December

Kraft Heinz and Startups

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General Assembly Chicago
444 N Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL
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Brands+Startups has partnered with The Kraft Heinz Company, for pizza, beer, and great networking. Join us on December 5th, to hear from Tom O’Keefe, Innovation Manager at The Kraft Heinz Company, as he shares valuable insights from a marketers’ perspective.

Cost: 15

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On Twitter: @heartlandmobile

Tech Talk: Navigating a Corporate Agile Transformation

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SAVO
155 N Upper Wacker Dr #1000
Chicago, IL
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Many organizations are making the transition to agile, allowing them to operate in highly dynamic environments, innovate at a more rapid pace, and respond quickly to change. But in order to implement agile correctly, you need a corporate agile transformation that aligns the entire business for success.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @itabuzz

Software Developer Kits & Accessibility

Critical Mass
225 N Michigan Ave # 2050
Chicago, IL
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In this presentation I will discuss some of the challenges that exist in assisting developers with making their user interfaces accessible to people with disabilities. This presentation will look at real software development kit materials from Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @a11ychi

Queer Tech Club Holiday Party

Replay
3439 N Halsted
Chicago, IL
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Since it's the time of year for tasty libations, QTC is heading back to the perfect location for drinks and electronic nerdery, Replay!  Join them for an incredible beer selection, free video games, and the best in seasonal cocktails.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @queertechclub

How to Master Instagram

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General Assembly
444 N Wabash Ave, 5th floor
Chicago, IL
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The class provides business owners and social media managers and overview of the basics and strategies of one of the fastest growing networks, Instagram. It'll also take an in-depth look at growing your account, network’s best practices, content ideas and strategies of Instagram Ads.

Cost: 40

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Angular 2 for Beginners by David Giard

Enova
175 W Jackson, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This presentation will cover the basics of Angular 2 and the advantages of TypeScript - a language that adds features to JavaScript, including strong typing. You will learn about data binding, event binding, routing, and observables.

Cost: FREE

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Cars & the Cloud - Using the Cloud to Improve Automotive Safety

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HERE Chicago
425 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
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Listen to Richard Cross, a Sr Software Engineer in HERE’s Automotive Cloud group discuss how the Cloud can improve Automotive Safety. His focus is in cloud infrastructure with the goal of designing and deploying systems which will securely provide safety data simultaneously to 10,000,000 cars.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @here

Customer Experience Mapping Workshop: A Highland Solutions Learning Event

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Chicago Board of Trade Building
141 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL
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Customer Experience Mapping is a key practice for businesses looking to truly understand what customers care about and how they make them feel. The insights gained from this activity are critical to enable your organization to deliver exceptional in-person and digital experiences and succeed in the age of the customer.

Cost: $20

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Chicago Talent Leaders Breakfast

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Chicago Talent Leaders Breakfast
750 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL
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Join Hired and leaders from the tech industry for a breakfast networking event.

Cost: FREE

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JavaScript 101 - Intro to JavaScript w/Fullstack Academy

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Fullstack Academy - 1871/Merchandise Mart
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza (#1212)
Chicago, IL
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This one-day class is for the pure beginner who wants an introduction to writing JavaScript. There is no pre-work required. By the end of class, you will have been introduced to Google Apps Script and built your first app. You'll also get a chance to learn more about Fullstack Academy's immersive coding bootcamp.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Tech in Motion’s End of Year Celebration

WeWork
20 West Kinzie Street, 17th floor
Chicago, IL
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Join Tech in Motion for an unforgettable celebration of the people and organizations driving innovation in Chicago and beyond. Tech in Motion’s End of Year Celebration is a can't-miss opportunity to network with 1,000+ tech professionals and enthusiasts.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @Tech_in_Motion

JavaScript Promises: A Promise Primer

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Fullstack Academy - 1871/Merchandise Mart
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza (#1212)
Chicago, IL
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Traditionally, developers have used the "Callback" pattern to interact with event loops. In ES2015, JavaScript included a native solution called Promises instead. In this workshop, you will learn the what, why, and how of Promises. Attendees should have a strong understanding of JavaScript and programming fundamentals.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @fullstack

Building Intelligence with Microsoft Cognitive Services

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Aon Center
200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL
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At this event, the attendees will know in-depth about the APIs that supports them in making intelligent apps and get to see some amazing demos of what's feasible with contextual vision, and facial analysis.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @softwebchicago

#FoodTech Holiday Style: A Delicious Industry for Chicago Entrepreneurs

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Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
DePaul University 1 East Jackson Blvd, Suite 7900 (7th Fl.)
Chicago, IL
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Featuring some of the brightest and most innovative food tech business leaders. Guests will enjoy samples of the products of the panelists’ companies.

Cost: FREE

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Founder Night Out

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Capital One
77 W. Wacker
Chicago, IL
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Founder Night Out is a networking mixer that invites tech founders to take a night off to connect, collaborate, and be inspired. Hear pitches from local entrepreneurs and help select a winner.

Cost: $12

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On Twitter: @techwhileblack

Adler Arcade and End of Year Extravaganza

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Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL
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Join Adler Planetarium for an End-of-Year Celebration full of game-making and game-playing at the Adler Arcade! Teens and their families will play games made by Adler's Game-Making students on the big screen of the Johnson Star Theater, and learn how to make their own games in Twine!

Cost: FREE

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Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter Presents: Game Jam!

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Leap Innovations
222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL
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This workshop will be geared toward introducing participants to animation, gaming, and interactive stories. The workshop is designed to encourage student-driven learning, as participants think analytically, design, play and code in real-time.

Cost: $35

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On Twitter: @BlackGirlsCode

Social Media Bootcamp

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General Assembly
444 N Wabash Ave, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL
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This bootcamp introduces students to the current social media landscape and explores how it can be used for maximum results (for brands as well as agencies). Participants will leave with a detailed understanding of both the current social media landscape and how to evaluate which tools or social platforms to use.

Cost: 175

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

January

Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

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Polsky Exchange North
1452 East 53rd Street 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
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The Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs is an exclusive one-day program designed for those in the process of – or considering – starting a new venture.

Cost: FREE

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March

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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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

June

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

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On Twitter: @coderconference