Michelle Frisque, CTO for Chicago Public Library

Date(s) - 03/27/18
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Hosted by
Chi Hack Night

Chi Hack Night – Michelle Frisque, CTO for Chicago Public Library

Chi Hack Night

March 27, 6pm

Chicago Public Library (CPL) welcomes and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and pursuit of lifelong learning. In its 80 locations, CPL strives to provide equal access to information, ideas and knowledge through books, programs and other resources throughout the city. As the Chief of Technology, Content and Innovation at CPL, Michelle Frisque ensures that the technology, collections, innovation framework and data support the library’s mission and strategic plan.

Michelle’s talk will explore the role that technology plays in supporting and advancing the libraries mission and the path Michelle took to become a librarian and technologist. She will explore how combined, these skills allow her to oversee an expansive system of public and staff computing, oversee the library’s digital strategy and the evaluation, introduction and dissemination of new technologies.

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!