Chicago Innovation Challenge 2017

Registration is now open for the Chicago Innovation Challenge. Participants can win up to $2,500.

The contest is a four-stage competition designed to:

  • encourage and inspire students to think about creating physical things, applications and applications that control physical things by encouraging them to seek to solve a real-world consumer and/or business need or problem that they have identified
  • to demonstrate their creativity and inventiveness at solving this problem
  • to provide an opportunity to earn a monetary prize and, for the noted limited time, free rent at a maker’s co-working space in recognition of their accomplishment

To register to participate in this contest, an official entry form (found here) must be submitted Monday, August 21, 2017 after 10 a.m. but before Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (local Chicago times). The deadlines for the three other stages of the contest and the requirements of each stage are set forth in the Official Rules.

Who’s eligible:

  • Currently enrolled Illinois Tech students
  • Currently enrolled students enrolled in a college or university with a physical presence in Chicago
  • Currently enrolled high school students attending any Chicago Public School, Chicago Charter School or Chicago Selective School

To learn more about the contest Terms and Provisions, click here.

Cash prizes and free rent at the mHUB Co-Working Space, the city’s foremost maker’s hub, will be awarded to the winners.

  • First place: $2,500 and six weeks free rent (a $300 value) at mHUB Co-Working Space
  • Second place: $1,000 and six weeks free rent (a $300 value) at mHUB Co-Working Space
  • Third Place: $500 and six weeks free rent (a $300 Value) at mHUB Co-Working Space

Register here.

Contact Teesta Jain (, 312.567.3564) or Donna Rockin, executive director, (, 312.567.3893) with questions.