Thanks for visiting the Chicago Maker Challenge site. Chicago Maker Challenge is not being held in 2017, but that shouldn’t stop you from continuing to design solutions and hone your maker skills. There are tons of maker resources in Chicagoland, including the maker lab at Chicago Public Library and maker spaces in neighborhood libraries, as well as the Maker Faire. Thanks for participating for the last three years and keep making!


2016 Results

The Chicago Maker Challenge culminated its third year of competition during a Showcase at Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo Company’s Merchandise Mart headquarters on Thursday, May 26. The Chicago Maker Challenge is open to all middle and high school students, challenging them to create hardware or software that either solves a community problem or makes the world more accessible to people with disabilities. Following a Launch Party at the Motorola Mobility headquarters in February, students are given maker kits and curriculum that introduces them to basic design concepts like universal design and information about the people with disabilities. Finalists for the competition are determined through a video judging process and pitched for the grand prize (including a Lenovo ThinkPad 10 and cash gift card) during Thursday night’s Showcase (winning ideas below). The Moto Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to Chicago Maker Challenge/Citizen Schools mentors, judges and every Motorolan who made time to stop by the event and show their support for students in STEM.

Chicago Maker Challenge would not be possible without our partner organizations: Citizen Schools, Chicago Public Library, Northwestern University Biomedical Engineering, Chicago Lighthouse and Museum of Science and Industry.

  • Middle School Grand Prize Accessibility Winner: EarIt, Carter Elementary
    • EarIt is a software app designed to help users identify their own hearing loss, and find treatment resources.
  • Middle School Grand Prize Community Winner: H2More, Monroe Elementary
    • H2More is a hardware/software solution that helps filter and preserve clean water, while helping the user identify any harmful chemicals in their water.
  • High School Grand Prize Accessibility Winner: Trouve, Whitney Young Innovation Club
    • Trouve is a hardware/software solution that helps users with vision loss find crucial items that may have been moved from their habitual places.’
  • High School Grand Prize Community Winner: Safety Holster, Whitney Young Robotics Team
    • Safety holsters is a cost effective solution for police surveillance that captures video when a police officer’s gun is removed from its holster.