Winners from Gateway, Madison College advance to second round of Smart Cities — Smart Futures competition

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By Erin Eagan

Foxconn Technology Group has announced round one winners from its Smart Cities — Smart Futures competition, recognizing the most innovative ideas to help develop needed housing, infrastructure and other systems in southeastern Wisconsin.

A panel of 50 judges evaluated 325 submissions and selected 88 winners that will proceed to the second round. Of those selected, three were from Gateway Technical College: Donald Heckel, (Mobility & Transportation), Kate Field (Food) and Steve Whitmoyer (Engineering). Jules Vigy from Madison College is a winner in the Hardware category. 

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The winners each receive $500 to help further develop their ideas. The next phase of the competition runs until January 31. Each submission will be evaluated independently by four judges who will use six criteria to develop a numeric score. Up to 50 winners will be selected and announced on or before January 31.

The winners of the second round will be invited to participate in the third round of the competition, which starts from March 1 and runs through March 31.

The highest share of ideas was in the energy and environment category. Other ideas fell into the following categories: mobility and transportation, education, e-health, software, the Internet of Things, smart homes, robotics and manufacturing, and big data analytics.