Smart Chicago is a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. We work on increasing access to the Internet, improving skills for using Internet, and developing meaningful products from data that measurably contribute to the quality of life of residents in our region and beyond.
We are a startup that was founded in part by our municipal government and nurtured by some of its most venerable institutions. Our founding partners are the City of Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The Chicago Community Trust. As a funding collaborative, we help bring together municipal, philanthropic, and corporate investments in civic innovation.
We have a host of current projects and partnerships, and we are actively seeking to connect ideas and resources in all areas of philanthropy in Chicago.
Over the last few weeks, there’s been a new format at Chicago’s OpenGov Hack Night in an effort to bring more leaders into the management of hack night.
On July 24th, Smart Chicago Collaborative will present at the Cook County Land Bank Workshop at the Union League Club, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council. The workshop will help attendees understand how to work with the land bank to either buy or donate properties. Smart Chicago will present on how to locate information about properties. We’ve outlined our presentation below the fold complete with a video demo.
11928 S Praire Ave, Photo by Robin Amer
On July 8th, 2014, several teams for the Data Science for Social Good Program presenting their work-in-progress to a packed Chicago OpenGov Hack Night.
I chair the Eliminate the Digital Divide Advisory Committee , which advises the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in establishing criteria and procedures for identifying recipients of grants under the Digital Divide Elimination Act.
Here’s meeting notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CF6J9L_uG0xCR5AgbC3_IMMfK76lUlo2lxGQOLqQcXA/edit