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Mi Parque wins Placemaking prize in Apps for Metro Chicago, Illinois

Mi Parque App Demo from Mindy Faber on Vimeo.

Drumroll, please! MPC is pleased to announce the winner of our Placemaking apps contest is … Mi Parque

Residents of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood on the city’s southwest side are working to transform a 23-acre capped Superfund site into a vibrant, open green space for all of its residents to enjoy and make their own. Now, they have technology on their side: Mi Parque, a web and smartphone application that helps residents of the community contribute and share their vision for the future of Little Village’s new park. The application has won MPC’s $2,500 Placemaking award, sponsored by IBM, in the Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois contest.  

MPC and IBM were thrilled to present this award on Monday, Oct. 17, to a team of all-female developers, led by Pallavi Anderson from Motorola Solutions and Mindy Faber from Open Youth Networks at Columbia College Chicago. This group of student and professional women techies harnessed the power of open data and technology by creating an app for participatory community building. We’re also pleased that Mi Parque will help support the ongoing efforts of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). The organization has been working for more than 10 years to create a park in Little Village, which has the least green space per capita of any Chicago neighborhood. At the request of the Mi Parque development team, the $2,500 prize will go to LVEJO. 

Read more about this app on MPC’s blog, The Connector. 

Access Mi Parque, which is available in English and Spanish, through the web or a smart phone.  

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