Launch Ceremony

Competition Background

Introduction to APEC

The Organization for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was established in 1989. It is an important organization that promotes economic integration throughout the Asia-Pacific, promoting regional trade and development. There are currently 21 member economies: China, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.

Introduction to PPSTI

The Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI) is a key working group under the APEC Senior Officials’ Steering Committee for Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE). It aims to promote policy dialogue on scientific and technological innovation between political, industrial, academic, and research institutions, and to develop relevant policy recommendations and initiatives.

Its strategic objectives are to support the commercialization of innovations, enhance innovation capabilities, promote innovation cooperation among members, develop a market-led policy environment conducive to innovation, promote economic growth, promote trade and investment, and achieve social harmony and sustainable development.

Organizational Structure

Approved by:
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), The Policy Partnership on Science, Technology and Innovation (PPSTI)

Supported by:
Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Guided by:
Shanghai Transportation Trade Association
Shanghai Council for the Promotion of International Trade

Co-Organized by:
China Local Railway Association
Urban Public Transportation Committee of China Civil Engineering Society

Organized by:
Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd.
School of Urban Rail Transportation, Shanghai University of Engineering Science
Bangkok Innovation Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences

INPUT Spirit

It is hoped that scientific and technological innovation, collaboration and transformation within and between APEC member economies’ public transport industries will be encouraged through the INPUT Competition, which will ultimately promote intelligent ecological construction throughout the entire Asia-Pacific region to achieve green and sustainable development.

Competition Theme

The Intelligent Integrated Development of Multi-Modal Public Transportation
Suggested directions for participating applicants to the competition would include but are not limited to:
1.Multi-modal metropolitan area transportation integration (integrated planning, transportation facilities, transportation services, operation management, mechanism and systems integration);
2.Green-led, seamlessly connected, high-quality services and intelligently managed public transportation systems driven by technological innovation;
3.System, technology, product and service solutions aimed at benefitting women, in addition to children, the elderly and people with disabilities;
4.The interconnection and seamless integration of new transportation systems with conventional public transportation systems;
5.Construction of comprehensive transportation hubs, seamless connections of main line traffic and terminal traffic, and point-to-point services;
6.New materials, technologies and products for public transportation based on intelligent IT technology (wireless Internet, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, augmented reality and virtual reality).

Committee of Experts

In order to ensure that the competition produces various innovative awards on a fair, open and just basis, the organizing committee will set up an expert committee to participate in the evaluation of the competition.

At present, the organizing committee has issued invitations to experts from the railway, urban rail transit and public transportation industries. The fields or professions involved cover planning and design, engineering construction, operation and maintenance, and equipment manufacturing.

The following is the list of experts of the competition expert committee:

Chairman of the Expert Committee
Member of the Expert Committee

The above rankings are in no particular order, and the list of experts is continuously updated


Enterprises, universities, and scientific research institutions related to the urban public transport industries of the 21 member economies of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are invited to form teams to participate in the competition, and share smart achievements through exchanges and interactions.

In order to ensure the fairness of the competition and reflect the expertise of all parties, this competition will be divided into college groups and enterprise groups. Each competition team can choose one of the groups according to the composition of its own team.

Entry Instructions

Participation Language
The competition will use the official APEC common language: English. The required language for the written materials provided by the participating teams is English.

Work Content & Group Settings
Entries should focus on the theme, aiming at the specific problems of mass transportation systems, using technical and research expertise in the field to propose novel, feasible, practical solutions that address specific challenges, issues or difficulties. Works can be physical models, research reports, design drawings or computer software.

(A) Engineering Design Application Group
This competition category encourages submitted works to consist of physical product prototypes, models or schematics. Guided by key technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, machine learning, high-end equipment manufacturing, and big data analysis, and aimed at solving practical problems in public transportation, its applicants will practically demonstrate innovative solutions.

(B) Technical Research Application Group
This competition category requires the submission of research papers or research reports. Participating project applications will include scientific research in the field of urban public transportation, concentrating on mass transit construction, operation, intelligent operation and maintenance management, or other interdisciplinary fields. Application research content should have a strong systematic and theoretical basis and be forward-looking.

Work requirements
All entries should be original works completed independently by eligible participants, and all participants must make a commitment to the originality of the submitted works.

How to Apply
a) The competition will only accept the works of enterprises and universities established within APEC’s member economies;
b) There must be no more than 5 people completing each work, with no more than 2 teachers or engineers involved.
c) Please fill in the application form provided and write a research report or thesis, or create a physical model or product.

Contest registration

Timetable for Submitting Information to the Organizing Committee

No.FileReporting TimeDescriptionRemarks
1Receipt of applicant registration formby January 15, 2020Work SummaryMail, fax or email
2Receipt of applicant submission formby March 15, 2021Full ApplicationEmail
3Entry recommendation formApril 1-15, 2021Email or fax
4Original statement and authorization to use the worksApril 1-15, 2021Print versionMail
5Entry submission formApril 1-15, 2021Applications need to be overviewed and screenedEmail or fax
6Documents (including papers) of the entriesApril 15-20, 2021Applications need to be reviewed and shortlistedMail and e-mail
7Manuals and related documents of the entries (optional)May 24-26, 2021Print versionSubmit at check-in

Assessment for Each Stage of the Competition

Preliminary Stage: The competition will organize experts to conduct anonymous remote reviewing of submitted work entries. The review process will take into consideration the approach of applicant work entries to the theme of the competition and the quality of the works themselves.

Finalist Stage: A certain number of works will be selected as finalists, and the first, second, and third prizes of the competition will be determined following finalist presentations, with remaining finalist works to be commended as outstanding works. The organizers will provide a platform for finalist presentations of their submitted works, whereby applicants will be required to defend their works alongside other finalists within the two competition application groups.

1.The Presentation Process: Participating finalist teams will participate in competition presentations to effectively defend their works. These presentations will be divided into the presentation stage, where representatives of finalist teams will introduce the work of the team to the judges and are requested to highlight the key content of the work, the technical route taken and the novel aspects of its innovation; and the inquiry stage, consisting of answering questions from the judging panel of experts. Each of the two application groups will have a first, second and third place prize.

2.Adjudicating Panel: The expert panel of judges will be composed of 5 esteemed industry leaders, with all panelists to adhere to a strict code of ethics to avoid any conflict of interest with the submitted entries of participating institutions and organizations. The judging panel will be composed of members of the competition’s advisory committee and senior industry experts recommended by them.

Awards Ceremony

The finalist works will be selected in an appropriate fashion in line with competition terms of reference through remote assessment of works (the total number of finalists is not to exceed 30 works).

The college group and the enterprise group shall have one first prize, two second prizes and three third prizes each.

Award Certificates will be issued by the APEC Secretariat.

First Prize: RMB 10,000
Second Prize: RMB 5,000
Third Prize: RMB 3,000

Finalist Travel Allowances

Funding has been raised for the final stage of this competition by the competition organizers. The travel expenses of two selected competition finalist team members will be covered by the organizers, as well as the provision of working meals at the competition event. The competition has awards and prizes.

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Organizing Committee Contacts

International Point of Contact:

Mr. Dan Scrimgeour +86(0)21-62951237
Contest announcement
For the matters not mentioned above, the power of interpretation and modification belongs to the competition organizing committee.