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6pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

#314 The opportunity of civic tech

It is said that Chicago has one of the strongest and most vibrant civic technology communities in the world, but what even is civic tech? What are the opportunities in the civic tech space and what has changed over the past few years that make these opportunities possible? Derek Eder, Founder of Chi Hack Night and DataMade, will answer these questions (and more!).

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The opportunity of civic tech

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Chi Hack Night on WTTW Chicago Tonight

Chi Hack Night on WTTW Chicago Tonight

May 18, 2018 by Derek Eder

On May 16, 2018 WTTW Chicago Tonight featured Chi Hack Night on their program. The segment covered our 300th event and included interviews with a cross-section of our community.

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