DataMade is a civic technology company. We build open source technology using open data to empower journalists, researchers, governments and advocacy organizations.
Forest is a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago with a background in machine learning and statistics.
Eric is a web developer with expertise in Python and APIs. He has built several civic projects in Chicago including crimearound.us.
Regina is a developer and community arts organizer. A Rubyist-studying-Python, she learned to code at Dev Bootcamp.
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.
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.