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Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois Round 2 Channeling the Community Spirit

Smart Cities Collaborative Executive Director Dan O’Neil will represent A4MC’s Esteemed Round 2 Judging Panel and Announce A4MC Community Round Finalists live at Public Voting Kickoff & Apps Showcase October 7th at Columbia College

(Chicago) The A4MC Community Round Finalists will be announced at a Public Voting Kick-Off & A4MC App Showcase Friday October 7th at 3:00 pm at Columbia College 916 S. Wabash (Lobby on First Floor). Virginia Carlson, President of the Metro Chicago Information Center, will welcome everyone and briefly describe MCIC’s outreach efforts during the Community Round. Dan O’Neil, the Executive Director of the Smart Communities Collaborative and one of A4MC’s esteemed Community Round Judges, will then announce the 10 Community Finalists and officially open public voting! Transportation Winners and Community Round Competitors will showcase their apps in Columbia College’s lobby before and after the announcement. Attendees will be able to try all of the apps and vote for their favorite finalist immediately following the announcement! 

The Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois Competition was launched June 24, 2011 in order to inspire the development of applications using the 250+ data sets provided by the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois, and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to improve the lives of Metro Chicagoans. Unlike previous civic apps competitions the A4MC Competition is facilitated by the Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC), an information intermediary. In this competition, MCIC’s role is to foster relationships between civic organizations, Chicago residents and apps developers resulting in apps that have immediate and long-term relevancy and truly reflect the diverse needs of Metro Chicago. A4MC Round 1 focused on transportation, garnered great excitement and generated 12 winning apps tackling a wide variety of Chicago Transportation topics from parking to potholes to bike paths.  

During the Community Round the A4MC Team has worked to expand the awareness and involvement in the Competition so that it truly represents the diverse interests and communities of Metro Chicago. The Community Round Judging Panel reflects this diversity, being comprised of experts representing local business, arts & culture, community and economic development, technology, and the venture capital community.  They join our stellar core judges, returning from the Transportation Round, and will bring their special expertise to the applications submitted for the Community Round. More information on our Community Round Judging Panel is attached. 

Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois, with Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC) at the helm, is an open data collaboration between the City of Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois, and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition, and Motorola Mobility Foundation.

Kathryn Auerbach
Metro Chicago Information Center


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