Progressive Hacknight is organized by Derek Eder, Christopher Whitaker and members of our Leadership Council.

Derek Eder
Founder and Lead Organizer

Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade and co-founder of Open City.

Christopher Whitaker
Organizer and Documenter

Christopher Whitaker serves as the Brigade Program Manager for Code for America. Previously, Whitaker worked at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and served with the U.S. Army in Iraq as a mechanized infantryman.

Governance and finances

All major decisions about Progressive Hacknight are made by consensus by the Leadership Council, which meets once a month.

Progressive Hacknight finances are administered under DataMade, LLC.

Speaker submissions

Have a talk you'd like to give at Progressive Hacknight? See our speaker guidelines.