Indiegogo Life crowdsources for unsung Chicago heroes

Kate Drane

By Laura Furr

1871’s new crowdsourcing partner, Indiegogo Life, unveiled its platform to honor everyday Chicago heroes Tuesday night at the Merchandise Mart to a crowd of 73 startup creators and activists.

The Chicago Heroes program encourages Indiegogo users to start online campaigns to help do something nice for someone they think makes the world a better place.

The Chicago founder Kate Drane said her goal is to shine a light on the positive influences in the city.

“My goal would just be that people at the end of it feel inspired, that people feel recognized,” Drane said. “That the goodness of this city is able to rise up.”

Photo at Top: Kate Drane, from Indiegogo, explains how crowdsourcing can make a positive impact on individual lives Tuesday night at 1871’s auditorium in the Merchandise Mart. Indiegogo has created a platform for people to nominate and fundraise for average Chicagoans through the Chicago Heroes Program. (Laura Furr/Medill)