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Knight Lab hosts, attends and sponsors a number of events around the country each year. Sometimes we organize the whole thing, sometimes we’re enthusiastic participants. Here’s our plan for 2013:


Chicago Crime Hack

Date: March 23, April 6, and April 13, 2013
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Location: 105 W. Adams St., Chicago

The city of Chicago has published extensive crime data, which is the basis of the Tribune’s “Crime in Chicago” portal (Crime.ChicagoTribune.com). The TribApps team recently added an API, which makes it even easier to build your own projects with the city’s data.

Northwestern University Knight Lab and The Chicago Tribune News Applications team would like to invite you to spend the day with us, hacking on civic data. We’ll be available to help out with using the API, coaching and other technical consulting.

If you’re an experienced civic hacker or have done open gov data analysis, consider giving a 5-minute “lightning talk” to share your work with folks at the event. Lightning talks are casual and fun so don’t be shy!

Please let us know if you plan to attend on MeetUp.

Can’t make it on March 23, check out the next Chicago Crime Hacks on April 6 (in Evanston) and April 13 (in Pilsen).


Yes, And …

Date/Time/Location: TBD

The Knight Lab’s “Yes, And … ” event is an opportunity for journalists, programmers, and designers to invent and explore new ideas. Borrowed from improvisational comedy, the “Yes, and …” concept asks participants to agree with the information a collaborator establishes and then build upon it. For example, “Yes, that’s a great idea, and you know what would be a cool thing to include …” The “yes, and …” concept helps you go from zero to something in a matter of seconds. We’ll have training and brainstorming sessions led by Chicago’s famed Second City.


Unicorn Camp

Date/Time/Location: TBD

UnicornCamp seeks to create the mythic newsroom “unicorn” — programmers with design skills and designers with programming skills. The event will take place over two full days in the spring of 2013. The first day will include a full day of talks, one speaker at a time, covering philosophy, learning, methodology, etc. On the second day, participants get their hands dirty with a hands-on workshop in whichever discipline they’re weaker in — design or programming.

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