EIGERlab (https://www.eigerlab.org/) established an “Information Technology Roundtable and Code for Rockford” group last year to bring technologists and average residents who share the goal of knowing more about their community and are willing to work together to solve the problems of how to display that data. Example: a similar group in Chicago created a website,http://chicagoflushots.org, to display a map of where to go for local flu shots.
The group also works to attract more professionals, build a larger network of technology professionals, and give employers a tool for finding local technology talent. I am sure I have missed something in stating the group’s core goals, but I think that sums it up nicely.
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Meet John Doe: Code for Rockford making sense out of local data