October

The 2017 HealthTECH Startup Competition

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Insight Product Development
4660 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL
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Insight Product Development, MATTER, and PROPEL at the iBIO Institute co-host the 5th annual HealthTECH Startup Competition on 10/19/17. Our team of judges will select ten leading early stage medical device and digital health startup finalists from the Midwest to compete for $35,000 in cash and prizes.

Cost: 20.00

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On Twitter: @insightpd

Founders Live Chicago

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WeWork (Grant Park)
332 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
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Bottega8 is partnering with Founders Live for an entertaining happy hour competition with 5 companies taking the hot seat, with 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd votes for a winner. Come join us for great food, drinks, and networking!

Cost: $10

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Designing for the Connected Vehicle

WeWork River North
111 W Illinois St.
Chicago, IL
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Learn how the BMW Technology Office has introduced a Lean UX/Agile strategy to a large distributed team in order to deliver an experience that connects drivers to their vehicles across multiple touchpoints and devices.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @UXStrategyChi

Accessibility Legal Update with Lainey Feingold

American Bar Association
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
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Join us as U.S. disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold will give an up-to-date look at how the law is being used in the United States on accessibility issues, and will share success stories from her new book, Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

Tech Jam with Javier Álvarez

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1871
West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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Fulcrum Point will organize local students and coders from the Latino community for a two day Tech Jam event at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. Participants will help develop the interactive music technology needed for a 2018 concert.

Cost: FREE

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OPEN Chicago 2017 Annual Business Conference

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1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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This full-day conference will feature high-profile speakers, panel discussions, and time for networking and socializing. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch will be served.

Cost: $75

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On Twitter: @open_chicago

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Science Cocktail Party 2017

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D.I.R.T.T. Environmental Showroom
325 N Wells, 10th floor
Chicago, IL
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There will be smart people and beautiful people and interesting people (often the same people), food, open bar with our signature "Pop-Rock Cocktail," virtual reality experiences, raffle prizes, plus very cool science experiments you can participate in, all in the name of science and fun.

Cost: $68 - $100

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On Twitter: @IllinoisScience

Science Cocktail Party 2017

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D.I.R.T.T. Environmental Showroom
325 N Wells
Chicago, IL
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There will be smart people and beautiful people and interesting people (often the same people), food, open bar with our signature "Pop-Rock Cocktail," virtual reality experiences, raffle prizes, plus very cool science experiments you can participate in, all in the name of science and fun.

Cost: $60 - $100

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On Twitter: @IllinoisScience

I AM FIRST

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UIC Student Center East
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
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Tech companies and investors don't seem to understand diversity: This year I AM FIRST #Diversityintech is to engage in a panel discussion and learn from professionals in the tech industry. Special Guest Panelist will share their personal stories of how they are contributing to the Tech Field.

Cost: FREE

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GOTO NIGHTS with Brian Goetz - Java Language & Platform Futures: A Sneak Peek

IMC Financial Markets
233 South Wacker Drive #4300
Chicago, IL
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We are very excited to be partnering with GOTO Nights Chicago for this meetup, and bringing you a special guest speaker: the Java Language Architect from Oracle, Brian Goetz!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @cjug

Career Development Community: Acing the Technical Interview Workshop

Capital One's The Shop
77 W Wacker, 22nd floor
Chicago, IL
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Whether you’ve been programming since your bike had training wheels, or you’re about to undertake your first post-school job hunt, the technical interview can be a daunting hurdle between you and your dream job. But have no fear—just be ready to show off your skills!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @wwcchicago

Future of the Data Economy

Institute of Design
565 W Adams St
Chicago, IL
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Define a broad base of issues and challenges facing data-smart innovation teams (design, business, tech teams). Bring together people from multiple disciplines and a diversity of cultures to explore new ways to practice-the methods, techniques and tools-that ultimately shape the outcomes of the data economy.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @#dataecon

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Get Spooky with Queer Tech Club

Sidetrack
3349 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
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Come meet Chicago’s LGBTQ tech community for a drink or two in Sidetrack’s glass bar. The space is decked out for Halloween and ready for a night of networking and discussions about all things tech.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @queertechclub

NodeSchool Chicago - October - Express Works

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WeWork Kinzie
20 W Kinzie St 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This NodeSchool Chicago event will focus on teaching Web Server basics with the Express JS framework. Express JS is a light-weight, unopinionated framework for building web servers with Node JS.

Cost: FREE

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Animations in ReactJS by Franklin Buitron & Daniel Coellar

TangoCode
1143 W Rundell Pl #300
Chicago, IL
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The goal of this talk is to showcase how we do animations at TangoCode in different scenarios based on projects we have built. Bring your computer to follow along!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ReactJSChicago

Power Networking at Joy District!

Joy District Chicago
112 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL
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Enjoy Chicago's best networking experience with us at one of River North's premier venues Joy District. Enjoy a sponsored welcome drink and network with a high level group of like minded professionals!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @TalenerHQ

CHIVR @ Microsoft - Virtual + Augmented Reality for Social Impact

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Microsoft
Aon Building 200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
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Microsoft will host “Virtual + Augmented Reality for Social Impact” - an event intended to bring together both VR/AR/MR enthusiasts and those interested in learning more.

Cost: FREE

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weconnect® Chicago Startup and Tech Networking Mixer powered by Google

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Tapster
2027 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL
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weconnect ® is the fastest growing startup, digital & tech networking organization in the country.

Cost: FREE - $20

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FinTank: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Seminar Series

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Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams
Chicago, IL
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Please join us at FinTank's new blockchain location. We're now teaming with Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business.

Cost: FREE

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Privet Kotlin

1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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This is a crash course into Kotlin and we’ll also share techniques for convincing your coworkers to learn about Kotlin. Come join GDG Chicago as Cody Engel and Nick Cruz discuss Kotlin!

Cost: FREE

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Web and Technology Access: Top Tips

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Microsoft Corporation
Aon Building 200 E. Randolph, Suite 200
Chicago, IL
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This workshop will feature current tools utilized by developers and cultural organizations to help improve access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Cost: FREE

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Advanced Beginner Coding Workshop: Solve Coding Challenges

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Fullstack Academy
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1212
Chicago, IL
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In this three-hour workshop, you will learn how to solve coding challenges similar to those seen in technical interviews and selective coding bootcamp admissions processes. This workshop will be lead by a Fullstack Academy instructor. Participants are encouraged to know programming fundamentals before attending.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Coding Bootcamp Prep Course @ Fullstack Academy

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Fullstack Academy
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1212
Chicago, IL
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Bootcamp Prep will take you from beginner to intermediate level programmer in 4 weeks. At the end of this course, you'll have a strong grasp of JavaScript fundamentals and be prepared to pass selective bootcamp admissions processes. If you're accepted to Fullstack Academy's immersive program, all tuition will roll over.

Cost: $650

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On Twitter: @fullstack

November

Learn A Language Series: Intro to React

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Signal
222 N LaSalle, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This workshop provides an introduction to creating user interfaces in React programming. We’ll build a simple front-end application together and learn firsthand what problems React can solve most effectively. This workshop is designed for people with at least a basic knowledge of JavaScript and web development.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @visuals4u

Is a Coding Bootcamp for you? Fullstack Academy Information Session

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Fullstack Academy
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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Swing on by Fullstack Academy at the Merchandise Mart to learn how you can become a software engineer, update your current professional skill set, or simply learn about coding in general. At this free info session, we will cover Fullstack Academy's structure, curriculum, admissions process, and career outcomes.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @fullstack

IIT Institute of Design 2017 Fall Open House

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IIT Institute of Design
565 W Adams St 7th floor
Chicago, IL
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IIT Institute of Design provides students with skills needed to identify, dissect and solve complex problems facing organizations around the world. We invite prospective students to attend our Open House, where noted alumni Yared Akalou and Stephanie Smith will share their experiences.

Cost: FREE

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Hackers and Hustlers (Chicago, IL)

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Come out for Hackers & Hustlers first Chicago Happy Hour at TechNexus sponsored by ApartmentOne! Hackers and Hustlers is a monthly meetup for entrepreneurial young professionals from across Chicago’s startup and corporate ecosystem to network with like-minded folks.

Cost: $0 - $5

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Dare Mighty Things

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The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL
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Listed by Inc. as one of “8 Top Tech Conferences You Can’t Miss”, Dare Mighty Things is the place to hear inspiring stories from 9+ pioneers who never gave up on their quest to build world changing innovations. Go on a journey you'll never forget & change the way you see the world.

Cost: $499

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On Twitter: @daremightythngs

Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter Presents: Build a GAME in a Day!

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Leap Innovations
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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This workshop will focus on an introduction to game design and development. It is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time. This event is intended for all girls ages 7-17.

Cost: $35 Donation

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TrailBlazer.to Demonstration at ChicagoRuby: North Shore

Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Chicago, IL
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Trailblazer.to is an open-source Advanced Business-Logic Framework. Our speaker, Nick Gorbikoff, is a Ruby & React DevOps engineer and hands-on CTO working on ERP Systems in automotive industry.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

Data Leadership

Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL
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A talk with Anthony J. Algmin. He teaches organizations how to turn data into value. As Senior Partner and Data Leadership Advocate for Uturn Data Solutions, Anthony coaches executive teams on data leadership in one-on-one and workshop settings.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @MStarTechTalks

diversiTECH Hiring Fair

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HERE Technologies
425 W Randolph, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Now is the time to explore new job opportunities through our employers. We're organizing our 2nd annual hiring fair for people of color with technology-focused, web- or mobile-based companies. We’ll also have a panel discussion and interview prep to assist your next career in tech.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @visuals4u

FinTEx FinTech Science Fair

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Old Crow Smokehouse
149 W Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL
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Network with other innovators and learn about the products & technologies being developed by leading midwestern FinTech companies. These are not investment pitches, but chances to interact with products and the people building them while enjoying complimentary food & drink.

Cost: $20 - $30

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ChicagoRuby Hack Night

8th Light
412 South Wells
Chicago, IL
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Come on out and hack! We'll get together to work on a small Ruby project in pairs or small groups. All are welcome, including beginners.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

All Things Web Tech: Using Laravel

DeVry University
225 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL
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In this meetup will show how to create a basic CMS admin portal with Laravel.

Cost: FREE

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Midwest Women in Tech Awards 2017

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The Lakewood
1758 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL
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The Women in Tech Awards connects YOU to the Midwest's most innovative startup founders, funders and leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Attend for a powerful night celebrating and learning how innovative women in our region are crushing expectations!

Cost: $60 - $75

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Product Management in the Age of Machine Learning

Sprout Social
131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 1000
Chicago, IL
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Come drive the discussion with multiple product managers and data scientists who incorporate machine learning into their products or their product work; or who build machine learning tools that affect products.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

Built In Brews at Uptake

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Uptake
600 West Chicago Avenue Suite 290
Chicago, IL
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Uptake invites you to an epic Fall Fiesta.  Come see how Uptake harnesses the power of data to help people and machines work better, smarter and faster - have a drink and a taco too!

Cost: $5

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Music Hack 2017!

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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Get your creative and technical skills flowing at Music Hack 2017! Attend for an amazing day of technical wizardry, artistic wonder, innovation, collaboration and fun.

Cost: FREE

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CodeDay Chicago

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL 60606
Chicago, IL
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CodeDay is a nationwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours. Students of all skill levels are welcome , we have workshops and mentors who can help if you're new! Everyone is paired in a team and works on the ideas they pitch.

Cost: $10 until 10/28, $20 after

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Unconscious Bias

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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A panel of experts will discuss growing your awareness of gender bias, propose actionable solutions at the individual and societal levels, and take a look a the innovative solutions coming out of startups and corporations.

Cost: FREE - $10 Donation

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No, Bro: Strategies To Tackle Gender Discrimination in Tech and Beyond

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WeWork National Building
125 South Clark Street 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
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We will discuss ways to minimize the effect of gender (and racial) bias on your workplace culture. With advice, insight and tips, these exceptional legal, medical, tech and social media experts will help you navigate your career and minimize the impact of bias, while pushing all of us forward to gender parity.

Cost: FREE

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Develop Like a Designer: The Art of APIs

Arity
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 875
Chicago, IL
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In this workshop, you’ll learn what APIs are and the basic grammar that governs them. We’ll tear down the boundaries between developers and UX through hands-on activities. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have researched and designed a simple, usable API without having coded a single line.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @UXStrategyChi

Accessibility for Everyone - An Evening with Laura Kalbag

Sprout Social
131 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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Laura Kalbag will be presenting on accessibility based on her new book from A Book Apart, "Accessibility for Everyone."

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

Chicago Node.js Meetup

Braintree
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 8, Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago, IL
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Food is always provided! You must answer the RSVP question with your full, legal name. This allows you to get passed security for the building. Would you be interested in speaking? An important goal for this Meetup is to provide a forum for local Chicago developers to build their presentation skills.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoNodeJS

4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition and Showcase

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1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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Join Future Founders on Thursday, November 16 for the 4th Annual U.Pitch National Elevator Pitch Competition & Showcase. During the event, top students from universities all over the nation will compete in the ultimate elevator pitch competition for incredible exposure, connections, and part of a $10,000 prize pool.

Cost: $10 - 20

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On Twitter: @futurefounders

2112 Creative Tech Entrepreneurs & Startups Hack Night

2112inc
4245 N. Knox Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Anyone who has ever been interested in music tech, becoming a co-founder, a CTO, a problem solver, a troubleshooter, a startup developer and more. We are an entertainment tech incubator looking for developers, graphic designers and tech savvy people who want to help our startups in launching, development, beta testing and focus group studies.

Cost: FREE

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Machine Learning Demos & Drinks

The Shop @ Capital One
77 W. Wacker, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL
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Enjoy 360 city views as you explore our Machine Learning demo companies in their amazing space.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

Fashion.Future.Tech Experience The Future Of Technology In Fashion

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The Cliff Dwellers Club
200 S. Michigan Ave 22nd FL, Rooftop Deck
Chicago, IL
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Computer Training Institute of Chicago Invites you to attend their ‘FASHION.FUTURE.TECH’ event. Join them on their rooftop for an exclusive experiece as explore the future of fashion technology.

Cost: $15 - $25

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2017 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

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Navy Pier Festival Hall A & B
840 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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We showcase the best toys and games from around the globe. Build towers, play in tournaments, meet characters and more! The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the destination to discover "what's hot for the holidays" and try out toys and games before you shop for Black Friday Specials throughout the holiday season. You are certain to find some great additions to your family collection of toys and games. We are working on events for 2017 - our 15th Anniverary. Here is what happened in 2016!  Walk inside the World's Largest PomPomWow! Super Power Sensory Hour 9:00 am – 10:00 am hosted by The National Lekotek Center providing early access to families of children with special needs  Inventor Meet and Greet throughout both days!! Want to meet the inventor of BopIt? Operation? Jenga? Nerf? Twister? You can say “hello” and get inside knowledge from all – they’ll at the Fair. Also meet upcoming inventors and try their products out. You’ll be able to say you knew them before they were hot! Yo-Yo Championship - Contestants from Coast to Coast Attend the Star Wars Lunch Enter the Young Inventor Challenge & Young Tech Challenge (free!) Amazing Prizes & Meet Toy and Game Executives and Inventors Test drive vehicles from Razor, Peg Perego and RadioFlyer Mini Tesla!!  Mommy & Gracie Show Unboxing! Did you catch last year’s unboxing?? https://youtu.be/wslvGlPjDQs  IllumiCraft STEM-based Craft Party with Gift Upon A Craft Line Holiday Project Be entertained by Ben’s Giant Bubble Show Test out New Products Before They Hit Retail Shelves Shop for the Hottest New and Classic Toys for the Holidays  Interactive Exhibits Giveaways, Stage Events, Magic Shows, Contests, Laser Tag, Crafts, Characters, GameTruck, Knockerball and much more!  Young Inventor Challenge participants, Young Tech Challenge participants, Scouts in uniform, educators & librarians, firefighters, police, active military and military veterans are admitted as our guests. Check out our ticketing page for more information on qualifying for free admission. The Star Wars Luncheon is a special event during the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Please visit the Star Wars Luncheon page on our website for more details. Fair admission is includes with a Star Wars Lunch ticket.  Tickets good either Saturday or Sunday. Check out other events happening at ChiTAG Week:Young Inventor Challenge ($0 Free)More details: http://www.chitag.com/yic Young Tech Challenge ($0 Free)More details: http://www.chitag.com/ytc Toy & Game Innovation Awards (TAGIEs) ($250)More details: http://www.chitag.com/tagies

Cost: $7 - $15

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Insurance IoT USA Summit

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Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL
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As the only conference in North America exploring IoT from a carrier perspective, Insurance IoT USA is the best place to get strategies for designing business models delivering value to customers, converting IoT data to valuable insights & building successful partnership ecosystems & tech.

Cost: $1699 - $2499

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On Twitter: @insurancenexus

Insurance IoT USA Summit

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Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
221 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL
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As the only conference in North America exploring IoT from a carrier perspective, Insurance IoT USA is the best place to get strategies for designing business models delivering value to customers, converting IoT data to valuable insights and building successful partnership.

Cost: $1499

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December

Digital Accessibility Lightning Talks 2017

The Nerdery
1033 W Van Buren #700
Chicago, IL
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This event will be a hybrid lightning talk, social networking meetup. Between 6-8pm, join us for a mix of formal talks and holiday merrymaking.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi