TechWeek Chicago officially kicks off on Friday, June 22nd. Through June 26th, this event is taking place inside The Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago. TechWeek is an event that showcases technology from local Chicago companies by having several panels and conferences. There are many different angles and topics being discussed, all with the main focus on technology.
"Media tech Connection" has worked out a deal with the organizers of Techweek to get 20% off conference+expo passes. For a limited time you can save $115 on admission. Use the discount code (sp_techweek_12) when you register.
This year’s theme focuses on the life cycle of an emerging technology business from “Think” to “Learn” to “Start” and “Grow”.
Day 1 – Think
There has never been a better time to start a company. It’s never been easier, or cheaper. Learn from Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer, an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer on how small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals can turn their ideas into reality, at a fraction of the cost.
Days 2&3 – Learn
Attend workshops and eye-opening presentations about the latest on programming languages and design practices. Learn tips and insights from expert instructors like Founder and CEO of 37signals, Jason Fried, and test your skills in coding and design, or discover a new passion.
Sharpen your business and entrepreneurial skills through presentations and workshops on Lean Startup methodologies, social media strategies and best of practices.
Be part of the exclusive unveiling of new ideas and interact with innovative entrepreneurs at LAUNCH, Techweek’s startup competition.
Participate in the Techweek Hiring Fair. Hiring managers from more than 30 companies will be available to discuss their companies, job opportunities, and career development. Entry to the Hiring Fair is free.
Day 4 – Start
Captivating speakers likeTravis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber; Matt Mickiewicz, co-founder of 99 Designs; Leah Busque, founder of Task Rabbit; Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz; Ben Milne, CEO of Dwolla will share their stories of hardship and success throughout their ventures.
Want to capitalize on the rise of the social and open web? Learn to analyze social sharing data with Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO of RadiumOne. At the age of 16, Gurbaksh started his first company, ClickAgents. Eighteen months later, he sold it for $40 million to ValueClick. In January 2004, Gurbaksh founded his second company, BlueLithium, which Yahoo acquired for $300 million in cash in 2007.
Day 5 – Grow
Hear the stories of extraordinary ventures that have gone from bootstrapped to $50 million in revenue, and find out about the biggest investment trends in the industry.
In addition to five full days of programming, Techweek 2012 includes“Start-up City,” offering a sneak peek of the newest ideas entering the market and a LAUNCH competition where one winning startup will receive more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. A hiring fair; gaming lounge, showcasing Chicago’s growing gaming industry; and multiple daily events,including the Food Truck Face Off and exclusive parties after each conference day round out the schedule.
Again, use discount code (sp_techweek_12) for 20% conference passes when you register.
Students receive a 50% discount with code tw12student
Techweek helped champion the coming of the Midwest tech explosion in 2010 by gathering passionate and entrepreneurial minded people to celebrate vast possibilities and opportunities in technology and innovation. This sparked last year’s inaugural Techweek in Chicago. The conference and expo garnered 2500 attendees and over 1250 unique brands and businesses from all over the world. For more information visit www.techweek.com.