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Chicagoland Public Spaces to be Highlighted in App Contest

Nonprofit group searching for developers to create "Placemaking" application.

In today’s constantly connected world, there seems to .

There’s an app to find the cheapest gas, the best nearby bar and even for counting calories. But now the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is looking for someone to develop an app that could help users discover great public spaces throughout the Chicago metro area.

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The nonprofit is holding a contest for any web developer or community group that can create the best “Placemaking” application. This app will help both residents and visitors make the most out of local transportation, neighborhoods, parks and malls.

With the help of their sponsor, IBM, the group will reward the winner $2,500.

Developers are encouraged to create an app that will help people “find, create, sustain or share vibrant public places,” according to an MPC press release.

The app will also utilize and add onto data already compiled by the group Apps 4 Chicago Metro Illinois.

Participants must follow certain guidelines in order to be considered for the contest as well, which can be found at the Placemaking Chicago website.

For more information about the Placemaking apps challenge, contact MPC Assistant Communications Director Mandy Burrell Booth, at 312-863-6018 or mburrell@metroplanning.org.

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