I take pictures of sports sometimes. Here’s a complete set of the 2017 season of the West Chicago Community High School Wildcats lacrosse club and some of my faves, below.
Wherever I go, I take pictures. Here’s images from Ad Hoc Retreat III, which wrapped today.
I have fond memories of the Executive Office Building
UPDATE: Here’s a snip from the blog post I wrote summarizing retreat
On Wednesday afternoon, our Vets.gov team took a tour of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, led by our colleagues on the U.S. Digital Service at VA team.
Today I participated in and documented the protests at O’Hare International Airport to protest the unjust immigration ban attempted by the Trump administration. Here’s the complete album and a group shot:
Since I bolted to O’Hare, a fellow member took over my ORD Camp session— an open meeting of AA:
Here’s my ORD Camp pic from this year:
Today I took a number of photos of a taxi that had crashed into a vestibule at Terminal 3 of O’Hare Airport. The images have been picked up by a number of news outlets, including Huffington Post: Taxi Slams Into Terminal 3 Entrance At Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Snip:
A taxi jumped a curb and smashed into the glass at an entrance to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday evening as Memorial Day travelers returned home.
Here’s a complete set of the photos.
Including this one, which has the driver (male, left) gazing at his error:
- – Research the questions and answers to the greatest degree possible. This includes learning more about the speakers, many of whom have decades of experience in their communities. Research and link to their organizations, their work, and the external documents, cases, and other matters that they reference
- – Aggregate the information and draw some rudimentary conclusions. This means simple things like counting attendees and speakers as well as some more sophisticated analysis like grouping comment types and themes.
My role was to manage the project— hire the videographers, writers, and photographers. I also attended most of the meetings and did all of the photo documentation for meetings 1, 2, and 3.
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:
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 resources, user 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.
Today I did a set of photos at a pretty historic day in literary and political Chicago, including this canonical one:
Here’s a video of me taking this picture of Sinker + the Mayor-Elect:
Here’s me in the studio as, seen in Fox News footage:
And WGN footage:
Fun day– nice to be a part of this very Chicago moment.