Guidelines & Eligibility

Your idea can shape the future!

Key focus areas

The Smart City-Smart Future Competition encourages open-ended design thinking and idea-generation in order to bring forward the widest range of innovative ideas for enhancing the lives of Wisconsin residents.  This initiative is designed to create an avenue for bringing innovative ideas of all types forward and to be a catalyst that helps energize a “smart future.”

Themes and categories

Some examples of submission categories – this is not a complete list:

  • Fintech
  • Energy & Environment
  • IoT
  • Cyber Security
  • Social Networks
  • Marketplace
  • Robotics & Manufacturing
  • Software
  • B2B
  • AI
  • VR
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • Smart Home
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Education
  • E-Health
  • Digital Worlds & Entertainment
  • Food
  • Hardware
  • Optimizing UX
  • 3D Printing
  • Sensors


The first phase of the initiative will focus on individuals and teams from the various higher education institutions around the state, including student proposals as well as faculty-led research projects at Wisconsin’s public and private universities and colleges.

Submission limits

There is no upper limit to the number of unique ideas or plans a contestant may submit. For example, one contestant may submit an idea for a new paper pulping process to the Advanced Manufacturing category and an idea for new paper-making software to the Information Technology category.

A submission can only be entered under one of the four themes, and 3 categories within that single theme.


The same contestant may have more than one idea advance through the competition in one or more categories. Be careful: Multiple entries also means divided time.


However, each submitter can only receive one award for each round. Duplicate awards are not permitted.

Submission fee

There is no submission cost, this contest is free. All students, faculty and staff can submit ideas and solutions without cost.

Selecting the category/theme

Carefully review each category and ensure that the topic meets the qualifications for the category in which it is submitted. Content not appropriate to the category may be disqualified from the competition at the discretion of the judges.

Wisconsin only

All submissions are required to be from Wisconsin-based higher education institutions, including the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Award allocations

Awards are not category specific. Submissions will be evaluated based on their own merit and winners will be allocated regardless of the category or theme.

Errors, discrepancies and challenges

In the event of errors, discrepancies, challenges, or other issues, Foxconn and/or its evaluation team will make the final decision.

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