Three years of organizing, writing, and documenting in Chicago civic tech at the Smart Chicago Collaborative.
By Christopher Whitaker
Edited by Daniel X. O'Neil
Christopher Whitaker was a consultant to the Smart Chicago Collaborative,
a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology, from 2012 to 2015. Smart Chicago focuses on increasing access to the Internet, improving skills for using the Internet, and developing meaningful products from data that measurably contribute to the quality
of life of residents in our region and beyond.
Together, we created a new job type— part documenter, part organizer, part evangelist, part original writer and thinker about an emerging subsector of the technology industry— civic tech.