Due to the bounty of snow to be delivered by Winter Storm Linus, we'll be closed Sunday, February 1, 2015. We hope to open up regularly February 4th.
FreeGeek is hosting a joint Holiday and Vintage Computing Party on Saturday, December 13th from 2p to 6p. Much of FreeGeek's collection of vintage computers and game systems will be on display and available for sale. More info on our Eventbrite page.
FreeGeek Chicago will host a Release Party this Saturday, July 19th from 2-4p for the Crime and Punishment Project, a guide to the known and unknown data of Chicago's criminal justice system. This project was developed in partnership the SmartChicago Collaborative and the Chicago Justice Project, who will be on-hand to answer questions about the project's goals and it's status. Plus we'll have pizza. Full event info and RSVP are available on the Eventbrite Page.
This event is free and open to all. If you are a Journalist, Researcher, or Community Member interested in the criminal justice system we encourage you to attend. If you are a Hacker or Up-and-coming Hacker that is interested in OpenGov, OpenData, and web apps, we encourage you to attend. And of course if you are a FreeGeeker, you should definitely be there!
The Crime and Punishment Project is set up to allow you to follow a case as it would normally proceed through the justice system starting with a victimization in Chicago then moving through the Cook County system and completing its journey with the Illinois Department of Corrections. This is a flat data site that community members, journalists, and policymakers can use to learn about what data is and is not available from their justice agencies.