All posts by Daniel X. O'Neil

Here’s an article in a leading industry magazine about Foodborne Chicago. Snip:

An added benefit for public health agencies is that FoodBorne Chicago is an open-source framework, which will enable other health departments adopt the application free of charge, Harris said. Richardson said the cost of developing the FoodBorne Chicago program was “minimal between staff time and a few nominal costs for the server, the URL and things like that.”

Funding Civic Technology: A Look at the SmartChicago Collaborative Mode

Read here. Snip:

Such operations show how SmartChicago’s model depends on each founding partner’s unique assets. DoIT, in addition to its federally-funded initiatives, provides a wealth of city data via its open data portal that fuels SmartChicago’s civic tech projects. As host for the organization, CCT provides a home and community-driven pulpit for SmartChicago. MacArthur, meanwhile, sustains crucial SmartChicago initiatives and investments that help create and maintain a strong civic tech network.   

300 Videos and Counting: A Treasure Trove of Civic Innovation

One of the most important things we do here at Smart Chicago is to document.

With our latest upload, we’ve hit 300 videos on our Smart Chicago YouTube Channel. We’ve got hours of video about the #CivicSummer program, the CUTGroup, and our how-to videos. We also have recordings of civic technology events in Chicago including OpenGov Hack Night, OpenGov Chicago, and the Connect Chicago Meetups.


We now live stream all of our events straight from our YouTube Channel. Don’t miss a thing—  can subscribe to our channel here.

Join Your Colleagues as an Admin of Connect Chicago

One of our favorite programs here is Connect Chicago, the meetups we hold that help create a community of shared learning in the hundreds of public computer centers and community technology centers here in Chicago. Consider joining!

The Connect Chicago website is a listing of more than 250 places in Chicago where you can use a computer for free. If you work at one of these locations, you can sign up to be an admin for your page.

Here’s a list of all admins to date— 58 out of 260 locations and counting!

A Knock At Midnight
Altgeld Library
Archer Heights Library
ARK of St. Sabina
Arturo Velasquez Institute (AVI)
Association House of Chicago
Auburn Gresham Senior Satellite Center
Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council CTC
Bezazian Library
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Bucktown-Wicker Park Library
Catholic Bishop of Chicago/St. Sabina ERC
Center for Changing Lives
Center of Higher Development – Lake Grove
Center of Higher Development – Magnolia
Center on Halsted
Charles Hayes Center
Chatham Business Association, Small Business Development, Inc.
Chicago Commons ETC
Community Job Training and Education Center
Community Job Training and Education Center
Douglass Library
Edgewater Library
Garfield Ridge Satellite Senior Center
Goodwill Industries Job Training Center
Greater Southwest Development Corporation
Harold Washington Library-HWLC
Howard Area Community Center
Indo-American Center
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) Community Technology Center
Instituto Del Progreso
Jane Addams Resource Corporation
Kelly Hall YMCA
Kennedy-King College
Kennedy-King College
Lake Parc Place
Little Village Library
Malcolm X College
Mather’s-More Than a Café (Higgins)
Mercy Housing- South Loop
Onward Neighborhood House
NEBC ( neighborhood empowerment for a better community )
Poder Learning Center
Renaissance Court at the Chicago Cultural Center
Roosevelt Library
Second Sense Beyond Vision Loss Technology Center (Access limited to people with vision loss)
SER Central States Little Village Center
GSDC Southwest REACH Center
Spanish Coalition for Housing
Spanish Coalition for Housing
Street-Level Youth Media Center
The Cara Program (West Loop Campus)
Metropolitan Family Services 63rd Street Corridor Center for Working Families
Metropolitan Family Services 63rd Street Corridor Center for Working Families
The Renaissance Collaborative
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Library
YWCA Parks Francis Community Technology Center