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About Sustainability Hackathon Playoff 2014

The City of Chicago will host the Chicago CleanWeb Challenge’s Sustainability Playoff, which represents the culmination of year-long efforts to promote technology and digital applications to address Chicago’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The final competition will be held on Thursday, April 10th, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, at City Hall.

Playoff participants will include winning teams from sustainability-related hackathons and application development teams throughout 2013, including events held by the World Wildlife Fund, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Office of the Mayor.

The Chicago CleanWeb Challenge’s Sustainability Playoff advances Mayor Emanuel’s goal of harnessing technology to help drive sustainable economic growth. Economic development and job creation are key components of Sustainable Chicago 2015, the Mayor’s 3-year agenda to make Chicago the most competitive, livable, and sustainable city.

Participant Benefits

Participating teams will continue to develop their sustainability-related ideas and applications during the months leading up to the Playoff, with opportunities to access expertise, visibility, and cash prizes:

  • Playoff winners will have an opportunity to pitch their idea to Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Expert coaching and advice on their projects through a series of preparation workshops leading up to the April playoff
  • Up to $4,000 in cash prizes
  • Potential opportunities for sponsorship, mentorship, and in-kind support

For more information:

For updates on the Chicago CleanWeb Challenge and other sustainability progress, please follow @sustainChicago on Twitter, and visit for information about the City of Chicago’s sustainability efforts.


Featured Participants in the Chicago CleanWeb Challenge’s Sustainability Playoff



About previous hackathons

Chicago’s Earth Day Hackathon

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Chicago brought together developers to compete in this hackathon that helped sustainably solve Chicago’s energy, climate, environmental, and economic challenges. The event represented the intersection of Earth Day and Big Data Week and set the stage for Mayor Emanuel’s Earth Day announcement of the first competition in the Chicago CleanWeb Challenge.

Winners: Bike Ride Finder / Urbs in Horto

Link: Earth DayHackathon


Urban Sustainability Hackathon

CNT invited software developers to put their skills to work solving urban challenges by accessing to CNT’s and City of Chicago sustainability data. Participants worked with CNT’s staff and models to create tools and new metrics focused on making Chicago more sustainable.

Winners: Build It! Bronzeville / Planet Lab / LinkUP Illinois

Link: CNT Hackathon


Wheels, Energy & Trash Hackathon



The City of Chicago, Worldwide Wildlife Fund and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum sought innovative civic coders, environmental policymakers, and business professionals interested in addressing Chicago’s important sustainability issues such as energy efficiency, public transportation ridership and waste diversion.

Winners: Divvy Trip Helper / Recycle Tracker / Gamify Energy

Link: WET Hackathon


Solar Hack

Solar Hack

This event brought together members of Chicago’s tech, design and clean energy communities for a two-part collaborative session to brainstorm, conceptualize and begin execution of tools to grow solar energy. The event resulted in concepts of tools to advance solar; educate, recruit and aggregate solar customers and advocates; and introduced the tech and design communities to efforts to advance solar policy.

Winner: Better NRG (former Smart Card)

Link: ELPC Hackathon


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