“Twice each year, during Lollapalooza and Chicago Ideas Week, Mayor Rahm Emanual invites top university students to ThinkChicago to meet with Chicago technology leaders, explore companies, and attend iconic cultural events including the Lollapalooza music festival and Chicago Ideas Week programming.

Students are accepted into the program based on their interest in technology, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship, and a commitment to excellence as demonstrated by academic, professional, and/or extracurricular activities.”


Civic Tech Challenge

“Students also took part in ThinkChicago’s Civic Tech Challenge, a competition where students generate proposals for the City of Chicago to use innovative, technological ways to address challenges related to urban sustainability, transportation and civic engagement. Participants engaged Lollapalooza executives and presented their Civic Tech Challenge proposals to leaders from Chicago’s tech community. Motorola Mobility and Lollapalooza provided prizes for the winning team. “—WBC