HU competes in I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge

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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