Good News!!! The Smart Chicago team is moving and now will be co-located with the City Digital Team at UI Labs. As such, our individual emails will be changing to:

Kyla Williams 

Sonja Marziano

Denise Linn     

Leslie Durr       

Our new mailing address is 1415 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 and general phone number is 312.281.6900.

Please check our website at or follow us on twitter @smartchicago for more updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Divvy Savvy at Open Gov Hack Night

This is a guest post from our igniTech intern, Lissette Lagunas, who is joining us for the summer. Lissette will be writing about the different breakout groups at hack night, starting with Transportation.

How many of you use Divvy as your means of transportation? How many riders have ever had the issue of stations being empty when you need it or full when you want to return it? At Open Gov Hack Night, the Transportation Breakout Group discussed these issues to find solutions for smooth riding. Open Gov Hack Night happens every Tuesday starting at 6 pm at 1871,  located on the 12th floor at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza.

Divvy bike sharing station
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Smart Chicago + IgniTech Summer Program

Over the summer, Smart Chicago has been hosting two young people as part of the Youth Service Project’s IgniTech Summer Youth Employment Program.  The goal of this program is

“is to provide youth with meaningful experiences in the Technology work sector, both in training and awareness to prepare them for future opportunities in their academic and professional future.”


Youth Service Project runs multiple youth-based programs in the greater Humboldt Park community. Through this 10 week program, Youth Service Project will offer

“supportive services to 20 ‘out of school youth,’ ages 16-24, who live in the Greater Humboldt Park community.  Each youth will receive $9 an hour for 20 hours of career readiness training, 36 hours of technology education, 36 hours of technology exploration activities, and hours of a technology employment experience, for a total of 210 hours.”

Interning at Smart Chicago

Lissette and Jessica have been with Smart Chicago for up to 15 hours a week to help with different projects. We have an interest is being open and flexible to ideas that they bring to us about the projects they want to participate in during their 10 week program. Tasks that they will be helping with includes:

  • Through the Chicago School of Data project Smart Chicago hopes to develop a collaborative  framework and tools for improving connections across the Chicago data ecosystem. Duties for this project could include:
    • Help create an inventory of data collecting and visualization tools that will be useful to organizations participating in this project
    • Other project tasks including research and collection of information
  • Assist with OpenGov Hack Nights (every Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00) and other Meetup events:
    • Work with Christopher Whitaker, Smart Chicago Consultant, to ensure event is setup and runs smoothly
    • Create content about events, including social media, live-streaming, blog posts, etc
  • Assist with Civic User Testing Group in terms of analysis, tests, and proctoring, as needed
  • Contribute to the Hive Mapping Cooperative, an effort to provide teens the ability to collect, manage, analyze, visualize, and share geo-referenced data through open source software. Duties may include:
    • Document youth using open source software, including challenges or successes
    • Help to create a survey to gather information on programs
  • Contribute to other projects and tasks as needed or of interest as indicated by youth

We are excited to have Lissette and Jessica join us  this summer– they have been a great addition to the team!


New Coders at OpenGov Hack Night

This summer, Smart Chicago Collaborative is participating in the IgniTech Summer Program. Smart Chicago Interns Jessica Waller and Lissette Lagunas will be attending the OpenGov Hack Nights and writing about the different breakout groups.  – Dan O’Neil 

New Coders at OpenGov Hack Night

Every Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 pm, people in the technology industry or wanting to join the industry come together for Open Gov Hack Night at 1871 in downtown Chicago. OpenGov Hack Night is broken into a presentation followed by breakout groups. If you’re new to programming and want to learn how to code, open source guru Karl Fogel and Englewood Codes Director Demond Drummer are leading the New Coders breakout group to help you out.

New Coders – Karl Fogel & Demond Drummer 
OpenGov Hack Night 1/21/13

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