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6:00pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019

#350 Meet the New Chi Hack Night

This week marks Chi Hack Night's 350th event and 7th anniversary! What started in a tiny room in 1871 as a place for people to discuss the open data movement and work with the new information that was coming from the city of Chicago has grown into one of the best-known civic tech events in the city. In 2018, Chi Hack Night community leaders and participants made the decision to incorporate as a non-profit to ensure the future of the organization and to adopt a structure that would better serve both the community of CHN and the city of Chicago.

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Meet the New Chi Hack Night

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Introducing the Chi Hack Night Board of Directors

Introducing the Chi Hack Night Board of Directors

Apr 11, 2019 by Derek Eder

We announced in November 2018 that after almost 7 years and 300 events, Chi Hack Night was forming as a non-profit. Since then, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes forming our new organization. Today, we are excited to announce a major step on that journey: our first Board of Directors!

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Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from amazing speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Everyone is welcome!

We are a group of thousands of designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who want to make our city more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology. More about us »

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Chi Hack Night is a central hub for Chicago's civic tech community. Here's the three best ways to get involved:

1. Go to Chi Hack Night. We meet every Tuesday at 6pm

2. Subscribe to updates on upcoming speakers and events

3. Browse our weekly breakouts to find your group


Chi Hack Night is organized by Derek Eder, Emily Drevets, Katie O'Shea and members of our Leadership Council, hosted at Braintree and supported by our amazing sponsors. DataMade is the fiscal sponsor.

Is your organization interested in becoming a Chi Hack Night sponsor? Drop us a line!