Chi Hack Night – The Hackies

Date(s) - 05/08/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night – The Hackies

Chi Hack Night

May 8, 6pm

Join us for the 300th episode of Chi Hack Night!

In honor of this momentous milestone, we’ll be recognizing a few of the many people, projects, partners, and presentations that make our community great. The evening will include the awarding of “the Hackies”, our new civic tech version of the Oscars! Vote here before Friday at midnight!

Formal attire? We’ll be wearing awards-show attire — feel free to wear formal and/or fun clothing too! There will definitely be a red carpet.

Screen printing Not sure what to wear? We will have a screen printing station to make your very own Chi Hack Night swat! Bring a piece of clothing to screen print the Chi Hack Night logo onto! (100% cotton and darker colors for the best results)

Potluck This event is potluck-style! Please bring drinks, snacks, desserts, and/or celebration accessories. (Bringing champagne and sparkling cider is encouraged, in the spirit of the event!) We’ll provide empanadas, popcorn, and celebratory cookie cake.

Come celebrate, eat, build, share, and learn with us!

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!