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Apr 19 2023

Urban Forum: Can Data Deliver? Harnessing Data-Driven Solutions for Urban Challenges

April 19, 2023

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM


UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room

2023 Urban Forum

The availability of vast amounts of data from and about cities offers great potential to address urban challenges. However, large and serious questions challenge this potential. Do governments and civic institutions have the capacity to effectively gather, analyze, and interpret data to inform better urban planning and decision-making? What does it mean to utilize data in a fair and equitable way? Should data be used to inform AI and other cutting-edge technologies?  The 2023 UIC  Urban Forum will address these questions and many more through its panel discussions and speakers with a range of perspectives on this issue.


Panel #1 The Potential for Data to Deliver: What is big data and how is it being used to shape our cities?

Panel #2 Principles of Equity, Privacy and Security: How can data be utilized effectively while also preserving our values?

Keynote Derek Eder, Founder and Partner; Datamade; President Emeritus and Board Member, Chi Hack Night

Click here to see the schedule, panel descriptions, and speakers.


About the UIC Urban Forum

As a major research university in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is truly a global institution. As such, UIC has taken a lead role in convening scholars, public intellectuals, policymakers and elected officials to discuss, analyze and propose pragmatic and innovative solutions that will enhance the lives of city-dwellers around the globe.

The UIC Forum has evolved over the years. Its roots date back to 1995, when the first Forum was convened under the direction of UIC’s Great Cities Institute. In 2005, and for the following five years, UIC partnered with the City of Chicago and the Daley Family to host what was then called the UIC Richard J. Daley Urban Forum. Now, under the direction of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA), the UIC Urban Forum will continue the tradition of hosting a national event designed to advance the dialogue about the future of urban communities.


College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Date posted

Jan 30, 2023

Date updated

Apr 12, 2023