Journal Times: Transit app rolls to finals in Foxconn competition

Journal Times: Transit app rolls to finals in Foxconn competition

A pair of local men have cleared the first two hurdles in Foxconn’s Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition to reach the final round with their conceptual transportation smartphone app.

Don Heckel, owner of 3rd Coast Bicycles, 401 Sixth St., and Steve Whitmoyer, who teaches civil engineering, the construction sciences and freshwater sciences at Gateway Technical College, at this point are 10-percenters in the Smart Cities contest. Of 325 ideas submitted, 88 survived the first cut. Then 30 second-round winners, with eight honorable mentions, were announced on March 13.

“My focus was: How do you get all these workers, in theory 13,000 people, without making traffic worse, to Foxconn’s campus?”  Don Heckel, Smart Cities-Smart Futures finalist

Another Gateway instructor, Kate Field, also had her horticultural proposal selected as a second-round winner.

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.

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