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Speech at City Club: The Need for Investment in the Digital Lives of All

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Speech at City Club of Chicago in the Public Policy Luncheon Series, September 8, 2014.

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Speech at City Club: The Need for Investment in the Digital Lives of All

  1. 1. The Need for Investment in the Digital Lives of All Daniel X. O’Neil City Club of Chicago September 8, 2014 1 @danxoneil @smartchicago
  2. 2. Points @danxoneil @smartchicago • Where you from? • About Smart Chicago • A focus on infrastructure for others • What you can do September 8, 2014 2
  3. 3. Where you from? September 8, 2014 3
  4. 4. Where you from? September 8, 2014 4
  5. 5. Where you from? September 8, 2014 5
  6. 6. @danxoneil @smartchicago Where you from? September 8, 2014 6
  7. 7. @danxoneil @smartchicago So anyway ya, buy all my books on Amazon. Thanks. September 8, 2014 7
  8. 8. @danxoneil @smartchicago OK enough of that. Let’s talk about something that really matters. September 8, 2014 8
  9. 9. Our Principles Technology Open Everyone Chicago September 8, 2014 9
  10. 10. @danxoneil @smartchicago First thing I want you to know is we have just 3 employees September 8, 2014 10
  11. 11. Our Principles Technology Open Everyone Chicago September 8, 2014 11
  12. 12. @danxoneil @smartchicago We’re all about technology • Everything we do relates to technology • We are of and about the Internet • We believe in the transformative power of the Internet to change lives and build the economy for all September 8, 2014 12
  13. 13. @danxoneil @smartchicago We are open • Open source code • More importantly: open processes, open minds, open methods • Allowing others “in”, wherever that may be September 8, 2014 13
  14. 14. @danxoneil @smartchicago Target market: everyone • We believe in the power of the network • The network needs everyone in it in order for it to be powerful • We work on solutions that cover the entire city September 8, 2014 14
  15. 15. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago is our middle name • All of our work is done here • Unique and thriving ecosystem • We serve as a model for others September 8, 2014 15
  16. 16. The Strategy September 8, 2014 16
  17. 17. @danxoneil @smartchicago Access, Skills, and Data Smart Chicago is a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. We work on increasing access to the Internet, improving skills for using Internet, and developing meaningful products from data that measurably contribute to the quality of life of residents in our region and beyond. September 8, 2014 17
  18. 18. @danxoneil @smartchicago Access If you’re not connected to the Internet, it is difficult for technology to be of much use to you. September 8, 2014 18
  19. 19. @danxoneil @smartchicago Skills If you can’t use the Internet, being connected isn’t going to be all that meaningful. September 8, 2014 19
  20. 20. @danxoneil @smartchicago Data We construe data as content. Because there has to be something meaningful to look at once you’re connected and skilled. September 8, 2014 20
  21. 21. The Founders: 2 Philanthropies, 1 Municipality September 8, 2014 21
  22. 22. @danxoneil @smartchicago The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation • A center for ideation and conception • Julia Stasch: 2007 report, “The City that NETWorks” • Our primary source of funding September 8, 2014 22
  23. 23. @danxoneil @smartchicago The Chicago Community Trust • Provides housing for the organization and is fiscal agent • At the center of funding and knowledge for the region • Critical financial, human resources, and other support September 8, 2014 23
  24. 24. @danxoneil @smartchicago The City of Chicago • The most important policy lever in the region • Departmental relationships • A critical partner for having impact and getting things done September 8, 2014 24
  25. 25. The Funding September 8, 2014 25
  26. 26. @danxoneil @smartchicago Sources of Capital • MacArthur: primary; essential • CCT: critical back-office support as well as grants • Sprague: on-target programs centered on health • Knight: an essential, growing partner focused on civic engagement • Cook County: to do open data work September 8, 2014 26
  27. 27. We function as a tech development outfit. September 8, 2014 27
  28. 28. The Work September 8, 2014 28
  29. 29. @danxoneil @smartchicago Focus on infrastructure We make technology, programs, and initiatives that allow others to be more effective— to provide clarity and impetus September 8, 2014 29
  30. 30. @danxoneil @smartchicago Amazon Web Services • We host dozens of apps for civic hackers • At a moment’s notice & for as long as they want • This allows us to be helpful at the moment of inspiration • Eliminating stoppers, encouraging innovation September 8, 2014 30
  31. 31. @danxoneil @smartchicago Project Work and Office Space • We have three employees at Smart Chicago • A deliberate strategy to spread revenue, power, and growth across the ecosystem • We are founding tenants of 1871, going back to May 2012 • We’ve helped jumpstart a half dozen companies • OpenGov Hack Night— an institution. There because of our seats September 8, 2014 31
  32. 32. @danxoneil @smartchicago CUTGroup • Civic User Testing Group as a new model for UX testing, digital skills development, and community engagement in civic tech • 800+ residents are available • We’ve paid each of them a $5 VISA gift card. When they participate in a test, they get a $20 gift card • We help the developers design and implement UX testing and it allows us to be deeply engaged with communities while improving digital skills September 8, 2014 32
  33. 33. @danxoneil @smartchicago Eliminate The Digital Divide Advisory Committee • I am the chair of this state-based grant program • They give grants to community technology centers all over the state of Illinois • Allows me to be more plugged in to the investments happening outside of a particular jurisdiction September 8, 2014 33
  34. 34. @danxoneil @smartchicago Cook County Open Data Work • We have a contract with the County to assist them with their data portal • Pure block-and-tackle technical assistance • Helping publish data that grows the ecosystem September 8, 2014 34
  35. 35. @danxoneil @smartchicago And we produce a lot of software. September 8, 2014 35
  36. 36. @danxoneil @smartchicago Foodborne Chicago • We use computers & code to search Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning in Chicago • We do as much as we can to automatically zero-in on the tweets we think are really about a possible food poisoning case and really coming from Chicago • Then real humans review the tweets and @reply back to people with a link back to our site, hoping to generate legitimate service requests September 8, 2014 36
  37. 37. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago Early Learning • Easily find early learning programs near your home or work • Compare programs side-by-side to select the highest quality option for your child • Kick off the enrollment process September 8, 2014 37
  38. 38. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago Works For You • Citywide dashboard with ward-by-ward views of service delivery in Chicago • Slice, dice, view, review • Sort by whatever interests you • Automatic, running totals September 8, 2014 38
  39. 39. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago Health Atlas • View citywide information about health trends and take action near you to improve your own health • Our health programs are run by Kyla Williams • Also: Smart Health Centers September 8, 2014 39
  40. 40. Sometimes I wonder: where are all the people? @danxoneil @smartchicago
  41. 41. Big data can be empty of humans. @danxoneil @smartchicago
  42. 42. Thing is: Humans have immense use. @danxoneil @smartchicago
  43. 43. OK just two more things. September 8, 2014 43
  44. 44. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago School of Data • There is a Chicago School of Data emerging • One that places people at the center • One in the service of people September 8, 2014 44
  45. 45. @danxoneil @smartchicago Chicago School of Data • Chicago School of Data Days • Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 • Let’s do this September 8, 2014 45
  46. 46. @danxoneil @smartchicago We have a chance to make Chicago the most dynamic digital city in the world. September 8, 2014 46
  47. 47. @danxoneil @smartchicago Tell me where you’re from. @danxoneil (773) 960-6045 doneil@cct.org September 8, 2014 47

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