Chicago is a new kind of technology hub, and the Techweek Conference is a new type of technology conference.
The Techweek 2012 Conference showcases the technology renaissance evolving in Chicago and the midwest. Within 5 days, you’ll experience the life cycle of an emerging technology business – from idea to scale. Discover how companies like Groupon, Threadless, Orbitz, 37Signals, and many more started and grew to success in the heart of the midwest.
The 5 Days of Techweek, from Idea to Scale
DAY 1 THINK: INNOVATIONS & SOLUTIONS.
•Celebrate the renaissance of technology and entrepreneurship in Chicago
•Keynotes from the world’s top technology and business visionaries who will speak about big ideas that address local, regional and global issues.
•Hear about technology solutions that are changing the way we live our lives and run our businesses
•Participate in discussions about the technologies that drive innovations in education, economic development, public health, civic engagement, and the environment.
DAY 2 LEARN: TECHNOLOGY SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT.
•Technology development with introductory-level workshops
•Eye-opening presentations about the latest on programming languages and design practices.
•Learn tips and insights from expert instructors.
•Test your skills in coding and design.
•Discover a new interest or passion.
•Techweek Hiring Fair
DAY 3 LEARN: NEW BUSINESS METHODOLOGIES.
•Sharpen business and entrepreneurial skills through presentations and workshops on Lean Startup methodologies, social media strategies and best of practices.
•Jason Fried, founder of 37Signals, will provide a keynote for the day.
•Rip Cord recruiting events and corporate alumni meetups.
•Techweek startup competition
DAY 4 START: ENTREPRENEURIAL ENDEAVORS & SCALABLE STARTUPS.
•Launching and shipping of startups and businesses.
•Captivating speakers will share their stories of hardship and success.
•Listen to presentations by startup entrepreneurs including a keynote by Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber.
•The day also features the final four teams from Startup Madness competing on the Techweek stage in front of a panel of esteemed Angel investors, VC’s and startup founders.
DAY 5 GROW: LATER STAGE & EXITS.
•Focusing on the importance of technology in the economy, the last day of Techweek presents discussions on late-stage private companies.
•Hear the stories of extraordinary ventures that have gone from bootstrapped to $50 million in revenue.
•Find out about the biggest investment trends in the industry.
•Celebrate business and technology with top CEO’s and investors.