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BarnRaise 2014

In it's inaugural year, BarnRaise and its founders set out with one idea in mind: "Learn new methods. Make big change."

Something is stirring in Chicago.

Designers, entrepreneurs, social visionaries are appearing all around our community. A creative force is amassing. What would it mean if, for 60 hours, we could harness this whirlwind of creative energy to solve one problem in the city… OUR city? We have a vision: we want to network creative hubs around Chicago and build something together. This year, we're taking on urban safety in an open source world.

Meet BarnRaise: a new, immersive, two-and-a-half day experience that combines the best of thought leadership with the opportunity to build physical and digital prototypes. Leading design firms will host teams all around the city and will be partnered with real organizations who can create real action. Throughout the event, we’ll all gather at a central hub to learn, connect, and put those ideas to use back with our teams. At the end of the event, we’ll gather and show off our creations in a public exhibit. You will get the opportunity to be creative in a new inspiring space, gain new tools for problem solving, hear from great keynotes, and design actionable solutions. 

Lots of events let you travel and hear speakers, some even let you roll up your sleeves, but no other event networks and harnesses the creative energy of a whole city and puts you in the center of it all.

Big issues addressed at BarnRaise 2014:

Bright Star Community Outreach
How might we use technology and a sustainable system to better connect people with the Bronzeville Dream Center?

Gensler
How might we re-imagine the impact of light on the urban condition through a comprehensive lighting framework that serves as the connective tissue of accessibility throughout the city?

Friends of the Parks
How might we transform Kells Park into an active space that integrates with the surrounding neighborhood to become a next-generation park?

University of Chicago Center for Community Health and Vitality
How might we build self-sustainable initiatives to improve urban safety in Chicago’s south side communities?

Metropolitan Tenants Organization
How might we build an effective Communication Strategy for MTO in its efforts to reach out to low income renters?

HERE
How might we use our knowledge of automated driving technology to make cities safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Technology Development Center
How might we improve public safety by increasing rates of vaccination to strengthen population immunity?

About BarnRaises' Creators:

BarnRaise 2014 Speakers

Charles Adler Kickstarter

Charles Adler
Kickstarter

Matthew Manos verynice

Matthew Manos
verynice

Komal Kirtikar Lyft

Komal Kirtikar
Lyft

Rob Moore Liberty Mutual

Rob Moore
Liberty Mutual

Lori B. Andrews IIT Institute for Science, Law and Technology IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Lori B. Andrews
IIT Institute for Science, Law and Technology
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

BarnRaise 2014 Panel of Prototypers

Drew Davidson AKTA

Drew Davidson
AKTA

Martin Thaler IIT Institute of Design

Martin Thaler
IIT Institute of Design

Tomoko Ichikawa IIT Institute of Design

Tomoko Ichikawa
IIT Institute of Design

BarnRaise 2014 Design Firm Partners

Acquity Group watch their video below

Acquity Group
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Conifer Research watch their video below

Conifer Research
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Design Concepts watch their video below

Design Concepts
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Emergent Design watch their video below 

Emergent Design
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gravitytank watch their video below

gravitytank
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Service Design Network

Service Design Network

Moment watch their video below

Moment
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ThoughtWorks watch their video below

ThoughtWorks
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Razorfish watch their video below 

Razorfish
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RKS watch their video below

RKS
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Get a quick look at the firms that joined BarnRaise 2014:

Emergent Design // Chicago

Moment // New York

Aquity Group // Chicago

Razorfish // Chicago

RKS // California

Conifer Research // Chicago

ThoughtWorks // Chicago

Design Concepts // Madison

gravitytank // Chicago


BarnRaise 2014 Community Partners

Gensler

Gensler

Friends of the Park

Friends of the Park

HERE, a Nokia company

HERE, a Nokia company

United Way

United Way

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Metropolitan Tenants Organization

Bronzeville Dream Center (part of Bright Star Community Outreach)

Bronzeville Dream Center (part of Bright Star Community Outreach)

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Technology Development Center

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Technology Development Center

University of Chicago Medicine Center for Community Health and Vitality

University of Chicago Medicine Center for Community Health and Vitality

Learn new methods. Make big change. BarnRaise 2014 was a two-and-a-half day make-a-thon that networked creative hubs and social visionaries in Chicago around one social problem. The topic for BarnRaise 2014 was "urban safety in an open-source world." 

In addition to hearing from great speakers, BarnRaise 2014 participants spent two days working on teams led by expert design firms. These teams were each partnered with a specific company or non-profit who will present a real design challenge that they were currently facing. Teams had two days to work on imagining and building solutions, which all lead to a final, public exhibit where the prototypes were handed over to the partnering organizations.


Photo courtesy of Anijo Mathew

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact barnraise@id.iit.edu.