Civic Tech Spotlight: State Matters

Have you always wanted to understand governmental systems better?

Your opportunity to stop wishing and start learning has arrived. Meet the team that wants to help make civic engagement and being informed fun and part of your everyday life. State Matters is a non-profit founded in an effort to create engaging digital content that: explains the most impactful, state legislation being proposed in Springfield, the legislative process and how government operates, and informs constituents on how to engage with state legislators.  

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The system has evolved to serve the needs of those within the system, so the responsibility to change it falls on us.

Meet the State Matters Team:

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sleeping Village – 3734 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Grab your ticket for the first annual fundraiser and launch party HERE.

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Nominations are Now Open for the 2018 Abie Awards at #GHC18

crowd-conference-overview.jpgThe 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) will take place September 26-28 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. GHC serves as the largest conference for women in computing and is named after computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral, Grace Hopper.

Each year, honors women who have achieved significant career and personal success with the Abie Award. Recipients receive an expenses-paid trip to GHC, an opportunity to speak at the conference and a $7,000 cash prize.

Do you know a woman who has an established track record and made a clear impact on the community? Submit your nomination by March 1, 2018, here.




It’s Not All About Profit

Industry Leaders Challenge Business As Usual

With a portfolio of more than $6 trillion, the largest investor in the world has a message for business executives; there is more to life and business than money. Chairman and CEO of BlackRock, Laurence D. Fink recently penned a letter to let the business community know that they “need to do more than make profits—they need to contribute to society.”

“To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

Also speaking up in favor of activism over profit in tech, Calstrs and Jana Partners, which plan to invest dollars in a campaign advocating for “the long-term health of its youngest customers and the health of society.”

What are your thoughts on the recent challenge and criticism posed by top industry leaders and investors in tech? 

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Photo Credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times