Welcome to the LEAP Innovations Collaboratory!

The LEAP Collaboratory is a place to convene educators, tech innovators and other stakeholders to discover, share and scale tools and strategies that advance personalized learning. It’s a physical space designed to inspire collaboration and new ideas - join us at an event soon!


Check our calendar often for new events, including “Appy Hours” and “Tinker Events” for educators, opportunities for tech companies, and more. Our core offerings include:

  • Personalized Learning 101: introduces educators to what personalized learning is and isn’t, and how it takes shape in classrooms across Chicago
  • LEAP Connects - Appy Hours: hear from fellow educators about their favorite edtech tools, apps and strategies
  • LEAP Connects - Tinker Times: connect to innovative in-school and out-of-school learning organizations and get hands-on experience with project-based learning tools
  • Tech Nights: learn about promising edtech tools, directly from the innovators
  • Shark Tanks: edtech companies get valuable feedback from educator “sharks”

Want to stay connected and get event notices over email? Let us know here. Have an idea for an event, or want to partner with LEAP? Tell us that too!


Looking for some collaborative energy to boost your next event or workshop? The LEAP Collaboratory is open! Located within Chicago’s tech hub, 1871, the LEAP space offers a dedicated meeting place within the buzz of our city’s most innovative community. Contact us about your event, whether it’s day-long professional development session for 30 or an evening happy hour for 50.