Students and faculty representing Wisconsin’s higher academic institutions recognized for their contributions to environmental sustainability, medical services, and transportation
STURTEVANT, WI – Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) announced winners of the second round of the “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” competition at the S.C. Johnson iMET Center in Sturtevant today. During the ceremony, Foxconn recognized 30 outstanding ideas submitted by students, faculty, and staff representing Carroll University, Concordia University, Gateway Technical College, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, and UW-Whitewater, among others.
The “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” competition encourages members of Wisconsin’s higher education community to generate innovative ideas that enhance quality of life, improve working environments, expand transportation networks, inspire creative city planning, and promote sustainable energy solutions in the state.
As part of Foxconn’s commitment to partnering with academic institutions and fostering the academic and professional aspirations of students and staff, the company has pledged up to $1 million in cash and in-kind technical support in awards over the next three years. The 30 winners of the second round of the competition will receive $1,500 to further develop their projects.
A total of 88 submissions were considered for the second round of the competition from the initial pool of 325 applications from the first round. Second round competitors were required to write a 1,000-word essay and create a two-minute video pitch about how their idea could be used in a ‘smart city.’ The 30 winners will move on to the third and final round of the competition. Ideas submitted covered various aspects of smart cities, including energy and the environment, mobility and transportation, education, e-health, software, the Internet of Things, smart homes, robotics and manufacturing, and big data analytics.
Alan Yeung, Foxconn’s Director of U.S. Strategic Initiatives, said: “The “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” competition has become a driving force for creating novel ideas that could help improve people’s lives in terms of work, travel, leisure, and health. As we endeavor to create an ecosystem of innovation here in Wisconsin, these submissions show us how creative thinking and technology can benefit our communities. Foxconn is grateful for the ongoing support and collaboration of our partners in contributing to the success of the competition, and we look forward to seeing what the final round of the competition will bring.”
The third and final round of the competition will last until the end of April 2019. Fifty judges will evaluate proposals based on clarity, impact, marketability, and other criteria. Up to 16 winners will be announced and will receive $5,000 and technical support to further develop and implement their ideas.
Foxconn has partnered with the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Wisconsin Technical College System on the “Smart Cities—Smart Futures” competition. In addition to academic partners, the competition is also supported by several groups, including the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the WiSys Technology Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation.
For more information about the competition, please visit: https://wismartcities-
Established in 1974, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) is the global leader in manufacturing services for the computer, communication, and consumer electronics (3C) industry. A multinational company headquartered in Taiwan, Foxconn offers many of the leading U.S. and international companies in electronics a one-stop integrated manufacturing solution. Foxconn generated total annual revenue of $158 billion in 2017 and was ranked No. 24 on the 2018 Fortune magazine Global 500. The company has facilities in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Foxconn is leveraging the potential of cloud computing, mobile devices, the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, networks, and robotics and automation, in its transformation as a leading high-tech enterprise and industrial Internet company. The company has research centers and testing laboratories internationally and has received more than 83,500 patents worldwide. In addition to maximizing value creation for customers, Foxconn is also dedicated to enhancing the concept of environmental sustainability in the manufacturing process and serving as a best-practices model for global enterprises.