Date(s) - 08/14/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chi Hack Night
August 14, 6pm
If you’re a Chicagoan, Jason Kunesh is your design director. What does that even mean? He’s working to introduce product & service design disciplines and techniques to make sure the city is accessible, inclusive, and strategic when it launches tech products.
At Chi Hack Night, Jason will be sharing what he’s done in the first six months he’s been at the city and some things he’d like to do in the future, and chatting about how to engage with the public and the civic tech community around projects like the Chicago Design System
Most importantly, he wants to hear from you: What should be focused on? What could be improved? How can residents and the city work together?
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!