Foxconn kicked off its Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition, aimed at generating new ideas from universities and technical schools, in the Alumni Memorial Union Monday.
In a statement provided by Marquette, Foxconn’s initiative works to develop smart and connected communities and systems throughout Wisconsin through the ideas of students, faculty and staff.
Foxconn is a Taiwanese technology company constructing a new factory site in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The company proposed a North American headquarters in downtown Milwaukee, and has committed up to $1 million over the next three years to the Smart Cities-Smart Futures initiative.
The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities is one of the academic partners of Foxconn. University spokesperson Chris Jenkins said Marquette is a member of WAICU.
“More generally, Marquette is continuing conversations with Foxconn regarding how we can help fill their talent pipeline needs,” Jenkins said.
Alan Yeung, director of U.S. strategic initiatives, said the goal of Smart Cities-Smart Futures is to engage the entire higher education committee in Wisconsin.
“We can tap into the idea and the concept of how to build (a) smart city, a smart community or smart future here for themselves, for the their family and for their community,” Yeung said.