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Data-driven events happening in Chicago

September 20, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

So you have an idea for an app that uses city data, but you don't know where to go with it. Head to one of these data-driven events.

>> Social Media Week, through Friday

socialmediaweek.org/chicago

Using data and social media to deliver better city services is one of the themes of Social Media Week, an annual series of workshops and panels about trends in social and mobile media.

>> Urban Sustainability Apps Competition, Oct. 18-20

cnt.org/events/reinventing-chicago-2013-urban-sustainability-apps-competition

Competitors form teams and use city and Center for Neighborhood Technology data to create apps that they present to judges. RSVP by Monday.

>> Girls do Hack, Nov. 9

adlerplanetarium.org/events/girls-do-hack

Adler Planetarium is hosting this event, which is designed to encourage women to enter careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. A Census report released this month found that while more women have turned to math and science careers, they are underrepresented in the computer and engineering fields.

>> Open Gov Hack Night, every Tuesday

opengovhacknight.eventbrite.com

Attendees meet in the 1871 offices in the Merchandise Mart. The Lou Malnati's pizza is free. Presentations begin at 6:40 p.m. Groups begin to break off at 7:30 p.m., and sessions run to 10 p.m.

tswartz@tribune.com

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