- BLUE|1647 facilitates member-led and community events while expanding collective knowledge with 10,000sq.ft. of open common area space, classrooms and conference rooms. Organizations and thought-leaders create a long-lasting impression for guests in a highly-hosted tech venue for presentations, professional talks, educational programs, and other extraordinary events.
- Tech Inventory & Equipment: (1) Stage, strong Wi-Fi and fast signal with (5) wireless access points at 85mbps download speed and 22.80 upload speed, (1) Livestream ceiling mounted camera also allowing to achieve the video, (12) Portable Whiteboards, (1) podium, (4) wireless microphones, (1) Lavalierlapel microphone (4) high chairs (3) mounted projectors in the classroom, conference room, common area, (1) conference phone system in conference room, (2) standing speakers, (7) connected portable TV screens (Mac Compatible / Chrome Cast / XFinity to display any channel, or view an organization’s logo etc.), (100) chairs, (25) tables, (4) desks, (2) Stanton DJ Turntables (4) Eero Aarnio Style Ball Chairs, (4) RoboReel Retractable Ceiling Mount Power Cord Systems with (9) outlet power strips providing full power to every table and chair.
- Audio Microphones: (4) Handheld Microphone, and (1) Lavalier Lapel Microphone.
- Video Equipment: (4) Mounted Time Lapse Cameras, (3) DSLR Cameras, (1) Video Skype camera for video conferencing in the conference room. (1) Livestream ceiling mounted camera also allowing to achieve the video.
- Dimensions: Stage - 8ft. depth , 12ft. long, 8" high. Podium - 3ft. 10 inches high, 22" wide, 15 inches depth.
- Additional Amenities: (7) High chairs; 5 clear, 2 brown, (1) Kitchen, (2) hammocks, (4) bean bags, (1) Foosball table, (1) air hockey table, (1) Vending machine (1) XBOX gaming system, (1) PS4 Gaming System (1) Satoshi 1 BitCoin ATM by Genesis Coin: a 1-way BitCoin machine (can purchase digital BitCoin, not redeem).
- Maker & Hardware Equipment: (5) 3D-printers, (1) Computer Numerical Control Machine, (1) 40W Laser Cutter, (1) Injection Molder, Spectrum Analyzers, Oscilloscopes, Soldering Irons, Oculus Rift Development Kits.
BLUE1647 Space Photos (Chicago Location)
- Photos of rooms for reservation can be viewed here .
- Additional Photo Sets of our space can be viewed on our Instagram and Flickr pages.
Event Setup Requirements
Since we are not an ’Event Space’, we have those organizing their event operate autonomously, and only ensure that all of the equipment, and space needed is available and reserved for your event.
We’ll also have operational and tech staff on-site during the event if needed, and require that if the area will be rearranged for your ideal setup, that you or your team move furnishings and return the space to its original arrangement. Again, our staff does not setup for events, or breakdown event setups. Cooperation and courtesy is appreciated.
- 11-21-2016: Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the U.S. at BLUE1647 Chicago discussing with our members opportunities to do business in Cuba. (Photos here).
- 11-19-2016: Lupe Fiasco, and Cofounder of Google Waze, Di-Ann Eisonr’s Neighborhood Start Fund finalist pitch for $100,000. 20 startup Finalist out of 700 from across the U.S. that are helping to transform neighborhoods & the world, including BLUE1647’s 1919 winner, Adero Knott. Winners left the event with checks in hand. (View photos here).
- 10-27-2016: U.S. Dept. of Commerce MBDA Innovation in Action Event. At Inclusive Innovation in Action, attendees had the chance to participate in robust conversations about disrupting entrepreneurship with unconventional best practices to support the new diverse era of innovation. (View photos here). Speakers included: Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency; James Andrews, CEO of the SMASHD Ventures, Previous Sony Music Entertainment Senior Executive; Bing Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Victorious, Previous YouTube Global Head of Creator Development & Management; Emile Cambry Jr., Founder of BLUE1647, a nationally recognized technology Innovation Center in Chicago. (View a recap video here).
- 10-27-2016: United States Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Duckworth met with our team BLUE for a roundtable discussion. We discussed ways we can support tech innovation & create new jobs in cities. (View photos here). (View a video recap here).
- 09-30-2016: New York Times Best Selling author Luvvie Ajayi’s Chicago book signing event at Blue1647 Chicago. Over 300 were in attendance for this Sold Out event. (View photos of the event here).
- 09-21-2016: Google Ventures Partners and authors of "The Sprint" hosted aTeam presentation on their book "The Sprint". Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky from Google Ventures discussed design sprints to solve big challenges with little time. (View photos).
- Executive Order signing at BLUE by IL. Governor Bruce Rauner, providing more opportunities for minority businesses though procurement. (Photos of the event).
- 05-16-2016: An exclusive event, with Illinois State Treasurer Frerichs, who is in charge of the $220 million Illinois VC fund, investing in tech startups. Hosted by Amara Enyia at BLUE1647. We had a Fireside Chat discussing the role of BLUE1647 in the fund (we are a featured partner), and how we can ensure more minorities and women have access to these funds for tech entrepreneurship. (Photos of the event).
- 01-23-2016: Hive Buzz Chicago’s Annual Hack Day. Hive Chicago is a network of 60 local member organizations across the city of Chicago that was launched by the MacArthur Foundation six years ago. The Hive Chicago Learning Network’s annual hack day brings educators and learners to co-create solutions to Chicago’s education challenges. Participants connect with other Chicagoans and contribute to ongoing efforts to solve network-wide problems over a two day affair. The event was held at the headquarters of BLUE1647. (over 250 attendees). More photos of the event can be seen here. A Storify of Storify of Adler Planetarium participants can be viewed here. Over 200 youth and adults joined resulting in a dozen plans, projects, videos, websites and app prototypes; on Civic ArtWorks, attendees contributed to new Ideas; Participants included Hive Networks in Chicago, New York City, and Pittsburgh.
- 06-06-2015: ORGANIZE! CHICAGO CIVIC TECH LEADER TRAINING - For National Day of Civic Hacking, Smart Chicago hosted Civic Tech Leader Training at BLUE1647 to help leverage the power of technology to organize in neighborhoods and was designed to help train new civic tech leaders. Guests were U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil, Adam Hecktman Chicago Director of Tech and Civic Engagement at Microsoft & more. Photos can be found here. Video of Chief Data Scientist, DJ Patil, can be viewed here.
- 05-02-03-2015: ChicagosNext Hackathon - a Non Profit technology hackathon event that brings together a diverse group of local, regional, national and international tech talent with an entrepreneurial spirit. The goal is to build the next app that creatively solves issues within our local neighborhood using Azure & supporting Microsoft Technologies. Local Chicago Community Leaders (several other NFP, education and community organizations) will be sharing their issues and struggles that you can solve with technology. There were developers from all over the U.S. and Norway, & youth developers, in attendance. Pictures can be found here & Storify of the event here.
- 02-28-2015: Google Engineers taught introductory coding exercises to youth. We had over 75 youth in attendance. Pictures can be found here.
- 02-14-2015: The only 2015 venue host for CodeDay Chicago, a national Hackathon with 31 cities nationwide, for high school & college students. It’s a 24-hour event where students passionate about technology get together and build cool things together, pitch ideas, form teams, and build a cool app or game in 24 hours! The best projects are rewarded with prizes. (109 attendees). More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 01-16-2015: Hive Buzz Chicago’s Hive is Five Hackathon. Hive Chicago is a network of 57 local member organizations across the city of Chicago that was launched by the MacArthur Foundation five years ago. The celebration of its fifth anniversary was a two day affair. The second day was a civic hackathon that was held at the headquarters of BLUE1647. (255 attendees & over 100 youth). More photos of the event can be seen here. A Storify of Storify of Hive is Five Hackathon can be viewed here. Over 100 youth and adults joined resulting in a dozen plans, projects, videos, websites and app prototypes; on Civic ArtWorks, attendees contributed 31 new Ideas; Participants included Hive Networks in Chicago, New York City, and Pittsburgh.
- 12-10-2014: "Redistricting reform and Latino political power in Illinois" panel, with Latino Policy Forum and Change Illinois. Some event panelists’ included; Jorge Sanchez, Senior Litigator, MALDEF - Midwest Regional Office, Victor Reyes, Founding Partner, Reyes Kurson, Jorge Chapa, Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and the Institute of Government & Public Affairs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum, Ryan Blitstein, President, Change Illinois; and Panel discussion and Q & A to be moderated by: Chip Mitchell, reporter, WBEZ 91.5 FM. More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 11-08-09-2014: The only 2014 venue host for CodeDay Chicago, a national Hackathon with 31 cities nationwide, for high school & college students. Students from Notre Dame, and as far as Canada participate with sponsors in building created applications in 24 hours! (129 attendees). More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 11-06-2014: The Data Science Chicago Event, Quantifying Uncertainty: Evaluating Trading Algorithms using Probabilistic Programming, organized by Datascope Analytics with guest presenter Thomas Wiecki of Quantopian Inc. where he helps to build the worlds’ first browser based algorithmic trading platform. (229 attendees). More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 10-23-24-2014: The 2nd Annual KaBOOM.org Playful City USA Leaders Summit brought together select Playful City USA teams that are at the vanguard of growing the playability movement. The exclusive, invitation-only event served as a forum to: Discuss and develop innovative and actionable solutions that address cities’ toughest challenges; Learn, interact and collaborate with thought leaders, subject matter experts, and skilled facilitators; Shape and refine each team’s Bold Goals and Big Ideas to achieve their city’s vision through play. Many attended including Mayor of York City, Pennsylvania Kim Bracey, Bruce D. Broussard, President & CEO of Humana Inc. and more. More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 09-13-2014: The Internship Accelerator Demo Day, sponsored by the State of Illinois, was the accelerated 6-week culmination of immersive learning, teamwork, and over 150 hours of coding for 90 students. (150-170 attendees). Developers from top-tier companies coached, students participated in Hackathons, instructors taught, and some parents project managed, as students collaborated and turned their ideas into live apps. Student teams took the stage to showcase web & mobile applications, and Hardware/3D-printed products built from scratch, and what they’ve learned in the process. The Keynote speaker was BLUE|1647 Advisor, Harper Reed, the CEO of Lunar Technology Corp, former CTO for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election Campaign, and former CTO of Threadless. More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 08-23-24-2014: Financial Empowerment Hackathon of the Treasurer’s Office of the City of Chicago. (30-50 developers, participants, local and national judges in tech, non-profit and government worlds). This two-day Hackathon (programming competition) tasked teams to develop an application or tool, that addressed financial challenges non-profits or their clients face. Foods and drinks were provided. More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 07-27-2014: Groupon Chicago / Groupon Grassroots Hackathon: (60-75 Groupon Engineers, and student attendees): This full-day Hackathon (programming competition) involved participants working on a Divvy app (Bike Sharing) data challenge. Students and Engineers (1) planned a Gamification layer on top of the Divvy data to crowdsource redistribution of bikes from full stations to empty ones already; (2) Worked out which points in the network are most congested by checking for full stations + adjacent stations filling up; and (3) presented their created apps. More photos of the event can be seen here.
- 06-27-2014: UNETWORK’S emerge/NEXT mini-Hackathon: (185-200 attendees) UNETWORK has teamed up with SCION, Toyota On Western, Canva.com and BLUE|1647 to present emerge/NEXT designed for ambitious and inquisitive students to meet and learn from some of the nation’s top professionals in business, engineering, design and more. Guest speakers included Young Guru, Legendary Audio Engineer to JAY Z, Google Glass Explorer and Grammy-Nominated Record Producer; Coodie Simmons Filmmaker and Video Director, Co-Founder of CreativeControl.tv Films: ESPN’s 30/30 "BENJI" Music Videos for Kanye West, Erykah Badu and more. More photos of the event can be found here.
- 05-08-2014: Big Data Week. As 1 of 3 spaces hosting Big Data Week in Chicago (the leading global platform of interconnected community events focusing on the social, political, technological impacts of data), we hosted leaders in the tech community as well as provided live-streaming services free to the public.
- 04-16-2014: Several FWD.us hosted events. FWD.us is an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform. We’ve hosted an Immigrant Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable panel discussion highlighting the work and contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in the city of Chicago; a "Documented" Film Screening & Discussion and more.
- 02-16-2014: Data Write-A-Thon organized by Trina Chiasson & Dyanna Gregory and sponsored by the Reynolds Journalism Institute. More than 100 people emailed about volunteering, came to the write-a-thon, or contributed in some way to support this project.
- 09-21-22-2013: The first-ever Music Hack Day in Chicago. In collaboration with Echo Nest and Rdio this event produced nine (9) music-related products.
- 05-23-25-2013: National Day of Civic Hacking in partnership with the Smart Chicago Collaborative. This 3-day Hackathon was taking place in over 50 locations across the U.S., & co-sponsored by the White House. Its goal is to “bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs from all over the nation to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.”
- Several Monthly HandsOn Tech Training Workshops. Past sessions include: Google for Nonprofits, Content Strategy, Video Marketing for Non-profits, Eventbrite, Taking a design approach to your website, Google Analytics, Salesforce for Nonprofits, and many more...
- Several Code Chicago Web and Mobile Development Workshops & long-form Classes. Past sessions include: Intro to Data Science, Digital Marketing for Startups, Android 101, Logo design and branding, Print design & Photography for startup ventures, Social Media Analytics, and more...
- Several Monthly Chicago Inventors Organization Bootcamps - The CIO assists inventors in navigating through the complex invention process to create marketable products that have a chance at sharing shelf space with other major household products. Past sessions include: business planning, licensing and patent search and submission seminars to membership and the general public; navigating the invention process to actually developing, protecting, financing and selling their product ideas; Prototype Development, Product Marketing Strategy Development, Investor Pitch Development and more...
- The Goodcity Chicago Incubator Classes - The mission of Goodcity is to identify and then support high potential community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency, hope and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities. More photos of the cohort & classes can be found here.