2016 Student Video Contest

NITC Student Video 2016 Competition Winners

In 2016 the USDOT'S National Institute for Transportation and Communities is sought videos to highlight the role transportation plays in creating livable communities. University students were tasked with creating an original, interesting video that illustrates how transportation can shape the way residents experience a city.

Winnners of the NITC Student Video Contest were announced at the 2016 Transportation and Communities Summit Sept. 9 in Portland. The finalist videos and winners are linked below:

  • Grand prize by Missy Gerlach of Whitman College
  • Second prize by Sharif Mahmud of the University of Utah
  • Third prize by David Backes and the Hilltop Planning group of Portland State University
  • Finalist Samuel Lozano and Riley O'Boyle of the Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Finalist Quinn T Uesugi of Cornell University
  • Finalist Alan Taylor of the University of Oregon



    Videos must incorporate the NITC theme of safe, healthy and sustainable transportation choices to foster livable communities while answering one of the following questions:

    • Can you explain the connection between livability and transportation in a way that can reach, for example, traffic engineers, elected officials, local business owners, and a classroom of elementary school students and their parents?

    • What role can you and your peers play in creating transportation systems that support livable communities?

    • How would you convince youth why transportation and livable communities would be a great career?

    • If you were the Secretary of Transportation, how would you make the nation’s transportation system support livable communities?

        Watch some recent Streetfilms for inspiration:

        For more inspiration, check out the submissions to the USDOT's data visualization student challenge.