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This Week in #CivicTech: Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks

More than 27,000 people around the globe help make their communities and governments work better through the Code for America network. Here’s a brief snapshot of what happened across the network this week:

Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks

Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks maps public money used to incarcerate residents for drug related offenses by block. It shows that public money is spent overwhelmingly on certain neighborhoods. Using data, design, research and narrative, this civic technology argues that money is being spent ineffectively and proposes many alternatives. Chicago’s Million Dollar blocks was beautifully built by DataMade, in partnership with many local nonprofits and universities.

Chicago's Million Dollar Blocks

San Diego’s Open Data Inventory

San Diego Open Data Inventory was just released by Maksim Pecherskiy, San Diego’s Chief Data Officer and former Code for America Fellow. San Diego Open Data Inventory is built using Gitbook and R in a reproducible way, as best practice for other cities just starting out with their open data programs.

NYC BigApps 2015 opens for submissions

NYC BigApps 2015, one of the largest civic tech competition, is accepting new submissions.  This year, there are four categories: affordable housing, zero waste, connected cities, and civic engagement_. _NYC BigApps is supported by the Code for America volunteer group BetaNYC.


Code for Greensboro in the news

Code for Greensboro, one of Code for America’s newest volunteer Brigades, just received some positive local press.

“We employ creative ways of using technology to enhance services provided by the city and county. It’s part of the movement toward open data and open government.”

Nick Jones, Co-Captain of the Greensboro Brigade

Past weekly updates can be found at #civictech or in slide form for your hacknights.