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Chi Hack Night - Fighting Gerrymandering 2020


  • Braintree office 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza 8th Floor Chicago, IL 60654 (map)

Every ten years, everyone in the US is counted by the Census, and our congressional districts get redrawn. In 2020 it will be different: manipulating the district maps, known as gerrymandering, is now done with algorithms and “big data” collected on every voter. A recent study by the The University of Chicago Law Review concluded that “the severity of today’s gerrymandering is … unprecedented in modern times.”

Web developer, mapmaker, and former Code for America fellow Nick Doiron returns to Chi Hack Night from Gerrymandering Summer School by the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (yes, this is a real thing), to share how mappers and technologists can help measure and challenge unfair election maps.

This talk will cover :

  • what gerrymandering is, and how it works today
  • why we probably can’t draw districts with one, unbiased algorithm
  • open source maps and metrics that Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group is developing

ASL This event will have an American Sign Language interpreter.

Food
Food and drinks will be provided. We encourage attendees to bring their own water bottles to reduce waste.

Civic hacking
After the presentation, we will break out into learning and working groups until 9:30pm.

Earlier Event: August 15
Democratic Gubernatorial Forum