and local sponsors. The purpose of UIDC is to empower students to educate, inspire and motivate important stakeholders to design and visualize how new modes of sustainable public transit can be utilized in the urban environment. 

Winners 2018

Last year´s edition of UIDC was won by the Royal Institute of Technology students Elda Shurdhaj, Aregay Fkadu Kebede and Islam Mohammed Gaber Ramadan Aly. Since winning, the team has been featured in several media articles, and invited to present their work at the EU CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and the 2019 UITP Conference. 

"The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people. There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city"
Gilles Vesco
Deputy Mayor, Lyon 2017


UIDC is open to students of Urban Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Economics, Engineering, and other relevant disciplines. Each student team will partner with a sponsor, choose a local development project in need of sustainable transit, and present how autonomous shared mobility can be implemented as a solution. Student teams are expected to spend 80-200 working hours on their project. 

Timeline 2019

Application period
15 Feb - 15 Oct

1. Apply by submitting
- your contact info (name, email and skype alias)
- the name of your university and programme
- a brief description of your project
- current/potential sponsor


2. After your application has been approved, you will be contacted for information about the 4D training

Training period
13 June - 31 Oct

4D training. Starting date vary between teams

Project work period
13 June - 27 Feb 2020

Starting date varies between teams. As a team, you will spend 80-200 hours total on your project

First deadline
Nov 4

Each team will send a first status report no later than November 4. The report will be reviewed at the Podcar City Conference, November 6-7

Final submissions
20 Jan & 27 Feb 2020

- 4D visualization. Last day of submission 20 January
- Project report. Last day of submission 27 February
- 2-5 minute video. Last day of submission 27 February

Winners announced
March 2020

The winning teams will be invited to present their projects at an award ceremony and receive a $5,000 cash prize

Submission format

All projects must have a transportation, energy and built environment component, and the transportation component must include either a public Automated Transit Network (ATN) or a Shared Automated Vehicle (SAV) system. Submissions are done in three parts:

1. A 4D visualization with traffic simulations (no prior knowledge in 3D/4D visualization required)

2. A written academic report, 16 pages

3. A 2-5 minute video of model


After final submissions, each project will be reviewed and the winners announced in March 2020. The winning teams will be invited to present their projects at an award ceremony and receive a $5,000 cash prize (minus tax). UIDC will cover the travel cost and three nights of accommodation for one person from each team.


UIDC is headed by INIST, the US-based International Institute of Sustainable Transportation in partnership with the Mineta Transportation Institute, the Advanced Transit Association, The Swedish Transport Administration and RISE Institute Sweden. All work outside US is executed by 4Dialog AB in collaboration with INIST and RISE Institute, Sweden.

Contact us

If you are interested in participating in UIDC, or simply have a question, email us at 

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