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Monday, June 19


Kickoff Party at MillerCoors
Limited Capacity full

Come celebrate the start of Techweek Chicago at the MillerCoors office bar located on the top floor of their building. Enjoy the full suite of MillerCoors products and experience their outdoor patio overlooking the Chicago River.

Monday June 19, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
MillerCoors 250 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Tuesday, June 20


Chicago Tech Meets FinTech: A Peek Inside Capital One

Think Capital One is all about credit cards and funny college basketball commercials? Think again. Behind the doors of “The Shop” at Capital One on West Wacker is an innovative technology company changing the way people interact with their money through design, products and tech. And we’re invited to experience it all. 
This year, Capital One is taking over Tuesday night of Techweek for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. Expect virtual reality demos, a makers space, robot wars, amazing food and drinks, DJs, live music and more. The team at Capital One has combined the best of tech and fintech to create a truly unique and immersive experience that is guaranteed to be a full-on party.

Also, you’ll be among the first to experience Capital One’s new 50th floor collaboration space, including incredible views of Chicago, as you mix and mingle with the Chicago tech scene.


Tuesday June 20, 2017 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Capital One 77 W. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
Wednesday, June 21


The Immersion of Tech into Real Estate for Better & Stronger Builds
Join us for an interactive panel discussion on how technology is revolutionizing numerous industries relating to real estate. We will talk about prefab materials, drones, virtual reality, videos, and much more. Listen to experts in the real estate industry present information on how things have changed, the current trends, and what lies ahead.

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La"Shon Anthony

Chicago Community Leader, Anita Borg Institute
La'Shon Anthony is the Community Leader of ABI. Chicago, the local chapter of the Anita Borg Institute which is a global women in tech nonprofit. She is a writer, mentor, and speaks around the Chicagoland area on business-related topics. La'Shon is also the owner of visuals4u... Read More →

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Hilda Espinal

Chief Technology Officer, Cannon Design
Hilda Espinal is the Chief Technology Officer at CannonDesign, a design firm recognized by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world. A practicing architect and technology leader for more than 16 years, Hilda ensures the firm is employing... Read More →
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Nicole Faust Konsler

Training and Transition Manager, @Properties
Nicole Faust Konsler has been with @properties for 9 years and is currently the Training and Transition Manager.  In her role, Nicole ensures that agents who join @properties have a successful transition and set up.  She coordinates current listings, initial marketing as well... Read More →
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Troy Walsh

Founder, Drone Media Chicago
Troy Walsh is a Chicago native & the Founder of Drone Media Chicago and easily described as borderline obsessed when it comes to flying robots.  His friends say he eats too much ice cream but he finds it hard to see a problem with that.

Wednesday June 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
mHub 965 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago


Launch Startup Showcase
Hear from the best startups in Chicago speak on their success stories at the Launch Startup Showcase.

The event will consist of three panels, each consisting of three different Chicago startup founders. They will each be moderated by a local tech leader.

1st Panel: Building Company Equity: How to focus on establishing & maturing equity when hiring a team

2nd Panel: Building a Sustainable Financial Base: How to move from bootstrapping to financing

3rd Panel: Building From Your Mistakes: How to learn from common entrepreneurial mistakes and translate them into action

Wednesday June 21, 2017 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Bottom Lounge 1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607


Night at the Nerdery

Join us for a night at The Nerdery. Bring your entrepreneurial spirit and we will provide the innovations, refreshments, appetizers and a DJ. The Nerdery team has the following interactive displays and games ready for the evening:

  • Holodog - Get a custom greeting from our holographic dog.

  • Televort - Televort allows anyone, anywhere to tune in and virtually attend the event. Look around and listen to live 360º video streams.

  • Nerd Companion - A progressive web app that takes you on a guided tour and scavenger hunt of our office.

  • Overnight Website Challenge - A showcase of the awesome work done through the Nerdery Foundation.

  • board.shuffle() - An automated shuffleboard scoring game.

  • VeeR Pong - Play America's university pastime virtually with the HTC Vive.

  • Hololens - Interact and demo with the Microsoft hololens.

  • Client Showcase - A showcase of some of the work we have done in Chicago.

  • Nerd Wall - A large, interactive employee directory.

Wednesday June 21, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Nerdery 1033 W Van Buren St #700, Chicago, IL 60607
Thursday, June 22


Women in Tech Breakfast presented by Syndio and Capital One
Please apply here for an invitation. Invitees will be notified by 6/19.

Thursday June 22, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Growth Summit Welcome
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Brad Serot

Executive Vice President, CBRE
Based in CBRE Chicago’s downtown office, Brad Serot is currently an Executive Vice President, after joining the firm in 2000. Brad is one of CBRE’s most prominent tenant representation brokers, having been involved in over six million square feet of transactions valued at more... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Data Intelligence Presented by Atidiv
Data Intelligence Presented by Atidiv 
Breaking down the data science hype and turning it into practical business applications.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Sailesh Mohapatra

Managing Director, Atidiv
Sailesh Mohapatra is the Managing Director at Atidiv, where works with companies to incorporate data science into their decisions. He is also a part of Guild Capital's investing team in India where he focuses on SaaS and enterprise businesses. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant... Read More →

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Sean Brown

President and CEO, YCharts
Sean Brown is the President and CEO at YCharts, an investment research, data, analytics and visualization platform for wealth advisors and institutional investors. Sean has a 25 year track record of guiding significant growth of public companies, private equity backed firms and startups... Read More →
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Stuart Frankel

CEO and Founder, Narrative Science
Stuart Frankel is the CEO and a co-founder of Narrative Science. Stuart leads the company’s strategy and corporate vision, focusing on how customers can achieve better business outcomes by implementing artificial intelligence technologies.Prior to Narrative Science, Stuart was President... Read More →
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George Souri

CEO and Co-Founder, LQD Business Finance
George is the Founder and C.E.O of LQD Business Finance, a Chicago-based, technology-enabled company that provides small and medium sized businesses with structured loan solutions. George has over 16 years of entrepreneurial experience and is an expert in the areas of advanced data... Read More →
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Dan Wagner

CEO and Founder, Civis Analytics
Dan Wagner is the Founder & CEO of Civis Analytics. Before Civis, he served as Chief Analytics Officer on the 2012 Obama campaign, among other roles in Democratic politics. Dan was named to the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship in 2016. He received his degree in Economics and... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 8:48am - 9:33am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Customer Acquisition: B2C
Customer Acquisition: B2C
Learnings and insights on how to acquire customers for companies with consumer facing business models.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Jeff Cantalupo

Founder and Managing Partner, Listen Ventures
Jeff Cantalupo is an entrepreneur, investor and brand strategist. He founded Listen as a brand-focused venture capital platform in 2010. Since then, Listen has pioneered a capital plus capability investment strategy, providing its portfolio companies with brand and marketing expertise... Read More →

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Ross Gordon

CEO and Founder, CatchCo
Ross Gordon is the Founder & CEO of The Catch Company and Mystery Tackle Box, the outdoor industry's largest subscription box. Prior to starting Mystery Tackle Box Ross had built and sold CraftJack, a lead-gen company in the home improvement space, as well as a number of other affiliate... Read More →
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Sonali Lamba

Co-Founder, Brideside
Sonali Lamba is a co-founder at Brideside, the first Confident Commerce platform to deliver on life’s most meaningful events, starting with the wedding vertical. She oversees the company's operations including the use of technology to scale omni-channel customer acquisition. She... Read More →
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Michael LaVitola

CEO and Co-Founder, Foxtrot
Mike LaVitola is CEO and co-founder of Foxtrot. Foxtrot is the next generation corner store - blending on-demand delivery through our app and website, backed by beautifully designed retail stores to deliver a curated shopping experience of craft beer, wine, spirits, eats, gifts and... Read More →
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Mark Lawrence

CEO and Founder, SpotHero
As co-founder and CEO of SpotHero, Mark Lawrence is responsible for the overall vision and strategic direction for the company. Under his leadership, SpotHero has become the nation's leading parking reservation service. Before founding SpotHero, Mark was a Financial Analyst at Bank... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 9:36am - 10:21am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Going from Transactional to Transformational: The Growth Mindset at Capital One
With tens of millions of customers and growing, Capital One is hyper-focused on creating deep and meaningful relationships with consumers. During his keynote, Sairam Rangachari, Vice President of Software Engineering, Partnerships and Card Technology at Capital One, will discuss how one of the leading financial services companies is undergoing a technology transformation centered around delivering breakthrough customer experiences that radically change the way people interact with their money. 

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Sairam Rangachari

Chicago VP of Technology, Capital One
As Vice President of Partnerships and Card Technology at Capital One, Sairam Rangachari leads the Digital Engineering & Technology teams that build next generation digital platforms and product innovations to partners and cardholders. Prior to joining Capital One, Sai was the CTO... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 10:24am - 10:54am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Customer Acquisition for Enterprise
Customer Acquisition for Enterprise
Perspectives on how to acquire customers with B2B business models and understanding effective techniques to develop sales teams and go-to-market strategy.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/


Jamie Cosgrove

Chicago Area VP, Salesforce

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Justyn Howard

CEO and Founder, Sprout Social
Justyn Howard is CEO and founder of Sprout Social, a leading provider of social media engagement, advocacy and analytics solutions for business. Since 2010, Justyn has grown Sprout Social to a team of more than 300 people serving 17,000 customers worldwide. He is a leader in Chicago’s... Read More →
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Amanda Lannert

CEO, Jellyvision
Amanda Lannert is the CEO of The Jellyvision Lab and has been a key figure in driving the company since its founding in 2001. Under Amanda’s leadership, the company has been recognized as the Best Software Company and Best Culture by the Moxies, the 2015 Lighthouse winner by the... Read More →
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Eddie Lou

CEO and Co-Founder, Shiftgig
Eddie is the CEO and one of the founders of Shiftgig, the mobile marketplace that connects people with business shifts. An experienced organizational leader with exceptional talent for meshing the right ideas with the right people, Lou is poised for another success story in Shiftgig... Read More →
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CJ Przybyl

President, Snapsheet
CJ Przybyl is the co-founder and President of Snapsheet, the auto insurance industry’s largest provider of virtual claims settlement solutions. CJ began working in mobile claims technology startups in 2011 when he led the pivot of BodyShopBids into Snapsheet, a pivot that was featured... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 10:57am - 11:42am
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Customer Acquisition for Enterprise
Customer Acquisition for Enterprise 
Perspectives on how to acquire customers with B2B business models and understanding effective techniques to develop sales teams and go-to-market strategy.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Brad Serot

Executive Vice President, CBRE
Based in CBRE Chicago’s downtown office, Brad Serot is currently an Executive Vice President, after joining the firm in 2000. Brad is one of CBRE’s most prominent tenant representation brokers, having been involved in over six million square feet of transactions valued at more... Read More →

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Jeff Ellman

Co-Founder, UrbanBound & Hireology
Jeff Ellman is co-founder and President of UrbanBound, a Relocation Management Software provider reshaping the way employers offer and administer relocation benefits to their employees. For more than 15 years, he has dedicated his career to building technology companies that help... Read More →
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Kevin Kent

COO, ReviewTrackers
Kevin Kent is the chief operating officer of ReviewTrackers, a Chicago-based software company that helps over 30,000+ businesses measure and transform their customer experience.Equipped with over 10 years of finance, accounting, and operations experience, Kevin is responsible for... Read More →
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Erik Severinghaus

CSO, SpringCM
Erik has been developing new products and bringing them to market for 20 years, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars of exits and revenue generated. Prior to leading strategy at SpringCM, Erik was Founder and CEO of SimpleRelevance, a highly acclaimed machine learning platform... Read More →
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Kristi Zuhlke

CEO and Co-Founder, KnowledgeHound
An entrepreneur at heart, Kristi Zuhlke started her first business while in college. After earning degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Xavier University, she joined Procter & Gamble, working on billion dollar brands, like Gillette, and Always. During those six years... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Best Place to Work Showcase
Talk to hiring representatives from Chicago's best places to work who are hiring right now!

Tech companies exhibiting:

  • Sprout Social
  • tempus
  • Infiniscene
  • Getaround
  • Oranj
  • Priztker School of Law
  • ActiveCampaign
  • 4C Insights
  • Accenture
  • Trunk Club
  • Clarity Partners
  • GMR
  • and more!!

Thursday June 22, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Successfully Executing M&A
Successfully Executing M&A
A discussion on how to think through inorganic methods of growth to further a company’s strategic interests.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Andy Kass

Co-Founder, Managing Director & CEO, BlackWatch Advisors LLC
Prior to founding BlackWatch Advisors in 2017, Andrew worked at leading Wall Street investment banks for nearly 20 years, mostly recently serving as Managing Director of Deustche Bank’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group until the end of 2016. His... Read More →

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George Bousis

CEO and Founder, Raise
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David Lyon

CEO, Oranj
David Lyon is CEO and founder of Oranj, practice management software providing advisors with the ability to become more digitally enabled in their work with clients and prospects. Launched in 2014, David identified the need for the software, as consumers continue to transform the... Read More →
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Matt Moog

CEO, PowerReviews
Matt Moog is the CEO of PowerReviews, a software company that works with more than a 1,000 brands and retailers to collect ratings & reviews and answer customer questions. Matt has more than twenty years of experience starting and scaling technology companies. During his career Matt... Read More →
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Brad Purdy

COO, Outcome Health
Brad Purdy oversees finance, legal, business development and technology infrastructure at OutcomeHealth as its COO & CFO. After joining the company in 2012, he has helped lead the company as it scaled more than 100x while continuing to deliver greater results for each of its partners... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 12:33pm - 1:18pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Elite Engineering Talent
Elite Engineering Talent
A discussion on how to build top tier technical teams that can solve complex problems and scale product quickly.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Chris Resto

Talent Partner, Jump Capital
Chris Resto serves as a talent partner at Jump Capital and is the lead author of RECRUIT OR DIE: How Any Business Can Beat the Big Guys in the War for Young Talent (Penguin Portfolio, 2007). He has advised growing organizations across the finance and tech industries, as well as universities... Read More →

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Rishi Arora

VP of Engineering, Strike Social
Rishi Arora is VP of Engineering at Strike Social, a global enterprise that uses artificial intelligence to drive the best outcomes in social media advertising. Since joining Strike Social in 2016, Rishi has been leading an international team of engineers in building a SaaS product... Read More →
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Sean Chou

CEO and Co-Founder, Catalytic
Sean Chou is the CEO and Co-founder of Catalytic, a company he founded in 2016 built on his lifelong obsession with working smarter and getting things done. The company’s product, Pushbot, enables organizations to streamline and improve operations by quickly creating enterprise... Read More →
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Stu Grubbs

CEO and Co-Founder, Lightstream
Stu Grubbs is a proud Chicago entrepreneur and the co-founder of Lightstream (formerly Infiniscene): A live streaming studio in a browser that empowers anyone to share their passion, talent, and creativity with the world. After graduating from Chicago Techstars, they went on to raise... Read More →
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John Higginson

Chief Technology Officer, Enova
John Higginson is CTO for Chicago-based Enova International, a publicly-traded Financial Technology company that's extended $20B in credit to customers across the globe. John joined Enova as Chief Technology Officer in 2014. Previously, he served as CTO of Wheels, Inc., where he... Read More →
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David Kalt

CEO and Founder, Reverb
David Kalt is founder and CEO at Reverb.com, the online marketplace for buying, selling, and learning about music gear. Since launching Reverb.com in 2013, David has been working side-by-side with his growing team to make the online marketplace the best place for musicians to buy... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:21pm - 2:06pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Navigating Legal Mines and Regulatory Challenges
Highly regulated industries present unique challenges to building tech companies, who have to manage layers of compliance and can sometimes be at the whims of lobbyists - this discussion will dive into how great tech companies navigate these minefields.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Esther Barron

Clinical Professor & Director of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Esther Barron is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurship Law Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She works with students to represent start-ups, more mature companies and social entrepreneurs in a variety of transactional matters... Read More →

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Hani Elias

CEO, Procured Health
Hani is the chief executive officer of Procured Health, which he cofounded in 2012. He provides strategic vision for the company and advises health system executives on how to achieve the best clinical outcomes at an optimal cost. Under his leadership, Procured Health was named “one... Read More →
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Valentin Saportas

CEO, MortgageHippo
Valentin is the co-founder and CEO of MortgageHippo, a Chicago-based company digitizing the mortgage experience. Prior to founding MortgageHippo, Valentin worked as a financial and business advisor and then as a commercial finance and banking attorney. Valentin attended the University... Read More →
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Michael Serbinis

CEO and Founder, League
A rocket scientist who once developed jet propulsion systems at age 16, Michael is known as a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple transformative technology platforms across several industries, with over $1B of exits.Michael Serbinis is the CEO and Founder of League Inc., a... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 2:09pm - 2:54pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


The Evolving Start-Up: Zenefits’ Journey
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Laura Kreitler

VP of Partnerships, Zenefits
Laura is VP of Partnerships at Zenefits, focused on building alliances with organizations that complement the Zenefits’ platform. Laura joined Zenefits in 2014 to build the Client Support Team, and later moved on to  lead the Carrier Operations and Relations teams. As a former... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 2:57pm - 3:27pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


A Special Message from a High-Profile Guest
A very special guest will be giving an address at Techweek - you won't want to miss it!

Stay tuned for an announcement the morning of the Growth Summit.

Thursday June 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Supply Chain Hyper Growth - Direct to Consumer
Supply Chain Hyper Growth - Direct to Consumer
Insights and learnings on how to build efficient supply chains that support enterprises as they grow, while consumer demand increases.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Smriti Jayaraman

VP, Guild Capital
Smriti is a Vice President at Guild Capital, a venture capital firm investing in Chicago, LA, New York, Toronto, and Mumbai. Prior to joining Guild, Smriti was a management consultant in the Private Equity group at Bain & Company where she facilitated a wide range of M&A, hedge fund... Read More →

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Jordan Diab

CFO and COO, Interior Define
Jordan Diab oversees finance, operations, legal, and real estate at Interior Define (I/D) as its CFO & COO. After joining in 2014, he has helped evolve I/D's supply chain and guideshop strategy focused on delivering the most innovative customer experience in the furniture market... Read More →
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Jett McCandless

CEO and Co-Founder, project44
Jett is the CEO and Founder of project44—a hypergrowth and progressive technology that has already been adopted by industry-leading logistics and transportation companies. During his twenty years in the logistics industry, Jett has become a recognized thought leader with a track... Read More →
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Arvind Movva

CEO and Founder, divvyDOSE
Dr. Arvind Movva, CEO and Founder of divvyDOSE, is a serial healthcare entrepreneur focused on leveraging innovation to improve healthcare outcomes and value. Today divvyDOSE’s adherence based pharmacy provides a human-centric solution to medication non-adherence in all 50 states.Prior... Read More →
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Patrick Vihtelic

CEO and Founder, Home Chef
Pat Vihtelic is the Founder and CEO of Home Chef, a fast growing meal kit brand that makes home cooking simple and approachable by providing weekly deliveries of fresh, pre-portioned ingredients and familiar, easy-to-follow recipes. Pat founded Home Chef in 2013 out of a passion for... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 4:03pm - 4:48pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Growth Financing: Operators
Growth Financing: Operators
Perspectives on raising venture capital to accelerate growth of tech companies and the strategy behind raising the round.

Submit your questions at: https://techweek.cnf.io/

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Andy Kass

Co-Founder, Managing Director & CEO, BlackWatch Advisors LLC
Prior to founding BlackWatch Advisors in 2017, Andrew worked at leading Wall Street investment banks for nearly 20 years, mostly recently serving as Managing Director of Deustche Bank’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group until the end of 2016. His... Read More →

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Adam Hughes

President, Avant
Adam Hughes is the President of Avant, the leading provider of credit alternatives to middle income consumers in the US & UK. Avant also offers its technology solutions to bank and non-bank partners via its Powered By Avant product which offers an innovative digital lending experience... Read More →
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Joe McCann

CEO and Founder, NodeSource
Joe McCann is a Founder and the CEO of NodeSource, the Node.js company. Node.js is the fastest growing open source technology on Earth and is being used by 100% of the Fortune 500. With more than 17 years of web, mobile and software development experience, Joe previously has worked... Read More →
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Kristi Ross

Co-CEO and President, tastytrade
Kristi Ross is the co-CEO and President of dough, Inc. dba tastytrade (“tastytrade”), the most-watched online financial network making finance fun and actionable. tastytrade recently launched a new brokerage firm, tastyworks. The collective offering focuses on empowering the do-it-yourself... Read More →
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Michael Rothman

Chairman & Founder, SMS Assist
With more than 25 years of experience in the industrial service sector, Michael Rothman served as chairman and CEO of SMS Assist since its startup in 2003 to May 2017. Rothman currently serves as chairman. Under his leadership, SMS Assist became one of the fastest-growing technology... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 4:51pm - 5:36pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605


Passenger Experience of the Future presented by Gogo
Limited Capacity full

Gogo is the original inflight internet company. As a member of the Chicago technology community, Gogo is changing the way passengers, pilots and planes are connected and fostering innovation right here in downtown Chicago at 111 N. Canal.

Join Gogo on Thursday night of Techweek to enjoy networking, food and drinks in our exclusive lounge. We will be showcasing the latest on our connectivity and entertainment products so you can find out how Gogo is changing your experience onboard.

Thursday June 22, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Gogo 111 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606


Growth Summit Speaker Reception presented by Perkins Coie
Stick around after the speaker reception to meet peers, discuss the presentations, and enjoy a drink!

Thursday June 22, 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue Six10 610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Friday, June 23


Diversity in Tech Breakfast at 1871
Limited Capacity full

Friday June 23, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
1871 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654


MobileMakers Swift Coding Demo
Limited Capacity full

PLEASE NOTE: This session has very limited capacity. Please RSVP only if you fully plan to attend this session!

Want to learn how to build iPhone apps? Join MobileMakersEdu - an Apple Professional Learning Provider - as we introduce you to code in Swift, Apple's open source programming language. Lead by Jessi Chartier, a Chicago leader in the tech education space, and Don Bora, a local legend from the software development community, this session will take you under the hood of iOS apps to learn what it means to code.

About the presenter:

Jessi Chartier, Director of Products and Programs at Uncharted Learning, the parent company of MobileMakersEdu

Jessi blends education, innovation, and technology to create authentic, transformational learning. As a former classroom teacher and college instructor, she values the profession of teaching and seeks out opportunities to professionally develop teachers. Her curriculum has been used at campuses across the nation and include competency-based graduate programs, online educational programs, and robust professional development programs. Jessi pulls this all together to make Uncharted Learning the leader in authentic learning experiences and teacher professional development.

Don Bora, Co-founder of Eight-Bit Studios, Co-founder of MobileMakersEdu

Don has been a professional software developer in Chicago since 1990 during which time, he has had the great fortune to work at many types of companies employing varied technologies. 

A few years ago, Don decided to give back to the Chicago community.  He sought out opportunities to lend his experience to those who might benefit.  He began mentoring at the Founder Institute and then The Code Academy (now The Starter League).  In the summer of 2011, Don co-founded The Mobile Makers Academy and was the Chief Instructor for four years, ushering much needed iOS development talent into new careers.

Don has been an outspoken advocate for women and girls in tech, seeking to bridge the technology gap by exposing the fun and creative side of programming. He frequently mentors both high school and college students who display an interest in technology and coding.

Don is also a partner and co-founder of Eight Bit Studios.  He loves meeting new developers, seeing their tremendous potential, and giving them the opportunity to be great.  At Eight Bit Studios, Don develops software on various studio projects, careful to learn something new with each one.

Friday June 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Eight Bit Studios 350 W Erie St #300, Chicago, IL 60654


How to Start Your Start-up
Limited Capacity full

Join us for a talk with Ryan Fischer, Founder of TwentySpokes - a Chicago based development shop that specializes in helping startups plan, build, and scale their products. This workshop is all about  going from idea generation and validation, to developing and launching a product.  Using an example app idea, we’ll walk through each phase of the product development process. We’ll discuss topics like brainstorming techniques, creating feature lists, UI/UX, development insights and other essentials.

This talk with talk place at WeWork's National Building.  WeWork provides small businesses, startups, freelancers, large enterprises, and everyone in between with the workspace, community, and services they need to make a life, not just a living. With weekly events, personalized support, month-to-month flexibility, and access to over tens of thousands of like-minded creators around the world, WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business.

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Ryan Fischer

Founder, 20 Spokes
Ryan is a seasoned developer with over 20 years of experience in the world of software architecture and start-up generation.

Friday June 23, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
WeWork National Building 125 S. Clark St, 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603


Learning a Language Series: Intro to Data Science Workshop
Limited Capacity full

PLEASE NOTE: This session has very limited capacity. Please RSVP only if you fully plan to attend this session!

Advancements in machine learning algorithms and ever growing data sets are making easier to tease out complicated relationships in data using programming and statistics.  In this crash course into data science, we'll explore the techniques used by data scientists to convert raw data into action!  We'll cover definitions, data science tools, data ingestion, data processing, data exploration and end with some simple modeling. 

About the instructor: 

Manny Bernabe leads and develops strategic relationships for Uptake’s Data Science team. He works with industry partners, universities advisors and business leaders to understand the opportunities for aspiring data-driven organizations. Manny brings a background from the Financial Services sector and specifically asset management. He has deep expertise in research and deployment of quantitative strategies in exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Friday June 23, 2017 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Coding Dojo 213 W. Institute Place, #610, Chicago


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