Techweek Chicago

Techweek hosts a 7-day series of events with a 2-day technology conference and expo to bring together a mixture of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and thought leaders.

Notable attendees 

Techweek Chicago gathered the foremost leaders and influencers in technology in nine summits focusing on trends, innovation, growth, action and change within the greater tech industry. Notable names included: Brenna Berman, commissioner and CIO of the City of Chicago; Ryan Ozonian, president at Cyber Dust; Kathryn Minshew, co-founder and CEO of The Muse; and Jeff Hoffman, partner and co-founder of ColorJar and founder of Priceline.

Events Include

  • LAUNCH Competition - Around 100 startups compete for cash and prizes from sponsored worth around $50,000

    Roughly 100 pre-qualified startups competed for cash and sponsor-donated gifts valued at $50,000. Judged by a panel of top tech and business leaders, the winner of this year’s LAUNCH Competition is Jail Education Solutions

  • Future Sound Music Festival

    The intersection between music and technology was explored during the inaugural Future Sound Music Festival that took place along the Chicago River with sweeping views of the city. Innovative and award-winning headliners included Eric Prydz, St. Lucia and Morgan Page, who ended the 3-day festival with an immersive 3-D show.

  • Fashiontech Runway Show – Wearable Tech, Ecommerce and Innovative Manufacturing

    The show included influential local tech entrepreneurs Shradha Agarwal, co-founder of ContextMedia, Coco Meers, founder and CEO of PrettyQuick and Brent Payne, CEO of Loud Interactive, who showed off the latest in fashion tech trends from: Central Standard Timing, The Empowerment Plan, Garmin, GiftBar, LUNATIK, Misift Wearables, The Tie Bar, Brideside and other local Chicago brands.

  • Hackathon

    With 24 hours of development fueled by participants’ passions for business, innovation and technology, Techweek Chicago’s Hackathon, presented by AngelHack and Rackspace, featured more than 50 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs working to create the next big web or mobile app.

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