Sittercity is honored to be recognized as a 2018 Chicago Innovation Award winner for our on-demand child care pilot, Chime.

The winners were announced at an event held at Chicago’s Harris Theater on Monday, with nearly 1500 business and civic leaders in attendance. The Chicago Innovation Awards, celebrating its 17th year, is the Chicago region’s foremost recognition of the most innovative new products and services brought to market each year.

Chime is the only existing babysitting technology that gives parents and sitters the ability to connect, book and transact instantly. With Chime, families can browse video profiles of pre-screened, local sitters, message and book their best match with the tap of a button, and pay automatically by credit card.

Families can save their favorite sitters, build a team of “go-tos,” and rebook instantly whenever they need care. And for sitters, Chime offers a simple way to meet new families, while working wherever and whenever they want—at fair, hourly rates that align with local market averages. After a successful pilot in four cities, Sittercity is bringing on-demand child care to families and sitters nationwide in the coming year.

“Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes.” — Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards

“Chicago’s innovators continue to demonstrate the breadth of innovation found in the Chicago region, cutting across all industries, sectors and sizes,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the awards. “2018 winners are pioneers in healthcare, construction, communications, food and nutrition, education, information technology, transportation, fashion, law, real estate, child care, workforce development, museums and exhibits, nanotechnology, and social services.”

519 organizations were nominated for this year’s awards, generating over $3.4 billion in new revenue, along with the creation of 432 patents. The complete list of this year’s award winners can be found here.

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