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Monday, June 20


Basecamp of the Day at Grind - Sponsored by Deskpass
Attendees interested in using the Basecamp of the Day must sign up for their free day pass at https://www.deskpass.com/techweek 

Monday June 20, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Grind 2 N. LaSalle St. 14th FL, Chicago IL 60602


Making Diversity Happen: Putting Talk Into Action
Making Diversity Happen: Putting Talk into Action
Diverse teams are proven to be more creative, and build more enduring solutions. But you don't get results automatically. It takes trust and intentional management. Teams and companies who invest in making diversity a priority will win. 

Join Startup Institute and moderator Dom Brassey, VP of TechUP, for an engaging conversation on how Chicago tech is building a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The conversation will focus on real actions and experiences—as we explore how companies, organizations, entrepreneurs, and individuals encounter success and challenge, and what to do next. 

Tom Alexander - COO 1871
Dominic Liddell - Founder, Tech While Black (and Startup Institute Alum)
Jazmin Schroeder - Director of Engineering, Sittercity
Kelley Williams - CEO & Co-Founder, Paige & Paxton
Trisha Degg - Director Talent, Illinois Technology Association

Diversity in tech has been a founding principle of Startup Institute. Since 2012, their classes have been approximately 41% women and 35% students of color—significantly higher than the national average. 

AGENDA11:30 - Networking and refreshments12:00 - 1:00 - Panel discussion and open Q&A1:00 - 1:30 - Networking and refreshments

Monday June 20, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
1871 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654


Future of Gaming and VR/AR at FTW Chicago: The Arcade Reimagined
Part I - Arthur J Mortega

The future of Chicago Gaming

The term eSports has become a well-known buzz word as of late. Stories of large scale
tournaments where gamers are competing for multi-million dollar prizes, universities starting varsity level video game teams, and tech companies spending over $1 billion to claim a stake in this exploding industry.

Why is eSports a thing? When did eSports get its start? What is eSports currently doing? Why is Chicago important to the future of eSports?

Video games are no longer a child’s plaything, but instead a cultural phenomenon that resonates with the global community. Together we’ll learn how eSports is truly the future of gaming.

Part II - Patrick O'Shaughnessey

2016 was a pivotal year that put Virtual Reality (VR) on the map, with consumer launches of major VR platforms like Vive and Oculus Rift, as well as lower-cost headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR you can use to experience VR with your smartphone.
However, in the coming years Augmented Reality (AR) holds the promise to overtake VR in its reach, usage, and revenue. The AR industry has seen billions in investment in recent years by major players.

In this talk, we’ll compare VR to AR, and outline some of the sweet spot use cases for each.
We’ll also show a demo of Microsoft Hololens, a magical and revolutionary new device that has set the bar for what a true AR experience needs to look like.
Come and find out why AR represents the next wave of computing, giving us new powers to visualize and manipulate data, play games, and collaborate, all within the context of the real world we inhabit every day.

Part II - Mark Ladd

Alternate Reality Gaming (ARG) gaming embraces the new media of our 'cyberfuture' present using not only mobile apps, but also websites, and other digital channels to provide the transmedia backdrop for intricate narratives. A central theme of this new social gaming typology is moving beyond the traditional paradigm in which a user is fixed in front of a console or display to the interactive 'mobile' game as it becomes an augmented version of the real world that delivering a unique player experience using mobile device interfaces that "mark" reality with virtual overlays using augmented reality devices. 

Mark’s presentation focuses on leveraging augmented reality with interactive multiplayer gaming via the cloud to enable large groups of users to participate in innovative immersive mobile gameplay experiences anywhere. This discussion focuses on the 'next generation' of interactive mobile gaming experiences which overlays digital and augmented reality constructs on physical immersive games that actually puts players into the game. Explores utilizing new game mechanics as motivations for interactive physical play that is now digitally connected through the cloud and through sensor-based hardware.

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Mark Ladd

Founder & CEO at LyteShot
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Arthur J. Mortega

Founder at Game Seed Inc.
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Patrick O'Shaughnessey

Founder, Patched Reality
My company develops custom augmented reality (AR) software for customers targeting digital eyewear (Microsoft Hololens, Epson Moverio, Google Cardboard), iPad, iPhone, and Android tablets and smartphones.

Monday June 20, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
FTW Chicago: The Arcade Reimagined 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611


Idea Lemon's Discover Your Inner Awesome Podcast -- LIVE Taping!
Idea Lemon brings its popular Discover Your Inner Awesome Podcast to Techweek for a second straight year! Join Idea Lemon founders and show hosts Rajiv Nathan and Martin McGovern with their special guest, Pro Wrestler COLT CABANA, for a live taping of the show.

Colt has wrestled around the world for 17 years, including time with WWE. His hybrid comedic wrestling style has made him one of the most in-demand wrestlers on the independent circuit. He also hosts the iTunes top rated podcast, The Art of Wrestling.

In this live episode, they'll explore the million dollar question, "How Do You Find Your Niche?" Have your voice heard on air and get a chance to interact with Nathan, McGovern, and Cabana during the audience Q&A.

With over 50 episodes and counting, the Discover Your Inner Awesome Podcast is where you get to eavesdrop on conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians about the stories, the journeys, the struggles, but most importantly the questions--the questions that help you better understand who you are, what you're doing, and how you can do it better.

Monday June 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
FTW Chicago: The Arcade Reimagined 322 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611


Techweek Chicago 2016 Kick-Off Party
Join us for our Kickoff Party at AceBounce - a day before it opens it’s doors to the public!

The London-based venue includes a bustling bar with thoughtfully crafted cocktails and an outstanding restaurant, set amongst a high-energy ping pong backdrop. Play a quick pick-up game with friends or turn to a “Game Guru” - a Second City alumni, who will assist in arranging unique games beyond classic ping pong.

Acebounce will have a cash bar and a pre-opening menu (food and drink not provided). 

Monday June 20, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
AceBounce 230 N Clark, Corner of Wacker and Clark
Tuesday, June 21


Real Life Elevator Pitch at The Signature Room at the 95th
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Entreprenuers wanted!

Come pitch to venture capitalists at our first ever "Real Life Elevator Pitch Event". Pitches will take place in the John Hancock Center elevators leading up to The Signature Room at the 95th.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:45am
The Signature Room at the 95th (John Hancock Center) 875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Basecamp of the Day at Coalition Impact - Sponsored by Deskpass
Attendees interested in using the Basecamp of the Day must sign up for their free day pass at https://www.deskpass.com/techweek 

Tuesday June 21, 2016 9:00am - 11:45am
Coalition Impact 405 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654


Chicago Architecture Boat Photography Tour by Keepsayk
Limited Capacity seats available

Attention photographers! Capture Chicago's stunning architecture during an exclusive Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise with Keepsayk. Techweek attendees are invited to download the Keepsayk Instant Scrapbook® app for iPhone, create scrapbooks and submit them to the Keepsayk #instantscrapbook photo contest via Twitter by using hashtag #instantscrapbook.

Five finalists will have their scrapbook photos displayed at the Keepsayk Expo Gallery and featured on the Techweek web site. One outstanding photographer will receive a cash prize, and every winner will take home a gorgeous professional print! Learn more about the contest by visiting http://www.keepsayk.com/techweek.

*Limited # of Attendees! 

Tuesday June 21, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. Dock is located at the southeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Dr. Look for our blue awning marking the stairway entrance.


Getting Started with iOS Development by Mobile Makers

Getting Started with iOS Development is a quick way to look under the hood of the iOS coding language Swift as well as the tools used to develop iPhone and iPad apps. In this one hour session, participants will watch and collaborate with working iOS developers to manipulate code, learning the relationship between the code itself and the app. Resources and other clear pathways to learning more are provided so, participants can return home and tinker with working code to better explore this field.

*Great for teachers and students! 

Tuesday June 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mobile Makers Academy 223 W Erie St #4nw, Chicago, IL 60654


Start Your Startup: The Essential Steps to Launch Your Idea by 20Spokes
Join us for a talk with Ryan Fischer, Founder of TwentySpokes - a Chicago based development shop that specializes in helping startups plan, build, and scale their products. This workshop is all about  going from idea generation and validation, to developing and launching a product.  Using an example app idea, we’ll walk through each phase of the product development process. We’ll discuss topics like brainstorming techniques, creating feature lists, UI/UX, development insights and other essentials.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Mobile Makers Academy 223 W Erie St #4nw, Chicago, IL 60654


Capital One Diversity In Tech Summit
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join Capital One and other leaders in Chicago’s tech scene for a unique discussion where technology experts will share personal stories highlighting diversity and accessibility in the industry. Eat, drink, and mingle in Capital One’s new tech-focused space called “The Shop” overlooking the Chicago River.

Waitlist applicants will be notified by 6/17.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Capital One 77 W. Wacker, 22nd Floor


BarPass @ Hubbard Inn - Official Techweek After Party
Multilevel tavern offers European-influenced dishes & old-fashioned cocktails in antique surrounds. Come enjoy $3 Miller Lite drafts and $5 ELYX Red Bull Vodkas exclusive to BarPass attendees.

Be sure to stay until 9pm to hear BarPass announce the winners of the $800 custom suit thanks to our friends at Knot Standard

*Note: Attendees will simply be randomly picked via event guest list - SO please be sure to RSVP and ATTEND!

BarPass is launching its website and mobile apps on Monday, June 20th at Techweek! So after Monday, download the iOS or Android applications on your smart phone and use referral code "techweek". By using this code, the first week will be completely free to use and try out. After that week is done the $50/mo subscription will be needed to continue the service if they choose to do so.

BarPass gets users 4-6 exclusive "happy hour" type events at the coolest bars around Chicago. BarPassers enjoy free or discounted drinks at all events along with some appetizers. Members can also bring friends, clients, co-workers or simply meet new people at any event.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 8:00pm - Wednesday June 22, 2016 12:00am
Hubbard Inn 110 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Wednesday, June 22


Basecamp of the Day at Brooklyn Boulders - Sponsored by Deskpass
Attendees interested in using the Basecamp of the Day must sign up for their free day pass at https://www.deskpass.com/techweek 

Wednesday June 22, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
Brooklyn Boulders 100 S Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607


Life Creative Tour - Why Work? When You Can Create!
Visting the newest/coolest space in the city!


Wednesday June 22, 2016 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Life Creative 1655 W Walnut St. Chicago, IL 60612


Future Founders Mentor Mixer

Future Founders invites you join in a special Techweek Mentor Mixer on June 22nd. This is a great opportunity for college students and aspiring entrepreneurs to meet and get connected with potential professional mentors in the tech and startup community! The event will begin with keynote speaker Robert Blackwell Jr., tech industry leader and entrepreneur, followed by a fun and energetic time of speed networking between mentors and students. 

Mentors (preferably with experience starting or operating a business): Come prepared to share your experience and advice with ambitious and entrepreneurial students. 

Students: Come ready to quickly share your goals, ambitions and questions and record names of mentors you would like to follow up with.



3:00pm: Open Networking

3:20: Welcome and Introduction

3:30: Keynote, Robert Blackwell Jr.

4:00: Student/Mentor Speed Networking

4:35: Open Networking

5:00: Event Ends


About the Keynote

Robert Blackwell Jr.

A technology industry leader with a career spanning nearly 30 years, Robert Blackwell Jr. has cultivated Electronic Knowledge Interchange (EKI) into a leading management and technology consulting firm well-known for its ability to respond to complex business challenges with efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions. Today he oversees the company, which currently employs more than 100 technology and business consulting experts.

Starting at IBM in 1981, Blackwell began his long career in building innovative systems that improve business operations. With a keen passion for entrepreneurship, he then went on to found several Chicago-based companies, including Urban Fishing Development, Bytewise International and Blackwell Consulting Services. A former professional table tennis player. Blackwell also founded Killerspin, the leading table tennis equipment, apparel and promotion company.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Life Creative 1655 W Walnut St. Chicago, IL 60612


The Nerdery Night + West Loop Wednesday Official Networking Event
Where in Chicago can you find passionate Nerds ready to tackle your toughest software challenges? 

At The Nerdery of course!

We'd love to have you join us for West Loop Wednesday and visit our brand new space that we've created specifically to inspire, energize and aid us in doing what we do best...redefining what's possible through technology.

Beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres will be served!

Prizes include Chamberlain MyQ, BB-8 by Sphero, and many more! 

Wednesday June 22, 2016 5:30pm - 9:30pm
The Nerdery 1033 W Van Buren St #700, Chicago, IL 60607


Incorporating Security in Development

*Networking begins at 6pm

Security is not just an infrastructure issue anymore. Engineers and managers need to be diligent about incorporating best practices into the Software Development Life Cycle. In this panel discussion, the focus will be on how to effectively incorporate security into software engineering and how to manage teams to make sure they are developing secure code. We'll also discuss how to protect yourself from social engineering and other ways to hack your secure systems outside of your code. The panel contains a variety of experts across different industries that can share first-hand experience and knowledge about what you can do to make sure your team/department/company is doing what is necessary to protect against outside threats.


Richard Rushing, CISO at Motorola Mobility 

Rich Rushing is the Chief Information Security Officer of Motorola Mobility. Richard participates in several corporate, community, private, and government security councils and working groups setting standards, policies, and solutions to current and emerging security issues. As Chief Information Security Officer for Motorola Mobility he has lead the security effort by developing an international team to tackle the emerging threats of mobile devices, targeted attacks, and cyber-crime. He organized, developed and deployed practices, tools and techniques to protect the intellectual property across the world-wide enterprise. A much-in-demand international speaker on information security Richard has presented at many leading security conferences and seminars around the world. Richard has been a active member of the start-up community, going from Startup to successful acquisition several times. 

John Downey, Security Lead at Braintree

John Downey is the Security Lead at Braintree. Braintree helps businesses accept credit card payments online with great development tools and first class support. There he has worked on their highly available infrastructure and integrations into the banking system. In his free time he contributes to open source projects and mentors high school students in the FIRST Robotics Competition. 

Matt Konda, Founder and CEO of Jemurai and Chair of the OWASP Global Board of Directors

Matt Konda is the Founder and CEO of Jemurai and Chair of the OWASP Global Board of Directors.  He came into the security field through years running agile engineering teams eventually building security products.  Matt is experienced building application security programs, delivering secure development training, application penetration testing, secure code review, security unit tests and automation to inject security into the software development life cycle.  He is the project leader for the OWASP Pipeline project, which seeks to be the glue that ties security tools into the development process.  At Jemurai, he is bringing together security pros and developers that aim to solve security challenges in a positive, fun, creative new ways.

Kat Fitzgerald, Senior Security Goddess at Hyatt Hotel Corp 

Kat Fitzgerald is the Senior Security Goddess at Hyatt Hotel Corp.  Based in Chicago and a natural creature of winter, you can typically find her sipping Case Noble Anejo whilst simultaneously defending her computer networks using magic spells and Unicorns against a barrage of attackers. 


Andy Boyle, Full Stack Developer for Breaking News at NBC News

Andy Boyle is a writer, comedian and web developer. His work's been in Esquire magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the St. Petersburg Times and The New York Times Regional Media Group, where his work was cited in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. When he's not teaching a graduate class in digital storytelling at Columbia College Chicago, he regularly does comedy festivals across the country. He currently works for NBC News as a full-stack web developer, and his first book, a humorous non-fiction live advice guide, comes out next summer on a Penguin Random House imprint.

Wednesday June 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Make Offices 1 North State Street, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL
Thursday, June 23


Basecamp of the Day at NextSpace - Sponsored by Deskpass (No Badge Pickup)
Attendees interested in using the Basecamp of the Day must sign up for their free day pass at https://www.deskpass.com/techweek 

Thursday June 23, 2016 9:00am - 5:30pm
NextSpace 230 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654


Open House Party at the Allstate Innovation Hub in the Merchandise Mart!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Our Innovation Hub is now open!

Join us for an exclusiveinvitation-only Open House Party to celebrate Allstate’s arrival at the Merchandise Mart! Come see the game-changing things we’re doing in Connected Car and R&D and hear about our new paired programming approach. We’re just an elevator ride away from the Techweek Expo, so stop by to share great food and libations with our team! And, we’re hiring big time, so take a tour of our new space…can you see yourself in our future?

This event is invite only. Attendees on the wait list will be notified by 6/17. Check your inboxes!

Thursday June 23, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Allstate Innovation Hub Merchandise Mart, Suite 875, 222 W Merchandise Mart, Chicago


Gogo Rooftop Happy Hour
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Enjoy a happy hour with light food and drinks from the rooftop of Gogo's new offices in the West Loop!

Thursday June 23, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gogo Office 111 N. Canal St. Chicago, IL 60606


Barpass @ Joy District Chicago - Official Techweek After Party
Hip, energetic New American restaurant & cocktail bar with a roof deck & late-night dancing. Come enJOY complimentary ELYX vodka cocktails from 9:30-10:30pm to start your night off right with no cover exclusive to BarPass attendees.

BarPass is launching its website and mobile apps on Monday, June 20th at Techweek! So after Monday, you can download the iOS or Android applications on your smart phone and use referral code "techweek". By using this code, the first week will be completely free to use and try out. After that week is done the $50/mo subscription will be needed to continue the service if you choose to do so.

Thursday June 23, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Joy District Chicago 112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Friday, June 24


Basecamp of the Day at SPACE - Sponsored by Deskpass (No Badge Pickup)
Attendees interested in using the Basecamp of the Day must sign up for their free day pass at https://www.deskpass.com/techweek 

Friday June 24, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am
SPACE 444 N. Wabash, 5th Floor Chicago, IL


Finals - 2016 Techweek Launch Competition Presented by Amazon Launchpad
Friday June 24, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Untitled Supper Club 111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654