Press Releases

CHICAGO FLOOD-PREVENTION PILOT DEMONSTRATES EFFECTIVENESS OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

May 8, 2018

City Tech Collaborative, the City of Chicago, Microsoft, AECOM and Opti today are announcing results of an 18-month pilot that monitored and compared green infrastructure flood prevention measures side-by-side.

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SEVEN CHICAGO ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATABASE

January 23, 2018

The newly formed Chicago Data Collaborative unites media, advocacy, and tech groups to investigate Chicago’s criminal justice system via cooperative data sharing.

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CITY DIGITAL AND SMART CHICAGO COLLABORATIVE JOIN FORCES WITH SUPPORT FROM MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

December 14, 2017

City Digital and the Smart Chicago Collaborative today announced that they have merged to become City Tech Collaborative. City Tech transforms cities into testbeds for new technology.

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FOR THE RIGHT INCENTIVE, CHICAGO COMMUTERS CHANGE PEAK-HOUR BEHAVIOR

November 14, 2017

City Digital, Mastercard, the Chicago Transit Authority and ideas42 announce that, through the use of fare rebates, they were able to shift nearly 18 percent of Red Line traffic before Cubs night games during a pilot project this fall.

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HERE TECHNOLOGIES JOINS CITY DIGITAL

October 30, 2017

HERE Technologies and City Digital today announced a new collaboration focused on creating innovative solutions to optimize urban transportation and mobility networks for the benefit of individuals, cities and businesses. HERE will join City Digital partners to pilot and test concepts that address traffic congestion, multi-modal travel access and transportation data management.

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UI LABS AWARDED $500,000 GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR CITY DIGITAL PROGRAM TO SUPPORT INNOVATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION EFFORTS IN CHICAGO

September 21, 2017

Today UI LABS announced an award of $500,000 for its City Digital program from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant will accelerate regional innovators’ development of commercial solutions for global urban markets. Funding was awarded through the Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program.

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HEADED HOME? CTA CAN LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE BALLGAME MAY AFFECT YOUR COMMUTE

August 17, 2017

In its latest effort to leverage technology to make riding the CTA more convenient and comfortable, the CTA today announced it will conduct a limited test program in which customers who take the Red Line from downtown stations can sign up to receive text alerts about Cubs night games and the potential for heavier than normal train crowds during the evening rush on the Red Line.

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CITY DIGITAL NAMED WINNER OF BLACKSTONE INCLUSIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE

June 2, 2017

UI LABS announced that City Digital has been named a winner of the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge, which aims to advance diverse entrepreneurship and accelerate startups.

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FORMER CHICAGO CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER BRENNA BERMAN JOINS UI LABS

May 1, 2017

UI LABS announced that Brenna Berman has been named Executive Director of City Digital, the organization’s urban innovation program.

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WATER INNOVATORS CONVENE FOR SYMPOSIUM TO ADDRESS THE REGION’S CRITICAL WATER CHALLENGES

March 13, 2017

In partnership with the Urban Waterways Forum hosted by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Current and City Digital are convening a Water Innovation Symposium to explore how Chicago is tackling regional water challenges through technology and collaboration.

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MASTERCARD JOINS UI LABS' CITY DIGITAL, ADDING NEW DATA ANALYTICS CAPABILITIES

February 23, 2017

UI LABS and Mastercard today announced a new partnership aimed at improving access to and use of urban services, such as transportation. Under this collaboration, City Digital, UI LABS’ urban infrastructure innovation platform, will test a series of hypotheses, maximizing Mastercard technology and insights.

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NEW CLOUD-BASED PLATFORM ADDRESSES URBAN FLOODING THROUGH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE PERFORMANCE MONITORING

December 6, 2016

City Digital today announced the successful deployment of a new solution that combines sensors and cloud-based analytics to evaluate the performance of sustainable stormwater management techniques. Using data collected from green infrastructure sites in Chicago, the platform helps to reduce urban flooding and prevent millions of dollars in property damage.

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CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE NEW UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE MAPPING PLATFORM

September 27, 2016

City Digital, a Chicago-based UI LABS collaboration, announced it has developed the underlying technology components to create a new underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform. The platform will generate, organize, visualize, and store 3-D underground infrastructure data, saving cities and utilities millions of dollars in construction and planning processes.

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CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF INAUGURAL PILOT PROJECTS, ADDRESSING MAJOR URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES WITH POTENTIAL FOR GLOBAL IMPACT

September 14, 2015

City Digital, a Chicago-based consortium focused on data-driven urban innovation within the built environment, announced today its first live pilot projects since the consortium began earlier this year. City Digital, a UI LABS collaboration, uses Chicago as a testbed for technology and demonstration, focusing on four critical impact areas: transportation, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, and energy management.

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