UIDC 2019

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. 

"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, Architecture, Urban Economics, Engineering, and other relevant disciplines. Each student team will partner with a city, choose a local development project in need of sustainable transit, and present how the city can work with implementing autonomous shared mobility as a solution. Student teams are expected to spend 100-200 working hours on their project. 

Price and award ceremony

Each contesting team will present their project at the Podcar City Conference (PCC), this year to be held in the US. The winning team will be announced at the conference and awarded a $5,000 cash prize.

UIDC will cover the travel cost and three nights of accomodation for one person from each team. Preliminary dates for PCC 2019 is 20-22 November.


15 February

UIDC Registration Opens.

15 February - 1 July

Submit a brief description of the project to uidc@4dialog.com.

Book dates for 4D visualization training.

15 February - 1 September

4D training. Dates vary between teams. Teams are responsible for booking dates.

1 October

Last day of submission: The 4D visualization. Submissions are due 23:59 UTC time.

31 October

Last day of submission: A 12-16 pages report and a 3-4 minute video project presentation. Submissions are due 23:59 UTC time.

20-22 November (preliminary dates)

Project presentation and award ceremony at the Podcar City Conference. More details will come.

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 12-16 pages

3. A 3-4 minute video presentation

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, presented their work at the EU CIVITAS ECCENTRIC, and will also present their project at the 2019 UITP Conference. 


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.