Chicago Tech Plan 18 Month Update

Today the City of Chicago Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman announced an 18-month update to Chicago’s Tech Plan.


The work of Smart Chicago is deeply represented in this Tech Plan. Here’s an excerpt from the Smart Chicago blog post about the plan:

Civic Innovation

A big part of the city’s strategy around civic innovation is supporting the work of civic technologists here in Chicago. As part of the Tech Plan, Smart Chicago will continue to provide resources to civic technologists like developer resourcesuser testing, and financial support to civic technology projects.

The Tech Plan also calls out our work with the Chicago School of Data. The two day experience was wholly based on the feedback we received from dozens of surveys, months of interviews, and a huge amount of research into the work being done with data in the service of people. If you missed the conference, here are some of the key takeaways.

The Civic User Testing Group also plays a part in the Tech Plan and has recently been expanded to include all of Cook County.

Chicago Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman stated that Chicago has the strongest civic innovation community in the country. A large part of that community has been the Chi Hack Night, now in it’s fourth year with attendance now reaching over 100 people regularly.

Here’s the update in full.

Panel: Mikva Challenge New Civics Practitioner Conference

Today I participated in a panel at the Mikva Challenge New Civics Conference on civic tech. Here’s a description  of the conference:

The tools and strategies for teaching civics are changing. This conference will provide in-depth training and comprehensive exposure to a range of new civics instruction: from action civics to youth media production, from digital civic learning to controversial issues debates.

And info on the panel:

Join Daniel X. O’Neil (Smart Chicago), Becky Michelson (EngagementLab) and Lisa Kim (Mikva Challenge) in a conversation on the role of technology in activism campaigns with students. This workshop will explore how student led civic tech can transform issues and civic solution making, and help students develop their civic identity and passion as well as media literacy skills. Each panelist will share about how they use digital tools as a strategy for youth civic engagement, participate in a moderated discussion and take questions from workshop participants.