About us

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

Team

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
Partner

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.

Michael Castelle
Developer

Michael is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago with an interest in the development of databases and distributed systems.

Regina Compton
Developer

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

Jean Cochrane
Developer

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
Developer

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

Jack Corrigan
Intern

Jack is a senior at Northwestern University studying journalism and economics who's interested in telling data-driven stories.


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, Clear Streets, and Second City Zoning.

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

DataMade and Open City

Members of DataMade continue to prototype civic apps under the Open City banner to allow collaboration on open source projects without money or business getting in the way. When asked to re-deploy one of these apps (like Look at Cook), the work is done by DataMade and kept as open source.

DataMade also acts as the fiscal agent for the Chi Hack Night in addition to being a recurring sponsor.