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CUTGroup #28 – Chicago Open Data Portal

For our twenty-eighth Civic User Testing Group (CUTGroup) session, we tested the newly redesigned homepage for the City of Chicago's ...

Recap of CUTGroup Collective Call with CUTGroup Detroit

On November 7, we conducted our first CUTGroup Collective Call with about 20 individuals who are either interested in or ...

Digital Inclusion Innovation in Chicago: Wi-Fi at Windsor Park

Windsor Park Lutheran Evangelical Church in Chicago’s South Shore is the home of a collaborative, community-based connectivity initiative. Along with ...

October Connect Chicago Meetup Recap: Refurbished Devices

The digital divide in Chicago is not just about Internet access and access to digital learning opportunities. It’s also about ...

‘Tis the Season for Strategy

In December 2011, I arrived as the second employee of the Smart Chicago Collaborative bringing over 20 years of human ...

Structural Success in Civic Tech

This blog post is also published on Data-Smart City Solutions and is by Glynis Startz — Smart Chicago’s 2016 Harvard ...

An Infographic on Computers & Internet Access in Chicago from 2013 – 2015

What is the state of at-home computer and broadband adoption in Chicago? We analyzed the most recent American Community Survey ...

Introducing the first CUTGroup Collective Call: CUTGroup Detroit’s Story

We are beginning a new series of community calls for those who are interested in the CUTGroup model for their ...

CUTGroup #24 – OpenGrid

Our CUTGroup Proctor, Nathalie Rayter, wrote the final analysis report for this test. The CUTGroup Proctor Program trains once highly ...

Inclusive Innovation for Smart Cities: HUBweek 2016

This September I had the opportunity to attend HUBweek and participate in the roundtable "#Tech4Democracy: Meet the Change Makers." The ...

Announcing the October Connect Chicago Meetup: Computer Refurbishing in Chicago

At the next Connect Chicago Meetup, we'll learn about computer refurbishing programs in Chicago. Refurbishing programs produce discounted devices (laptops, ...

Youth-Led Tech 2016 Innovations

Youth-Led Tech 2016 is in the books, however the work that was done in partnership with the Cook County Juvenile ...

Connect Chicago Digital Skills Road Map Working Group #1

On September 9th, Smart Chicago hosted the first meeting of Connect Chicago’s Digital Skills Road Map Working Group. Its purpose: ...

Announcing the September 2016 Connect Chicago Meetup: Connectivity, Training & Resources in Public Housing

At the next Connect Chicago Meetup, we'll be learning about the new connectivity, training, and device programs available at Chicago ...

Smart Chicago Ash Fellow Glynis Startz featured on Microsoft Chicago’s Civic Chat

This year at Smart Chicago we were pleased to host Glynis Startz, a Harvard Ash Center Summer Fellow in Innovation ...

Teamwork, Makes the Dream Work!

Smart Chicago Thanks the Youth-Led Tech Instructors Successful implementation of any program or project takes a huge amount of effort, ...

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