Move Over Silicon Valley - Chicago's Taking Over

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn visited 1871, a Chicago-based tech incubator, to meet with start-ups including the team behind the app Selfie. Many heavy hitters are betting on Chicago to be the next new hub for technological innovation.

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Team stop to take a #Selfie.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Team stop to take a #Selfie.

It was a great experience. Having Gov. Pat Quinn validate everything you are working so hard for really reinforces that we are on the right track.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

The innovative iOS app "Selfie" showed off its new feature #ThemeOfTheDay to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at 1871, a Chicago-based tech incubator. Selfie aims to revolutionize the Social Media landscape with their app by uniting individuals with common themes on a global scale. The most recent theme was #PayItForward, which encouraged people to do something kind for somebody they don’t know. Governor Quinn chatted with the group and posed for a team #Selfie.

The Selfie team works out of 1871, a shared workspace located in Chicago’s famous Merchandise Mart. The space was named for the year of the Great Chicago Fire. The name is not representative of the destruction that occurred but rather what emerged after the fire. The founding of 1871 has created over 1000 jobs in Chicago and now the Governor has pledged $2.5 million in State funds to expand the tech incubator by 25,000 square feet.

When asked what it’s like to meet the Governor the Selfie team said, “It was a great experience. Having Gov. Pat Quinn validate everything you are working so hard for really reinforces that we are on the right track.” Chicago is making a serious push to become the Silicon Valley of the 21st century, and start-ups like Selfie are making it a reality.

To learn more about the Selfie App or to download visit: http://www.thinkboks.com.

The Selfie app gives people the power of self-expression through photography and helps foster a positive and encouraging social network. It’s a place to share with friends but also engage with others across the globe through images.


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