What does Chicago need that hasn’t been thought of already? How about a chance to utilize the brain power of its citizens to help the government build a stronger place for people to live, work and visit. Dozens of Chicago-area developers and teams will be submitting apps for the first, Apps for Metro Chicago contest. This initiative started with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle. It was created to support and encourage innovation in civic government with the help of its residents to help other residents through new apps.
Cities like San Francisco, New York and D.C. have already downloaded the trend. They opened up their city government data and have several apps that made the transition from proof of concept to wide acceptance. For example, some of the apps created through this contest help address the perennial challenge of transportation including apps that help citizens find their cars and to identify efficient routes to navigate cities more efficiently. The winner this year is a new start-up called Spothero which is an app that allows users to reserve a parking spot in advance. Consider how hard it it to find a spot for a White Sox or Cubs game! With the community app category, now there is a chance for Joe and Jane Public to produce solutions to the problems that cause concern and that we care about.
I entered my app - ifinditchicago to the A4MC contest. If you missed the Sept 30th deadline there's still a chance to participate with a December Grand Challenge deadline of December 12th.
Be a part of Chicago’s brain power!