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City of Chicago Tech Diversity Council Discussion

This month we're going to host leadership from Mayor Emanuel's Technology Industry Diversity Council. They've been hard at work since they were constituted earlier this year, and they have a series of recommendations that will be presented in the Mayor's Office Technology Plan.

Be sure to sign up to get a sneak peek and deep discussion of the Tech Diversity Council recommendations prior to their publication in the City's Technology Plan. Co-chairs Neal Sales-Griffin and Gabrielle Lyon will be here alongside City of Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva to expose these ideas to a wider audience and enlist anyone who wants to help. Other members of the Tech Diversity Council to be in attendance as well.

We'll also hear from Tina Fassett of the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies about their new Data Portal with 5 data sets broken into 16 housing market indicators available at multiple geographies for Cook County.

As usual, if you have any announcements or agenda items, let us know!


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  • Lola C.

    The DIGITAL DIVIDE has been exposed for years and years and years. It was shocking to hear that City Hall and CPS has had no plan in place already to address this topic that has been kicked around for more than 20 years. How in the world can inner city kids ever hope for a better future than exists in their neighborhoods today with no digital learning going on???? With the vetting and fighting that goes on between City hall and the CPS will take a decade to get this up and running. Thanks Daniel and Chris for providing a forum! Maybe finding the next Khan Academy and integrating that system for Chicago Schoolchildren would be a faster way to get results TODAY. Those attending should view the PBS series done by Queen Latiffa 15 years ago....those teachers had innovative ways to engage and educate....mostly with no $$. Neuroscience and gaming are great avenues to explore. That show was filmed FIFTEEN years ago! We don't need more polls and committees. We need action.

    2 · August 16, 2013

    • Daniel X. O.


      The City has had a number of plans in place to address the Digital Divide, and has executed on them relatively well.

      The first plan, in the early 2000s, was focused on the library system. The result is that all Chicago Public Libraries are beacons of internet access for thousands of residents, and has been for over a decade.

      The second, in the mid-ish 2000s, focused on municipal wi-fi. This did not happen. This whole idea/ milieu has definitely been un-fruitful, so that plan would definitely have to go in the "L" column.

      Another plan (which actually includes references to municipal wi-fi) is in The City That Networks http://www.slideshare...­. This is a pretty comprehensive document that contains the seeds for the access work of the Smart Chicago Collaborative as well as other great elements like LISC Chicago's Smart Communities project.

      August 16, 2013

    • Daniel X. O.

      These and other elements of the plan were put in place via more than $20 million of Federal and matching dollars in the context of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, a wide-ranging, multi-year program with dozens of partners spread all across the city. More info and lots of links here: http://www.smartchica...­.

      Lastly, the Mayor's Office has done lots of work on the overall Broadband Plan: http://digital.cityof...­. It is not yet complete, but there has been lots of action. More to come, as they say.

      I very much appreciate all of your work over decades in many different neighborhoods, Lola. I just wanted to make sure you and all have more info on this stuff!

      August 16, 2013

  • Evan M.

    important but we need more diversity. Still dominated by ivy league white guys...

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Brent G.

    Is there any less-than-exorbitant parking near there?

    August 15, 2013

  • Christopher W.

    You'll find me at the turnstile closest to Starbucks

    August 15, 2013

  • G G.

    I was on wait list, however, I cannot make it downtown for 6pm start. Thanks though.

    August 15, 2013

  • Christopher W.

    To get into the building, you'll need to see me. (I have the badges.) I'll be parked next to the security desk when you walk inside.

    1 · August 15, 2013

  • Greg S.

    NOOO! Have to miss another opengov meetup due to unavoidable family commitments. Hope you have a great session, see you next time.

    August 15, 2013

  • Anna B.

    Sorry to miss this!

    August 15, 2013

  • Randall B.

    twisted my ankle

    August 15, 2013

  • Bruce P.

    Bruce Paul

    August 14, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    Oy. Will not be able to attend.

    August 14, 2013

  • Bruce M.

    Hackers Called Into Civic Duty

    Chicago, Other Cities Work With Programmers to Leverage Data Troves for Public Purpose

    CHICAGO—Cash-strapped cities are turning to an unusual source to improve their online services on the cheap: helpful hackers, who use city data to create tools tracking everything from real-time subway delays to where to get a free flu shot near your home and information about a contentious school-closing plan.

    Hackers have been popularly portrayed as giving fits to national-security officials and credit-card companies, but the term also refers to people who like to write their own computer programs and help solve a variety of problems. Recently, hackers have begun working with cities to find ways of building applications, or apps, that make use of data—which gets stripped of personally identifiable information—that municipalities are collecting anyway in the regular course of governance.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Bruce M.

    Hackers Called Into Civic Duty in Chicago - Cities Work With Programmers to Leverage Data Troves for Public Purpose

    August 14, 2013

  • Gabriel C.

    Excited to see what we have in the pipeline!

    July 29, 2013

  • Lola C.

    There needs to be better interaction between city departments and ACCOUNTABILITY for waste or graft.

    July 23, 2013

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