University of Texas at Arlington in partnership with University of Texas at Dallas


Competition Dates: Friday, March 6, 2020 and Saturday, March 7, 2020 at UT-Arlington

Competition Location: College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at UT-Arlington (601 W. Nedderman Drive, Suite 203, Arlington, TX 76019-0108)

Oversight Leaders:

  • David Coursey, Interim Chair Dept. of Public Affairs and Planning and MPA Director, CAPPA, UTA – (214 636 0108) and
  • Meghna Sabharwal, MPA Program Head, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS), UTD, (972 883 6473)

Technical Managers:

Site Judges:

Site judges to be announced soon…check back!



IMPORTANT: please remember to bring your own laptop computers to the competition. You must have GOOGLE CHROME installed. This is the only browser compatible with the simulation. Tablets are NOT compatible with the simulation. 


Informal Welcome Meet & Greet:

Friday, March 6, 2020

Join us for an informal gathering at the Firehouse Gastropub in Grand Prairie (; 321 Main St., Grand Prairie, TX) to meet your team members, competition staff, and fellow competitors.  Time will be announced soon but expect 5:30-7 PM.

Hotel Details:

There are plenty of moderately-priced hotel options near UTA. Some suggestions include (with pricing per night as of 1/20): LaQuinta ($84, 3.6 miles); Howard Johnson ($75, 2.9 miles); Holiday Inn Express ($97, 3.9 miles). We suggest checking the usual travel sites (e.g., Expedia) and Hotwire for the best discounts. We are also working on securing a block of rooms at the Hilton Arlington that, while more expensive, will likely offer shuttle service to the competition.


Ground Transportation:

UTA is roughly halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is 14 miles north and Dallas Love Field (DAL) is 24 miles northeast of UTA. The drive between UTA and DFW is much faster and easier. Unfortunately, there are no mass transit options into Arlington from either airport. There are ample car rentals available at the airport and we suggest Hotwire for the best rates. UTA is not providing shuttle service to campus and we suggest using Lyft, Uber, etc. or arrange with a fellow competitor. We expect many students will drive-in from nearby schools (e.g., UNT, UTD, TAMU, UT-Austin, UTSA, etc.). If you book at the expected room block with the Hilton Arlington, there is a shuttle service.


Competition Day – Parking:

If you plan to park at UTA, please email Darsa Wright ( at least TWO WEEKS before the event (2/22) with you name, email, and phone number to arrange a day parking pass. Parking will be within 100 yards of the event and accessible parking is also available.  Further parking details will be provided.

It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure they have made all necessary travel plans.


Initial Competition Day Details:

Participants must be at the CAPPA building, 2nd floor east entrance (follow signs and other posting on campus) no later than 8:00 AM for check-in on Saturday, March 7, 2020. See building 666 on this map—UTA-CAMPUS-MAP–8×11–HOUSING.pdf. Parking will likely be in F7 just off S. Cooper Street. Coffee and some morning snacks will be available beginning at 7:45 AM (presuming breakfast at your hotel). Welcoming remarks, instructions, and the start of the competition will begin promptly at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be provided during the competition. In the afternoon, competitors will be able to unwind in CAPPA’s beautiful courtyard (weather permitting) with afternoon snacks.


Competition Award Ceremony and Reception

Join us at one of the best microbreweries in Dallas – Legal Draft ( just 2 miles from campus from 6:30 – 8 PM for the awards reception as we wrap-up the event. Expect light appetizers (probably a taco or bbq bar) and a drink on us (non-alcoholic drinks available).  We have the whole brewery reserved with the usual bar games (like cornhole, etc.) for those wanting to compete a little more.


The entire CAPPA and EPPS community looks forward to you joining us in Dallas.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate reaching out to Dr. David Coursey, your site leader.