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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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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]
Thoughts on the Gigabit City Summit

Thoughts on the Gigabit City Summit

Last week, I traveled with Kyla Williams, Sonja Marziano, and Christopher Whitaker to Kansas City, MO for the Gigabit City Summit - A three-day learning and networking opportunity exclusively designed for leaders in current and emerging Gigabit Cities. The host city of Kansas City was chosen to be the first city with Google Fiber.[more]
Show your stats: Smart Chicago Blog Edition

Show your stats: Smart Chicago Blog Edition

As part of our philosophy to be open and transparent, we've got a new feature— Show Your Stats. In the civic tech world, we make a lot of stuff and we churn our legs in the right direction, but there's very little public feedback loop on how we're doing and[more]
The Next Eliminate the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee Meeting is February 3, 2015

The Next Eliminate the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee Meeting is February 3, 2015

The next meeting of the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee is Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m at 100 W. Randolph St. Ste. 3-400 Chicago, IL 60601. This is on the third floor in the offices of the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity in the Director’s Conference[more]
Remarks at Gigabit City Summit, Kansas City, MO, January 2015

Remarks at Gigabit City Summit, Kansas City, MO, January 2015

Following is a presentation I made to the Gigabit City Summit. First of all, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that I’m from Chicago, and Chicago is not a gigabit city. I think it would be fair to characterize us as gigabit-curious. It was a great day here yesterday. I see[more]
CUTGroup in 2015

CUTGroup in 2015

Last year was a time of great growth and documentation for our Civic User Testing Group project. We completed six tests on different civic websites and applications including: OpenStreetMap, EveryBlock, Waitbot, Foodborne Chicago, Build it! Bronzeville, and Expunge.io. Also, 163 people signed up to be part of the CUTGroup over the last[more]