2023 Innovation Invitational
The Texas Innovation Alliance in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and City of Austin invite you to the 2023 Innovation Invitational on July 17-19, 2023 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.  The Innovation Invitational will bring together transportation leaders from across the state to learn about the latest in transportation technologies and develop Innovation Zones – places to test, deploy, and scale creative transportation solutions.
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Data and Traffic Operations
  • Electrification
  • Mobility-as-a-Service
Regional teams will be invited back to Austin on September 19 to present their Innovation Zone concepts to TxDOT leadership and a panel of expert judges. The judges will select winners, who will be recognized at the Award Ceremony.

How to launch an Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone Guidelines

An Innovation Zone is a district where stakeholders collaborate to test, deploy, and scale creative transportation solutions.

Why Innovation Zones?
The Texas population is booming and new technologies are available to make the roads safer, reduce congestion, increase accessibility, and optimize limited resources. An Innovation Zone will enable your region to test advanced technologies locally while gaining valuable lessons learned from other Innovation Zones around the state.

What are the benefits? Innovation Zones will enable your region to readily deploy advanced mobility technologies, partner with local community and industry leaders, and compete for federal funding.

    Identify regional stakeholders (city, transit, TxDOT, county, port, university, etc.) who will collaborate to develop an Innovation Zone.

  • MAY - JUNE
    Schedule a time to meet with Alliance staff, identify/prioritize potential locations, and develop ideas for your Innovation Zone.

  • JULY 17-19
    Teams attend the Innovation Invitational in Austin where your team presents ideas, develop partnerships, and advance development of Innovation Zone concepts.

    Teams meet locally to debrief, incorporate ideas from the Innovation Invitational, and prepare presentations

    Teams present Innovation Zone concepts to TxDOT leadership and a panel of experts. Winners selected and receive recognition at Fall Texas Technology Task Force Meeting and on TxDOT's website.