BizTimes Milwaukee: Foxconn planning statewide ‘smart city’ competition

BizTimes Milwaukee: Foxconn planning statewide ‘smart city’ competition

Foxconn Technology Group on Thursday will announce plans for a competition aimed at encouraging research into connected cities and systems as part of a partnership with a number of higher education institutions.

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou gestures to a demonstration of his company’s technology.

The “Smart Cities, Smart Future” initiative will be announced at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The statewide competition is intended to “encourage discussion, research and recommendations on innovative new ideas for smart connected cities and systems to better serve Wisconsin,” according to a company announcement of the event.

Representatives of organizations involved declined to provide additional details.

The program will include remarks from UW-Parkside chancellor Debbie Ford, Gateway Technical College president Bryan Albrecht, Marquette University president Michael Lovell and Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. chief executive officer Mark Hogan. Foxconn will be represented by Alan Yeung, director of U.S. strategic initiatives. Read the full story here.