Check Out the Re-Imagining Cities Hackathon in Chicago This Weekend

October 24, 2013

11:00 am

This Friday, a 24-hour hackathon called Re-Imagining Cities kicks off in Chicago to bring more innovation to city governments.

Organized by Lincoln Labs, the event is free and the top three winners will take home $3,000, $1,500, and $500 in cash prizes. Participants will have the chance to talk to mentors from Lightbank, Belly, and Obaz on Saturday, and present their ideas to a panel of judges in the evening.

Lincoln Labs cofounder Aaron Ginn imagines teams building solutions to speed up post office, DMV, and public transit services, or make paying tickets and fines less painful.

“Cities are facing a common pressure of rising costs and flat revenues. The population is aging and infrastructure investment has been flat. Cities should invest in technology to cut waste and find new revenue,” says Ginn.

“Government is the one service we all pay for but don’t have choice as a customer. If cities invest in technology and modernizing their infrastructure with the help of the private sector and startups, they can do more for their local community with less cost,” he adds.

Participants should expect to work overnight, so rest up and sign up here!

Tech Cocktail is a media partner of the Re-Imagining Cities hackathon. 

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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