Introducing Chi Hack Night

Published on May 12, 2015 by Derek Eder

The Open Gov Hack Night is now Chi Hack Night!

I’m happy to announce the new name and logo for our event.

Chi Hack Night

Since we started 3 years and 155 events ago, our event has grown into a community all its own. We emerged out of the Open Government movement here in Chicago, and have become something much more.

We’re not just about Open Gov anymore. We’re about Chicago.

And we have a new website, too!

Along with this new branding and identity, designed by my lovely and talented wife Aya O’Connor, comes a re-designed and re-organized website, now located at

Here’s a few highlights:

  • Events - Browse the full list of all 155 events we’ve hosted at the Chi Hack Night, including speakers, agendas, videos (thanks to Christopher Whitaker and Smart Chicago), and photos.

  • Breakout groups - See our ever growing list of Breakout groups and their topic facilitators, including pictures of their beautiful faces.

  • Community - We’ve collected all our resources for online groups, open source projects, data sources, project contributors and other civic technology events all in one place.

  • Leadership Council - See every Leadership Council meeting we’ve held along with meeting notes and keep tabs on when the next one is happening.

  • Blog - We’ve merged in Civic Tech Voices, a community blog Cathy Deng set up for all members of the hack night to contribute to. We welcome anyone to contribute!

As with all of our projects, we’re constantly looking to make the Chi Hack Night website better and more informative for everyone. Pull Requests are always welcome!

About the author

Derek Eder

Derek Eder
Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is a co-founder and partner at DataMade — a company that tells stories and builds tools with data — and is the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night.