The day we've been waiting for.

Clear your calendar - It's going down! The 2014 Urban Sustainability Apps Competition kicks off on June 27th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. TechNexus (20 N Wacker Dr) is our meeting spot for a weekend of fun and excitement.  This is going to be epic!


June 27th-29th
TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker, Suite 1200
Friday - 6:00pm - midnight
Saturday - 10am - midnight
Sunday - 10am - 5pm

Lots of free food and two kegs of free Goose Island beer
Win fabulous prizes
Come, learn, make friends, build apps

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.



Tuesdays in June (June 17th, 24th at 6 p.m.): Start forming your groups and developing your ideas early! Free food and drinks will be provided.

June 17th: Microsoft Technology Center at the Aon Center, 200 E. Randolph St., Suite 200

June 24th: 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 12

Friday-Sunday, June 27th-29th: TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker, Suite 1200

Friday, June 27th: Celebrate the event kick-off at 7 p.m. with food and drinks.

Saturday, June 28th: Spend the day developing your platform. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served while you work.

Sunday, June 29th: Present your team's new tool to our guest judges from leading tech and community organizations. Brunch at 10 a.m. | Presentations, judging, and awards at 2 p.m.


We're assembling a team of judges who are experts in technology, community development and in bringing innovation to market :

Dionne Baux, Program Manager, LISC Chicago
Emile Cambry, Jr. - Founder, Blue1647
Adam J. Hecktman - Director of Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft
Lisa Holt - Director in Public Sector Industry Business Unit, Oracle
Corey Marshall - Director, Splunk4Good
Brian Tolliver - Director of Strategy and Business Development, Schneider Electric


The Winning Team will receive fabulous prizes and superhuman powers, particularly, the ability to fly, turn invisible and bend steel using only the power of the mind. In addition, winners will receive:

Eight hours of business consultation with Schneider Electric. Their experts will help you work out a plan for getting your app into people's hands. Topics include: marketing and building awareness, logistics and app delivery, cost-effective scaling, and using metrics to guide strategy

Incubator space and mentoring at Blue1647
BizSpark Package for Developers from Microsoft*
Design Consultation from Greater Good Design
Crowdfunding consultation from Groupon
Business consultation from Troy Henikoff of TechStars
The opportunity to pitch your app to Governor Pat Quinn's office
One year of free web-hosting from Softlayer

*BizSpark Includes: All of Microsoft’s developer tools, platforms and production licenses, a subscription for three years to MSDN Premium (with all of those apps included), $150/ month of Azure cloud services, a 12-month Windows and Windows Phone developer account, and Windows Phone Store credits.
(fine print: you have to qualify, but you will, don't worry)

Plus, all participants in the weekend event will be eligible to win the following prizes:

Google Chromebooks
Google Nexus Tablets
Annual Divvy Memberships

Plus, the first 35 guests at the weekend event will receive a free 1GB flashdrive, courtesy of our friends and Equilibrium IT Solutions!


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 the first two Tuesday evenings in June to gain early access to the data and start forming your teams. During the main event June 27th-29th, teams will get their products ready to pitch at TechNexus 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.

CNT data to be made available during the event includes:

The Housing + Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index • The Abogo Transportation Cost API • The Transit-Oriented Development Database

City of Chicago data includes mapping and statistical data on: Sustainable Development • Energy • Transportation • Water • Buildings • Parks, Open Space, and Food Access • Climate

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