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6pm Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016

#224 My Building Doesn't Recycle: Designing for Policy Change

How can an idea at a hack night become an app that affects policy change? Claire Micklin, Interaction Designer at The University of Chicago, will explain how civic apps can have the power to influence policy change and that policy change can be a realistic goal. When apps have a clear call to action, are digestible by journalists and citizens, and tell a compelling story, they can get the attention of policymakers - and change cities for the better.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office at Chi Hack Night

The U.S. Government Accountability Office at Chi Hack Night

Sep 16, 2016 by Steven Vance

On Tuesday, September 13th 2016, three analysts from the United States Government Accountability Office presented at Chi Hack Night to describe the data-intensive nature of their work assessing our federal government’s efficiency to a crowd of over 100 people. Presenters Rebecca Abela, Silvia Ellis, and Joanie Lofgren all work in the GAO’s Chicago office, one of 11 offices across the country.

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