Innovate A Better Chicago Design Challenge

Chicago Latinx Scholars’ Presents: Innovate A Better Chicago Design Challenge 

50 students · 10 projects · 1 Better Chicago

Date: August 9-10, 2019

Place: MHub, 965 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Participants: 50 Chicago high school students from underrepresented backgrounds (i.e. students of color, young women interested in STEM, low-income students, etc.)

Why This Matters 

Illinois computer science graduates are 4.5 times more likely to work in Chicago than San Francisco, the second most common destination

Women comprise 47% of the total U.S. workforce but hold only 24% of STEM jobs

African-Americans make up 11% of the U.S. workforce overall but represent 9% of STEM workers, while Hispanics comprise 16% of the U.S. workforce but only 7% of all STEM workers

We need MORE diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Chicago is growing technology hub and our youth need to be exposed to it. 

Our event will allow students to use their skills (whether technical or not), guide them through the design thinking process, and help tackle some of Chicago's most pressing issues. 
About Our Event 

Our design thinking challenge will bring diversity of thought, skill, and experiences to plan, design, assess, and propose solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting communities across Chicago.

Many issues are affecting Chicago. Yet, the impact of these issues most affects youth across the city. Ironically, youth are often the ones that are left out of the design process of legislation, innovation, and initiatives across the city. We hope that this event serves as a paradigm shift to this ideology in that we give agency to the most impacted stakeholders: youth.

We would like to invite 50 high school students to come join us on August 9-10 and present their own solutions to a panel of community leaders in Chicago.

The students will be addressing some of the issues below:

AI’s impact on Society

Affordable Housing

Economic Inequality

Environmental Issues

Health Issues

Urban Planning  


To make this an awesome experience for our participants during the event, we are reaching out to sponsors for funds that will help cover expenses such as food, transportation stipends, and other resources that will be needed.


$6 will pay for 1 student’s transportation stipend for half the program

$12 will pay for 1 student’s total transportation stipend

$100 will sponsor 1 student for the entire program + a written thank you letter from one of our students

All sponsors (regardless of donation amount) will be featured on our website.

Help us raise money for all 50 students to attend!

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about tax deductible donations, feel free to reach out to us at:

About Us

Chicago Latinx Scholars is solely made up of volunteers ranging from high school students to professionals. We collaboratively work together to tackle issues in our community through events, professional and educational resources, and opportunities for our communities to thrive. Our mission is to help build a strong community of Latinx scholars and professionals through developing relationships, sharing resources, and creating opportunities.

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    • $100 
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Rocio Meza 
Chicago, IL
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