I believe it's important to give back to those that have helped you along your way. That's why Ifbyphone is proud to announce we're working with the team at Lincoln Labs to host a 24-hour hackathon on October 25-26 at our office in downtown Chicago.
Lincoln Labs is a non-profit that organizes hackathons across the country, each aimed at solving a problem that benefits the community through the creative use of technology. This week’s Hackathon in Miami is aimed at improving education. San Francisco’s was aimed at civic improvement. Chicago? Re-imagining cities.
In a few short years, Chicago has gone from flyover country to a thriving technology and startup ecosystem. Last quarter, area companies raised over a quarter of a billion dollars in funding. We have a large, growing list of innovative companies, demonstrating the depth and breadth of our tech community. 1871 and the CEC have added a physical and mental center of gravity. Yet, like many cities, we face a number of challenges in the public sphere that are ripe for disruption. To name just a few:
Suffering municipal bond ratings
Problems with parking, public transportation and traffic
Inefficiencies paying a parking ticket or going to the DMV
The goal of the event is to tackle problems like these for the benefit of our city and others. Oh, and there are cash prizes and awards too, of course. Participants will have access to mentors and a panel of judges with experience in startups, venture capital, and innovation.
We're incredibly excited to be a part of this event. It's a small way for us to give back to the city where we started, where we found our first customer, our first investor, our first everything. And I’m excited to see the ideas that come out if it to benefit our fair city.
So if you're in the Chicago area and have any coding experience at all—front end, back end or anything in between—please register now for the Chicago Hackathon and help us spread the word. It's going to be exciting.