UW-Eau Claire proposals regarding energy-tracking software and a regional video network were among the 30 second-round winners announced recently in Foxconn Technology Group’s Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition.
The competition is intended to promote innovative ideas to enhance quality of life, improve working environments, inspire creative city planning, promote sustainable energy solutions and expand transportation networks and living spaces in Wisconsin.
Second-round winners from UW-Eau Claire were materials science and entrepreneurship major Grey Larson, with a proposal in the energy and environment category; and Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, with a project about education. All second-round winners will receive $1,500 to help further develop their projects, according to a Foxconn news release.
Larson and software engineering and information systems major Alex Stout, both seniors, submitted their proposal on behalf of the seven students involved with Clearwater Labs, a software consulting group the pair founded on campus.
One of Clearwater Labs’ first projects involves building an energy dashboard to gather energy usage data from across campus and put it in a user-friendly database. They believe the green initiative has the potential to help the university reduce energy costs and better track the effectiveness of conservation projects.
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