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Holiday Party 2014

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.

Crime & Punishment Release Party

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!

What is the Crime and Punishment Project

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.

Take a look online.

ThisWeek@FreeGeek for 2014-07-07

With so much going on in our space at the moment, it seems like a good time to bring back ThisWeek @ FreeGeek. Take a look below at what is happening this week and what's coming up. Who knows, maybe there's a way you can help FreeGeek and you didn't even know!
As always, Janet gives shout-out to all volunteers & staff - "With 4th of July Sparkles still in our eyes, it's a sure indication that Freegeek is on the Rise!"