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Founder and Partner at
A civic technology and consulting company in Chicago
Lead Organizer of
Chi Hack Night
Chicago's weekly event to build, share & learn about civic tech
Group that create apps with open data to improve transparency and understanding of our government
Posted 24 Jun 2013
City councils shape nearly every aspect of city life, from what kind of canopy you can have on a storefront, to how much we pay in taxes, to the number of cops on the street. There's now an app for viewing all this legislative information: Councilmatic.
Posted 12 Jan 2013
On January 14, 2013, Google will deprecate the SQL API for their Fusion Tables platform. This post is here to help developers prepare for it (or more likely, fix things after they break).
Posted 14 Nov 2012
On August 17, 2012, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) launched a new version of their School Locator - an online map that helps parents find public schools for their kids. Unlike the map that came before it, this one is intuitive, easy to use, and took half the time to build. How was CPS able to accomplish this? By doing it in-house and using open source software.
Posted 29 Oct 2012
I'm going meta on my first blog post: how to set up a Jekyll blog inside a Sinatra app. A few people have written on this topic, but I had some specific requirements that no one addressed. So my goal here is to write the post I wish existed when I started out. Here it goes.