VINCI launches 2020 innovation challenge for engineering students

Have an innovative or sustainable idea? Do you know how construction companies and the industry can develop and adapt to meet society's needs and improve people's quality of life? Join 'The Trail by VINCI Construction' – an innovation challenge to shape our future.

Seymour Whyte is calling on all engineering students to 'envision the construction industry of tomorrow' as we launch our 2020 innovation challenge – 'The Trail by VINCI Construction'.

The Trail by VINCI Construction

Picture: 2018 Winners. Team UpsideDown for their buildings of the future project about reducing the urban heat island effect and establishing urban farms right in the heart of cities. PHOTO: © Remi Blomme.

Built on the success of the inaugural challenge in 2018 – which generated over 419 ideas drawing on the knowledge and vision of over 1,250 students from 58 countries including Australia – the second edition of 'The Trail’ will again be held in Europe, where students will pitch their ideas based on a discipline that embody the challenges posed by today’s fast changing world:

  • The construction site and methods of the future
  • Sustainable construction and resilience
  • The city above and beneath the city

In addition to promoting initiatives directly related to the issues of the future, the challenge is designed to strengthen our ties with partner educational institutions and recruit their most talented graduates.

"The Trail is all about demonstrating that VINCI Construction can co-construct tomorrow’s world with the talented people of tomorrow. I hope that many of them will join us".

Jérôme Stubler, VINCI Construction chair

A challenge to respond to the issues raised by a fast-changing world

Construction professionals of the future must deal effectively with many issues, including responding to exponential demographic and urban growth, increasing demand for mobility, and the need to build a sustainable world against a background of undeniable global warming.

The construction and infrastructure sector is at the front line when it comes to sustainable development. Between them, they consume more than 40% of the world's energy, and generate more than a third of all greenhouse gas emissions from developed countries.

It is vital that the tide of new technologies flows through construction sites to help a new generation successfully meet these challenges. Future graduates will refine the use of digital models (BIM - Building Information Modelling) and the opportunities offered by the digitalisation of project and construction design.

The computing power offered by artificial intelligence, the introduction of robotisation and augmented reality into construction, and the ability to 3D-print building materials are all contributing to the creation of a new world.

The Trail challenge registration and timetable

Phase 1 - Register now at: 'The Trail by VINCI Construction 2020'.

Phase 2 - Mid-March 2020: meeting the finalists from each country at the national award ceremony. The Oceania team(s) selected at this stage will then receive support – from VINCI specialist companies Seymour Whyte, Spiecapag, Freyssinet and HEB – in developing their projects.

Phase 3 - On 28 and 29 May 2020, the semi-finalists will compete in a sporting challenge and pitch their projects at Leonard – the VINCI Group’s outlook and innovation centre in Paris, France – where the winner will be announced.

Prizes include a holiday, sports equipment, smart devices as well as an internship and job opportunities with a global construction company with offices and projects all over the world.

View the video of the first 'The Trail by VINCI Construction'.

Above: 2018 cohort of students taking part in 'The Trail by VINCI Construction'


Above: Inside VINCI's dedicated outlook and innovation centre, Leonard, in Paris.

Above: Students pitching their idea at the Leonard centre.

Above: The 2018 Australian Team

Below: Students taking part in the teamwork and sporting challenge.

All photos © Remi Blomme. VINCI Construction.