Chi Hack Night – The Justice Media Project

Date(s) - 05/01/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night – The Justice Media Project

Chi Hack Night

May 1, 6pm

In 2011 the Chicago Justice Project created the Justice Media Project to create the architecture to collect and analyze media coverage of crime and violence in Chicago. The goal is to see real time comparisons between the reporting on crime and violence in Chicago and how crime and violence actually occur in Chicago.

The disparity between how crime occurs and how it is reported on in Chicago is vast. This leads to the public taking steps protect themselves from crime and violence that is statistically very unlikely to occur and to push for public policy and criminal justice practices based on unjustified fear of crime rather than evidence based best practices.

In 2016, the initiative was brought to Chi Hack Night as the Quantifying Justice News breakout group, and they have been working on it ever since. Tracy Siska, Executive Director of the Chicago Justice Project, Kevin Rose, Matt Meshulam, Josh Herzberg and Michael Chladek will present the work they have done to date and how they did it.

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!