Smart Chicago (United States of America)

Case Study

Smart Chicago (United States of America)

Chicago has a civic organisation devoted to improving lives in the city through technology, called Smart Chicago Collaborative. Founded in 2011 by the City of Chicago, The Chicago Community Trust, and MacArthur Foundation, Smart Chicago focuses on 3 guiding principles: access to technology and to the internet, digital skills to use the technology, and meaningful products from available data.

The Smart Chicago Collaborative develops work in several areas, promoting open data practices: Health, Education, Justice, Ecosystem for Social Innovation, and Special Initiatives.

In the scope of the Health Programme, 3 projects are ongoing: Chicago Health Atlas (city-wide information about health trends), Smart Health Centres, and Foodborne Chicago (website dedicated to food poisoning). In the field of Education, the projects that are being developed are the Chicago Early Learning Program (a platform to find and compare early learning programs), Youth-Led Tech (a technology mentoring programme for teenagers from 13 to 18 in the Chicago neighbourhoods of Austin, North Lawndale, and Roseland), and Connect Chicago (a network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, training of digital skills, and online learning resources are available for free). In the area of Justice, the projects are Crime and Punishment in Chicago (an index of data sources regarding the criminal justice system in Chicago), Convicted in Cook (a project that analyses conviction data received through the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County by the Chicago Justice Project), and (a website designed for people with juvenile records in Illinois to start the process of expunging or erasing those records). The Ecosystem Programme comprises many projects: Array of Things Civic Engagement, Chicago School of Data, Cook County Open Data, CUTGroup, Developer Resources, Documenters, and Open Grid for Smart Cities. Finally, the Special Initiatives include 4 projects: Connect Chicago, Deep Dive, Smart Chicago Evaluation 2016, and Civic Works.


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Improved Education and Training.


Description of the specific objectives:

- Improve lives in the city through technology;

- Close the digital divide.


City of Chicago; The Chicago Community Trust; MacArthur Foundation.

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