Welcome.

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.

Data Potluck Live! Excel, OpenRefine, and featured partner: NFTE

Tonight, join us for Data Potluck at the Chicago Community Trust!

Chicago Community Trust from the Hallway

DataPotluck XII will continue their focus on hands-on workshopping of tools, focusing on Excel (everyone’s favorite workhorse) and OpenRefine (the coolest, free-est tool to clean data that you haven’t heard of).

Data Potluck’s featured non-profit partner this month is the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). They’ll have some of their data to work with to learn tools, and staff along for us to learn about–and help brainstorm on–their data- and analytics-related challenges.

This *is* a potluck so bring your favorite food or beverage! Our live stream coverage will begin at 6:15!