Conversation: Civic tech and data journalism: Better together

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Derek Eder of DataMade; Katie O'Shea of Chi Hack Night
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 10 at 10:15am
  • Location: Halsted
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

How can data journalists benefit from becoming involved in the civic tech community? How does the civic tech community benefit from data journalists’ involvement?  Join this session, led by organizers of Chi Hack Night (a weekly civic tech event in Chicago), to discuss what the two communities each bring to the table and what their collaboration, from data analysis and visualization to FOIA and collective impact, can achieve. 

Speaker Bios

  • Derek Eder is an entrepreneur, technologist, organizer and one of the leaders of the civic tech community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data and the lead organizer for Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building, sharing and learning about civic tech.

  • Katie O’Shea is a content strategist at 3Points Communications, a Chicago PR firm. She develops articles and other written content for clients and for the firm, helping build cohesive brand stories. Outside of work, Katie is an organizer of Chi Hack Night, Chicago’s premier weekly event for building, sharing and learning about civic tech. She also draws on drink coasters (instagram.com/artoncoasters). She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago. @shadyokay

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