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6pm , Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#247 Robin Robinson: Fostering Stronger Community & Police Relationships

In June 2016, as part of their strategy to foster stronger community faith and partnerships in Chicago’s neighborhoods, the Chicago Police Department hired Robin Robinson, a longtime Chicago television news anchor as special advisor on community affairs. Robin will discuss the role she has taken on and the work needed to rebuild trust between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.

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Robin Robinson: Fostering Stronger Community & Police Relationships

Women in Civic Tech: Satellite Events

Smart Chicago Collaborative and Chi Hack Night have teamed up to create the Women in Civic Tech speaking series in celebration of Women’s History Month in an effort to elevate the talented, diverse women in civic-driven technology across Chicago.

As part of this series, we will be holding two satellite hack night events on the West and South sides of Chicago.

Women in Civic Tech: Creators & Founders 6pm, Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Women in Civic Tech: Creators & Founders

Wednesday, March 29th we will convene at the Homan Square Community Center and hear from panel of civic tech creators and founders to hear about their personal narratives. The panel will feature Allyson Scrutchens of Forward Planning and Dima Elissa of VisMed-3D.

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Women in Civic Tech: Amplifiers of Community Voice 6pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017

Women in Civic Tech: Amplifiers of Community Voice

Thursday, March 30th we will convene at the DuSable Museum of African-American History and hear from a panel of amplifiers of community voice featuring Andrea Hart of City Bureau, Aviva Rosman of Ballot Ready and Tiana Epps-Johnson of Center for Tech and Civic Life.

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Technology alone can

Technology alone can't solve Chicago's murder problem

Mar 10, 2017 by Steven Vance , Christopher Whitaker

As members of Chi Hack Night, an open group that has been shaping civic technology in Chicago for five years, we responded to Scott Moorhouse’s opinion piece suggesting a hackathon to solve Chicago’s violence problem.

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