We are a space where ideas meet execution.
We foster a creative and collaborative environment, so that you can produce your best work through education, business acceleration and events.
We provide, and host over 100 classes and workshops each year, with a curriculum that is accessible to startups, youth, veterans, and individuals at any stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Our hands-on tech classes cover cutting-edge technologies, help you learn new skills and make your software boundaries vanish. Each teacher has industry experience, and a unique perspective to be able to provide first-hand insights into the topic and its potential impact on various industries. Each session, from mobile and web development, to hardware and 3D-Printing is interactive and collaborative.
In addition to providing early-stage startups and freelancers with coworking space, tools to build their venture, and support for their business - as a member, we provide an exclusive E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) monthly series with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each month we bring in an industry thought leader to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings.
Whether it's a Hack-a-thon, lecture, class, seminar, or meetup - We regularly host a wide variety of events here at BLUE1647. This includes speaker series with Data Scientists, experienced entrepreneurs, hack-a-thons, and company summits, to name a few. Click here to view our equipment and a glimpse of previous events we've hosted. Inquire about hosting an event in our open space or, for smaller events, renting our classrooms and conference rooms here.
We are a diverse tech innovation center and coworking space, with programs that evolve with each member’s needs. Membership includes access to classes, events, amenities, and our dynamic community.
Every entrepreneur, impact professional, and changemaker in Chicago will want to have a BLUE Membership because it brings access to exclusive programming, and support for a diverse cross section of innovators to meet, work, and collaborate.
$25/month (Limited time offer)
Use community desks & WiFi/Coffee
Discounts on all programming
Invited to monthly events
2-hours of complimentary rental of conference rooms monthly
Connection to Virtual Platform connecting you to opportunities & resources
Ideal for Members or Organization's wanting to hold classes, meetups, or have a monthly event. There are shared conference rooms available for all to use, tech-enabled classrooms, as well as other common areas where you and your team can relax or work.
All benefits of Blue Membership plus access after hours
Monthly office-hours with esteemed professionals from industry
3 complimentary rental of conference rooms or classroom, and one 6,500 square ft. common area for training with equipment monthly
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Office memberships include a private office for each person. Best suited for businesses with up to four employees. The organizations at BLUE1647 get maximum exposure to job candidates, mentors and press support.
Unlimited 24/7 access
Invited to exclusive happy hours + events
Unlimited conference & classroom time per month (when classes are not scheduled) and complimentary tech rental equipment
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Impacting communities through diversity, technology and entrepreneurship.
BLUE1647 Headquarters. 1647 S. Blue Island Ave. (Chicago IL.)
Compton Unified School District. (Compton, California)
1401 Lasalle Lane., (St. Louis, Missouri).
Roseland KROC Center (1250 W. 119th St, Chicago, IL.)
S. Fourth Avenue (Indiana)
The Lab (Haiti)
A creativity-fostering space to empower today’s entrepreneurs. Participate in curated programming alongside business acceleration services, workshops, and work with member-run companies.
Build tangible skills in web, mobile, and game development through workshops and classes.
Code Chicago is a series of hands-on, mobile development, web programming and design trainings where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. Whether you’re a beginner or advancing student, we help build up communities in and around the Chicago area, enlarging the market of people that can affect change and solve problems with technology. Weekend & evening events specialize in industry-relevant training, designed with an emphasis on developing your own web and mobile application.
21CYP teaches youth advanced technology as a path to opportunity.
Founded in 2011, the 21st Century Youth Project (21CYP) teaches advanced technology as a path to opportunity. The program focuses on improving skills Today (through teaching and tutoring), Tomorrow (through coaching and mentoring), and the Future (through internship placement), with an entrepreneurial focus. Key deliverables for student participants are creation of web and mobile apps for (Google Android, iPhone, iPad etc.), accompanying business plans, accrual of college credits and case studies on their resumes and portfolios because of hands-on tangible skills gained through internship placements. Parents and guardians can apply for monthly trainings & events for youth.
Direct access to leading experts
E.L.I.T.E. (Entrepreneur, Leadership, Intelligence, Technology, and Empowerment) is a monthly series for BLUE1647 members, with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each month we bring in an industry thought leader to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands-on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings.
Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship.
The 1919 Women in Technology Initiative. The name of the women’s cohort pays homage to the 19th amendment and voting rights act for women. This initiative focuses on bringing together Chicago women in technology through education and collaborations. 1919 is in partnership with Accenture, one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Learn more here.
Forging innovative civic data & technology efforts
The mission of CivicBLUE1647 is to use civic data to teach people about data. We also foster a conversation between technologists and the community in order to spark innovation at the neighborhood level, finding ways to make technology-centric civic engagement more sustainable. BLUE1647 is here to teach and learn, contribute and receive, and to create opportunities to build hope.
Join a collective amongst freelance artists in Chicago.
The Creative Cypher was founded by Troy Pryor in 2013, with a goal to form a more collective bond amongst freelance artists in Chicago. Comprised of a talented group of directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, audio engineers, photographers, stylists, graphic and make up artists, the Cypher specializes in superb collaboration.
Providing Participants Access to Employers
The Re-Connect Program provides individuals interested in technology with web development skills and technology certifications that will jumpstart their career opportunities in the technology industry. The 6-week Re-Connect training program is for men and women, ages eight-teen and older, that have been unemployed for greater than six months. The training program includes three levels of achievements consisting of:
Qualified participants will also receive exclusive resources and access to the latest job opportunities available. Apply here.
The BLUE|1647 Internship Accelerator matches selected minority high school and undergraduate-level students with Chicago-based startups and businesses for internships, and provides them with the insight, training, and networks needed to ensure their success. Through a high-touch fellowship model, and immersive business and high-tech software training, the Internship Accelerator will prepare motivated individuals for leadership in their fields. Learn more here.
Educating and inspiring youth with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology.
Training youth in engaging coding programs.
Our Coding and Minecraft Game Development Bootcamps will engage students excitement of learning in a fun way. After our Starter Bootcamp, students are invited to more advanced game development classes. They'll understand how to use Mod Coder Pack (MCP), how to create a new java file, decompiling and recompiling Minecraft Code and more. Apply here.
Code Blue USA Hackathon Series
BLUE1647's CODE BLUE USA is a 12-month series of themed Hackathon's hosted throughout the United States to help bridge the tech gap in under-served communities.
We’re closing the digital-divide in our communities and helping students access relevant tech programs. Learn more here.
BLUEFund Rewards is a rewards based crowdfunding platform that seeks to reach businesses, organizations and individuals that will contribute to the economic development of underserved communities. Learn more here.
Our members are inspired, hard-working creators who are committed to using their work in the world to create positive impact.
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