Since January 1, 2018, stewardship of Hive Chicago has transitioned from Mozilla to a new local non-profit, the Chicago Learning Exchange (CLX). Please visit us at chicagolx/joinus to learn how you and your organization can join our growing community. The Hive is still the Hive.

Feb 16 2016

February 2016 Meetup

Hive HQ

Harold Washington Library Center

Multipurpose Room, Lower Level, SE of Atrium

Thursday, February 18, 9:00am to 12:00pm

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If you are arriving prior to 9am, please use the Plymouth Court (west side) entrance.

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February Meetup Agenda & Webcast

    • 9:00 AM – Connections: Lead or Join a Conversation
    • 9:45 AM – #hivebuzz
    • 10:15 AM – Announcements
      • 2016 RFP
      • Hive Chicago Buzz Showcase
    • 10:30 AM – Working Groups
    • 12:00PM – Community Manager Office Hours


In This Meetup

This month’s meetup will feature a Showcase of the great work from our event, Hive Chicago Buzz – a gallery-style presentation from each facilitator – to help projects learn from each other and make connections with our network and with you. You can also learn more about each project in our online Portfolio.

In addition, we are excited to announce the 2016 Round 2 Hive Fund Request for Proposals are live!  Hive Portfolio Strategist Robert Friedman will share updates, important information, and key dates for the application process.

Connections: Lead conversations about anything

Arrive at 9am and claim your space! During the meetup we’ll provide chart paper and markers for to up-to six conversation leaders. Pick any topic of discussion and invite people to join you. If you know what you want to talk about in advance, invite anyone you’d like to the meetup to join you! Just have them RSVP

#hivebuzz: Share program or project updates

During the Meetup anyone can have 15-30 seconds to announce an event, program or opportunity available to others and then 10-15 minutes to lead small discussion/breakout groups for to share more details and information about your update with curious attendees. If you are interested, please send a single slide representing your update to Kenyatta Forbes on Tuesday before the Meetup.

Moonshots+ Lead Discussion and Project groups

Moonshot discussion groups: if you were to share your project in this area of activity, then you or a representative of the project would volunteer to lead a discussion about how the project connects to a Moonshot. Either how it serves to demonstrate challenges related to the area, or how it demonstrates a solution to those challenges. In this format, you are much more at the whim of discussants.

Moonshot project groups: in this area of activity, you would present the project and pieces of work or tasks that others can help with. This might be drafting, designing, communicating, reviewing, etc. The goal would be to help others contribute to the work. In this format you can facilitate an engaging share-out of your project while also getting something done! Ideally, this is work that could be brought back to meetups monthly.

Community Manager Office Hours

Have questions about membership, how to effectively engage in the Hive, RFP’s, or expectations of members? Come to our Monthly meetup and stay after for Community Manager Office Hours.  During Community Manager Office Hours, you’ll have a chance to meet the Hive staff, ask questions, and network with other members.


Hive Chicago Buzz Recap

Read the entire post here.  On January 22-23, 2016, Mozilla’s Hive Chicago Learning Network held its second annual Hive Chicago Buzz, a two-day celebration and hack day hosted by Blue 1647 and Efebina’s Cafe. Like the first annual event in 2015, the goal was simple: to activate solutions to shared challenges in education.

Hive members, partners and youth came together with the belief that improvement in education depends on our ability to work together to build solutions to shared problems. Recognizing that strong solutions are built on strong platforms, Mozilla is ensuring Hive’s educational leaders can use the tools and practices of the internet as a global public resource open and accessible to all as they solve challenges we all share.
Event Highlights: Plenty of Buzz

  • 150 people from 5 Hive cities (Chicago, Kansas City, NYC, Pittsburgh, Toronto) and at least three countries
  • 27 Session: 13 Skillshares (45 or 90 minutes) and 14 Working Groups (4 hours each)
  • Plenty of #hivebuzz across the interwebs including personal reflections like Katie Miller’s blog post “The Kindness of Strangers: A trip to Hive Chicago Buzz 2016”
  • Inspiring remarks from Hive members and partners:
    • Andrea Saenz, Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
    • Gabrielle Lyon, Vice President Education and Experience, Chicago Architecture Foundation
    • Maria Hibbs, Executive Director, Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at the Chicago Community Trust
  •   And most importantly, the activation of solutions to shared challenges and unmet opportunities.


Next Meetup: March

Meetup: On The Road

Meetup Location TBD
March 17, 2016 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
We’re trying to secure a space in the Hive HQ building!

Tentative Agenda:

  • 9:00 AM – Connections: Lead or Join a Conversation
  • 9:45 AM – #hivebuzz
  • 10:15 AM – Announcements
  • 10:30 AM – Working Groups


Upcoming Events

  • RFP Consultations with Network Staff, Feb-Mar 2016 Sign Up
  • RFP Application Webinar, Mar 11 Watch
  • March Meetup, Mar 17 RSVP
  • YCA Sweet 16 Party! -Chuck D at Metro Mar 18 Tickets Here

Come with an idea, leave with a community. Work alongside local educators and learners to co-create the solutions that will transform the learning landscape of Chicago.

Tell us what you want to get done.

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