April

Fireside Chat with Troy Henikoff

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1871 Chicago
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Troy Henikoff, Managing Director of both Techstars Chicago and MATH Venture Partners, will share his experiences launching, managing, investing in and advising startups in the Chicagoland area. He will also share his insights on the Chicago tech industry and advice for budding entrepreneurs.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Working in a Mixed Environment - Waterfall & Agile

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Lyric Opera House
20 N Wacker, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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This session will tackle head-on some of the challenges teams may face in a bimodal environment and provide tips on navigating through the organizational processes to support agility without bull-dozing the entire organizational framework.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @MATRIX_Chicago

RSForms Tips, Tricks And Advanced Usage

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Ascend Training
410 S Michigan
Chicago, IL
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The RSForm! Pro extension from RSJoomla! powers interactive forms and automation on Joomla! websites. Includes networking, refreshments and a presentation from RSJoomla! CCO Alexandru Plapana.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @AscendTraining

Technori Spring Showcase

Chase Auditorium
10 S Dearborn, Lower Lobby
Chicago, IL
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A monthly showcase of Chicago’s most innovative startups, showcasing their latest technologies. Each month, 500 impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and tech enthusiasts gather to watch Chicago's most innovative startups launch and present their newest products and services.

Cost: $15 - $20

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On Twitter: @technori

Successful Marketing in the Google Ecosystem

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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Analytics, Adwords, Google+ …Google provides tons of tools and methods you can use to promote your business and drive sales. Come and learn tips and best practices for navigating through the Google Ecosystem.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @chidpi

The Real-Life MBA: A Conversation with Jack & Suzy Welch

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Venue SIX10
610 S Michigan
Chicago, IL
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Former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch and accomplished business journalist Suzy Welch sit down with Chicago Ideas Founder Brad Keywell for a discussion of how to grow your career and tackle business’s inescapable problems, all while having fun.

Cost: $45

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On Twitter: @ChicagoIdeas

Blue Sky: How to Tell Your Company's Story

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OFFSITE Chicago
560 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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Define and share your company story like never before. Brian Burkhart, CEO/Founder of Chicago-based communication strategy firm SquarePlanet, brings his signature motivating exercises and concepts to help you understand, celebrate and articulate the heart of your company’s mission and products.

Cost: $40

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On Twitter: @ChiTribNation

Women In Tech Panel: Ask Us Anything

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GA Chicago @ After-Words Books
23 E Illinois
Chicago, IL
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Featuring trailblazing women in tech, we'll hear the stories of highly successful women from different fields within the tech industry. Afterwards, we'll open up the floor for an hour of networking with panelists and attendees.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Chicago Tech Networking Mixer

The Kerryman
661 N Clark
Chicago, IL
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Join Tech In Motion for some networking as they kick off the spring season. If you've never been to an event before, this is a great opportunity to meet some new people in the tech field here in Chicago.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

FWDMonthly: Advocacy 101

Assemble Shared Office
1165 N Clark, Suite 700
Chicago, IL
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Learn about advocacy in Chicago's tech community. FWDMonthly is your local Chapter meeting held once a month to explore different topics at the intersection of tech and politics.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @FWD_us

Web Development: Let’s Break It Down

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash Ave, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Thinking of learning to code, but getting lost in the alphabet soup (AJAX, PHP, CSS, etc)? Whether you're interested in building your own web sites and applications, or looking to change careers, our class will introduce you to the world of web development (and programming in general).

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Creating a Digital Marketing Strategy For Your Business

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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In this workshop, participants will learn how small and mid-size companies can successfully utilize digital marketing to reach customers. Starting from the ground up, the workshop will discuss the marketing channels and tools available to businesses, how they can be utilized, and how they all come together in one cohes

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @chidpi

How to Use Twitter Effectively to Promote your Business or Nonprofit

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The Shift
4101 N Broadway
Chicago, IL
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nterested in gaining more followers on Twitter? Want to know how to reach and engage your target audiences, and covert those followers into customers or donors? Wondering how advertising on Twitter works, and if you should use it? Then this class is for you!

Cost: $15

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On Twitter: @TheShiftChi

May

INTXHACK

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1871
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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24-hour hackathon competition taking place in conjunction with INTX that challenges developers to create apps-from-scratch using the latest APIs, tools, data and content from a huge list of today’s leading tech, media and entertainment companies.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @intxNCTA

Introduction to JavaScript Workshop

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 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 a full introduction of programming fundamentals using JavaScript to create rich web applications.

Cost: $200

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Web Development: How to Transition Careers

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Considering a career as a web developer? Come join us & learn more about the path to transitioning careers into the exciting world of web development!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

INTX: Internet & Television Expo

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McCormick Place West
2301 S Indiana
Chicago, IL
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INTX is a fresh new take on a live industry event, where you’ll learn, network and do business in the global Internet and Television economy. With attractions, events, presentations and surprises, it’s a bold new model for attaining access, making connections and building visibility.

Cost: $250 - $1200

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On Twitter: @intxNCTA

Build, Maintain, Grow

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Braintree
222 W Merchandise Mart, Suite 800
Chicago, IL
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Three of Chicago's most successful tech companies, Enova International, Braintree, and Sprout Social, are coming together to launch a new event series for tech and business professionals looking to discover new technology-driven solutions and further their careers. Build, Maintain, Grow will offer first-hand knowledge,

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @braintree

Celebrating Women in Innovation

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Red Frog Events
320 W Ohio
Chicago, IL
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Join the Chicago Innovation Awards, the Women's Business Development Center, ARA (Attract, Retain, & Advance Women in Tech), and Blue Sky Innovation as we collectively celebrate women who are paving new paths.

Cost: $20

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On Twitter: @Chi_Innovation

Become a Pro in Search Engine Optimization

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Tribeca Flashpoint Academy
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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Whether you’ve heard of it or not, Search Engine Optimization (or “SEO”) is a powerful technique that can help make your website more noticable online. Leslie Herskowitz, SEO Expert at Performics, for a workshop will show you how to use SEO in order to increase online search traffic and visibility to your website.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @chidpi

GOTO Chicago

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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GOTO Chicago is created "by developers, for developers" where the emphasis is placed on presenting latest developments as they become relevant and interesting for the software development community.

Cost: $950 = $2700

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On Twitter: @GOTOchgo

Identity & Mobility Forum

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City Winery
1200 W Randolph
Chicago, IL
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Learn how to securely connect your employees, customers and partners to more applications, simplify and accelerate the development of cloud and mobile apps and make mobile apps and devices as easy to manage and secure as web apps on PCs.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @okta

ALM Chicago

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Viper Alley
275 Parkway Drive
Lincolnshire, IL
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One of the premier conferences on helping organizations take steps forward into modern business. Attendees will be provided a unique opportunity to network with peers at other leading companies, to share best practices and learn from experts.

Cost: $299 - $399

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CHI-NOG 05

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Conference Chicago University Center
525 S State
Chicago, IL
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Chicago based Network Operators Groups presents CHI-NOG 05, a one-day conference featuring a rich set of topics with latest technical trends from the technology leaders throughout the country.

Cost: $65 - $85

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On Twitter: @_CHINOG_

Chicago Innovation Lab

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Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph, Suite 200
Chicago, IL
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Join United Cerebral Palsy, Smart Chicago, and Microsoft Chicago in a 2-day event that brings together technologists, designers, engineers, and caregivers to collaborate on building prototypes of products and services for people with disabilities using universal design concepts.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @UCPLifeLabs

June

Fireside Chat with Seth Kravitz

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1871 Chicago
222 W Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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An informative and chat with Seth Kravitz, who has spent the last decade building and selling technology companies. Seth is heavily engaged in Chicago’s startup community via founding a publishing and events company called Technori, which has been instrumental in growing the Chicago startup community.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Storytelling for Entrepreneurs: Presentations to Elevator Pitches

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GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N Wabash, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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In this class, you’ll learn how to utilize storytelling techniques in business settings. You’ll begin with the three types of business stories, then learn tips for telling them effectively, relaxation techniques for performing them, ways to become a better listener, and much more.

Cost: $40

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

UX Camp

Harrington College of Design
200 W Madison
Chicago, IL
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UX Camp is a full day of UX Goodness–we’ll leave few topics uncovered and you’ll learn current topics and improved upon standards in one of the hottest fields today!

Cost: Only $60

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On Twitter: @ChicagoCamps

Techweek Chicago

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Merchandise Mart
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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5 days of events culminating in a 2-day conference and technology expo. Events include the LAUNCH startup competition, FashionTECH Runway Show, Techweek GT Office Tours, and music, film, and food festivals.

Cost: $50 - $495

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On Twitter: @techweekchi

August

An Event Apart Chicago

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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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 - $1390

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On Twitter: @aneventapart