Chi Hack Night – If You Build It, Will They Come?

Date(s) - 02/21/17
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


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Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night

February 21, 6pm

Human Centered Design lives through physically designed objects and out into digital apps that live on our devices. But how do we make sense of it in everyday practice? Can we apply its methodology to validate our own ideas in order to minimize time wasted?

The reality is that there are just too many options out there in the world, and new ideas need to be great ideas in order to rise above the rest. All that is good did not come to be without learning, editing, remaking, and most importantly – understanding people.

Janice Cho, Design Director at DevMynd Software, will give a talk premised on answering the question: How might we leverage the design methodologies that constitute Human Centered Design to vet our ideas before we build them?

ASL This event will have an American Sign Language interpreter.


The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good.

Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome!

What happens at a hack night?

Every week, we have a 10-15 minute presentation by a government agency, non-profit, company or group who’ve made use of open data or built a civic technology application. The goal of these presentations is to showcase the different uses and opportunities, as well as challenges and successes in the civic technology movement.

After the presentation, the format of the event is similar to that of a hackathon where breakout groups self-organize to work on civic apps, discuss policies and their implications, learn technical skills and network with a welcoming and diverse community at the intersection of technology and government.

But I’m not a techie!

That’s ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learn from our community’s designers and developers. We’ve seen time and time again, he best civic projects come from teams with a diverse background.

Remember, there’s much more to making a great app than just coding.


Derek Eder, Christopher Whitaker and Juan-Pablo Velez

The Chi Hack Night is organized by Derek Eder, Christopher Whitaker and (formerly) Juan-Pablo Velez. You can contact them here.

Every month, we hold an open Leadership Council Meeting to discuss new ideas and ways to make the hack night better. Anyone is welcome to join!