By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

 Submissions to the final phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge are open through Dec. 15.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) launched the three-phased, crowd-sourced competition in January, calling on all innovators and thinkers to offer their groundbreaking ideas and solutions to address America’s $3.6 trillion infrastructure problem.

Phase One (“Complain”) engaged the public to describe the biggest infrastructure challenge facing their community. Phase Two (“Dream”) went a step further and asked for new thinking and solutions to infrastructure challenges. Now, the third “Build” phase challenges innovators to reimagine transportation systems in the U.S. end-to-end and create a system that will meet the needs of all users across America in 2050 and beyond.

Five Phase Three finalists will be selected from submissions received by Dec. 15, and will be featured at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 exhibition’s Tech Experience in March 2017 in Las Vegas. At the show, the five finalists will pitch their plans to a panel of judges and audience. The grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000, the second place winner will receive $35,000, and the third prize winner will get $15,000.

The third and final stage is open to everyone, regardless of whether they participated in earlier phases. Find out more about the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, and the thought leadership initiative.