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Side effects of civic technology partnerships may include healthier cities

Posted on by Christopher Whitaker in Chicago, Civic Hacking, Open Data

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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Brigade 101: How to Hack Night

Posted on by Noel Hidalgo in Brigade, Chicago, Citizenship, Civic Hacking, Data, Hackathon, Oakland

Following in the footsteps of Chicago’s Open City Open Gov Hack Night, Code for America Brigades are increasing innovation and building a national network of weekly meetups to socialize, code, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration for civic change. These hack nights …

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Lessons from Brigade, Year One: DO THIS!

Posted on by Kevin Curry in Brigade, Campaigns, Chicago, Civic Hacking, Open Impact

“If we’re not documenting these experiences and sharing them, then how do we justify all these resources?” ~ Steven Clift (@democracy) speaking with fellows about the need to share learning In November, I wrote to the 2012 Fellows during their …

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A Very Chicago Thanksgiving

Posted on by Jesse Bounds in 2012 City, 2012 fellows, Chicago, Commentary, Fellowship

It’s time to say thanks to the dedicated public servants that helped our Fellows navigate City Hall and champion our mission. And to the Cities that opened their doors, their minds, and their databases to the 2012 Fellows. The 2012 …

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City of Chicago Adopts Flu Shot App Built by Civic Hackers

Posted on by Christopher Whitaker in Brigade, Chicago, Civic Hacking, News

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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Brigade Spotlight: Chicago

Posted on by Jack Madans in Brigade, Chicago, Civic Hacking, Collaboration, Open Data

When it comes to strong civic hacking communities; Chicago has an embarrassment of riches. Captain Christopher Whitaker talks about keeping the momentum, Chi-towns civic hacking heroes, and why it’s just as possible in your city. What’s the origin story of …

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Hello 311 Labs

Posted on by Jesse Bounds in 2012 fellows, Chicago, News, Open Data

Code for America fellows work on a wide variety of projects with their city partners, other organizations, community members, and interested civic hackers. The applications that fellows create range from whimsical to serious, and from simply making a point to …

Capturing the whole story in Chicago

Posted on by Ben Sheldon in 2012 fellows, Chicago, Commentary

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This weekend the Code for America fellows shipped out. As one of the four members on Team Chicago, I arrived at O’Hare on Saturday night with a month’s worth of luggage in tow and caught a taxi to what would …