Wheels, Energy and Trash Hackathon – 8/24

Wheels, Energy and Trash Hackathon

The City of Chicago, Worldwide Wildlife Fund and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum seek innovative civic coders, environmental policymakers, and business professionals interested in addressing Chicago’s important sustainability issues through technological advancement and big data analysis!

The Hackathon will take place at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Free parking is available at the museum and on the street, however, it can fill up quickly on a Saturday. Multiple-bus lines drop-off and pick-up right in front of the museum and there is a Divvy station located in front of the museum.


Sustainability Topics: This Hackathon will address three areas of sustainability:

  • Energy efficiency, supporting Mayor Emanuel’s  Sustainable Chicago 2015 goal 3 to “Improve citywide energy efficiency by 5%.”
  • Public transportation ridership, supporting Mayor Emanuel’s  Sustainable Chicago 2015 goal 6 to “Increase average daily transit ridership.”
  • Waste diversion, supporting Mayor Emanuel’s  Sustainable Chicago 2015 goal 20, to “Increase access to recycling and improve policies to promote waste reduction and re-use.”

Prizes & Judging:

  • Prizes of over $2,000!
  • Judges will include leaders in the fields of technology and sustainability


8:30 – 9:00 am: Sign-In & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:30 am:  Keynote Address & Event Overview

9:30 – 10:30 am: Opportunity Briefings: Facilitated discussion, dataset review, and team creation on waste, transit, and energy tracks

10:30 – 3:30 pm: Team Working Time (Lunch Provided)

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Team Presentations, Judging, & Awards

5:00 – 7:00+ pm: Off-Site Reception & Networking

Optional policy & technical skills workshops will be offered throughout the day!

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