Build a Better Mousetrap Innovation Competition

Build a Better Mousetrap info video

Did you or your team build an innovative gadget, improved how you do a certain job or task, or otherwise implemented a change that had positive impact to your workplace or community?   Did you solve a challenge or frustration with ingenuity?   Your innovative success can be anything from the development of tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, or improve the quality of transportation.   

The competition is an excellent way for innovative ideas to be exchanged with others that may benefit from different concepts and perspectives.  It is also a great way for local transportation professionals and other LTAP customers to get some well-earned recognition for their hard work.

We are looking to collect and disseminate real world examples of best practices, tips from the field, and to assist in the transfer of technology.  We invite non-proprietary submissions from local agencies year-round!

Need inspiration? - The winning entries of the 2020 National Build A Better Mousetrap competition can be reviewed on FHWA's Center for Local Aid Support (CLAS) website.

Build a Better Mousetrap Competition is your opportunity to share the creativity that we’re proud of in your teams, to help others!

Submit Your Entries for a chance to win 5 (five) free workshop seats from T2 (up to $500 value!)

Entries will be judged on various criteria, including cost savings, benefits to the community and/or team, ingenuity, transferability, and effectiveness.   Suitable entries could come from the following categories, as examples: We encourage you to also submit photos and short video clips showcasing your project.  Entries must be received by June 10, 2020 to be considered for the national competition, but we welcome submissions at any time!

  • Maintenance: tools, equipment fabrication, and methods (such as to help reach, lift, assemble)

  • Transportation facilities improvements (such as administrative operations, services, access)

  • Inspection and data collection (such as time analysis and process changes, tracking and reporting)

  • Asset management techniques (such as GIS, mapping, analytical systems)


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