December

#TheGlowUp

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TechNexus
20 North Upper Wacker Drive, #1200
Chicago, IL
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#TheGlowUp is a 2 day workshop is to help techies gain the skills needed to get to the next level. You can take one of following classes: SCRUM master class, UX class, Digital Branding -OR- join us late Sunday afternoon for the negotiation.

Cost: $50 - $1045

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On Twitter: @queensbrunch

Winter Networking Brunch & Fireside Chat

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Tech Nexus
20 N Upper Wacker
Chicago, IL
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Join WWCode for brunch, mimosas, and great conversation! Come mingle with amazing women in tech and get the chance to win WWCode prizes. We'll wrap up the morning with a fireside chat with Natalia Bachmann, who will share her journey as a women in technology and how she has leveraged her network for career success.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @WWCodeChicago

Combating Imposter Syndrome as Black and Latinx Technologists

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Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Room 303
Chicago, IL
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Code2040 will be hosting three workshops in Chicago geared towards Black and Latinx college students. Join us as we unpack what it means to experience and combat imposter syndrome in the tech industry.

Cost: FREE

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PyLadies Chicago Book Club - Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

Revival Food Hall
125 South Clark
Chicago, IL
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As a send off for 2017, PyLadies Chicago is hosting a book club to discuss - "Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by mathematician and data scientist activist Cathy O'Neil.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @PyLadiesChicago

January

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

Mobile Screen Readers 101 - Hands On for Developers & Designers

TEKsystems
111 N Canal Suite 305
Chicago, IL
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For this meetup event, learn the basics of using a mobile screen reader. Bring your smartphone or tablet for this interactive workshop and get hands-on experience that will allow you to test your web pages and apps effectively.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

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Code & Coffee at Sprout Social

Sprout Social
131 S Dearborn St., Ste. 700
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

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 3.5 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: $750

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On Twitter: @fullstack

ChiPMA Post-Holiday Happy Hour Party!

Moe's Cantina River North
155 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL
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This event features open season on selected beers, wines, and margaritas! Graze on wave after wave of appetizer plates!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

Becoming a Software Developer - Q&A Panel

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Fullstack Academy
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
Chicago, IL
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Join Fullstack Academy for our next public alumni panel. Get advice on how to become a developer, what the job is like on a day-to-day basis, and what steps you can take now to start your path there. The event starts with free pizza and a short networking session!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Windy City Devfest 2018

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Google
320 N Morgan
Chicago, IL
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Windy City DevFest is a 100% community organized developer conference with industry experts presenting on exciting topics including mobile, web, cloud, virtual reality, machine learning, and much more!

Cost: $35

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Code & Coffee at Jellyvision

Jellyvision
811 W Evergreen Ave, Floor 2
Chicago, IL
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Please note that this event is at Jellyvision's 811 W Evergreen Ave location, not the Eastman location. 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

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DevOps Book Club: The Manager's Path

8th Light, Inc
25 E Washington St
Chicago, IL
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The next DevOps Bookclub meeting will be discussing The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier. Despite the title, a lot of the lessons in this book apply to non-managers as well.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @DevOpsChicago

Chicago Design Systems Meetup: Morningstar

Morningstar
22 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL
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Learn about the Morningstar Design System and meet the team behind it.

Cost: FREE

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The Future of Blockchain

mHub
965 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Featuring a panel of cryptocurrency experts who will discuss the future of a non physical currency and it's effect on a physical market.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

FinTank's -- Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Seminar Series

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Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams
Chicago, IL
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FinTank's Monthly Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Seminar in Partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business.

Cost: $15

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SD-WAN Explained: the Tech, the Benefits, and the Future

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Cisco Systems
9501 Technology Blvd
Chicago, IL
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SD-WAN makes the most of the network resources you already have by leveraging multiple connection types to direct network traffic in the most cost effective way possible. Join us on January 26th and see why everyone is talking about SD-WAN.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GoMindsight

Beta Party

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Emporium Arcade Bar - Wicker Park
1366 Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL
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Beta Party is a event showcasing the latest apps/technology by up and coming tech creatives. This event is combined with a laid back atmosphere that includes digital/electronic art and a DJ that brings together a creative and fun experience.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @liveloopchi

February

DevOps & Product Thinking - Improving the Whole Value Stream

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565 W Adams St
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL
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In this 2-day, hands on workshop you will experience how to visualize your complete value delivery (value stream).  From there you will understand how to optimize not only your operational aspects of your products but also the creative side.

Cost: $999

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April

Blockchain Developer Conference 2018

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Hyatt Fishermans’ Wharf
555 North Point St
Chicago, IL
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The Blockchain Developer Conference is the largest convergence of Blockchain developers.

Cost: $299 - $1059

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May

Emotional Design Psychology & Neuroscience (2-day Workshop)

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DePaul University
1 E Jackson Blvd. 8th floor
Chicago, IL
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Learn emotional design and digital marketing strategies based on the psychology and neuroscience of user emotion, cognition & behavior. This workshop will transform your understanding of how emotions work, teaching you numerous interactive design, UX & marketing strategies based on a wide spectrum of user emotions.

Cost: $699 (20% early bird, reduced nonprofits)

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On Twitter: @alterspark

Connected Claims USA Summit 2018

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Sheraton Grand, Chicago
SHERATON GRAND CHICAGO 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611,
Chicago, IL
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Embed Speed & Accuracy for Cost-Efficient and Customer-Centric Insurance Claims. At the Connected Claims USA conference, join claims visionaries and leaders to gain inspiration and tools for immediate implementation from innovative insurance case studies.

Cost: $1199+

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On Twitter: @InsuranceNexus