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February 11, 2016

The Latest Chicago Showcase: Capstone Wrap-Up

By Jay Wengrow, CEO of Actualize

We wrapped up the latest ACLTC Chicago cohort a couple weeks ago - our fifth one in the Windy City! The Showcase took place on a Friday over lunch at 1871, and we couldn’t be prouder of the talent, skill, and hard work that our developers demonstrated with their Capstone projects. If you attended the event in person, you’ll know exactly what we mean! For those who missed out, read on to get a quick overview of the impressive software and web apps our devs built after 15 weeks of study and work during their evenings and Sundays.


To create their Capstone apps, the developers used technologies such as Ruby on Rails on the backend and JavaScript and Angular on the frontend, along with a variety of libraries and APIs for features such as map integration, text messaging, browser extensions, and music streaming.

Created by Zach Simon
Holmes is a real-estate web app that helps prospective home buyers or renters keep track of and compare all the properties they are considering based on the attributes they consider most important. It includes a user-customized dashboard and leverages data from Zillow and Walk Score.

It’s On!
Created by Sean McNally
It’s On! is a social web app designed to let users know which live sporting events are being shown on TV at which bars. It includes a check-in feature where users can submit their own information on what’s playing where.

Created by Michael Vanderwood
Lecturegrab is a continuing-education web app that delivers brief lectures to the user via text, email, or the app itself, focusing on convenience and customization. It also tracks users’ stats and enables discussions amongst users.

Created by Al Ilseman
Mystream is a web app for music streaming and organization that reads file meta-data to create relevant database structures at the time of upload. Users can browse their libraries, add songs to active playlists, and upload music while enjoying uninterrupted streaming.

Ooh, Gimme
Created by Dennise Saxton
Ooh, Gimme is a wishlist web app that provides users with a robust search feature to find products, add them to wishlists, and publicly share their lists.

Patient Pulse
Created by Chloe Canon
Patient Pulse is a portal for long-term hospital patients to interact with the hospital social environment and patient services. It lets patients search and sign up for events or appointments, manage social calendars, and communicate with service providers and hospital staff.

Created by Dawn Vana
Quoteboard is a social-media web app and database that provides users a way to search, share, manage, and save the types of sayings that people share with each other every day.

Real Session
Created by Alex Ispa-Cowan
Real Session is a platform for musicians that allows users to store their repertoires, create jam sessions with other users, and compile lists of common songs by comparing repertoires. Features include sorting lists by style or composer and randomly selecting a common tune.

Created by Jamie Gates
ServiceWeb is a web app for social workers and community activists that lets users share, look up, and review the services they use on a daily basis to help people in need without exchanging money or personal information.

Created by Idriys Lowe
Studere is a web app that facilitates individual study by enabling users to break subjects down into environments, each one a place to gather related links, notes, images, due dates, and reminders. It lets users share and comment on each other’s work to build a community around the passion of learning.

Created by Ryan Lennon
Teebox is a golf application that helps users find courses nearby, find available tee times, and make reservations to play. It leverages Google Maps and weather APIs.

Trivia Time
Created by Gregory Bilodeau
Trivia Time is a trivia quiz web app that lets users answer various categorized trivia questions, compare to previous scores, mark their favorite quizzes, and search for new ones. It leverages a public API containing tens of thousands of trivia questions.

Ultimate Central: Chicago
Created by Jennifer Wu
Ultimate Central is the place for the Chicago ultimate-frisbee community to go for information about events, track field conditions, and join the next upcoming game. It leverages the Google Maps API.

Yoga Loca
Created by Nina Leung
Yoga Loca is a web app that allows users to search for yoga classes based on time and location, save classes to a calendar, browse and review studios, and get directions to classes near them. It leverages the Google Maps API.

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