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.

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.