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MonkeyBars presents The Forge Hackathon


Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM (CDT)

MonkeyBars presents The Forge Hackathon

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The Forge

MonkeyBars is teaming up with hack@uchicago to present the best hackathon Chicago has ever seen. Yes, the best. We believe that the best products come from a focus on idea development and iteration, not business models and business plans.

This fall, we will pay homage to this belief by inviting Chicago university students to a 28 hour ideation and rapid prototyping competition complete with hot new technology, like the Leap motion as well as hot old technology, like 3D printers and milling machines. Celebrate Chicago’s emergence as a global innovation hub by taking part in the action at IIT's Idea Shop.



  • The Forge was created to be a place for innovation enthusiasts from any background to learn, collaborate and build. There is no experience requirement, you do not have to have an idea before showing up or even a team. We've seen complete strangers form teams and new programming languages learned overnight. Both circumstances have produced prize winners.

  • We will help you find team mates before the event if you reach out or during the event after the opening ceremony. Ideas can be produced during the ideation workshop.

  • Some of the partnering companies below are looking for talent so make sure to chat it up with the mentors if you're looking to make some professional magic happen. Talk to them even if you're not looking for magic cause they might get lonely.

Venue Provided By


(Uber is providing $10 in ride credit for new users attending the Hackathon. Code will be emailed the week before the event)

The Forge is now offering private cloud services provided by

Learn more at IIT on da Cloud.

 Inventables logo


The Chicago based "hardware store for designers" is providing $5 gift cards for participants looking to buy gear for their builds.

Xboxes will be available for gaming breaks.

Game suggestions/provisions are welcome.

Current inventory

Borderlands 2

Halo 4

Gears of War

(Thank you Martin Schray. I hope your children don't eat you.)

Prizes Galore!

Peer Choice

An UP Mini 3D Printer sponsored by Inventables

3 (three) months of free access to Blue1647 


1 (one) Nokia Jacket 

for each winning team member


1 (one) Jetbrains IDE for the team

Judges 1st

1 (one) Leap Motion

1 (one) $100 Gift Card to Inventables

2 (two) months of free access to Blue1647 


1 (one) Nokia Jacket

for each winning team member


1 (one) Jetbrains IDE 




Judges 2nd

 1 (one) $100 Gift Card to Inventables 

1 (one) month of free access to Blue1647 


1 (one) Nokia Jacket

for each winning team member


1 (one) Jetbrains IDE 



Saturday, October 26


Doors Open


Opening Remarks




Building Starts!


Ideation Workshop


Project Feedback


Dinner - Sponsored by The Nerdery


Black Dog Ice Cream sponsored by The InHub

Sunday, October 27


Breakfast - Sponsored by The Nerdery


Lunch - Sponsored by Nokia


Building Stops!!


Final Project Presentations


Closing Remarks


Go home and sleep

Sponsors and Partners

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Have questions about MonkeyBars presents The Forge Hackathon? Contact MonkeyBars

When & Where

The Idea Shop
3440 S Dearborn St
Suite 050
Chicago, IL 60616

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM (CDT)

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