Congressional App Challenge – Chicago


The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is open for submissions from students in 204+ congressional districts across the country. Students can create and submit their own original apps for mobile phone, tablet, or computer platforms. Apps will be judged by a panel of local community leaders engaged in STEM fields. Winners run the chance of being invited to Washington, DC, and having their apps featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.

There are currently 204+ Members of Congress from 45 states signed up to participate in this year’s Challenge. To see if students from your area are eligible to participate, click here.

More information and submission guidelines are available at

PDF With details HERE


Open to the public…


Chicago, Illinois – In association with Chicago Artists Month, on Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014, Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger will debut to the public plans for their interactive public art light structure, The Wabash Lights. This interactive and informational reception will be held at the downtown office of Gensler Chicago. The event is open to the public.

The Wabash Lights is a site­ specific lighting concept planned for the Wabash stretch of elevated train tracks (L) between Madison and Adams. The creators envision this work of public art will create a unique district in the heart of Chicago using the CTA’s L tracks as a canvas for a dynamic light experience.

Putting the Public in Public Art

The Wabash Lights’ LED tubes will be customizable in color, duration, brightness, and cadence. Typical light installations are created by a singular, commissioned light artist and pre­-programmed to run a set sequence. The Wabash Lights website will seek submissions from citizens of Chicago and the world to program snapshots, sequences, and interactivity into the canvas of light.

Wabash Lights designers Jack C. Newell and Seth Unger will lead a progressive discussion to explain the concept, logistics, and engage the audience in an interactive discussion about this transformative, inclusive, and first­ of ­it’s­ kind piece of public art. Food and drink will be served.

RSVP “yes” at

Wednesday, Oct 29 2014

6:30pm – 8pm

11 E. Madison Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60602

Jack & Seth

The ITF Fifty for the Future

Nominations Now Open

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is pleased to announce that the search for this year’s Fifty for the Future® has begun.

The ITF Fifty for the Future® mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self- nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 8th year, this event will honor Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education and deeds in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation’s work with industry and academia in bringing real world experiences into the classroom to assure a steady stream of future technology workers and leaders for Illinois.

The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students that do not graduate before December 1, 2014.

The nomination process will remain open until October 1, 2014. Students can Self-Apply and learn more here.

TEDxYouth Field Trip to Whitney Young (updated)

Updated with proper links:

This particular message is for Lane Tech students only. Below are details on an amazing opportunity for a field trip on Thursday, May 8th. Students will miss periods 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. The bus will leave at 10:45am sharp and return around 2:45-3pm. There are a limited number of spots available. You can only apply if you do not have an AP test on that date. Read the information below, and if you’re interested in applying, chose the the relevant option below:

  • Option 1: Mr. Solin’s students can apply at this link
  • Option 2: Other students can apply by emailing the following information to Mr. Solin at
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Student ID
    • CPS Email Address
    • Division / Advisory #

Communication regarding the event will only be sent through CPS email including notification if you are invited to attend.