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.
During the first session, we’ll hear from people on the front line of civic work as they talk about their day to day challenges in the fields of education, housing, hunger, disaster response, public safety , and child protective services. In the afternoon, we’ll break out into group and prototype apps that may help address these challenges.
If the weather is nice, we’ll also be going outside to do some hands-on mapping in the Loop. We’ll supply some paper maps, pens, and clipboards to make mapping easier, but bring a phone to take pictures.
This should be a great event for anyone to get involved in mapping their communities and to learn about OpenStreetMap.
If you’ve never used OpenStreetMap, here’s a short video by Ian Dees about how it works.
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!