June

Trademark and Design Patent Forum with USPTO

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Catalyze Chicago
650 W Lake #220
Chicago, IL
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A forum to address topics of interest to intellectual property practitioners, start-ups and small businesses. Mary Boney Denison, USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks, will open the discussion on current development and topics in trademark law and policy.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @catlyzchi

Refresh Chicago: Let's talk about Google I/O

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Trunk Club
325 W Ohio
Chicago, IL
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What does the future of tech hold for Android developers? What about for product designers, or iOS engineers? Snacks, beer, and a fantastic rooftop will be provided, and following the Q & A, we’ll fire up a discussion about the highlights and lowlights of this year’s conference.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @RefreshChi

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

BuiltWorlds Presents: Restructuring American Cities with Peter Ellis

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BuiltWorlds Media
1130 W Monroe
Chicago, IL
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A fascinating evening charrette with renowned architect and international urban planner Peter Ellis, founder of Peter Ellis New Cities, featuring his work designing an entire city from scratch in India and applying lessons learned there to the re-imagining of America's 19th century metropolises.

Cost: $50

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On Twitter: @builtworlds

Finding Your Next Customer Using Location-Based Marketing

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Digital Professional Institute
111 W Washington
Chicago, IL
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This workshop will cover a brief intro to location-based marketing, how its evolving, use cases of how its successfully been used by marketers and some tangible ways you can use this new marketing model for your business or next marketing strategy.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @ChiDPI

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

Social Media: Brand Building Tools and Trends

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After-Words Books
23 E Illinois
Chicago, IL
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Join General Assembly and the Social Media Club of Chicago for an expert panel event discussing tips and techniques for successful social media campaigns!

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @GA_Chicago

Build Tour Chicago

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The Field Museum of Natural History
1400 S Lake Shore
Chicago, IL
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A one-day event featuring Microsoft experts, key announcements, demos, and Windows 10 deep dives for app and web developers.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @bldwin

The Fourth Annual Moxie Awards

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Park West
322 W Armitage
Chicago, IL
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The Moxie Awards will gather Chicago's most innovative digital entrepreneurs for an evening of celebration. Join Built In Chicago as they recognize outstanding individuals and companies, including Headline Awards for Best New Startup, Breakthrough Digital Company of the Year, Best Company Culture and CEO of the Year.

Cost: $60

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On Twitter: @builtinchicago

Product Camp 2015

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Serendipity Labs
1 S Wacker, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL
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It’s an “unconference” because there are no fees, no pre planned agenda and absolutely no selling, ProductCamp is a set of round table discussions with product managers, marketers and whoever else is interested in the discipline. It’s all about learning and expanding your horizons.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @pcampchicago

Startup Founder 101: Lessons Learned from Successful Entrepreneurs

Serendipity Labs
1 S Wacker
Chicago, IL
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Hear candid talks by successful entrepreneurs and Founder Institute mentors, sharing best practices, strategies and mistakes to avoid from those who have done it before.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @founding

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

CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago

1871 Chicago
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL
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Discover the perfect co-founder to round out your team. You’ll meet other entrepreneurs who are as energized as you are about launching a new business and who possess a wide range of unique experiences, ideas, and skills.

Cost: $10

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On Twitter: @cofounderslab

AWS Summit Chicago

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McCormick Place West
2301 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL
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Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. This free event is designed to educate new customers about the AWS platform and offer existing customers information on architecture best practices and new services.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @awssummits

July

Lightning Talks

National Association of Realtors
430 N Michigan #4
Chicago, IL
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This CHIHTML5 Event will feature speakers with maximum of 10 minutes each to present on there favorite dev, design or UX topic.

Cost: FREE

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On Twitter: @mattienodj

August

Prototypes, Process & Play

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Columbia College Film Row
1104 S Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL
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2 days that will help you hone and focus your design leadership skills. Come ready to learn, and leave ready to drive the future of design in your organization!

Cost: $300 - $350

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On Twitter: @ChicagoCamps

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

September

WebVisions Chicago

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Siskel Film Center
164 N State
Chicago, IL
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WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism.

Cost: $275 - $500

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On Twitter: @webvisions

October

Front-end Camp

Harrington College of Design
200 W Madison
Chicago, IL
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If you want to ramp up your HTML, CSS, Javascript, and throw in a bit of UX and Design for good measure, Front-end Camp is the event you won’t want to miss!

Cost: $60

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On Twitter: @chicagocamps

November

Big Data TechCon

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Chicago Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL
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Big Data TechCon features practical, how-to classes and tutorials for IT and Big Data professionals, including data and business analysts, developers, software architects, data scientists, and project managers.

Cost: $995 - $1495

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On Twitter: @bigdatatechcon