This week marks the start of Techweek Chicago, a seven day smorgasbord of all things technology, entrepreneurship and innovation in Chicago. Featuring hundreds of speaks, events, workshops and networking opportunities, Techweek Chicago can be feel overwhelming to the first time visitor or even the seasoned patron. To help in your selection, the Chicago Cheap Ass staff selected its must attend events of the week.
June 23 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Driverless cars, UAV and robotics have long been seen as the vision of the future, but the concept of unmanned vehicles is closer to reality than you may think. Today, this industry is poised for rapid growth in this area for a variety of tasks, including equipment and materials deliveries, aerial photography, and even life-saving support. Join BuildWorlds as they share their insights on the not so distant future of unmanned vehicles.
June 24 | 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Join digital marketing and design firm, ParadignNEXT for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking with industry experts, tech gurus and entrepreneurial professionals at the River North rooftop hotspot, Graffiti Lounge (Techweek Pass not required, open to the public).
June 25 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The growth of Chicago’s tech community did not happen by accident. City of Chicago Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman discusses the city’s comprehensive technology strategy to fuel modern infrastructure changes, create smart communities, and drive technological innovation.
June 25 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Salivate to your heart’s desire, this event will be as delicious as it sounds. The first ever Techweek Golden Burger will be bestowed upon the winner of the 2015 Food Truck Faceoff.
June 25 | 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Innovation transients the business world. See how the growth of technology will affect the lives of ordinary people, most notably in the realm of fashion and dating. Hear from StyleSeek CEO, Tyler Spalding and Spark Starter COO, Benjamin Hohl.
June 26 | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Being an entrepreneur has been described as “jumping out of an airplane while attempting to build your parachute on the way down.”Featuring OkCupid founder, Sam Yagan and nationally acclaimed psychologist Jennifer Johnston-Jones, this 2 1⁄2 hour experiential summit will explore the necessary goals, habits and mindsets an entrepreneur can develop to channel their best self and maintain their sanity.
June 26 | 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
This jam-packed session on innovation will titillate the mind. Discuss topics range from the rise of the Internet of Things, the shifting subscription economy and the constant fight for relevance within the online consumer experience.
June 26 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The final round of Techweek Pitch is sure to showcase Chicago’s brightest and most innovative young companies as they compete for a chance to pitch their businesses at Techweek Nationals.