Date(s) - 10/17/17
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chi Hack Night
October 17, 6pm
This week, we welcome Susana Mendoza, Comptroller for the State of Illinois. After serving as an Illinois State Representative and as Chicago’s City Clerk, she was elected into the office of Comptroller in December of last year. The Comptroller is responsible for maintaining the State of Illinois’ fiscal accounts, and for ordering payments into and out of them, a daunting task for a State with over $14 billion in overdue bills.
In her talk, Comptroller Mendoza will provide an overview of the technological challenges facing her office and the State of Illinois, and the ways she intends to address them. She’ll also discuss her effort to increase transparency and accountability through legislation in the Debt Transparency Act.
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.
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.
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!