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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.

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Connect Chicago Featured in Report on how mapping is used to expand access to education environments

Connect Chicago Featured in Report on how mapping is used to expand access to education environments

The Connect Chicago website, a resourced maintained by Smart Chicago showing free computer access and digital skills locations across the city, is featured in Putting Learning on the Map: Visualizing Opportunity in 21st Century Communities. Published at New America, an organization "dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital[more]
Chicago School of Data Highlighted in the Chicago Community Trust Annual Report

Chicago School of Data Highlighted in the Chicago Community Trust Annual Report

Our Chicago School of Data project is highlighted in the 2014 Annual Report of the Chicago Community Trust.  Here's a snip: More data shared by more organizations will result in more benefits for everyone. That's the premise of the Chicago School of Data, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation[more]
CUTGroup #12 - Roll with Me

CUTGroup #12 - Roll with Me

For our twelfth Civic User Testing Group session, we tested the Roll with Me, a website that helps residents find accessible transit directions in Chicago. This test had two components— a week-long remote test with an in-person discussion at our offices – The Chicago Community Trust at 225 N. Michigan Ave in the Loop. Mohammad[more]
Kyla Williams-Legislative Fellow (India)

Kyla Williams-Legislative Fellow (India)

I have been selected by the U.S. Department of State traveling to India for 14 days, as part of the Legislative Fellows exchange program. The Legislative Fellows program is a two-way exchange, sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Citizen Exchanges, and managed by World Learning, meant to[more]
Legal Assistance Foundation's Camille Taylor explains Juvenile Expungement

Legal Assistance Foundation's Camille Taylor explains Juvenile Expungement

As part of our work with Expunge.io, we rely on the expertise of the LAF. For over 40 years, LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) has provided free legal services in non-criminal matters to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. LAF and Cabrini Green Legal Aid run[more]
Health Data Ecosystem is Strengthened by Purple Binder's Adoption of Open Referral

Health Data Ecosystem is Strengthened by Purple Binder's Adoption of Open Referral

At Smart Chicago, we work with a lot of partners to encourage the growth and development of the civic innovation sector of the technology industry. There is a nascent ecosystem that thrives on standards and sharing. Yesterday we were happy to see a big step forward in the ecosystem as it relates to[more]
California Healthcare Foundation: Preventing Foodborne Illness in Chicago

California Healthcare Foundation: Preventing Foodborne Illness in Chicago

Here's an interesting article covering how improvements in food safety can be traced directly to open data initiatives. Snip: Chicago health officials and their partners are also using social media to increase the reporting of suspected food-related illnesses. For example, using the city's FoodBorne Chicago application, health officials are mining the tweets and online reviews of[more]
Scrappers Film Group at OpenGov Hack Night

Scrappers Film Group at OpenGov Hack Night

At this week's OpenGov Hack Night, on Tuesday, January 20, Scrappers Film Group presented on turning data into cinema. Scrappers Film Group provides film production work to journalistic, documentary, business, and socially motivated clientele. They first were introduced to OpenGov Hack Night after producing a segment for GapersBlock on OpenGov Hack Night. Here's the[more]