We’ve embarked on a new program– the Connect Chicago Summer of Data– and we need your help!

During the summer we’re sending out canvassers who will visit farmers’ markets, street fairs and other special events to make certain that everyone is are aware of Connect Chicago and the services offered at all of your locations. Please let us know if there are any particular events you’d like them to attend.

These teams will also visit all Connect Chicago locations to gather more information about each place so that we can keep the Connect Chicago website up to date. They’ll use the same form that location page admins can use when they sign up to be Connect Chicago admins.

Each team will be supplied with tablet or mobile device. They’ll be taking photos, gathering printed matter, and collecting any training materials used at your location. These visits will occur during your regular hours, and they will check in your staff upon arrival. Please be as helpful as you can be with the important info-gatherers. All canvassers will be issued identification and will have explanatory materials so that they’re easy to spot and their mission will be clear.

In addition to updating the information on the site, we’d love to work with a member of the staff at each location to gather some longer-form info about your location, your patrons, and your work with other Connect Chicago locations. We want to get a feel for how special you location is and get ideas on how to promote it. The questions we ask are here: https://smartchicago2012.wufoo.com/forms/connect-chicago-summer-of-data-form/.

We know this is a lot of info, and our teams will be as unobtrusive as possible. We’ll come back to the location as many times as it takes so that it is convenient for staff. The form should take about 15 minutes to complete, the visit should be around 45 minutes, but the information will be invaluable in telling your story.

All of this also helps us close out our federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant obligations and give us a great basis for continuing our work under Connect Chicago.

This program is being implemented by MK Communications. If you have any questions about the items above, you can contact them at (312) 822-0505 or agency@mkcpr.com. As always, please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about Connect Chicago or any other Smart Chicago Collaborative initiative.