Chi Hack Night – Alya Adamany Woods, ChicagoNEXT

Date(s) - 03/06/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night –  Alya Adamany Woods, ChicagoNEXT

Chi Hack Night

March 6, 6pm

This week, we welcome Alya Adamany Woods, Executive Director of ChicagoNEXT at World Business Chicago.

ChicagoNEXT is a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in Chicago’s technology community, governed by a council of industry leaders. Their initiatives include grantmaking through the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge, attracting tech investment through the Chicago Venture Summit, and building up Chicago’s talent pool through ThinkChicago.

A veteran in Chicago policy, business and tech, Alya’s talk will focus on a broad question: As Chicago’s tech community grows up, what is the role of government and nonprofit partners in ensuring equitable access to our innovation ecosystem?

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!