Throughout August and September, City Bureau teamed up with ProPublica Illinois to scrape, standardize and share Chicago public meeting information from a variety of sources in an effort to more easily coordinate and deploy City Bureau Documenters out to document the city’s public meetings (think City Council, the Chicago Police Board, CPS, Cook County Board, etc). That process has been detailed in a blog produced by Darryl Holliday (editorial director and co-founder of City Bureau) and David Eads (chief nerd at ProPublica Illinois). But the project isn’t complete without useful public tools. That’s where you come in.
Similar to a hack-a-thon, City Bureau’s first-ever design-a-thon is a FREE day-long event and training where students, designers, coders, journalists and community members will work together in teams to propose solutions to a single design challenge from a variety of perspectives and approaches. In short, they want to make a unique open-source tool that can be used by other journalism outlets, community organizations and civic groups to facilitate public oversight, civic discourse and independent watchdog projects in Chicago and beyond.
Throughout the day they’ll host free trainings and give out City Bureau swag—at the end of the day they’ll announce winners and prizes for the best design.
For more, feel free to check out our project’s Github: https://github.com/City-Bureau/documenters-aggregator
OR register for the Design-A-Thon: http://www.citybureau.org/design-a-thon