About us

DataMade is a civic technology company. We build open source technology using open data to empower journalists, researchers, governments and advocacy organizations.


Derek Eder
Founder and Partner

Derek is a web developer with a passion for open government, open source and open data. He is a co-founder of Open City and organizer of Chi Hack Night.

Forest Gregg

Forest is a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago with a background in machine learning and statistics.

Eric van Zanten
Senior Developer

Eric is a web developer with expertise in Python and APIs. He has built several civic projects in Chicago including crimearound.us.

Regina Compton

Regina is a developer and community arts organizer. A Rubyist-studying-Python, she learned to code at Dev Bootcamp.

Jean Cochrane

Jean is a developer and designer born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She did data visualization for the South Side Weekly and was part of the inaugural cohort at City Bureau.

Hannah Cushman

Hannah is a journalist-turned-developer who believes in good intentions and tools that empower people to participate.

Abby Blachman

Abby is an intern from Northwestern University studying at the Medill School of Journalism.

The DataMade team watching the solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017
The DataMade team watching the solar eclipse on Aug 21, 2017

Where we come from

DataMade was born out of Chicago's Open Government community. In 2011, Derek and Forest started working on civic technology as volunteers of Open City. At nights and over weekends, they've helped make civic apps like Chicago Lobbyists, Vacant and Abandoned Building Finder, and CPS Tiers.

In 2012, DataMade was founded to deepen and sustain the impact of civic technology.

DataMade and Chicago's Civic Tech Community

DataMade is a recurring sponsor and acts as the fiscal agent for Chi Hack Night, Chicago's premier civic hacking event. We also host the Chi Hack Night website.

Members of DataMade continue to maintain civic apps under the Open City banner to allow collaboration on open source projects. Several Open City projects have been fully adopted by DataMade including Look at Cook, Councilmatic, ClearStreets and 2nd City Zoning.