Date(s) - 01/16/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chi Hack Night
January 16, 6pm
In October 2017, the Chicago Tribune published The Water Drain, a multi-part series investigating water rates throughout the Chicago region.
The Tribune discovered that a profound disparity exists in what people pay for a basic life necessity – their drinking water – along income and racial lines. Residents of the poorest communities paid 31 percent more, on average, than those in the wealthiest. At times, collection tactics in poorer communities were akin to those of payday lenders, with water reconnection fees running as high as $300 or more.
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!