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Side effects of civic technology partnerships may include healthier cities

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One of the success stories in Chicago’s civic innovation community is the rapid spread of health related apps that have come out of both the volunteer civic technology community and paid development efforts. This started last year with Tom Kompare’s …

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Schoolcuts.org: How to build & maintain a civic app

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This blog is cross-posted from the Smart Chicago Collaborative. View the original post and additional videos here. Since schoolcuts.org first launched two months ago, the team has been working around the clock to add new features and information to the site. One …

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Chicago: City of Big Data and National Day of Civic Hacking

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For National Day of Civic Hacking, Chicago will play host to three separate events. The first is the ChicagoMigraHack, a hackathon focused on the issue of immigration. The second event will be a youth focused hackathon at the Adler Planetarium. …

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Chicago Starts User Testing Group

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In Chicago, the Smart Chicago Collaborative helps provide infrastructure to the local civic developer community. They provide server space for civic apps as well as a physical space for OpenGov Hack Nights. They are also partners with the City of Chicago, developing apps (and reusable code) that …

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Flu App Spreads

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Less than 36 hours after Boston declared a public health emergency over this year’s dangerous flu virus, Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics redeployed Chicago’s flu shot app. Originally developed in Chicago by Tom Kompare, the flu shot app …

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City of Chicago Adopts Flu Shot App Built by Civic Hackers

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The City of Chicago has announced it’s officially adopting a flu shot app built by volunteer civic hacker Tom Kompare. The flu shot app provides a quick and easy way for citizens to find where to get a flu shot. Using the …

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