CHICAGO – Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois (http://appsformetrochicago.com/) the unprecedented collaborative civic apps competition is announcing its final Grand Challenge Winners this Friday December 16th, 2011 at Excelerate Labs. Since Apps 4 Metro Chicago Illinois (A4MC) facilitated by the Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC) launched on June 24th, it has had over 70 great civic app submissions, inspired incredible collaborations, and built an incredible community uniting government, nonprofit, tech and business sectors. The A4MC Competition is now concluding with its Grand Challenge the final, biggest, broadest and best round of the Competition! A4MC's Grand Challenge apps can have any theme as long as they touch on Metro Chicago and our great entries cover everything from local entertainment, transportation and leisure, to the environment, conservation and politics! This round we not only had more entries than ever, we will have 20 Finalists and give away over $30,000 in prizes including 2 Special Awards!! Our Grand Challenge Judging Panel reflects this diversity and excellence comprised of community, tech, and business experts. The Grand Challenge will have a total of 20 finalists. Ten (10) finalists will consist of the Apps that won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place in the (previous) Transportation and Community rounds. The A4MC Grand Challenge panel of distinguished experts will identify the top five (5) Applications submitted for Round 3. The public vote which concludes today December 12th at 5:00pm will decide an additional five (5) applications of those submitted. The 5 apps chosen by the judges and the 5 chosen by public voting will join the 10 finalists from the Transportation and Community Rounds and collectively be known as the Grand Challenge Finalists. The Grand Challenge Judges will then rank the 20 finalists to determine the winners. The Grand Challenge will also feature two Special additional prizes: Delta Institute's Green Opportunities (GO) Award and the "Innovate Illinois" Grand Prize. Public Voting began on December 6th and will continue through 5pm CST on Monday December 12th. All of the Grand Challenge Winners will be announced Friday December 16th at 10:30 am CST at Excelerate Labs at 820 West Jackson Blvd Suite 700. Join MCIC, the A4MC Team, and all of our Grand Challenge Finalists for the final reveal of A4MC’s Grand Challenge Winners!!
Apps 4 Metro Chicago Grand Challenge Awards
Friday December 16, 2011
10:30 a.m. – 11.30 am.
820 West Jackson Blvd Suite 700
Chicago, Illinois 60661
Metro Chicago Information Center
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