Alvyn Walker, Bridging the Digital Divide

Date(s) - 02/06/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night – Alvyn Walker, Bridging the Digital Divide

Chi Hack Night

For the month of February, we will be celebrating Black History Month at Chi Hack Night. We will feature presentations from prominent African Americans in tech and civic life here in Chicago. Read more about the series here.

On February 6, we will welcome Alvyn Walker of Leave No Veteran Behind, a national non-profit organization that invests in veterans through employment training, transitional jobs, and educational debt relief scholarships.

After his own service in the military, Al now supports veterans through workforce development programs that focus on technology training and youth mentorship. Al also contributes to collaborative community-based connectivity initiatives to set up Wi-Fi networks in Chicago’s South Shore community.

Al will talk about his work in bridging the digital divide and making technology accessible to everyone.

February 6, 6pm

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!