Chicago Social Asset Mapping
Together Chicago is a newly established non-profit organization that is trying to facilitate greater collaboration across key players in Chicago such as churches, non-profit organizations, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Public School system, businesses, private equity investors and key leaders in the community. Dillon Kane Group is a leader in incubation and innovation in Chicago and has been a part of the startup of the Together Chicago non-profit.
Non-profit, community-based organizations do important and valuable work across the country to serve and support US Citizens every single day. Ranging from educational programs, creating recreational facilities, establishing food pantries and temporary housing, to medical visit transport services, the organizations who provide these valuable services can improve their efficiency and offering if they better understand the local geographic environment / neighborhood. This support better decisions on how to best deploy and concentrate their efforts. With easily accessible information, these non-profit organizations will have critical information available quickly and efficiently to support not only their day-to-day work, but also to better support their efforts in attracting grant funding for additional needed services.
Last year, a volunteer team working for Dillon Kane Group (a company also heavily involved in civic and philanthropic efforts in Chicago) created Oasis Chicago v1.0 a tool to making some business type data available to all members of the community. To support non-profit organizations throughout the city of Chicago and other key stake holders in the community such as church leaders, committed business leaders and leaders of educational institutions, students on the 2018 project team will, assess end user need, build upon a very basic existing web structure and Android app to deploy a dynamic, intuitive social service mapping application.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2018:
- Skill level All levels
- Students 7-8 Students
- Likely Majors Any, A&D, CS, DATA, SI
- Course Substitutions A&D Elec, EECS 498, Honors, SI, SI PEP, Data Science, MIDAS
- IP & NDA Required? No
- Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
General Programming (2 Students)
General interest and skills in programming, website development, modern web frameworks
- Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Any
Back-End Programming (2 Students)
Basic database design. General interest and skills in programming
- Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA, Any
User Interface Design (2 Students)
UI/UX Design, usability studies; Data Visualization, graphic design experience/interest desirable
- Likely Majors: SI, A&D
Data Science (1-2 Students)
Database design for maximal flexibility; GIS based data; Data Visualization; Synthesizing data sources; Data Mining
- Likely Majors: Data Science, MIDAS
Sponsor Mentor: Mark O’Halloran
Mark O’Halloran is a manufacturing entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience starting and running engineering-centric businesses. As CEO, Mr. O’Halloran has created shareholder value by reinventing factory floors to achieve productivity gains of 400% – 600%, building world-class teams, securing intellectual property, and then bringing those competitive advantages to global customers. Mr. O’Halloran got his start at Griffith Foods where he was mentored by the CEO and financial team to study new markets, develop business plans, and allocate capital for their dozen international subsidiaries. He speaks Spanish, German, and French, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mark is based in the Dillon Kane Group corporate office at 222 S. Riverside Plaza Suite 2800, Chicago, IL 60606 which also currently serves at the Together Chicago non-profit corporate office as well.
Sponsor Mentor: Matt Defano
Matt Defano (pictured below) a key technology architect of the existing Chicago Oasis tool is available as well as a technical advisor to help in any way the students desire. Matt is also located in the same office and has had an illustrious career as a senior software engineer for leading companies including Motorola and STA Group LLC.
Faculty Mentor: James Juett
Dr. Juett joined the faculty at Michigan in Winter 2016 after receiving his PhD in Computer Science from Michigan in 2015. His research has been focused on the use of interactive program visualization tools to create more effective experiences for students in introductory programming education. He is a believer in constructivist principles, the power of active learning, and the idea that you do not have to understand how to teach – you have to understand how students learn.