NEW VENUE FOR WEEKEND EVENT: Friday-Sunday, October 18th-20th: DSSG, 303 E. Wacker, Suite 2300
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) invites you to make Chicago’s neighborhoods smarter, greener, and more affordable at this year’s urban sustainability apps competition.
Over the course of the event, community activists and app developers will work together to build tools to make our neighborhoods more sustainable, both environmentally and economically. We welcome participants from all corners of the city, whether you’re a local activist working to improve your neighborhood or a coding whiz looking to make a difference in the community.
You'll have access to CNT's data as well as over 60 sustainability data sets from the City of Chicago. Join us at digital startup incubator 1871 every Tuesday evening in October to gain early access to the data and start forming your teams. During the main event October 18th-20th, teams will get their products ready to pitch at DSSG to a team of judges (listed below). CNT staff and other experts will be on hand for consultations as your team puts ideas into coding action.
Along with taking home prizes, the winning team will be invited to pitch their new app at CNT's 35th anniversary Reinventing Chicago party at Red Frog Events on October 24th. They will also have the opportunity to compete in the City of Chicago's championship apps competition in November.
CNT data to be made available during the event includes:
City of Chicago data includes mapping and statistical data on: Sustainable Development • Energy • Transportation • Water • Buildings • Parks, Open Space, and Food Access • Climate
RESERVATION IS OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY AT 6:00PM!
Tuesdays in October (Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th): 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 12
Start forming your groups and developing your ideas early! Free food and drinks will be provided
Friday-Sunday, October 18th-20th: DSSG, 303 E. Wacker, Suite 2300
Friday, October 18th: Celebrate the event kick-off at 7pm with food and drinks.
Saturday, October 19th: Spend the day developing your platform. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served while you work.
Sunday, October 20th: Present your team's new tool to our guest judges from leading tech and community organizations. Brunch at 10am | Presentations, judging, and awards at 2pm
Alaina Harkness, Program Officer for Community and Economic Development at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Demond Drummer, Tech Organizer at Teamwork Englewood
Pallavi Kaushik, Principal Research Engineer at Motorola Solutions
Rayid Ghani, Chief Data Scientist at Obama for America 2012 and founder of Edgeflip
Lisa Holt, Principal Solution Specialist, Public Sector, Oracle
The Winning Team will receive four consultations to move their innovation toward success in the marketplace:
- Video Consultation + Production: Chicago video production company Rush Powers Media (RPM) will produce a web-ready promotional video (up to 90 seconds in length), including 12 hours of pre-production services to determine goals, creative concepts and production strategy, and up to 30 hours of post-production services. Terms and restrictions apply.
- Design Consultation: Two hours with Greater Good Studio: Design experts from Greater Good Studio’s award-winning team will work with you to get your app more effective, more intuitive and have more impact. They will help your app get more user-centric, look great and work even better.
- Crowdfunding Consultation: Patty Morrissey, Head of Social Innovation at Groupon, launched their signature philanthropic program Groupon Grassroots. Since the launch in July 2010 the program has collectively raised over $6.5 million for over 1400 campaigns. Patty will offer offer coaching on how to successfully run a crowdfunding campaign from start to finish - project identification and how to build and promote a campaign.
- User Testing Consultation: Smart Chicago Collaborative offers a custom CUTGroup session. The Civic User Testing Group is a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test civic apps. Smart Chicago will design a test, recruit relevant testers, and implement the test in a public computer center in Chicago.
- Capital Consultation: Justin Massa, founder and CEO of Food Genius, has the unique experience of raising venture capital and angel funding for a for-profit venture as well as corporate and foundation grants for non-profit organizations. Justin will offer a 2-3 hour session that will focus on exploring both corporate structures (non-profit, for profit, and social ventures), funding options, and business models with an eye towards sustaining the winner as a viable, long-term business or organization.
The winner will also receive:
(1) Civic Presentation: Winners will present their app to 250 civic and business leaders at CNT’s Reinventing Chicago 2013 event on Thursday, October 24; and
(2) Governor's Office Presentation: Winners will present to key sustainability and technology staff in Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's administration
(2) Grand Slam Competition: Represent the Urban Sustainability Apps Competition in the Chicago Cleanweb Challange in November. This is an INVITATION ONLY apps competition sponsored by the City of Chicago for the winners of all the sustainability apps competitions this year. Prizes include cash and a one-on-one pitch of your app to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
All participants are eligible for the following process from a drawing:
- Chromebook from Google
- Nexus Tablet from Google
- Memberships to IGO Carsharing
- Year-memberships and daypasses for Divvy Bikeshare
- Invitations to CNT's 35th anniversary Reinventing Chicago party at Red Frog Events
Thanks to the Advisory Committee:
Richard Bechwith, Intel • Terry Bergdall, Institute of Cultural Affairs • Jack Eisenberg, Nelson Cash • Dan Fehrenbach, CNT Energy; 2012 Hackathon Runner Up • Jeremy Gilbert, Medill School of Journalism & Segal Institute of Design, Northwestern University • Mark Harris, President and CEO, Illinois Science & Technology Coalition • Eric Heineman, Sustainability Director to Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois • Audrey Henderson, writer and research consultant; 2012 Hackathon Runner Up • Jennifer Hirsch, Sustainability & Diversity Specialist • Fred Hoch, President and CEO, Illinois Technology Association • Andrew Irwin, programmer • John Jasper, Founder and President, Bolder Thinking • Jamie N. Jones, PhD, Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University • Pallavi Kaushik, Motorola Solutions • Cory Mollet, Urban Data Scientist, CityScan • Daniel X. O’Neil, Smart Chicago Collaborative • Harper Reed, Harper Rules, LLC.; former CTO, Obama for America • Paula Robinson, Managing Partner, Bronzeville Community Development Partnership; President, Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Commission; Co-founder, Urban Innovation Center; 2012 Hackathon Runner Up • Orlando Saez, CityScan, Inc. • John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago • Juan-Pablo Velez, Civic Technologist, with Open City; organizer, Chicago’s OpenGov hack night; 2012 Hackathon Winner • Ken Waagner, EAT • Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago