August

Agile DevOps

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ITA
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Is your team really Agile without automated DevOps?  Join our Agile and DevOps industry experts for a thought-provoking presentation and demo addressing the latest best practices and tools of Agile DevOps.

Cost: FREE

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Introduction to Javascript

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GA @ SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave, 5th floor
Chicago, IL
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Join us for this workshop on the JavaScript programming language aimed at beginners with little or no prior experience. This workshop provides an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and jQuery fundamentals needed to create rich, professional, and relevant web applications.

Cost: 60

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On Twitter: @GA_chicago

Technori & WTF present: Wearable Tech

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Chase Auditorium
10 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL
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Why is wearable technology so exciting? What exactly makes a wearable work? And, how do we integrate it with our daily activities? Come to this month's Technori Showcase to find out.

Cost: $15 - $20

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On Twitter: @technori

An Evening with Derek Featherstone

Critical Mass
225 N Michigan Ave # 2050
Chicago, IL
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Derek Featherstone is an internationally known authority on accessibility and web design. He was an Accessibility Group Lead for the Web Standards Project and leads the team at Simply Accessible, delivering accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, government agencies & more.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

JavaScript Bot Challenge (with cash prize)

55 West Monroe
Suite 1650
Chicago, IL
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Bring your colleagues & friends! Participate in the challenge by yourself or with a team (of up to 5 people). Pizza and beer will be provided!

Cost: FREE

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Web & Android Developers - Meet & Hire @ General Assembly

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20 N. Wacker Drive (ITA)
Suite 200
Chicago, IL
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General Assembly, in partnership with the Illinois Technology Association, invites you to GA’s Meet & Hire event. Our Web and Android Developer graduates will be showcasing their projects, and will be available to chat about job opportunities (GA does not charge any placement fees).

Cost: FREE

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ChicagoRuby: 1871 - Rails 5 Action Cable

1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor (2.03 Classroom)
Chicago, IL
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How do you achieve real time, bi-directional, event-based communications in your apps? ActionCable offers one way to make it happen.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

Software Social

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Citizen Bar
364 W Erie
Chicago, IL
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Whether you need to vent about your current project or geek out on a new framework, have a drink and make friends.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @devmyndsoftware

September

JavaScript promises: A promise primer

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Fullstack Academy of Code
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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In this event we'll cover the what, why, and how of JS promises. Attendees should have a strong understanding of javascript and programming fundamentals and should be able to explain asynchronicity.

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Chicago Women Developers: Talk. Snack. Hack!

1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60654
Chicago, IL
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The first Thursday of every month, we’ll leave the floor open for lightning talks by whoever wants to give them. We’ll also have a snack-potluck, so bring some chips or drinks to share if you’d like.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @CWDevs

Drink+Draw

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Join us for a demo and drawing session at Drink + Draw, a happy hour for creatives and beverage enthusiasts alike. Take a break from the screen and get your ideas on the page.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

MATTER Workshop: Creating and Maintaining a High-functioning Team

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MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1230
Chicago, IL
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Join Michelle Joseph, founder of PeopleFoundry, to learn how to build and manage your team. Michelle will cover topics like how to attract talent, when to build out your team, how to get to the real person during a interview, how to balance between compensation and equity for founders and more.

Cost: FREE or $25

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On Twitter: @MATTERChicago

MATTER Workshop: Visual Design Basics

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MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1230
Chicago, IL
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In the first part of this workshop, Vincent Cabansag and Arvind Dang will dive into the marriage of functionality and beauty as the basics of visual design. The second part will be hands on critiques of your website, marketing collateral & branding.

Cost: FREE - $25

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On Twitter: @MATTERChicago

Introduction to Product Management

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General Assembly at SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Product Management: the process of working with designers and developers to successfully build and launch digital products. In this class, we introduce you to the key product management concepts. Learn how to analyze the market, flesh out your ideas, identify risks, and validate assumptions.

Cost: $40

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Wine+Wireframes: Intro to UX

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Industrious
320 W Ohio St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
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Enjoy a glass of wine and get your feet wet with UX! This class aims to demystify UX by giving a practical and simple introduction to what UX is, while also explaining some of the core concepts of user centered design (UCD).

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

RM72: Future of Music and Technology

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Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N Wabash
Chicago, IL
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Music inspired the launch of Virgin Records. Through avid entrepreneurship and adaptation, the record label has expanded into the empire we all know today. With that same outlook, we will gather to discuss innovation in music business.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Women In Tech Breakfast

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Freehand Hotel Chicago
19 E Ohio St.
Chicago, IL
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We invite you to join us for this interactive breakfast for Women in Technology. We are featuring great women in tech to give their insight on how they reached their level of success, advice on navigating the workplace, and how we can help the next generation of women in tech.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

How to Talk Tech

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The Nerdery
1033 W. Van Buren, Suite 700
Chicago, IL
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Interested in working in the exciting tech industry, but feel lost in the jargon? We will get you up to speed on how to talk to and about the different functions within the tech industry. Learn the day to day roles from a developer, designer, and a product manager and how they work together.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Table XI Breakfast - Engineering Culture for Developers and Designers

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Table XI
328 South Jefferson Street #670
Chicago, IL
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Join us at Table XI for a FREE homemade breakfast prepared by our in-house chef, Mark Estabrook! While we eat, we'll enjoy a short presentation by our CEO, Josh Golden on building a culture that attracts, retains and empowers top talent. Afterwards, we'll host a question & answer session.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @tablexi

Downtown Futures Series: Experiential City

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Columbia College Conaway Center
1104 S Wabash
Chicago, IL
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Historically the regional market place, downtowns have evolved as places with unique experiences beyond commerce. What are the future experiences necessary for a competitive downtown?

Cost: FREE or $20

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On Twitter: @ChiLoopAlliance

How to Keep The Business Running While Under Cyber Attack

1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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How do we ensure that when an attacker attempts to deliver a knockout punch, your business doesn't get knocked out? Hacking Exposed Author, Michael A. Davis, will present steps to "bob and weave" during a cyber-attack and techniques to enhance business resiliency.

Cost: FREE

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#HRUChicago - People Analytics

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General Assembly
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Join us at HR Unconference #HRUChicago – People Analytics on September 15th! This is a great place to learn more about Data Analytics in HR & Recruitment via innovative, networking based Unconferences format.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @hruchicago

Chicago End of Summer Soiree

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SPACE
23 E Illinois
Chicago, IL
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Chicago loves our summer vibes. Keep the momentum going and meet our community of smart and innovative creatives and technologists at the Chicago End of Summer Soiree!

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Saying 'No' to the CEO: Dealing with Distractions to Realize the Product Vision

WunderLand Group
200 West Jackson Blvd., Floor 13
Chicago, IL
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How do you say 'no' to the CEO? Learn from a group of seasoned panelists who have lived through a barrage of constant distractions, diversions, and delays along the road to successfully converting product vision to reality.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

WindyCity DevCon

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Google Chicago
320 North Morgan Street #600
Chicago, IL
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WindyCity DevCon is a one-day conference bringing together developers, designers and technology enthusiasts from the Midwest and beyond.

Cost: $35

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Technology and Social Innovation with Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
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Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. Proceeds of Luncheon will benefit INVEST Chicago (Women's Innovation Fund) an initiative of Goodcity Chicago.

Cost: $65 - $125

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On Twitter: @goodcitychicago

Learn A Language Series: Intro to Python

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Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL
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This tutorial provides a look at the Python language. We'll go over the DLE environment, control flow constructs, strings, language components, the I/O, collections, classes, modules, and regular expressions. This class is organized by ABI.Chicago and sponsored by Allstate Insurance & Roosevelt University.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @anitaborg_org

iOS App Development Crash Course

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General Assembly @ SPACE
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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In this workshop, you will learn how to build an app in Xcode using the latest techniques and tools. You will be working with Storyboards and Swift source code to rapidly build an app where you will learn the essential concepts of iOS user interface development.

Cost: $175

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Level Up Your Career Personal Branding Workshop

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General Assembly @ SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Experimenting with your personal brand? Thinking about reinventing yourself? Looking to get to the next level? In this bootcamp you'll get your brand into tip top shape so that you become confident wherever you go, stand out during interviews, make networking easy, and set yourself up to become influential.

Cost: $80

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

TechAroundTown: Black Tech Showcase

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MillerCoors
250 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
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Join the Chicago Urban League and MillerCoors as we celebrate the black tech ecosystem! This event will feature an exhibit of some of the hottest black technology companies in the city, as well as pitches from exhibitor firms.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChiUrbanLeague

2016 Data and Analytics Conference

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Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Hear how Cisco, our partners, and customers are developing and utilizing new solutions for data and analytics, the Internet of Things, cloud, edge analytics, data preparation and data virtualization.

Cost: Starts at $399

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On Twitter: @ciscoanalytics

Implementing EMV at the ATM

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Rosemont Hilton, Chicago O’Hare
5550 N River Rd
Chicago, IL
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Independent ATM owners, banks and credit unions preparing to migrate to EMV chip technology at their ATMs can get important planning information and implementation best practices by attending a U.S. Payments Forum workshop in Chicago this September.

Cost: FREE

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The 2016 Vision Critical Customer Intelligence Summit

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The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL
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Hear thought-provoking keynotes from industry-leading experts, as well as exemplary stories on how companies establish meaningful and authentic relationships with their customers by gathering and utilizing valuable customer feedback.

Cost: Single ticket $799, Group tickets $499

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On Twitter: @visioncritical

MATTER Workshop: Patents 101 – What Every Startup Needs to Know

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MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1230
Chicago, IL
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This clinic will help startups understand the basics of the U.S. patent system and how to navigate the entire process of securing a patent.

Cost: FREE - $25

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On Twitter: @MATTERChicago

Demystifying AdTech

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Centro
11 E. Madison St., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Join us for a panel discussion on Adtech with GA and CIMA dedicated to exploring the ways in which the advertising industry is impacted by emerging technologies and data. No matter your role within AdTech, this discussion will be packed with takeaways and insights on how you can best use data in your position.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Maximizing Performance Under Duress with Rob Raux, Chief Architect of QuikOrder

Braintree
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 8, Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago, IL
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A crash course in performance optimization in Node.js; there’s more to it than avoiding parsing huge JSON payloads or implementing your own recursive Fibonacci server. Learn how to record and use metrics to unlock the event loop and trim the call stack to optimize your application under load.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoNodeJS

Digital Nomads: Tech Built for Travelers

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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This evening is for the tech-savvy traveler! New apps and technologies are transforming how we discover new places, book travel, and share our experiences with others.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

General Assembly Open House

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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General Assembly is not a school. It's your job. It's your career. It's your life. Come to a fun and informative Open House at GA Chicago, meet our expert team and learn about our dynamic, career-based programs.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Innovation and Impact: A Future Founders Event

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1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Join Future Founders to celebrate its 5th Anniversary, network with others in the entrepreneurial community, enjoy local food and drinks, and learn how you can be a part of creating the next generation of entrepreneurs! 100% of the proceeds will help underserved students in Chicago.

Cost: $50 - $200

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On Twitter: @futurefounders

Your Logo Looks Great, How's Your Brand?

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General Assembly @ SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Creating a strong brand might be the single most important thing you can do for your company. It’s just as important for early-stage companies as it is for century-old multinationals. Learn what makes a strong brand, what it takes to build one and how you can use smart time-tested methods to build your company’s brand.

Cost: $40

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: How to Get Where You Want to Go

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Hear how five local creatives and entrepreneurs went against all odds to pursue their passion, career or side project and turn what they love into what they do.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Young Entrepreneur Fireside Chat

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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This event is for everyone from entrepreneurs to consumers. Come network and learn about Chicago's impressive entrepreneur community. Drinks and snacks to be provided.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

"Don't Do This in Your Pitchdeck" Bagels & Coffee

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Coalition: Energy
18 South Michigan Avenue Floor 12
Chicago, IL
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A presentation and roundtable about the best way to structure your pitch as a startup.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @EnergyFoundry

Built In Brews: Managed by Q

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Managed by Q
358 W Ontario Suite 3W
Chicago, IL
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Join us for a Built In Brews at Managed by Q's River North Office complete with beer, wine, and passed apps.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ManagedbyQ

Collab/Space Chicago

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TechNexus
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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How can we help VR-related startups survive and thrive as a business? That will be the focus of our Collab/Space Chicago 2016 workshop. It will be an all-day, hands-on workshop focused on entrepreneurship, with 8 VR startups and projects presenting.

Cost: $99 early bird; $129 regular registration.

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On Twitter: @mediashiftorg

October

Design a Marathon Cheer Poster

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General Assembly
444 N. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
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Is your bestie or bae running the marathon? Channel your inner designer and make a poster to support their major accomplishment! We will provide the posters, supplies, and refreshments. You bring ideas, supportive vibes, and some friends to fill your cheering section!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Elastic{ON} Tour - Chicago

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Venue SIX10
610 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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A dynamic opportunity to learn more about Elasticsearch 5.0 release, understand and hear about existing use cases, plus a two-hour technical training session. We will have Elastic Subject Matter experts onsite to address questions.

Cost: Early Bird $125

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Getting started with Node.js C++ Addons

Braintree
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Floor 8, Chicago, IL 60654
Chicago, IL
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One of Node's most powerful features is its ability to wrap calls to C/C++ code.  This means you can wrap existing legacy code or write super fast functions to process data. The possibilities are endless.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoNodeJS

November

2016 Young Tech Challenge

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Navy Pier, Festival Hall A
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL
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Young Tech Challenge is an opportunity for creators aged 8-22 to show off a playful tech product. Submissions can be built on any platform available; mobile, console and PC will surely be popular, but entrants can also build with lego, robotics, or any techy fun you can find.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @chicagotoyngame