Today the City of Chicago announced the winners of the Chicago CleanWeb Challenge. This year-long hackathon challenged developers to use city data and create technological solutions for environmental issues. There are four incredible winners of the CleanWeb Challenge. Check them out below!


First place winner Planet Lab created an entirely new platform for STEM learning that can be used by students across the city. They’re connecting kids with top researchers and scientific organizations and providing classrooms with the best hands-on science education materials out there. It’s an amazing new way for students to learn and save the planet – all while having a great time.


Love playing FarmVille? You’re going to love Build It! Bronzeville, the second place winner of the CleanWeb Challenge.  The Build It! project connects neighborhood development to a fun online game that helps communities decide what resources they’re going to need. The more you play, the more you learn about the community!


Save money on your household utility bills with BetterNRG. This team won third place for coming up with their app that can analyze your energy usage and find easy ways to save you money. BetterNRG even gives you a Nest Smart Thermostat to monitor energy usage


Honorable mention goes to LINK Up Illinois, a new platform that makes farm-fresh food affordable to people in Illinois who use LINK cards. LINK Up Illinois is using technology to help people across the state get the tastiest, freshest food grown right here in Illinois.

 Congratulations to all the winners! Learn more about the CleanWeb Challenge here.

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