The Collaborative Economy Goes To Chi Hack Night
The Kola Nut Collaborative has launched a working group within Chi Hack Night for the purpose of providing an opportunity for participants to learn about the mission, process, and platform of our timebank. Chi Hack Night is a dynamic civic and social hacking space where tools for improving social engagement are designed, discussed, and developed by accomplished coders and non-coders alike.
With the launch of this space, the Kola Nut Collaborative hopes to carve out and cultivate room in existing sectors of Chicago’s social commons where new tools may be deployed in service of the commons. The Kola Nut Collaborative timebank is one such tool for developing an egalitarian social currency which can provide additional infrastructure for incentivizing engagement in projects which expand community in new and enriching ways.
More details about Chi Hack Night and our working group may be found below.
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!
What happens at a hack night?
Every week, we have a 10-15 minute presentation by a government agency, non-profit, company or group who’ve made use of open data or built a civic technology application. The goal of these presentations is to showcase the different uses and opportunities, as well as challenges and successes in the civic technology movement.
After the presentation, the format of the event is similar to that of a hackathon where breakout groups self-organize to work on civic apps, discuss policies and their implications, learn technical skills and network with a welcoming and diverse community at the intersection of technology and government.
But I’m not a techie!
That’s ok! We encourage non-technical folks to pair up and learnfrom our community’s designers and developers. We’ve seen time and time again, he best civic projects come from teams with a diverse background.
Remember, there’s much more to making a great app than just coding.
There is food! You are also welcome to take up to 2 non-alcoholic drinks from the ‘everyone’ refrigerator (not the food in the fridge, please).
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Are you interested in co-hosting? Talk to Christopher/Derek!
Please keep announcements, job postings, breakout pitches less than 30 seconds
Braintree space: The rooms in Blue, we are welcome to use. Everything else is off limits please! Please do not disable or disconnect anything in the Braintree rooms. If you need help, ask one of the Braintree staff. Don’t touch what’s not yours – “Scooters, Monitor Plugs, the little floating cloud lights”
Hosted by Chi Hack Night in Merchandise Mart
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm