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March 28, 2019 | Tom Ballard

Finalists named for inaugural “FreightTech Innovation Challenge” that starts today

FreightWaves and CO.LAB have announced the teams that will participate in the “FreightTech Innovation Challenge” that starts today and continues through Saturday in Chattanooga.

More than 140 individuals representing 24 schools applied. In the end, 51 students from 15 schools were selected. In-state schools that will be represented are the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Covenant College and Lee University along with nearby Dalton State College.

They will be joined by students from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, University of Georgia, and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

“We are thrilled by the staggering amount of interest in pushing the boundaries of freight technology here in Freight Alley,” said Craig Fuller, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of FreightWaves. “This event will celebrate the culture of innovation, transparency and disruption that fuels freight’s growth engine.”

The “FreightTech Innovation Challenge” is a 24-Hour transportation and logistics use case competition. The students will spend two days working to solve challenges facing the transportation and logistics industries with the chance to win cash prizes and find potential employers. The team that places first in the competition will receive $5,000, followed by $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

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