Civic Tech in Chicago — September’s Top Events

Sep 1, 2017   |   MSFT Chicago Staff

Summer isn’t quite over yet, but we’re ready for fall to hit! With students heading back to school and cool weather heading back into Chicago, we’re here to help you stay busy this September:

September 4

We Ride Juntos: Promoting Safe Neighborhoods
9:30am—12:30pm
La Villita Park 2800 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago

Slow Roll Chicago, Universidad Popular, Working Bikes, Esperanza Health Centers, Lawndale Christian Fitness Center, and Little Village Violence Prevention Collaborative present the…

We Ride Juntos:
Promoting Safe Neighborhoods

Join us for a beautiful morning ride on the Labor Day Holiday, exploring the Little Village and North Lawndale neighborhoods.

September 5, 12, 19, 26

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

The Chi Hack Night is a free, weekly event in Chicago to build, share and learn about civic tech and tools to create, support, or serve public good. Join us every Tuesday from 6-10pm on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart to hear from interesting speakers, learn from each other and work on civic projects. Non-techies are very welcome!

September 6

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

Blockchain has been finding more and more use cases in the social impact and civic space. When the requirement is that records be distributed, immutable, and secure, many minds automatically move in the direction of the distributed ledger. Take data on students, for example. Every time you do research that requires looking at student data, permissions are required by the custodians of those records (parents, students, etc.). Come hear from Impact Lab’s Matt Gee on how THRIVE is looking at this approach to support research that in turn is supporting Chicago youth from cradle to career.

September 9

The Back to School Side-by-Side Family Bike Ride
9am—12pm
Walter Henri Dyett High School For The Arts 555 E 51St St, Chicago

Slow Roll Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools Office of Family & Community Engagement in Education (FACE2) and our many community partners to present… The First Annual BACK TO SCHOOL SIDE-BY-SIDE FAMILY BIKE RIDE exploring the historic Bronzeville neighborhood

September 11

Girls Who Code Chicago Book Signing
7pm—8pm
Women & Children First Bookstore 5233 N Clark St, Chicago

Join us for a reading of our first ever books and get your copies signed by Girls Who Code CEO & Founder, Reshma Saujani!

September 14

18th Annual CityLIGHTS Awards
6pm—10pm
Morgan Manufacturing 401 N Morgan St, Chicago

The CityLIGHTS Awards is the premier annual event in the region that elevates and honors achievements from the local technology community.

September 23

National Day of Civic Hacking

Calling all public servants, people with technology skills, and community organizers: National Day of Civic Hacking is your opportunity to show that government can work in the 21st century if we all build it together. Find an event near you and make a meaningful impact on some of your community’s toughest challenges.

September 23-24

TADHack Global, Chicago Location
9am—4pm
IIT Tower 7th Flr 10 West 35th Street, Chicago

For the 4th year running, TADHack Global 2017 will be the largest telecom focused hackathon in the world. Last year we had 3000 registrations resulting in 208 impressive hacks being created around the world, with over $75k won in cash. This Fall, the Chicago location on the 7th Floor of the IIT Tower at 35th and State will run over the 23rd – 24th September (Saturday-Sunday), and will be one of 30+ locations running in parallel around the world.

September 28

Chicago Tech Rocks
6pm—10pm
Metro 3730 North Clark Street, Chicago

Started in 2016, CTR is unique rock & roll fundraiser. Its sole aim is to DRIVE AWARENESS and RAISE MONEY in support of select non-profit schools and project-based learning programs that are helping prepare a new and diverse generation of technology talent.

2017 Sustain-a-City Celebration

CNT welcomes you to join us at the annual Sustain-a-City Celebration on September 28th, 2017. This unique evening of food and drinks will also feature presentations from the Urban Sustainability Tech Challenge, a collaborative team of entrepreneurs, community members, and technologists working to address a single urban sustainability challenge.

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