Five Huntington University students competed in the seventh annual I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge this past weekend.
According to the Chronicle-Tribune, the Grant County Economic Growth Council organizes the competition, which asks teams of five — one student each from Anderson, Ball State, Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor universities — to solve economic problems.
The overall theme was to find a for-profit solution to the challenge of a more efficient use of resources in the area of public transportation.
"HU participates because it gives our students a valuable opportunity to encourage their creativity and business instincts while working corroboratively in a stressful situation with people they don’t know," said Anita Wickersham, associate professor of accounting and business
. "It also gives them an opportunity to network with professionals in the venture capital and economic development fields."
Five HU students competed in various areas:
Senior Jessi Emmert worked on a phone app to reserve a parking space in real time in downtown Indy. She won for her idea, according to Wickersham.
Sophomore Victor McCarty created a system for bike rentals in downtown Indy.
Senior Lance Wood created a system for bike rental on major university campuses.
Senior Sam Lockwood made urban employer-sponsored bus routes to pick up employees in rural areas.
Senior Aleksandra Spasic created a phone app to monitor progress on GoIndy bus routes.
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