Concordia University Wisconsin's students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit their innovative solutions and compete against some of WIsconsin's brightest minds for financial and in-kind awards through Foxconn's Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition.

The competition, which was announced last month, is open to students, faculty, and staff at all of Wisconsin’s higher education institutions and aims to incentivize new technologies and concepts geared toward developing smart, connected cities.

Foxconn has pledged up to $1 million over the next three years to the competition. The first round of the 2018-19 program will open Oct. 1 with successive rounds planned during the remainder of the academic year. The first-round application period closes Oct. 31.

Concordia’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host an application workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Pharmacy 039 to help any Concordians considering participation. Attendees are asked to register for Concordia’s workshop here.

Foxconn’s vision is to incentivize the development of innovative ideas, technologies, services and products to enhance all aspects of living by improving experiences, productivity, efficiency and convenience to people from all walks of life. The Company’s mission is to attract, reward, and invest in innovative ideas and concepts created by students, faculty and staff. Goals and objectives include, soliciting a broad, crowd-sourced spectrum of innovative ideas, while identifying and opening channels for investing in Wisconsin’s innovators, cultivating partner relationships among key state-wide institutions, and opening avenues to Foxconn employment opportunities.

More details on the competition are provided on the Smart Cities—Smart Futures website.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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