April 24, 2018

Today, City Tech is pleased to announce the launch of the Connect Chicago Innovation Program along with funders Microsoft, Comcast, Sprint, the Lenovo Foundation, Gogo, Clarity Partners, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Connect Chicago Innovation Program will support collaborative, new ideas to increase tech access, skills, and engagement across Chicago. Applications are open today! 

Connect Chicago

At City Tech we form cross-sector coalitions that aim to solve complex urban changes that no one institution can address alone. Through our piloting work, we do this across public health, mobility, waste management, and other essential city categories. Technology inequity is a likewise complex challenge, stemming from gaps in Internet access and infrastructure, digital skills, relevancy, and hardware access.

Fortunately, Chicago has a robust ecosystem of digital inclusion players, from churches to adult literacy organizations to our library system. City Tech’s Connect Connect Chicago Innovation Program aims to catalyze new partnerships between these diverse institutions and support new digital inclusion solutions and models that Chicago and other cities can scale.

About the Connect Chicago Innovation Program

Applications for the Connect Chicago Innovation Program open on April 24th and close on May 16th at 11:59pm. Each application should come from teams comprised of two or more partnered organizations.

In 2018, one of the applicant teams will be awarded:

  • Up to $50,000 to support a pilot to test their collaborative idea
  • Professional development support from City Tech to refine, workshop, and develop their proposed solution
  • Connections to in-kind expertise and resources to assist with building organizational capacity and skills
  • The option to apply for additional travel funding after the pilot is complete to evangelize results and lessons learned across the U.S.

For more information about the Connect Chicago Innovation Program, see this presentation.

How do I learn more and apply?

Organizations can apply for the Connect Chicago Innovation Program by filling out this online form at bit.ly/ccapp2018 by 11:59pm on May 16th.

To learn more about the application process, what we’re looking for in applications, what support winning proposals will receive, and the deliverables winning projects will be expected to complete, see this website or this presentation. You can:

  • Read our FAQs on the Connect Chicago Innovation Program & Application
  • Attend City Tech’s upcoming Connect Chicago Meetup at UI Labs on Monday, May 7th from 10am to 12noon. RSVP here on Eventbrite. All are welcome!

If you have any questions about City Tech’s Connect Chicago Innovation Program, please email me at denise.riedl@uilabs.org.