Big Shoulders — Zach Borders, Civic Artworks

| Adam J. Hecktman

Adam Hecktman and Zach Borders

Businesses of all sizes have been using productivity platforms to collaborate for decades now. Further, social networking has become the de facto way that we share ideas and interests with like-minded people all over the world. Both technologies have helped people overcome traditional barriers to conversation, ideation, and planning. Civic Artworks has recognized the applicability of such platforms to community organizing and communicating with public officials. To that end, they have created a platform of their own that gives communities the tools they need to shape the future of their neighborhoods.

In my latest Big Shoulders, an web series exploring Chicago’s civic technology space and its leaders, I had the pleasure of hosting Zach Borders, the CEO and Founder of Civic ArtWorks. Zach explains how the Municipal platform empowers community members with the tools they need to fund, plan, and execute projects that impact their neighborhoods.

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Adam J. Hecktman

You may recognize Adam. He’s a regular on TV, you can hear him on the radio, he’s penned numerous articles and is the co-founder of the Chicago City Data Users Group. But some of Adam’s most important work is done behind the scenes in his role as Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Engagement for Chicago. Tech giants, universities and government leaders turn to Adam for guidance on all matters technology, and he happily obliges, helping Chicago overcome challenges and capitalizing on new, exciting opportunities.