August

Hak4Kidz

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TechNexus
20 N Wacker, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Hak4Kidz is the first official youth based ethical hacking conference in Chicago. A combination of youth base speaking tracks complementing an open area of stations will enable the attendees to expand and enlighten their technical interests.

Cost: $55 and up

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On Twitter: @Hak4Kidz

Chicago Financial Empowerment Hackathon

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BLUE 1647
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Develop innovative tools that help Chicagoans become more financially capable and/or build capacity for the organizations that serve them. Compete for the $1500 cash prize.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @StephanieNeely

SANS Chicago 2014

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Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe
Chicago, IL
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Information security training in Chicago from SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training. At SANS Chicago 2014, SANS offers hands-on, immersion-style security training courses taught by real-world practitioners.

Cost: $3,795+

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On Twitter: @sansinstitute

An Event Apart

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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An intensely educational learning session for passionate practitioners of standards-based web design. If you care about code as well as content, usability as well as design, An Event Apart is the conference you’ve been waiting for.

Cost: $499 - $1490

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On Twitter: @aneventapart

Blue Sky Live: How to Successfully Prototype Your Product with The Nerdery

The Nerdery
300 N Elizabeth
Chicago, IL
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This Blue Sky digital skills class features user experience experts from The Nerdery who can help you prepare your idea for prototyping, the first step in testing your new site before approaching potential users, customers and investors.

Cost: $99 - $129

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On Twitter: @ChiTribNation

Refresh Chicago: Identifying and Testing UX Assumptions

TechNexus
20 N Wacker, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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User Experience Researcher Annie Swank will talk about how identifying, testing, and validating assumptions are central to user experience design.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @refreshchi

September

WindyCityRails 2014

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Venue One
1044 W Randolph
Chicago, IL
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At WindyCityRails, you can expect to rub elbows with some of the best developers & designers on the planet. Sharpen your Rails skills. Meet like-minded technologists and build your team.

Cost: $399 - $499

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On Twitter: @WindyCityRails

Roost JavaScript Conference

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Sheraton Chicago
301 East North Water
Chicago, IL
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xplore core web-development principles and best-practices while seeing them in action at Roost, presented by Bocoup. Part training, part conference, Roost combines the best of both experiences in a comprehensive narrative about the real-world application of core programming principles.

Cost: $549 - $599

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On Twitter: @bocouptraining

Built In Brews

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ContextMedia
330 N Wabash #2500
Chicago, IL
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Built In Brews is a monthly startup happy hour hosted by a different high growth tech company in Chicago. Come see the inside of the most inspiring tech offices, learn about the company's culture, meet the founders and employees, and enjoy drinks from some of the best local breweries.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @BuiltInChicago

Lessons in Digital Strategy & UX from Magic: The Gathering

OgilvyOne
350 N Orleans, #1100
Chicago, IL
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Sometimes new professional lessons come from unlikely places. In this case, playing Magic: The Gathering. Since the game is based on the player building their own deck, those that play the game need to be an architect, a strategist, a problem solver, a pragmatic decision maker and a player. (Sound familiar?)

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @mattienodj

jQuery Conference Chicago

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Sheraton Chicago
301 East North Water
Chicago, IL
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Bringing together experts from across the field of front-end development to bring you up to speed on the latest open web technologies. Get the latest on jQuery and related projects, code architecture and organization, design and implementation practices, tooling and workflow improvements.

Cost: $449 - $499

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On Twitter: @jqcon

Prototype Camp

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Harrington College of Design
200 W Madison
Chicago, IL
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Prototype Camp Chicago delivers a full day of bringing together people who are interested in putting a bit more “build and create” into their craft. Clearly-thought and nearly-there are great places to be!

Cost: $50

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On Twitter: @ChicagoCamps

Chicago Founder Stories: Gregg Kaplan of Redbox

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1871
Merchandise Mart
Chicago, IL
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September Founders’ Stories @ 1871 will be with Gregg Kaplan, Founder of Redbox.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @1871Chicago

Chicago Erlang Conference

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Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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Chicago Erlang Conference is a single day event focused on real world applications in Erlang, distributed computing, and scalability. It is designed to advance your practical knowledge of Erlang.

Cost: $99 - $119

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On Twitter: @erlangfactory

Social Media Week

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Downtown Chicago
Various locations
Chicago, IL
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Social Media Week Chicago connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Various events throughout the city.

Cost: Free and Paid

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On Twitter: @smwchicago

Collab/Space Chicago

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200
Chicago, IL
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How can media startups break through, survive and thrive? That will be the focus of the upcoming Collab/Space Chicago workshop.

Cost: $49 - $129

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On Twitter: @PBSMediaShift

Beyond the Waterfall: Rethinking How We Work

Groupon
600 W Chicago
Chicago, IL
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At this Refresh Chicago Event, Maya Bruck, Creative Director at Pixo, will show how to engage clients and the full breadth of your team from the beginning of the process, so that research, sketching, prototyping and beyond become a collaborative effort.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @refreshchi

Brand New Conference

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Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Two-day event focusing on the practice of corporate and brand identity — a direct extension of the popular blog, Brand New. The conference consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environment

Cost: $250 - $500

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On Twitter: @bnconf

WebVisions Chicago

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Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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A 2-day conference exploring the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.

Cost: $275-$375

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On Twitter: @webvisions

October

Football 2.0: Innovation in Sports

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Kerryman
661 N Clark
Chicago, IL
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A gathering of everyone that's disrupting sports media, marketing, statistics, and safety so that we can ignite a dialogue to learn from shared successes and challenges. (Anyone's that's just interested is welcome as well).

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @ChicagoInno

Story Conference

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Harris Theater
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Fuel your greatest work with captivating talks, meaningful connections and unforgettable performances. The theme of the 2-day conference is “Creators, Dreamers and Storytellers”

Cost: $399 - $549

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On Twitter: @storychicago

The Founding Moms Conference

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Lincoln Hall
2424 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL
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Want to spend a whole day with insightful and inspiring experts eating top-notch food in a world-class city? Attend the Founding Moms Conference!

Cost: $299 - $399

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On Twitter: @foundingmom

BarnRaise

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IIT Institute of Design
350 N La Salle
Chicago, IL
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An immersive, two-and-a-half day experience that combines the best of thought leadership with the opportunity to build physical and digital prototypes. Leading design firms will host teams all around the city and will be partnered with real organizations who can create real action.

Cost: $140 - $600

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On Twitter: @BarnRaiseID

Feast: (Innovation in Food)

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Rhine Hall Distillery
2010 W Fulton
Chicago, IL
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Food tech is fascinating. This meetup isn't just relegated to the disrupters; if you're interested in the space at all and want to be a part of the conversation, swing on by.

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @ChicagoInno

Chicago Innovation Awards

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Harris Theater
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services. This year's winning organizations may be large or small, for-profit or not-for-profit, high tech, low tech or no tech, across all industries, but they are all tied together by their commitment to innovation.

Cost: $25 - $75

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On Twitter: @Chi_Innovation