The Jane Addams Resource Corporation, in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing is proud to host:
Chicago’s first-annual Industrial Design Challenge that will bring manufacturers, universities, and designers together to find innovative solutions to local problems and to create new economic opportunities for local manufacturers.
The format is simple - students of design, architecture and engineering will be challenged to design solutions to local problems using only components that are manufactured in Chicago.
We are proud to announce O’Hare International Airport as the sponsor of the theme for this first-ever event:
Take Flight 2013
As the gateway to a world-class city, O’Hare is a highly-visible symbol of Chicago’s economic strength. Airport officials have selected four problems with a product-based solution that can be manufactured in Chicago. The final challenges will be selected by students and manufacturers.
Strategic partnerships between the design community, manufacturing firms and local universities will advance the region’s efforts to become a global hub for advanced manufacturing as envisioned in World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. The event is an opportunity to foster successful university-manufacturer collaborations and to provide a platform for creating new opportunities for Chicago manufacturers.
The design and manufacturing communities are two of Chicago’s great economic strengths, consisting of five university-level industrial design schools, over 50 independent design firms, and a renowned manufacturing base of over 2,600 companies. This contest will enhance and showcase the synergy among these critical regional assets.