Tech Month Chicago Rolls Out Public Awards Program for Chicago Citizens

Tech Month Chicago didn’t want to limit ourselves to just being a calendar for Technology Awareness Month. We wanted to do something more this year to help engage Chicago citizens to celebrate Technology Awareness Month in September.

Our partner, SPR Consulting, helped us design a selfie bubble. It’s a fun tool we came up with for you to use to let us know you’ve attended a tech event on our calendar. If you attend 3 or more events listed on our Awareness Month Calendar, and use the Selfie Bubble, you will earn a Techie Award Ribbon. Yes- you, your friends, classmates, parents, and anyone will get a Techie Award Ribbon this year for attending 3 or more events on our calendar and documenting your attendance.

Here’s the process: 

Go to a tech event on our calendar, take a selfie with the selfie bubble, upload your selfie to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TMC2017. Go to three or more events and do this, and we will give you a Techie Award Ribbon.

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Additional Ideas: 

Our Public Awards Program is still in it’s beginning phases. We are open to other ideas and want to accommodate as many interested people as possible. If you have a classroom of students or other group and have a great idea for how to use these ribbons, please contact us. We’re interested in working with you! If you are disabled, do not have the means to upload photos, or have other mitigating circumstances that would prevent you from getting a ribbon via our process above, please contact us and we will do everything in our power to work with you.

Photos and your Privacy: 

As a tech related company, Tech Month Chicago cares very much about privacy issues, especially those of children and young adults under the age of 18. If you are too young to have a social media account, you can have your parent or guardian post photos on your behalf to participate in our awards program. If you do not want to post a photo, but still want to participate in our program, contact us, and we will make accommodations for you or your classroom. For more information about this topic, please refer to Tech Month Chicago’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service documents.

About Tech Month Chicago:

Tech Month Chicago is a month of technology awareness for the Chicagoland area showcasing the depth and diversity of our local tech culture featuring community events in technology, engineering, math, and science in Chicago and the surrounding area during the month of September.

This series of gatherings, educational activities, parties, and other events seeks to engage new audiences for technology in the Chicago area. Unlike many tech industry focused events, Tech Month Chicago is geared toward all city residents from senior citizens, kids, parents, and all people of the city of Chicago to share how technology shapes our culture and encourage participation from those outside the industry.

Events range from coding for kids to educational forums and invention showcases, startup pitches, tech activities for families, companies opening their doors to the public, job training, meetups, and festive tech celebrations. Presenters include tech organizations, large scale technology related companies based in Chicago, non-profit organizations, schools, tech experts, education groups, and other organizations throughout the city.

Questions, thoughts, or comments? Please contact us and we will be happy to speak with you!

Tech Month Chicago Social Channels:

Twitter: @techmonth

Facebook: @techmonth

Instagram: Tech Month Chicago

Snapchat: techmonthchi

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/TechMonthChicago