Competition Entry Form

The International Parking Institute (IPI) Parking Solutions Competition is a design and development challenge for university students. It is a chance for students to express their rendition of The Garage of the Future. Students can submit independently or form their own multidisciplinary 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.

Parking is an essential element of the mobility equation—and the creation of “smart cities.” Parking, transportation, and real estate are linked and impact the others in myriad and complex ways.

The urban landscape 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 structures will continue to play a critical role in our cities and towns – but the planning, design and construction will evolve. Therein lies our challenge, to address the form and function of the garage itself, and to craft more viable mobility solutions for the places we live, work, and play.

The Challenge:
Design the garage of the future, with a 10 to 20 year outlook.

  • Consider form: planning, design, aesthetics, sustainability, adaptability, materials.
  • Consider functionality: mobility, flow, configuration, security, connectivity.
  • Consider cost: How do you value a parking space?
  • Consider relationships: smart city, connected cars, people, transit, IoT.
Provide a brief narrative of your idea – short description (1,000 to 1,500 words).

One of the following applications is required, but not limited to:
  • 3/D Models/Animation
  • Renderings and Images
  • BIM models
  • Plans/drawings/floor plans
  • Video
Multiple formats may be combined. Contact Stephanie Santoro at for more information.

Finalists will demonstrate:
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Realism/Applicability/Scalability
  • Presentation
Finalists Receive: 
The competition will sponsor one member of each finalist team to travel to the IPI Annual Conference and EXPO in Orlando, Fla. to meet international experts and present at the Parking Solutions Competition ceremony.

The following will be provided, compliments of IPI: 
  • Roundtrip-airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Orlando, Fla. for one person/team member (arrangements to be made by IPI). Additional at own expense.
  • Free conference registration valued at $1,499 for one team member.
  • Free one year IPI Student Membership.
Grand Prize Winner Receives:
In addition to the above, the grand prize is awarded the following:
Complete the form below as it pertains to your team and submission summary. Your actual submission will be required by file transfer before the deadline indicated above. Instructions regarding this process will be provided upon receipt of this registration form. 

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* 1. Team Name

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* 2. University Information

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* 4. Team member information:  
(All team members must be actively enrolled in the same university).

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* 5. What is your idea in 1500 words or less? 

We are thrilled you've decided to join the Parking Solutions Student Competition! Please contact Stephanie Santoro at with any questions.