Highways UK 2019 Starts in

6/7 November 2019, NEC, Birmingham


How to Enter

What we are looking for

We are seeking entries from novel and innovative civil engineering products, processes and materials that have the potential to be trialled on a UK road within the next 6-18 months. 

Entries can be relevant to any part of the UK road network (urban, rural, regional, motorways etc).

Entries should be in any of the following categories (further details are included on the entry form): 

Category A: Road pavements from surface course to subgrade

Category B: Other elements of road projects

Category C: Resilience, sustainability and waste reduction

Category D: Health, safety and well-being

Category E: Asset management and maintenance

The entry process

The deadline for entries has been extended to Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Enter on-line by completing the form here

If your organisation's firewall blocks access to the form, please email Richie.Stubbs@Highways-uk.com

Short-listed entries will be invited to present at Highways UK in front of a panel of judges using a "dragon's den" style format. These sessions take place on day 1 of Highways UK (6 November 2019) or the morning of day 2 (7 November 2019). Category winners will qualify for the CMIH final, which takes place at lunchtime on day 2 of Highways UK (7 November 2019).

Why enter

The competition offers you an opportunity to pitch your ideas to senior client organisations and industry experts. 

In addition to the pitching opportunity, short-listed entries are invited and encouraged to use the Civils and Materials Innovation Hub area throughout the two-day event as a space to engage with key influencers and specifiers. Last year Highways UK was attended by over 4200 people from across the public and private sector, with more than half coming from roads authorities and Tier 1 contractors and consultants.

Organisations that make the shortlist will also be invited to participate in a webinar run by our innovation partner Innovate UK, alongside its network partner, Knowledge Transfer Network, offering practical how-to advice on pitching your idea and making the most of your involvement at Highways UK.

The category winners and overall winning organisation will be offered a high-level half day mentoring session led by Highways England and including other key industry client organisations who will offer in depth advice on the processes involved in taking your innovation to the next level. Winning organisations may potentially also be invited to take part in a field trial demonstration day during 2020.

Not sure if your innovation is appropriate to the CMIH?

... then check out our sister competition, the Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge, running in parallel to the CMIH, which focuses on highways applications of data. Using a computing analogy, think of the Intelligent Infrastructure Challenge to be about software and the Civils and Materials Innovation Hub to be about hardware.


Extended entry deadline 31 July...