October

Lean Startup 2.0: The Lean Brand with Brant Cooper, NY Times Bestselling Author

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Coalition: Impact
405 W Superior
Chicago, IL
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Are you an entrepreneur or brand manager interested in building validated, passionate relationships with an audience? Do you want to quickly and inexpensively take your brand to the next level? If you have asked yourself either of these questions, you will want to attend The Lean Brand.

Cost: $8 - $15

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On Twitter: @heartlandmobile

Working with CSS Preprocessors

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Blue1647 Innovation Center
1647 S Blue Island
Chicago, IL
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Design more efficiently with Sass! This workshop will teach you how to upgrade your CSS skills to use preprocessors to speed up and simplify your workflow. We'll help you learn how to integrate Sass into your projects.

Cost: $25

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On Twitter: @codewhileblack

Code and Cupcakes

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The Living Room
2423 W North Ave
Chicago, IL
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Do you want to learn how to make your own web sites and apps? Do you want your daughter to learn, too? Most importantly: do you like cupcakes? Then come to this workshop led by a professional web designer/developer and her own daughter, complete with tasty snacks and a fun, supportive learning atmosphere.

Cost: $35 for both mother and daughter

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On Twitter: @codecupcakeschi

Maker Mixer

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200
Chicago, IL
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Bringing together designers, developers and product-focused folks in the digital space. Great speakers, timely demos and some startup pitch/presentations. Local beer, wine, food and drinks will be provided.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @CapitalOne

Startup Grind Chicago Hosts Charles Adler (Kickstarter)

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Threadless
1260 W Madison
Chicago, IL
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Kickstarter Co-Founder Charles Adler sits down for a chat to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

Cost: $10 - $20

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On Twitter: @tomdenison

Technori Pitch: Mobile

Chase Auditorium
10 S Dearborn, Lower Lobby
Chicago, IL
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October's Technori Pitch is dedicated to those who put mobile first. It's all about mobile applications, design, devices, games, marketing, payments, platforms and mobile search, just to name a few.

Cost: $10 - $20

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On Twitter: @technori

Product Hunt Chicago

Digital Professional Institute
28 N Clark St Suite 500
Chicago, IL
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Product Hunt is becoming a phenomenon in the tech world and the best destination for product discovery. We decided to get makers in the city together to talk about the challenges of shipping a product and just have fun geeking out about products we find interesting.

Cost: $8

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Open Innovation Summit

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Four Seasons Hotel
120 E Delaware
Chicago, IL
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A unique opportunity to learn open innovation best-practices from the leaders of the world's biggest brands!

Cost: $795 - $1895

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On Twitter: @iegroup

celumium Chicago 2014

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venue SIX10
610 S Michigan
Chicago, IL
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Focus on best practices about customer experience in brand and product management at this free marketing technology conference. Seasoned speakers will explain the value of customer experience in brand management. You will learn how global brands use technology to deliver the message of their brands and products.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @celum

Chicago Innovation Awards

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Harris Theater
205 E Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Chicago’s business and civic leaders, and innovation supporters come together to celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring all of this year’s winners.

Cost: $25 - $75

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On Twitter: @Chi_Innovation

Tech In Motion: The Growing Role of Tech in K-12 Education

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Hear from an expert panel about how technology is revolutionizing education. We’ll be focusing on K-12 education, talking to innovators and teachers about how tech is improving (or maybe not improving) the classroom experience.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

November

ClickZ Live

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The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe
Chicago, IL
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ClickZ Live provides marketing professionals, brand advertisers, agencies, and business leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to traverse the dynamic digital landscape.

Cost: Free - $2795

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On Twitter: @clickzlive

Inspire Startups Fall Showcase and Pitch

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Inspire Business Center
1016 W Jackson
Chicago, IL
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Inspire Startups gives Chicago's top early-stage startups the opportunity to showcase their solutions to 50+ startup-lovers and investors. This event combines the best of startup expos and networking in an intimate setting topped off with a pitch competition.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @InspireBizClub

Introduction to User Experience Design

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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As technology changes and more media outlets compete for customers’ time, providing an enjoyable experience is critical. This class aims to demystify user experience by giving a practical and simple introduction to what UX is and explaining its core concepts.

Cost: $30

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On Twitter: @ga

Built In Brews: Where Local Tech Meets Local Brews

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Discover Digital =
350 N Orleans, Suite 660
Chicago, IL
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It’s time for another Built In Brews! Kickback after work with other startup folk while sipping on some local craft brews and chowing down on BBQ from Bubcity.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @BuiltInChicago

CHIHTML5: Night of the Living Style Guide

OgilvyOne
350 N Orleans, St # 1100
Chicago, IL
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Creating and maintaining a style guide should be way less scary than Night of the Living Dead. But don't be a sucker (like Johnny) and get caught without it. Join Andy Richardson, Front-End Developer at kohactive, for a Halloween-hangover presentation.

Cost: Free

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Chicago Uncubed

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Revel Downtown
440 W Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Founders, CTOs and startup leaders teach classes throughout the day covering topics like Virtual Reality, Big Data, User Experience, Product Management, Artificial Intelligence & more. Not just a career opportunity, not just a conference, Uncubed is the best of both worlds with beer & food trucks, live art and tunes.

Cost: $15 - $40

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On Twitter: @GetUncubed

Introduction to Arduino

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Windy City Lab @ Catalyze Chicago
650 W Lake, Suite 110
Chicago, IL
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Go from blinking an LED to virtual prototyping in seven hours and still have time to eat lunch! This class is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work.

Cost: $95 - $195

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On Twitter: @windycitylab

Digital Engine: Let’s Talk Apple

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
111 W Washington, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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We have handpicked a panel of experts from multiple disciplines to chat about how the latest Apple announcements will impact experience design, marketing, and development.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @prashsabharwal

Social Media Masters Summit

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Morningstar Inc Conference Center
22 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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A power packed day of best practice Social Media case studies that go beyond typical tactics, paving the way for a new way of thinking.

Cost: $179 - $249

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On Twitter: @digimegaphone

Elevate

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Morgan Manufacturing
401 N Morgan
Chicago, IL
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If you have a business or an idea for a business and want to learn from successful founders who have been in your shoes, Elevate will be an invaluable experience.

Cost: $95 - $195

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On Twitter: @entunpluggd

Introduction to the Chicago Startup Community

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This free class is an orientation to help newcomers to the startup scene get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in Chicago. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @ga

Fireside Chat with Jeremy Smith, Co-founder & COO of SpotHero

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Jeremy will share his inspiring story transitioning from financial analysis to starting SpotHero with co-founder Mark Lawrence, and engage the audience with his learnings and insights on starting a business from scratch, expanding operations from one city to eight, and hiring and growing an amazing team.

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @ga

December

How to Make Screencasts and Videos

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Whitney Young Magnet High School
211 S Laflin
Chicago, IL
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Free and open to the public! The Chicago Apple User Group shows you how to make your own YouTube and screencast videos.

Cost: Free

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SharePoint Fest

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McCormick Place West
2301 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Chicago, IL
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Attend sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage SharePoint in your current environment!

Cost: $645 - $1599

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On Twitter: @SharePointFest

Seasons Eatings Demos & Drinks

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Dev Bootcamp
351 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL
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Tech in Motion is throwing their Second Annual holiday addition demo and drinks. In the spirit of gluttony, we have several food-based startups demoing their awesome and delicious apps!

Cost: Free

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

February

Chicago WebConf 2015

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Holiday Inn Merchandise Mart
350 W Mart Center Dr
Chicago, IL
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An epic conference on web technologies: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, design, UX, and related webby goodness.

Cost: $99 - $250

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On Twitter: @chicagowebconf