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 40 classes and workshops each month, 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 entrepreneurship and digital marketing 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) daily series with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each week 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.
Individual Student Basic Membership
This membership is for College Students. Must have a college ID. Every innovative college student and budding professional, will want to have a BLUE Membership because it brings access to exclusive networking events, programming, and support for a diverse cross section of innovators to meet, work, and collaborate.
Ideal for Members 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.
Office memberships include a private office best suited for businesses with up to two staff. We have a built-in desk top, access to printing copy fax station, conference room credits, one event space, and unlimited BLUE1647 Master Classes.
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.
Impacting communities through diversity, technology and entrepreneurship.
1401 Lasalle Lane.
St. Louis, Missouri
Compton Unified School District.
Roseland KROC Center
1250 W. 119th Chicago, IL.
S. Fourth Avenue
The Lab (Haiti)
Mar Vista Gardens
11965 Allin Street Los Angeles CA
701 E 88th Place Los Angeles CA
1300 N. Cardinal Los Angles CA
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A creativity-fostering space to empower today’s entrepreneurs. Participate in curated programming alongside business acceleration services, workshops, and work with member-run companies.
UBS & Village Capital launch VC Pathways Program for Black/Latinx/Female Entrepreneurs Seeking Early-Stage Funding & Support
UBS and Village Capital have partnered with Blue1647 and ImBlackInTech to bring their Pathways investment program to Chicago. VC Pathways is a national program that will train and support African American, Latinx and female founders to increase their competitiveness for seed-stage venture investment and early-stage incubator and accelerator programs. Learn more information about the VC Pathways offering and key local program dates. Apply here.
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 workshops held at the innovation center, BLUE1647 / Blue Lacuna, where every participant will work with one another and join in the spirit of collaboration and learning. It is this aspect of education that we trust would resonate most with our participants — and that with an open atmosphere where no question is off limits, we see interesting and inspiring thinking about how to embrace the openness of technology as an opportunity palette — and to really push what might seem conventionally possible with a web browser, and a mobile device having an internet connection. Learn more here or signup for emailed event notifications.
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 daily series for BLUE1647 members, with experts who share their insider perspective on cutting-edge knowledge, tools or methods. Each week we bring in an industry expert to break down emerging technologies and trends in a hands-on workshop or 1-on-1 office hour meetings. Topics cover entrepreneurship, technology, data, digital marketing, sales, leadership, and more. Learn more here.
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. Sign up for updates 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.
Blue Studios is the only Pre-K through 12th grade STEM pathway serving Chicagoland. Blue Studios is a partnership of Blue1647 and Paige & Paxton. These two award-winning programs have teamed up to provide students with the kind of engaging, robust STEM enrichment experiences that lay the foundation for future academic, professional and personal success. Learn more here. Download our mobile app from iTunes & Google Play. Sign up for updates 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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