August

Queer Tech Club: Level up on the Replay Patio

Replay
3439 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
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Queer Tech Club is closing out the summer with a private event on the patio of Replay in Lakeview. Join QTC members for a night of networking, drinks and tech friendly announcements against the glow-in-the-dark vintage scene of Super Mario and Donkey Kong.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @queertechclub

DesignTech Summer Social

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
1 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Come network and socialize with the DesignTech community and our steering committee! Our Summer Social is an opportunity to meet other professionals in the design technology space, hear what "DTech" is all about and learn more about how YOU can get involved.

Cost: FREE

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iPhone Photography for Picture Perfect Photos

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Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 7900
Chicago, IL
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Are you running a small business, starting a blog, or trying to rebrand your social media? This class is for you! Learn how using your smartphone device can jumpstart your project and keep you in alignment with high quality. Instructor: A'darah Jackson, Lead Visual Branding Strategist, Queensview Creative Studios.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @visuals4u

RGAx: The "Next Big Thing"

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DePaul Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
1 E Jackson Blvd #7900, Chicago, IL 60604
Chicago, IL
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If you are in data analytics, big data, machine learning, AI, digital marketing, web development, HCI or UX, or any emerging technologies – come for an evening of lively discussion on the innovations that are transforming the insurance industry and how you and your start-up can get involved!

Cost: $15

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On Twitter: @heartlandmobile

Getting Started with Vue.js

Enova
175 W Jackson, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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In this discussion, we will cover some of the philosophies behind building apps with Vue js. Why Vue might be a good choice for your application, and how to scale your application using Vue.

Cost: FREE

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MATTER Workshop: Building Financial Models – Make the Right Assumptions

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MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230
Chicago, IL
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This workshop will help you develop the necessary skills to create a model for your projected sales and expenses. No startup could exist without financial backing, but diving into fundraising without plans and projections can sink a venture in its infancy.

Cost: $0 - $25

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Why service design and UX play a major role in IoT adoption

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Microsoft Corporation
Aon Center, 200 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL
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In this event, we will discuss how designing for IoT is different and some of the important things to consider before getting started. By the end of the session, attendees will know about some of the real-world challenges and use cases of designing UX for IoT.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @softwebchicago

Summer Networking Soiree

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Cyrano's Cafe & Wine Bar
233 East Lower Wacker Drive (River Walk)
Chicago, IL
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Soak in the Summer while enjoying the River Walk with its' beautiful views of the Chicago River and its' boats while meeting new people who could change your life.

Cost: $15 - $20

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AR & VR Tools and Frameworks

FinTank
333 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 2700
Chicago, IL
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What does it mean to actually "build" an augmented reality or virtual reality application? What tools are available? Come and see how it works.

Cost: FREE

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Stand-in: Viewing & Networking Event

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Edenhurst Studio
739 S Clark
Chicago, IL
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Meet 200 of your newest friends & network. How do you turn a 60 second video into a 3 hour viewing & networking event? Bring together lots of interesting, fun people, food, & prizes. (Free parking & close to public transit helps, too!)

Cost: Free - $8

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On Twitter: @getastandin

2017 Talkdesk Roadshow

LondonHouse Chicago - Juliette Grand Ballroom
85 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL
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Talkdesk is hitting the road to discuss the future of customer communications and how AI and intelligent technology can assist contact center agents in resolving issues faster. Join Talkdesk, SpotHero, and other industry leaders to discuss how customer conversations have evolved and where they’re headed.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @talkdesk

Google Design Sprints (August Dinner & Workshop)

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Table XI
328 S. Jefferson St, Suite 670
Chicago, IL
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During this hands-on workshop, our Design Team will take you behind the scenes of Google Design Sprints, a 5-day process that some of the most innovative tech companies in the world use for rapid product innovation.

Cost: $100

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On Twitter: @TableXI

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Tech on Tap

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Grubhub
111 West Washington Street Suite 2100
Chicago, IL
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Join Grubhub and ITA for a night of networking with your Chicago tech peers. The event will be held at Grubhub’s office and consist of networking, along with a presentation by a Grubhub tech member.

Cost: FREE

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Five to Nine: The 2 Year Bash

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Brad's Deals
640 N LaSalle Dr, Ste 460
Chicago, IL
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Five to Nine is drinking to its 2 Year Anniversary! We can't wait to pop bottles to celebrate. It's been two inspirational years of meeting Aspirational, Like-Minded Young Professionals, Exploring the City of Chicago Through Unique Experiences, Doing What Matters To Us Most & Living Out Our 5 to 9s.

Cost: $15 - $25

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On Twitter: @fivetoninechi

ChicagoRuby: BLUE1647 -Introduction to Ruby

Blue Lacuna
2150 Canalport Ave
Chicago, IL
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Join ChicagoRuby at their first meetup meeting at Blue Lacuna! Attend for a basic introduction into Ruby on Rails programing.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

Navigating The JavaScript World

Dev Bootcamp
1033 W. Van Buren St. 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
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JavaScript Frameworks are created, become popular, and fade. Table XI will host this panel discussion, bringing together JavaScript professionals to discuss and answer questions like “What tools are worth learning?” and "How do I choose a framework for my project"

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

IGDA Chicago's End of Summer Picnic

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Montrose Beach
141 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL
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The end of summer is upon us and that means it's time for IGDA Chicago's annual picnic. This year, the picnic will be held at Montrose Beach, where we'll enjoy a variety of deli sandwiches, chips, and cold beverages!

Cost: $15

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LEAP InnovatED Summit

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South King Drive
Chicago, IL
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The LEAP InnovatED Summit is the convening for educators, edtech innovators, and civic and philanthropic leaders to inspire, imagine and innovate a new future for education.

Cost: $95 - $200

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On Twitter: @leapinchicago

An Event Apart

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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Three days of intense focus on digital design, UX, and more.

Cost: $549 - $1540

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On Twitter: @aneventapart

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Summer CodePen Chicago

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Salesforce Event Space
205 W Wacker Dr, Floor 22
Chicago, IL
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A chance for Chicago CodePen friends to hang out together, share some pens, gain some followers, and check out what other folks are working on. Also a good chance to snag some killer CodePen gear! Pizza and drinks provided!

Cost: FREE

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Tech and Design Talent Showcase: Web Developers + UX Designers

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WeWork Kinzie
20 West Kinzie Street 17th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Looking for web developers and/or user experience designers to join your team this fall? General Assembly welcomes companies to meet candidates from our Web Development and User Experience Design Immersive programs.

Cost: FREE

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Starting an API Program

Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL
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Starting an API Program at your organization? Within this talk you will hear the ups and downs of managing an API program from Arity a telematics company under Allstate Insurance.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @MStarTechTalks

Networking, Drinks, and Fun! (Partner Event)

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Ironside Bar & Galley
546 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL
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Join ABI.Chicago & The Founder Institute for great networking at this Summer Social. Arrive within the first hour to benefit from the appetizers and happy hour drink specials. Meet local entrepreneurs & technology CEOs and share your business ideas & aspirations with like-minded peers.

Cost: Pay your own tab

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On Twitter: @visuals4u

WWCode Lean In Circle: Self-Promotion

TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr (Civic Opera House - 12th floor, room AB)
Chicago, IL
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Join Karen McDonnell, an experienced Tech Director and leader at Capital One, and your fellow Women Who Code members for an interactive conversation around Self-Promotion. Share thoughts, experiences and tips on how to authentically self-promote by creating the visibility and credibility you need to excel.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @wwcchicago

NIN Ventures Open Office Hours

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NIN Ventures
122 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL
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You are cordially invited to NIN.VC Open Office Hours... Whether you are an Entrepreneur with a disruptive technology, investor - entity or individual, press, or just curious; you are welcome at NIN Ventures! Only have 16 slots available.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @NINVentures

Everything you need to know before implementing chatbots for your business

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Microsoft Corporation
Aon Center, 200 E Randolph St
Chicago, IL
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Attendees will be introduced to different types of chatbots that can be created with the use of cognitive services. Such conversational UX can not only respond to users, but also understand the context and can respond to queries in a human-like manner.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @softwebchicago

Chicago Tech And Startup Networking Mixer

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Tapster
2027 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
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A Night Of Networking With Startup and Tech Professionals In Chicago! Join the fastest growing startup and tech networking event in Chicago! Meet new people and participate in lively discussions with outstanding names in the Chicago startup community. Register immediately for an early bird ticket.

Cost: $10 - $30

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"Testing React Applications" Panel Moderated by Denis Roarty

eSpark Learning
833 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
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Speakers will take turns presenting different parts of the testing landscape. The panel will save the last 15 to 30 minutes to discuss thoughts on how to cover your code with tests and hopefully talk about a couple of up and coming tools which should help with your own testing efforts.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ReactJSChicago

Cruise and Network on the Tiki Boat

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Island Party Hut
355 Chicago Riverwalk
Chicago, IL
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You’ve seen the Tiki Boats, now join the party and get on board. Get a change of scenery with some of Chicago''s best views and network with friends and potential clients you haven’t met yet.

Cost: $27 - $30

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September

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 rollover.

Cost: $650

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Connected Car Insurance USA

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Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
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The Connected Car Insurance USA Conference & Exhibition is the annual meeting place for insurance and technology executives in the automotive industry. Over 600 senior level attendees will gather to understand how insurance will be impacted by rapidly developing automotive technology.

Cost: From $1895

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On Twitter: @TUAutomotive

Fullstack Academy Info Session - Learn how to become a web developer

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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

Virtual Reality: Design, Development & Deployment

NEXT/NOW
1200 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL
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Learn how companies are incorporating VR experiences in to their marketing efforts, hear how Designers and Developers have landed in the VR space, and explore the nuances of designing in this space.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @CIDDmeetup

Built In Brews at Grainger

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Grainger
500 W Madison 33rd floor
Chicago, IL
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Dust off your jerseys. It’s time for Built In Brews at Grainger. We’re kicking off this fall season with a tailgate hosted by Grainger, North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products.

Cost: $5

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Chicago WomenTech Panel Discussion and Happy Hour

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TechNexus
20 N Wacker Drive Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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An intuitive panel discussion with some of Chicago’s brightest tech minds followed by a happy hour.

Cost: $5 - $10

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Beach Party

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Castaways
1603 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL
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At Castaway’s you’ll find Chicago's premier beach location, great drinks, beautiful people and a gorgeous sunset with the best views of Chicago's world renowned skyline.

Cost: $15 - $20

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Code & Coffee at eSpark

eSpark Learning
833 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
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We're all learning to code, whether you've just decided to get started or you've been at it for years. Come hang out for a couple of hours with some friendly fellow coders.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @gdichicago

2017 CIO Forum: Leading the Business through Digital Transformation

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Disclosed Upon Registration
Chicago Loop
Chicago, IL
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together senior digital & IT executives from a variety of industry verticals for our biannual CIO Chicago Forum. Throughout a full day of content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues facing IT executives.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ArgyleExecForum

Corum Group M&A - Selling Up, Selling Out

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Polsinelli LLP
150 N Riverside Plaze Main Lobby - Grand Executive Room 2
Chicago, IL
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Record cash, disruptive change, aggressive new buyers, and rising valuations are making this the best time to sell in a decade. Many owners are taking advantage--but are you ready? There's no better way to start than the world's foremost tech M&A conference, "Selling Up, Selling Out," in Chicago.

Cost: $199

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On Twitter: @corumgroup

Mindsight's 7th Annual Roadmap Conference

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Cisco Briefing Center
9501 Technology Boulevard
Rosemont, IL
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Join Chicago-based technology consulting firm, Mindsight, for our 7th Annual Roadmap Conference in Rosemont, Illinois. You and your team are invited to a full day of seminars designed to help you chart your IT environment’s future. This conference will help you save time budgeting and planning for 2018 and beyond.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GoMindsight

Mindsight's 7th Annual Contact Center Roadmap Conference

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Cisco Briefing Center
9501 Technology Boulevard
Rosemont, IL
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Is your contact center ready? Join Mindsight for a full day of seminars at our 7th Annual Roadmap Conference in Rosemont, Illinois. We’ve designed the event to give contact center professionals a peek over the horizon at what customer experience challenges and opportunities await in the coming year.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GoMindsight

Cyber Security: The Latest Trends

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The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL
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The Chicago Finance Exchange hosts a dinner event with guest speaker, Diane Randolph, Chief Information Officer of Chicago-based Ulta Beauty.

Cost: Free for members. Contact to attend as guest.

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JavaScript 101 - A beginner's course

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Fullstack Academy
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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JavaScript 101 is a pure beginner's intro to coding. In this workshop, you will learn JS fundamentals, become more familiar with JavaScript Syntax, and write a script that sends email well-wishes to your friends. If you've thought about learning to code but need help taking the first step, this workshop is for you.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Lumity STEM Table Tennis Tournament Fundraiser

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Killerspin House
140 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
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A little competition is a good thing! UNPLUG & PLAY with Lumity STEM Students. Bring your team together to support Lumity’s high school STEM program and help a CPS student win a computer. Donate $500 to enter a team of 2-4 players. Individual entries welcome, donation: $125

Cost: $500 (team) $125 (individuals)

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On Twitter: @Lumitynpo

Agile Coaching Summit - Chicago

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Uptake
600 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL
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The Agile Coaching Summit in Chicago is a unique gathering of agilists with the purpose of exploring the agile coaching profession and to dive deeper into the topics that are critical to all of us being empowered and capable of transforming the world of work.

Cost: $99

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Visual Studio Live! Chicago

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Chicago Marriott Downtown - Magnificent Mile
540 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Visual Studio Live! is thrilled to be returning to Chicago where developers, software architects, engineers and designers will be on a mission to code during four days of unbiased and cutting-edge education on the Microsoft Platform.

Cost: $550 - $2,195

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On Twitter: @VSLive

Customer Experience (CX) Training Workshop

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TechNexus
20 North Upper Wacker Drive #Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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TSI has more than 20 years of experience in this area. We have helped some of the fastest growing companies in the world innovate and grow. Now they’d like to share tools and techniques with our corporate and higher education communities.

Cost: $400

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CampaignTech Chicago

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Venue SIX10
610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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CampaignTech Chicago is a one day conference focused on the technology, tools, digital strategy and tactics that will shape the most competitive races up and down the ballot.

Cost: $299 - $499

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Chicago Women in Technology Conference - 2017

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1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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A day dedicated to growing and investing in yourself and the Chicago Tech community. Open to all genders across platforms and technologies, ChiWiTCon will feature exciting speakers, plenty of built-in discussion time, a fireside chat and a fun and relaxing networking opportunity following the conference.

Cost: $75

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Google Design Sprints: Dinner + Workshop

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Table XI
328 S. Jefferson St, Suite 670, Table XI
Chicago, IL
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During this hands-on workshop, our Design Team will take you behind the scenes of Google Design Sprints, a 5-day process that some of the most innovative tech companies in the world use for rapid product innovation.

Cost: $100

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On Twitter: @tablexi

Google Design Sprints - September Dinner + Workshop

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Table XI
328 S. Jefferson St, Suite 670, Table XI
Chicago, IL
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During this hands-on workshop, our Design Team will take you behind the scenes of Google Design Sprints, a 5-day process that some of the most innovative tech companies in the world use for rapid product innovation.

Cost: $100

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On Twitter: @tablexi

Next Money Chicago 2017

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Venue SIX10
610 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
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Join global fintech and banking leaders at Next Money’s flagship North American event September 26, 2017 in Chicago. Next Money fosters an inspiring and creative forum for discussion centered around three timely themes: capabilities, compliance and collaboration. Keynote speakers include Brett King and JP Nichols.

Cost: $325 - $795

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On Twitter: @nextmoney_

MarketingTech Smart: Navigate the Crossroads of Marketing and Technology

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Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University
16 East Pearson Street Wintrust Room
Chicago, IL
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AMA Chicago’s half-day, one-track conference will make you a pro at navigating the junction of marketing and technology.

Cost: $60 - $160

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Autumn 2017 Chicago Design System Meetup

Sprout Social
131 S Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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Quarterly gatherings of designers, developers, and designer/developers to share and compare experiences and techniques to deliver effective design systems. Speakers: Jon Donmoyer and Jennifer Stern

Cost: FREE

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Lunch and Learn: Close Encounters with IOT

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Tech Nexus
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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A small experiment to unpack and discuss the current context of IT. Great networking and conversation.

Cost: FREE

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Creative Tech Expo

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Venue One
219 N Paulina
Chicago, IL
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Enjoy Software Demos, Hands-on tutorials, Technology and Business Discussions, Virtual Reality experiences, The latest in Media technology, Local Game developers, Robotics Teams and more!

Cost: FREE - $50

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October

Cyber Security Chicago

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McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL
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Cyber Security Chicago offers invaluable security insight for both IT managers & security specialists. Hear from cyber securities finest on how you can build stronger defenses against cyber-attacks & how to recover if your systems are breached.

Cost: Not specified

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On Twitter: @CyberSecChicago

November

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

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

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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