Civic Tech in Chicago — August‘s Top Events

 |   MSFT Chicago Staff

Hello, August! This month’s all about sun and fun — and these top picks for civic tech events in our city:

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

ChiHackNight
6pm—10pm
Braintree office 222 W Merchandise Mart Plz 8th Floor, Chicago

Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from amazing speakerslearn from each other and work on civic projectsEveryone is welcome!

We are a group of thousands of designers, academic researchers, data journalists, activists, policy wonks, web developers and curious citizens who want to make our city more just, equitable, transparent and delightful to live in through data, design and technology.

August 2

Chicago City Data User Group
6pm—7:30pm
The Microsoft Technology Center Chicago Aon Center – 200 E. Randolph Ste 200, Chicago

The Center for Neighborhood Technology delivers game-changing research, tools, and solutions to create sustainable and equitable communities. From sustainable water strategies to transit-oriented development to cargo and freight movement, CNT takes a data driven approach to the environmental and economic sustainability of our neighborhoods.

Dr. Peter Haas is CNT’s Chief Research Scientist. He recently showed a group of participants in the Urban Sustainability Challenge the data and tools that they leveraged and built around land development in the city and I knew it had to be shared! Peter has been integral in the development of CNT’s location efficiency metrics, and developed its well-known Housing and Transportation (H+T ®) Affordability Index.

Join us on August 2nd at the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago to hear Peter talk about data used around land development. And…there will be pizza.

August 3

FinTank’s Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
6pm—8pm
333 South Wabash Avenue Suite 2700, Chicago

Please join us as we continue our Data Analytics + Business Intelligence (BI) journey at FinTank.
Data Analytics + Business Intelligence covers the process of collecting, analyzing, and telling stories with data to help businesses see farther into the past so they can make better decisions in the future.

August 5

Design for America Project Expo
3:30pm—5pm
Northwestern University | Donald P. Jacobs Building 2001 Sheridan Rd., Evanston

This year, DFA teams will explore: “How can we expand accessibility in urban areas?” Teams will share their work to ensure the inclusion of those with differing abilities into the fabric of our communities and the future development of our cities.

August 8

ITA Tech Talk: Tales from the Trenches
4:30pm—6pm
SPR Consulting Office 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3500

​It seems like almost everyone around us in technology is assembling an IoT demo. They even make it look easy. Sure, with the tools available today getting a demo together can go rather quickly, but moving your idea to an enterprise environment where the solution needs to be rock solid and bulletproof takes considerably more time and rigor.

Would you like to know more about how an IoT project really operates? Join our panel of experts as they reflect on real-world experiences working in IoT projects from the trenches.

August 10

ITA Tech on Tap
5:30pm—7pm
Enova Office 175 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1000

​You are invited to join ITA at the Enova office to network and collaborate with your peers in the Chicago tech community. Enjoy an adult beverage while developing new relationships, expanding your contact base and driving your business forward.

August 15

Women Influence Chicago
5:30pm—7:30pm
Avionos, 33 N LaSalle Street, The Vault – Lower Level (basement), Chicago

​Register now for Women of Influence Chicago on Tuesday, August 15 from 5:30 – 7:30pm for an exciting event focused on empowering women to find their way in a tech- and data-enabled world.

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