Grand Challenge Winners Announcement



Mayor Emanuel’s Director of Social Media Kevin Hauswirth and Illinois Chief Operating officer Andy Ross announced the winners of the Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois Grand Challenge and the Innovate Illinois Award today at Excelerate Labs.  They were joined by the Delta Institute who announced the winner of the Green Opportunities (GO Award).  The Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois (A4MC) facilitated by the Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC), launched on June 24th and is an unprecedented collaborative open data civic applications competition which brought together software developers, nonprofits, and residents to create web and mobile applications over 300 data sets made available on the City of Chicago, Cook County, and State of Illinois data portals, and CMAP’s MetroPulse.  The Apps 4 Metro Chicago IL Grand Challenge is the final, biggest, broadest and best round of the Competition. In this round apps could have any theme as long as they touch on Metro Chicago and the winners cover everything from local entertainment, transportation and leisure, to the environment, conservation and politics. The final round was decided by a Grand Challenge Judging panel comprised of experts committed to building Chicago’s entrepreneurial community and encouraging innovation. Grand Challenge Judge Troy Henikoff founder and CEO of Excelerate Labs further showed his support by hosting the announcement at Excelerate labs.  The Apps 4 Metro Chicago Grand Challenge Winners are ...

1st SpotHero- $10,000

  • Spothero efficiently connects parking demand and parking supply.  We allow parking spot owners to earn income by renting their spot when it's unoccupied

2nd TrailBlaze- $5,000

  • TrailBlaze Chicago records and anonymously reports your bicycle tracks, allowing you to vote for new paths simply by carrying your phone while you bike.

3rd OwtSee $3,500

  • OwtSee is an Android based and a web based application that presents information about the Chicago parks and community events in one convenient place.

4th Chicago Local Guide $2,000

  • Chicago Local Guide is an android app is meant to help local people as well as tourists find:  interesting places and points-of-interest near them; locate specials and promotions from local businesses; updates on cultural, social, and technology events around Chicago; and breaking local news.

5th Mi Parque $1,500

  • Mi Parque is a bilingual participatory placemaking web and smartphone application that helps residents of the community contribute and share their vision for the future of Little Village's new parks.

6th FasPark $500

  • FasPark helps drivers find street parking in real time.

7th allSchedules $500

  • AllSchedules gives you access to a huge collection of transit schedules, for different transport modes (bus, metro, train, tram ferry, etc.), in multiple cities around the world.

8th OkCopay $500

  • OkCopay is comparison search engine for medical care that allows users to search for the procedure they need, compare local providers, and view their actual prices.

9th IfindIt $500

  • IFindit Chicago is an android app that is designed to help low income and homeless residents connect with critical resources such as medical clinics, food pantries, shelters etc.

10th Taxi Share $500

  • Taxi Share is an application designed to increase efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and cut down on already congested streets and highways.  The app allows users to find each other and share a cab to popular destinations around the city and to the major airports.


Innovate Illinois Winners:

Grand Prize: Okay Copay- $4,000

Runner Up: iFindit Chicago- $2,000


Green Opportunities Award:

Co-Winners- Recycle City Chicago & Chicago Recycle Helper ($1000 each)

Runner Up- Light Bulb Finder- $500

Contact: Kathryn Auerbach [email protected] 312-580-2597