• Programs

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    1919 - 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.

    21 Century Youth Project

    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.

    Latina Girls Code

    Educating and inspiring youth with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology.

    Latina Girls Code was created to provide education, resources, and a community for young Latinas, ages 7 - 17, who are interested in the many fields of technology.

    BLUE Fund Rewards - Crowdfunding Platform

    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.

    Code BLUE USA Hackathon Series

    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.


    E.L.I.T.E Series

    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.

    Blue Studios (the ultimate Pre-k to High School STEM pathway

    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 email updates here.


    BLUE eSports

    BLUE eSports are innovative high-end gaming facilities bringing the best gaming and educational experience to Chicago. With over 50 state-of-the-art, high speed computers, lounge areas, and console gaming - Blue eSports is the premium destination of eSports located inside The Blue LACUNA, in Chicago, IL.


    Whether you are a newcomer or an experienced professional in eSports, our space is the best place to take your gaming or event to the next level with programming, events, and games for everyone. BLUE eSports affords Chicago an opportunity to become part of an eSports team and play at a competitive level. BLUE eSports is providing growth opportunities culturally, technically, and financially to the city of Chicago and other cities in the very near future.

    Code Chicago

    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.

    MineCraft Game Development Bootcamps

    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.



    Economics and Economic Innovation (ICE)

    ICE is a social lab and convening entity whose primary purpose is to educate, assist, and advocate for the expansion of cooperative economic models and other innovative economic development concepts that diversify and expand the economic eco-system. These models include: worker-owned cooperatives, housing cooperatives, community land trusts, sharing economy platforms, and financial institutions and products that support funding cooperative enterprises.