February

GOTO Night with Kresten Krab Thorup and Phil Calçado

ThoughtWorks
200 East Randolph St.
Chicago, IL
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GOTO Nights presents two fantastic speakers: Feel the Hum of your System with Kresten Krab & Microservices vs The First Law of Object Design with Phil Calçado.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @DevOpsChicago

AWSome Day Chicago

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McCormick Place
2301 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL
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AWSome Day is ideal for IT managers, system engineers, system administrators, and architects who are eager to learn more about cloud computing and how to get started on the AWS Cloud.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @awscloud

Tips & Tricks: Working With Recruiters

Groupon, 3rd floor, Corky Romano
600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
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Two Technical Recruiters from Brooksource will be presenting on the Tips & Tricks of working with Recruiters, touching on everything from the purpose of Recruiters and benefits of working with them, to tips on job searching and interviewing.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @geekfest

A Conversation With Black Women Entrepreneurs

GA Chicago @ SPACE
444 N. Wabash Ave, Level B
Chicago, IL
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In honor of Black History Month - and right on the heels of Women's History Month - Walker's Legacy and General Assembly are proud to partner to present a panel to discuss one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation: Black women entrepreneurs.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Building the Business Case for Business Continuity

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ServerCentral
111 W. Jackson 12th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Business continuity/disaster recovery planning involves important decisions about recovery objectives for each of your applications. We’ll discuss best practices for recovery plans and determine the type of DR environment needed for any application. We'll share how to determine the best strategy on an app-by-app basis.

Cost: FREE

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Product Talent Pool Mixer: Employers hiring, Members looking

TangoCode
1143 W Rundell Pl #300
Chicago, IL
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Meet other talented product people (Product Managers, Product Owners, Product UX Designers, and Product Marketers) and speak with hiring decision makers to learn about new opportunities from a wide assortment of Chicago companies.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

Paul Nauman presents: Building a Better JVM

Peak6 Investments
141 W Jackson Blvd, #500
Chicago, IL
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In this session we’ll examine the case for building an open-source Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in Java.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @cjug

Product Hiring Mixer for Employers & Candidates

TangoCode
1143 W Rundell Pl #300
Chicago, IL
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Meet other talented product people (Product Managers, Product Owners, Product UX Designers, and Product Marketers). Speak with hiring decision makers and learn about new opportunities from great Chicago companies, including CCC Information Services, Devbridge Group, Deloitte, Midtronics Inc, Sprout Social, Hirewell, Jellyvision, and STATS.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

UX & Security - Empathy When Designing for Users Who Want to Cheat You

Centro
11 E Madison, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL
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In this session, UXD will talk about ways of designing for (or against) fraudsters without sacrificing empathy.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @UXDChicago

March

AI vs. IQ

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STUDIO XFINITY
901 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL
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Artificial Intelligence is no longer on the horizon. IT’S HERE. Human experts weigh in at AI vs IQ.

Cost: $35 - $50

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On Twitter: @Chi_Innovation

AR and VR Meet & Greet - Show Off Your Tech

1871
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor Chicago, Illinois 60654
Chicago, IL
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The first meeting of the Chicago Augmented and Virtual Reality Meetup will be a chance to get to know some other developers who are building AR and VR applications.

Cost: FREE

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Technology Trivia Night

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Cactus Bar & Grill
404 South Wells
Chicago, IL
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Solving IT is proud to sponsor: Technology Trivia Night.  Flex your knowledge of technologies new and old, advanced to rudimentary, Java to Python and win up to $200 for your team!

Cost: FREE

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Automation Hacks + Startup Networking Party

WeWorks
20 W Kinzie, 17th floor
Chicago, IL
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Growth Hacking Chicago has collabed with FounderSensei for their startup party at WeWork in River North. Meet with entrepreneurs, investors, developers and all people who love startups and the challenge of creating something from nothing.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @growthhackchi

MakeOffices The Loop Relaunch Party

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MakeOffices at The Loop
1 N State St #1500
Chicago, IL
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Join MakeOffices, a coworking space with 3 locations in Chicago, for a relaunch party to celebrate the opening of our new floor at The Loop. Enjoy tasty bites from local hotspots, signature cocktails, live entertainment, and more! Mingle with Chicago's startup & business communities while touring our coworking space.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @MakeOffices

Smart City, Smart Parking with ParqEx & Center for Neighborhood Technology

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WeWork Kinzie 17th Floor
20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL
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ParqEx and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) have teamed up to share their ground-breaking research and findings on right-sizing parking in four cities. Meet with industry leaders in planning, technology, and government. Food & drink provided. Space is limited.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ParqEx

The Future of AI

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TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
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After a hiatus around the turn of the year, AI is back with a vengeance! Session #1 - The Future of AI: A Panel Discussion with Kris Hammond. Adam Waytz (Northwestern) Piotr Gmytrasiewicz (UIC). Session #2 - Tech Demo with NexLP

Cost: FREE

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Software Social

Links Taproom
1559 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL
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Come out and talk shop. 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

Open Data Day Hackathon

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Harper Court
5235 S. Harper Court Conference Room 602
Chicago, IL
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We will collect, visualize, and analyze data using different software tools (IPython, R, and others). The focus of this year will be on open research data, tracking public money flows, open data for environment, and open data for human rights.

Cost: FREE

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ChicagoRuby NS - Vagrant: Overview, Installation, and Getting Started

Northbrook Public Library
1201 Cedar Lane
Chicago, IL
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Laurence Drake will walk us through installation and getting started with Vagrant, a key DevOps tool.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

Internet of Manufacturing North America

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Hyatt Magnificent Mile
633 N St Clair St
Chicago, IL
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Internet of Manufacturing North America is the only event bringing together C/VP Level business and technical executives from leading manufacturers, to share best practices and inspire new IoT revenue opportunities.

Cost: $899 - $1599

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Code & Coffee at eSpark

eSpark Learning
833 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
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Come hang out for a couple of hours with some friendly fellow coders. All languages and skill levels welcome. Bring a project you're working on or jump in on some pair exercises.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @gdichicago

MATTER Workshop: IP Basics for Entrepreneurs

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MATTER
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1230
Chicago, IL
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This clinic will help startups understand types of IP and how IP can be protected. Emily Miao will provide an overview of IP basics as well as discuss basic ways that startups can identify and protect their IP assets and avoid common pitfalls.

Cost: FREE - $25

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Chicago Tech to Action (CT2A)

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Google
320 N. Morgan Street #600
Chicago, IL
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The event will organize the Chicago Tech community around action issues including immigration and equality.  Our core tenets include 1) value of diversity 2) commitment to social justice 3) equal access to information.

Cost: FREE

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Intro to GIANT Scale by MongoDB Atlas

Context Media
330 N. Wabash, 25th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This session will cover some of the characteristics of MongoDB that have contributed to its popularity and widespread adoption. It will also introduce MongoDB Atlas, the new MongoDB as a service from the creators of the database.

Cost: FREE

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with Motorola

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Motorola Mobility
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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Celebrate your respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. Enjoy networking opportunities and hear insights from keynote speaker Kimberly Brant, founder of Black Girls Code, and other female panelists from tech, business and marketing.

Cost: $10

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ChicagoRuby Hack Night

8th Light
412 South Wells
Chicago, IL
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Come on out and hack! We'll get together to work on a small Ruby project in pairs or small groups. All are welcome, including beginners. Bring your laptop with Ruby installed.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoRuby

Small Business Advisory Council Venture Pitch Session

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mHUB
965 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Join us for an SBAC Venture Pitch Session, hosted by mHUB, where aspiring entrepreneurs and mid-sized businesses in growth mode will showcase their businesses. Three businesses will be selected to pitch in front of a prestigious panel of judges and receive feedback.

Cost: $15 for SBAC and mHUB Members; $30 for Non-members

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On Twitter: @mHUBChicago

When and why should you use Vuex?

ContextMedia
330 N. Wabash #2500
Chicago, IL
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In-depth discussion about when it is appropriate to use Vuex and when to not use it, alternatives and downfalls of it.

Cost: FREE

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Lunch and Learn: Cx Success with an Omnichannel Approach

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Cisco
9501 Technology Blvd
Chicago, IL
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Join the Mindsight team at the Cisco office for a multi-part seminar on omnichannel strategy and the modern customer experience. They’ll cover the ins and outs of omnichannel and demo a powerful social media tool from Cisco.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GoMindsight

How AWS is using AI services to transform enterprise business

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Tech Nexus (Conference Room C/D)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a list of AI services that can address different use cases by providing cloud-native machine learning and deep learning technologies.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @softwebchicago

IoT Products: Let's Get Smart with Insightful Data

Enova International
175 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL
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In this meetup, we will hear stories from product managers that have successfully implemented IoT products and have best practices to share.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @ChicagoPMA

Startup Weekend Chicago Maker Edition

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mHUB
965 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
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Startup Weekend Chicago is kicking off 2017 with Startup Weekend: Maker Edition! Participants will pitch startup ideas that include the development of a physical product or software+ (delivery system).

Cost: $25 - $75

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Musicology Meets Statistics with Tim Macdonald

Groupon, 3rd floor, Corky Romano
600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
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How to use exploratory data analysis for almost anything Faced with questions about the changes in compositional style of Robert Mackintosh (an 18th century Scottish composer who moved to London) that musicology was ill-equipped to answer, Tim turned to statistics and Clojure.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @geekfest

CRIM Analytics Symposium 2017

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University of Illinois at Chicago - Student Centre East
750 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
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Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Analytics. Join colleagues in industry and academia for a day of learning, networking and exploring. Hear about the latest research in analytics, as well as how entrepreneurs and innovative enterprises are accelerating the commercialization of these new approaches.

Cost: $25 - $250

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Free Lunch and Learn: From Tape to Cloud, The Evolution of Backup

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McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
5320 N River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018
Chicago, IL
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Join Mindsight and Solutions Architect, Eric White for an informative seminar on the evolution of backup. We’ll also be showcasing EVault’s cloud and disk data backup solution.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GoMindsight

March ETM: Building & Scaling Mobile Technologies

TechNexus
20 N Upper Wacker Dr #1200, Chicago, IL 60606
Chicago, IL
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A panel of executives from leading tech companies to discuss shifts in the mobile landscape. As always, food and drinks will be provided.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChicagoETM

United Airline’s Accessibility Journey

Critical Mass
225 N Michigan Ave # 2050
Chicago, IL
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In this presentation, Tanseela Molani, Design Research Manager and Accessibility Lead at Chicago’s very own United Airlines, outlines the journey towards an integrated accessibility program across all digital interactions with customers, including remediating two transactional and informational channels.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

WiT Leaders Shaping Our Future

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kCura
231 S. LaSalle St., 8th Floor
Chicago, IL
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March is Women’s History Month and ABI.Chicago has organized a panel of five female senior-level technology executives who will share their journeys & challenges. Join them and their esteemed speakers for inspiring & enlightening conversation.

Cost: $20

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On Twitter: @#ABIdotCHI

The Nerdery: Overnight Website Challenge

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The Nerdery
1033 W Van Buren St, Suite 700
Chicago, IL
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The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge is a volunteer-driven program of the Nerdery Foundation, aimed at maximizing the community impact of nonprofit organizations through digital strategy and custom software design and development – all pro bono. Registration open until 2/10 for Chicagoland volunteers and nonprofits

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @the_nerdery

Craft Night for Coders Meetup

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Making Waves
401 N Morgan St, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL
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A meetup for programmers to talk tech while being crafty (i.e. knitting, crochet, coloring books, drawing, etc.) Street parking is available-- most around the office is free.

Cost: FREE

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2017 AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup

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mHUB
965 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
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The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups. We're touring 7 cities around the US to find and highlight the most promising physical product startups in the nation.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @mHUBChicago

Google Design Sprint Workshop + Dinner

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Table XI
328 S. Jefferson St, Suite 670
Chicago, IL
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Making a product that your customers love isn't easy. Many companies spend weeks building products only to learn that their customers won't adopt it. What if you could learn in days instead of weeks?

Cost: $100

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Scaling Smartly and Retaining Talent

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WeWork Kinzie
20 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL
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Hiring the right people remains the #1 concern for today's founders and executives. In an increasingly tight labor market, finding, landing, and keeping great talent is a challenge that needs constant tweaking and attention. Join Kristy Nittskoff (Talent-Savvy) & Michael Waitzman (Lyghtning) for a fireside chat.

Cost: FREE

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Aging2.0 Chicago Global Startup Search

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL
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Aging2.0's 2017 Global Startup Search is a competition for aging-focused startups to showcase their company to an international audience, be part of a global network and community of support, and win prizes.

Cost: $10

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API Management and API Security Hands-On Lab

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CA Technologies
3333 Warrenville Road Suite 800
Chicago, IL
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A 1/2 day hands on lab event leveraging the CA API Gateway and CA Developer Portal products. You will be developing in your own cloud based lab, which will be available to you 10 days following the event.

Cost: FREE

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All Things Web Tech: PostCSS

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Blue 1647 Tech Innovation Center
1647 South Blue Island Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Learn to build a simple hard coded static site with the use of PostCSS. It will be a couple of pages and be fully responsive, and all code will be posted on GitHub as well to use and modify.

Cost: FREE

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The trend of IoT-enabled intelligent buildings is here to stay

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Tech Nexus, (Conference Room C/D)
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200
Chicago, IL
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Until now, commercial buildings have traditionally been controlled and monitored by monolithic, domain-specific systems. But now, the IoT has arrived in commercial buildings, and it is rapidly disrupting the space.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @softwebchicago

Women in Tech: Inclusive Workplaces

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kCura
231 South La Salle Street 8th Floor
Chicago, IL
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A panel of tech team leads and managers will discuss how they cultivated a working environment that's friendly and inclusive to both genders. 

Cost: FREE

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FinTech Startup Weekend

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TechNexus
20 North Upper Wacker Drive #1200
Chicago, IL
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Come connect with other individuals eager to build and create disruptive productives in FinTech --- All within 54 hours.

Cost: $20 - $30

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Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter Presents: A Virtual Reality Experience!

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Google Chicago
320 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL
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Tech Divas will learn how to use Unity3D, an industry standard game development platform, to develop a simple Virtual Reality experience. For girls ages 10-17.

Cost: $35

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All Things Web Tech: React Native App

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Blue 1647 Tech Innovation Center
1647 South Blue Island Avenue
Chicago, IL
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React Native is a platform that allows a developer be able to make mobile apps with React/JS. Walk through the steps of creating an app and use a Deck of Cards API.

Cost: FREE

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Technical Intricacies of Delivering Value in a Sprint with Max Lamers

Groupon, 3rd floor, Corky Romano
600 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
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This session will explore are some of the more technical facets of creating high performing teams that support deliver in two week increments. It will focus on Test Automation, Ci/CD and Continuous Refactoring as technical intricacies that a team must implement in order to comfortably deliver value in any given sprint.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @geekfest

Girl Develop It: Intro to Web Concepts

Braintree
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 800
Chicago, IL
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In this class, we will walk through the fundamentals of the web in layman terms. We won't be writing code, this is intended as a lecture to take you through various components of the web and how they work together.

Cost: $20

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On Twitter: @gdichicago

MidCamp 2017

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DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus
Chicago, IL
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An annual event that brings together people who use, develop, design, and support the Web’s leading content management platform, Drupal.

Cost: $0 - $125

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On Twitter: @MidwestCamp

Built In Brews at Vivid Seats

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Vivid Seats Corporate Headquarters
111 North Canal Street #800
Chicago, IL
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Come see inside Chicago's best sports themed office and celebrate March Madness in full swing. Vivid Seats is opening their doors for a night of cold beers and hot tech networking.

Cost: $5

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On Twitter: @BuiltInChicago

Designerly Thinking and Doing Workshop

Fuzzy Math
811 W Evergreen Ave #305
Chicago, IL
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The purpose of this workshop is to provide a deep understanding of what designerly thinking and doing as a way of navigating a complex world means. As you engage in discussions and exercises, you will learn how to develop your designerly thinking so you can push and lead yourself to become creative and innovative.

Cost: $300

Event link:

On Twitter: @UXStrategyChi

April

AUTOMATE 2017

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McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL
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Automate 2017 showcases the full spectrum of automation technologies and solutions, from traditional industrial applications to cutting edge technologies.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @automateshow

Increase Sales (FAST) as a Technology Startup: Workshop

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WeWork Kinzie
20 W Kinzie St 13E (13th floor)
Chicago, IL
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FREE workshop: Hazel Butters - who has worked with hundreds of startups and global Fortune 1000 companies, will share sales tactics and ideas for startups including: - How to set sales objectives and revenue targets - Which sales habits every founder should develop - Best practices for networking events, email, phone

Cost: FREE

Event link:

On Twitter: @promptsales

FinTech Exchange 2017

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Venue SIX10
610 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
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The leading FinTech Conference in Chicago will feature an expanded program and a chance to talk with innovative firms about challenges, opportunities, and new services.

Cost: $249 - $349

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May

SEJ Summit 2017

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Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago, IL
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Actionable Marketing Education: For SEOs, By SEOs

Cost: $405 - $605

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On Twitter: @sejournal

Science in the City Gala

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Chicago Sports Museum
835 North Michigan Ave. Water Tower Place, Level 7
Chicago, IL
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Meet researchers and mingle with area business leaders and young professionals while you enjoy food and drinks. This fundraiser will provide C2ST with much-needed financial resources to help support its mission.

Cost: $150

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June

Front-End Camp

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Columbia College Film Row
1104 S Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL
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Front-end Camp will bring you presentations that help you level up. Enjoy a full-day of presentations on the topics that are important to you, from speakers who bring the front-end knowledge and all for a great price that includes your lunch.

Cost: $60

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On Twitter: @ChicagoCamps

Driving Manufacturing Innovation with Digital Design & Simulation: Challenges, Strategies & Best Practices for Business Success

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DMDII
1415 N Cherry Ave
Chicago, IL
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Interested in finding out how model-driven engineering strategies and solutions will enable ongoing product & manufacturing innovation to create competitive advantage? If so, plan to join your peers to discuss all the key topics and more at our upcoming workshop.

Cost: $595 - $1295

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MongoDB World 2017

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL
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MongoDB World is where the world’s fastest growing database community comes to connect, explore, and learn. Over 2 days we'll have 80+ in-depth sessions and workshops from MongoDB engineers, customers, and industry thought leaders on topics such as microservices, VR, machine learning, AI, DBaaS architectures, and more.

Cost: $300 - $500

Event link:

On Twitter: @MongoDB

Chicago Coder Conference

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Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, IL
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The Chicago Coder Conference promises something for every developer featuring advanced topics along with more accessible content from renowned local and national industry experts. Attendees of the conference will have opportunities to interact with peers, industry experts and great Chicago area company representatives.

Cost: $400

Event link:

On Twitter: @coderconference

August

An Event Apart

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Westin Chicago River North
320 N Dearborn
Chicago, IL
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Three days of intense focus on digital design, UX, and more.

Cost: $549 - $1540

Event link:

On Twitter: @aneventapart

October

Cyber Security Chicago

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McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr
Chicago, IL
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Cyber Security Chicago offers invaluable security insight for both IT managers & security specialists. Hear from cyber securities finest on how you can build stronger defenses against cyber-attacks & how to recover if your systems are breached.

Cost: Not specified

Event link:

On Twitter: @CyberSecChicago