Pi515 hosting 2021 SMART Cities Summer Challenge for Iowa high school students

Pi515 has partnered with AT&T and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers to create the SMART Cities Summer Challenge.

The Pi515 SMART Cities and Data Challenge is a call to Iowa high school students to help identify modern solutions to increasingly urgent urban challenges faced by the state of Iowa.

The challenge will consist of five weeks of virtual lessons and tasks. Students will research and develop professional and technical skills to enhance their understanding of SMART Cities using Data. Classes will be led by industry leaders and each student will be required to pitch a solution at the completion of the course.

The Pi515 SMART Cities Summer Challenge encourages students entering 9-12th grades to leverage technology based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and integrate an online population into new systems that make a city evolve into a SMART city. Participating students will be evaluated based on their solutions to address significant societal challenges related to the eight general recognized subjects that combine to make a city SMART: electricity, internet, record keeping, transportation, infrastructure, and population.

“The state of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are very pleased to partner with Pi515 on this exciting summer program. Providing opportunities for Iowa youth to learn about innovation, address real-time challenges, and engage with Iowa business and community entrepreneurs and leaders will significantly impact the educational and professional development of the student participants,” said David Hensley, Director University of Iowa JPEC

Finalists will receive a cash prize to be used to further their personal and educational goals. 

The course will begin on June 15 and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm until July 15. The inal presentation and awards day will be on Thursday, July 22.

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