CS Student team places first at ThinkChicago

We are proud to announce that Omer Khan, a current CS undergraduate student, competed in the Civic Tech Challenge at ThinkChicago during the week of October 17 -23, 2016. Only 175 out of 900 students were selected to participate at ThinkChicago. Omer is a member of the Department of Computer Science's ACM student organization and holds the role of Webmaster.

The Civic Tech Challenge required students to write a proposal for a technical solution that could help improve the city of Chicago.

"My team proposed an intuitive mobile app that would allow Chicago citizens to report issues such as potholes and broken signals by taking a picture that would include the appropriate metadata by leveraging the Google Location API and optional input data.   We created an incentivization program to loop in local businesses to reward users for a given amount of approved requests.  For example, a user would receive a point for every approved submitted snapshot.  The points could be redeemed for discounts at local Chicago businesses and public services," said Omer.

Omer and his team received first place recognition for their efforts. In addition to bragging rights, they received a four-day pass to next year's Lollapalooza music festival and guaranteed admission to the summer ThinkChicago.

“ThinkChicago was an amazing experience to collaborate and network with incredibly talented students with a passion for technological innovation.  I was very fortunate to have a team that shared the same passion as I do, and that made it easy to pitch this innovative solution,” said Omer.