Lightning Talks 3: Call for Speakers

Published on Dec 2, 2016 by Derek Eder

Progressive Hacknight Lightning Talks III: Chi Yack Night!

Lightning Talks return for our last Progressive Hacknight of the year on December 13, 2016!

Do you have an interesting or funny story to tell about civics, society and/or technology? Want to show off that awesome project you’ve been working on? Now’s your chance to tell it to the world!


  • Must be about civics, society and/or technology
  • 2 minutes or less in length
  • Slides are required
  • Must not solicit any company or product

Between five and ten proposed talks will be picked to present at Progressive Hacknight for fame and glory!

Submit your lightning talk here by Monday, December 12th.

Here’s a few examples from last time for inspiration:

Hacking for Inclusion by Cathy Deng

Cathy debuts a small project that can nudge us to be more mindful & inclusive at Progressive Hacknight:

The story of one, really big, vacant, city owned lot by Eric van Zanten

Eric tells us everything he could find out about one, really big, vacant, city owned lot while he was sick on his couch one Thanksgiving in 2014.

The City Is Your Classroom by Vinesh Kannan

Vinesh tells us of a strange class he had last week. But was it a dream?

About the author

Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is a co-founder and partner at DataMade — a company that tells stories and builds tools with data — and is the lead organizer for Progressive Hacknight.