Date(s) - 02/20/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chi Hack Night
February 20, 6pm
Black Tech Mecca is a data driven think tank dedicated to building thriving Black Tech Ecosystems through research, education and advocacy.
Fabian Elliott, CEO of Black Tech Mecca, will discuss Black Tech Mecca’s groundbreaking research report, Unleashing Chicago’s Black Tech Ecosystem: Assessing, Defining, and Growing Chicago’s BTE.
The report evaluates the engagement of local Black communities with the tech sector along three main pillars: academic, corporate, and entrepreneurship. The study includes recommendations for strengthening local data pipelines, removing barriers, and increasing opportunities for Black participation in the local tech sector, thus increasing the region’s overall potential for economic growth.
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!