Innovations Challenge

Program Overview

Innovation is at the heart of MoDOT’s employee value of being bold and delivering the best value to our customers. The department’s innovation culture is front and center at its annual employee innovation competition, Innovations Challenge.

Since it began in 2007, the challenge format has generated more than 2,000 employee innovations with nearly 800 chosen to be MoDOT best practices. This page is dedicated toward sharing those best practices with our transportation partners in Missouri and across the nation.

If you have questions regarding the challenge program or a specific best practice, please contact Kelly Backues at  


Innovations Showcase

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Productivity Best Practices

Productivity best practices include improvements to office and field processes, materials and products. This can range from automating or streamlining a time consuming process to purchasing innovative materials or products to get work done better, faster and safer.

Project Best Practices

Project best practices include efforts resulting in exceptional results for transportation users or internal operations. This can range from new ways to construct transportation improvements to taking an innovative approach to an assigned project.

Tool & Equipment Best Practices

Tool and equipment innovations were the focus of the challenge program for its first five years and continue to be an active area for innovations. These innovations include items fabricated or modified by MoDOT employees. The best practices have been broken into categories to help you zero in on your area of interest.

Showcase Event Videos

The culmination of each year’s challenge competition is a showcase bringing the best innovations from across the state to one location for employees to have one-on-one conversations with the innovators. See for yourself how employee solutions are making a difference at MoDOT!

View 2022 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2021 Innovations Challenge Winners

View 2020 Innovations Challenge Winners

View 2019 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2018 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2017 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2016 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2015 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2014 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

View 2013 Innovations Challenge Showcase Video

Two of MoDOT's Innovations Challenge winners are featured as part of the Missouri Way Impact series of videos. Developed by the State of Missouri, these videos highlight the ways state agencies are making things better by implementing innovations and  new ideas.


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