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Monday, June 24
 

3:00pm

TechweekGT: Tour #1

We’d love for you to join us during the week of June 24th for our Techweek Grand Tours. The TechweekGT is an interactive tour of the most innovative, compelling office spaces in Chicago. This is your chance to exchange ideas with local executives and see where all the action happens.

Stop 1: BrainTree
Stop 2: SingleHop
Stop 3: Centro




Monday June 24, 2013 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Multiple Locations

7:00pm

Shiftgig Techweek Kickoff Party
Techweek officially kicks off with a must-attend event at American Junkie, sponsored by Shiftgig. Guests sip on a complimentary drink and flatbread appetizers as they introduce themselves to fellow thinkers, doers, and all-stars of tech. 


Monday June 24, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
American Junkie 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
 
Tuesday, June 25
 

4:00pm

TechweekGT: Tour #2

We’d love for you to join us during the week of June 24th for our Techweek Grand Tours. The TechweekGT is an interactive tour of the most innovative, compelling office spaces in Chicago. This is your chance to exchange ideas with local executives and see where all the action happens.

Stop 1: kCura
Stop 2: Cars.com
Stop 3: ifbyphone




Tuesday June 25, 2013 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Multiple Locations

6:00pm

Inspire Startups: Techweek Edition
This month, Inspire Startups has partnered with Techweek to give Chicago's top early-stage startups the opportunity to showcase their solutions to 50+ startup-lovers and investors. This event combines the best of startup expos and networking in an intimate setting topped off with a pitch competition. Don't miss the opportunity to mingle with Chicago's elite startup community.

http://inspirestartupstechweek.eventbrite.com/ 


Tuesday June 25, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Inspire Business Club 1016 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60607
 
Wednesday, June 26
 

4:00pm

TechweekGT: Tour #3

We’d love for you to join us during the week of June 24th for our Techweek Grand Tours. The TechweekGT is an interactive tour of the most innovative, compelling office spaces in Chicago. This is your chance to exchange ideas with local executives and see where all the action happens.

Stop 1: Groupon
Stop 2: Raise


Wednesday June 26, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Multiple Locations

7:00pm

Director's Screening of "Downloaded"

On June 26 we will host a special Director’s screening of “Downloaded”. The film’s director, Alex Winter (the famed Bill of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) will be on site to host a Sundance style Q&A.

Attendance is open to all Conference Badge holders. Please email downloaded@techweek.com to RSVP. Like all of our Techweek @ the Movies events, seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis.



Wednesday June 26, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
AMC Theater 600 N Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60611
 
Thursday, June 27
 

9:00am

Kickoff
Techweek Chicago 2013 launches with the appraisal and support of Chicago’s booming technology ecosystem. 

Thursday June 27, 2013 9:00am - 9:20am
1 - Summit Stage

9:20am

Motorola: Revolutionizing the Move from Libertyville to Downtown
Speakers
avatar for Iqbal Arshad

Iqbal Arshad

SVP of Engineering and Global Product Development, Motorola
As Senior VP of Engineering and Global Product Development at Motorola, Iqbal Arshad leads one of the most innovative engineering teams in the mobile industry. | | Under Iqbal’s leadership, this team has delivered market-leading product lines including Motorola DROID and RAZR™. During his tenure, he was instrumental in achieving industry milestones such as Motorola’s first 4G wireless chipset and award-winning battery life... Read More →
avatar for Jim Wicks

Jim Wicks

SVP of Consumer Experience Design, Motorola
As Senior VP of Consumer Experience Design at Motorola, Jim leads a global creative staff committed to delivering unique and intuitive industrial design and user experiences for mobile products. | | Jim is credited with over 50 design and utility patents, has received multiple global design awards, spoken at many industry events, and has been featured in top-tier media including CNBC and The New York Times. | | Jim holds a bachelor’s... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 9:20am - 9:40am
1 - Summit Stage

10:00am

Designing Products with Purpose: Fusing Form and Function
The best products are often the most simple. When you create a streamlined technological application, you empower users to solve problems, uncover answers on their own, and give them the know-how to tackle the next big obstacle. Jason and Neal will discuss the power of design in building practical products.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Fried

Jason Fried

Founder, 37signals
Jason is the co-founder and President of 37signals. Jason believes there’s real value and beauty in the basics. Jason co-wrote Rework and Getting Real, and is invited to speak around the world on entrepreneurship, design, management, and software.
avatar for Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin

CEO, The Starter League
Neal is the co-founder and CEO of The Starter League (formerly Code Academy), his sworn purpose is to solve meaningful problems through technology, and empower everyone he can. 


Thursday June 27, 2013 10:00am - 10:45am
1 - Summit Stage

11:00am

Selecting a Cloud Communications Partner: 3 Approaches
Selecting a cloud communications partner is no easy task. In this session Mr. Shapiro will present three different technology strategies to consider when selecting a cloud communications partner to integrate into your application or business processes. With names such as "The Crafty Beaver Approach," "The Ikea Approach," "The Neiman Markus Approach," and "Next Generation APIs Lego vs. Erector Sets," Mr. Shapiro breaks it all down.

Speakers
avatar for Irv Shapiro

Irv Shapiro

Founder, CEO, & CTO, Ifbyphone
Irv Shapiro, CEO, CTO and founder of Ifbyphone, is a marketer, technologist and entrepreneur. Ifbyphone is his third successful business and second on the INC 500. | | Voted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, his awards span Halls of Fame, Innovation, TechWeek 100, Best of Biz, and KPMG Illinois High Tech. | | A senior executive with over 35 years of technology industry experience, Shapiro is a gifted marketer and... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
3 - Technical Stage

11:00am

Skill Supply and Demand: Closing the Gap in the Midwest

As new technologies emerge, so does the demand for employees with previously non-existent skill-sets. The divide between this supply and demand is a wide one, though a few thought leaders plan to close the gap through innovative hiring practices and educational opportunities for their current and prospective employees. Hear how progressives are attracting and retaining top tech talent, meanwhile paving the way for alternative training and hiring routes. 


Speakers
avatar for Hope Gurion

Hope Gurion

Chief Product Officer, CareerBuilder
As Chief Product Officer, Hope Gurion is in charge of identifying and growing new business ventures for CareerBuilder. | | In addition to overseeing investment opportunities to expand CareerBuilder services, Gurion spearheads CareerBuilder.com’s lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. to address critical Internet and human resource issues. | | Hope holds an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


Thursday June 27, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
1 - Summit Stage

11:30am

Knock Knock: Understanding Web Application Defense
There are lots of ways of dealing with authentication, but the interaction before, during, and after is usually ignored. This is pretty much how web applications work today. We don't ask the right questions of users attempting to access our web applications. How sure are you that the user accessing your site is who they say they are? How sure are you that you want them accessing your site at all? Join Aaron Bedra as he walks you through asking the questions you should be asking of your users, and how to help prevent abuse, fraud, and otherwise, unwanted activity on your web applications. You will learn how to ask the right questions without interfering with a great user experience.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Bedra

Aaron Bedra

Application Security Lead , Braintree
Aaron Bedra is the Application Security Lead at Braintree. He is the creator of Repsheet, a reputational intelligence and intrusion detection engine for web applications. He is a co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd Edition as well as a contributor to Clojure and a former member of Clojure/core.



Thursday June 27, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
3 - Technical Stage

11:30am

How to Change Your Culture to Impact Your Bottom Line

The right environment can make or break a business. Without a strategy that everyone from executives to interns believes in, growth—and success—can’t be achieved. Creating and maintaining a vibrant company culture is an essential ingredient to a healthy, fruitful business, and Chicago-based companies such as Coyote Logistics have managed to keep their employees happy while scaling at an impressively fast pace. Find out what it takes to keep an ever-evolving team happy through explosive growth spurts.



Speakers
avatar for Jeff Silver

Jeff Silver

Founder & CEO, Coyote Logistics
Jeff Silver is the founder and CEO of Coyote Logistics, one of the fastest-growing 3PLs in North America. | | Before Coyote, he pioneered the 3PL industry in the 1980s and 1990s with American Backhaulers, the second-largest North American freight brokerage at the time. | | In 2011, Jeff was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest category, and Coyote was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

Modern Apprenticeship
The world has a digital crisis. We have not had the available talent to fill all the new jobs that are being created. Academia isn't able to prepare a new digital workforce. Traditionally, trade schools which are practice and mentor heavy are better equipped to train craft practitioners. However, the technologies are evolving at a rate that the trade schools can't keep up. We must dig deeper to another model. Apprenticeships are distributed teaching that has been effective for thousands of years. The talk will examine what a modern apprenticeship looks like and how it relates to creating a new skilled workforce with strong networks of professionals.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Pagel

Paul Pagel

Co-founder & CEO, 8th Light
Paul Pagel is the CEO and Co-Founder of 8th Light.  He has been involved in the software craftsmanship movement since its inception.   | | He is a proficient craftsman and mentor, teaching 6 apprentices over the last 6 years.  He is passionate about finding ways to grow a business and a profession while raising the bar higher.  



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

12:00pm

The Psychology of Big Data: Fears, Hopes, and Useful Realities
With the recent public debate over issues of data collection and privacy, individuals are more conscious than ever about their role as contributors to large data sets.  In this fireside chat format, we discuss the psychology behind anonymity and identity, how to discuss big data collection with users, and the ultimate realities of a world where big data hold true promise and real risks

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wallaert

Matt Wallaert

Behavioral Scientist, Bing
Matt Wallaert is a behavioral scientist and former entrepreneur currently at Bing, where he uses the psychology of behavior change to create products that help people lead more satisfied lives and push human potential forward.  He has exited two startups, publishes academically in the area of Judgment and Decision Making, and cofounded GetRaised.com, a free service that works to close the gender wage gap by helping women figure out if they... Read More →
avatar for John Myles White

John Myles White

Core Julia Developer, MIT CSAIL
John Myles White is one of the core developers of Julia, a programming language specially designed for processing massive data sets. Before becoming one of the Julia developers, John completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Princeton University, where he applied large-scale data collection methods to the study of human decision-making. John is also the author of the popular book, Machine Learning for Hackers, published by O'Reilly Media.



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

12:00pm

Candid Perspectives On Bootstrapping High Tech Companies
Moderators
avatar for Maria Katris

Maria Katris

CEO, Built in Chicago
Maria Katris is the CEO of Built In Chicago, a platform which enables cities to connect, educate and promote their growing digital communities. | | Previously, Maria was the Executive Director of TiE Midwest, the Chicago chapter of a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to high growth entrepreneurs. | | Maria has a BS in Finance from Miami University and an MBA from Northwestern University with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Cruz

Brandon Cruz

Founder, President, & CTO, GoHealth
Brandon Cruz is the co-founder and President of GoHealth, the nation's most comprehensive online portal for health insurance. Brandon has 12 years of experience as a leader in the technology industry, and is the visionary behind the applications that have transformed the technology landscape for health insurance. | | In 2001, Brandon co-founded GoHealth - initially as Norvax, Inc. - which quickly set the standard for changing the healthcare... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Sieja

Andrew Sieja

Founder & CEO, kCura
Andrew Sieja is the CEO of kCura Corporation. He founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001 and successfully pivoted it in 2007 to a fast growing enterprise software company. kCura’s platform, Relativity, provides flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use e-discovery solutions for the legal community. Today, Relativity has more than 75,000 end users from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100... Read More →
avatar for Eric Vassilatos

Eric Vassilatos

Co-founder, Vivid Seats
Eric is the co-founder of Vivid Seats. For over a decade, Vivid Seats has led the industry by providing an unrivaled selection of tickets and world-class service to live event enthusiasts. Founded on a simple premise that purchasing event tickets should be hassle-free, Vivid Seats' marketplace offers discount pricing, start-to-finish order support, and a comprehensive 100% Buyer's Guarantee that keeps customers returning time and again for... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

US First Robotics Challenge
US First's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate  for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Thursday June 27, 2013 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Expo Hall

12:30pm

State of the Nation: How to Raise Capital in 2013
A panel of established venture capitalists discuss the state of the industry, what models are captivating them in 2013, which industries they'd like to see disrupted and what is crowd-funding and does it have legs? Furthermore, what does it really take to take a company from $0-100M/exit and what advice they give their portfolio companies?

Moderators
avatar for Rishi Roongta

Rishi Roongta

Senior Associate, New World Ventures
Rishi joined New World Ventures in 2010 having previously been a consultant with Bain & Company in Chicago. While at Bain, Rishi worked with clients in various industries including technology, retail, consumer packaged goods, food services and healthcare. In his spare time, he’s either working on his own business ideas or advising other entrepreneurs and their startups. Rishi is also on the junior board of the non-profit organization... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Constance Freedman

Constance Freedman

Managing Director, Second Century Ventures
Constance is the Managing Director of Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors® and the founder and Managing Director of REach™, it’s technology accelerator program. | | She leads all investment activity for SCV and is active on all of SCV portfolio companies’ boards including DocuSign and Ifbphone. | | Constance serves on the Advisory Board for the National Venture... Read More →
avatar for Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson

VP, Battery Ventures
Matt is a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he focuses on early-stage investments in Internet, software and service businesses. | | Before joining Battery Ventures, Matt served as the CEO of New York at Groupon where he grew revenues 220% for Groupon’s largest market. Prior to Groupon, Matt worked at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a $7.7B private equity and venture capital firm, where he helped source and execute... Read More →
avatar for Bret Maxwell

Bret Maxwell

Managing General Partner, MK Capital
Bret is a Managing General Partner at MK Capital, which manages over $250 million in two venture capital funds. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-Founder of First Analysis' venture capital practice in 1985. | | Bret is a graduate of The McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Kellogg's Graduate School of Management. He has served as the Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and is a director on... Read More →
avatar for Matt McCall

Matt McCall

Partner, New World Ventures
Matthew McCall is a Partner at New World Ventures. McCall has been honored on Crain’s annual "40 under 40” and their top Tech 25 list. He has been named as one of the Top 100 VC’s in the US, a Media 100 and a Hollywood 100 Power Player. | | He has keynoted or been a panelist at over 100 conferences and events nationwide. He is also the founder & trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused on encouraging social... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:30pm

Digital Strategy: Realizing the Value of Digital Technologies
From Web and mobile eCommerce to social media and digital content management, digital technologies have fundamentally changed the way business operates. To adapt and stay competitive, organizations should ramp up their digital efforts. At a minimum, early adopters should work to enhance select sales enablement or customer-facing activities—or risk missing out on productivity, service and cost-savings benefits. Evaluate where and how you may effectively support your enterprise customers as they deploy digital approaches, with a focus on ideation, analysis and enablement.

Speakers
avatar for David Smud

David Smud

Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
David is a director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) industry practice and the Strategy leader for Deloitte Digital. He focuses on mobile communications, enterprise mobile enablement, IT architecture, and systems development lifecycle (SDLC) management for wireless operators. David is a subject matter specialist in mobile data services and mobile content delivery, and was the lead technical... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

12:30pm

Cloudscaping: How to Cultivate the Right Cloud Environment…and Reap the Benefits
Cloudscaping takes careful thought, planning, and a detailed approach to deploying enterprise applications on the public cloud.  To cultivate your cloud environment, there are a lot of pitfalls to avoid and seeds to plant so that your environment stays robust and produces the outcomes you want.  CITYTECH, managing client applications with 500+ cloud instances and 1 billion+ page views/month, has encountered and conquered many of these instances. This presentation offers a chance to learn about the various cloud computing models and vendors active today and how to best manage large-scale enterprise applications on a public cloud infrastructure.

Speakers
avatar for Matt 	Van Bergen

Matt Van Bergen

CTO, CITYTECH
As a co-founder and CTO/COO of CITYTECH, Inc., Matt Van Bergen is responsible for CITYTECH’s technical direction and delivery of CITYTECH’s global strategy. | | Matt’s 17 years of professional experience traverses all business levels – from collaborating with executives at the business strategy and technology strategy perspective, to working hands-on with enterprise software applications, cloud architecture and... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

1:00pm

Rise of the Impact Entrepreneur
Who says profit has to come at the cost of mission, or vice versa? A fallacy exists that positive impact and profits are mutually exclusive—though a few thought leaders are beginning to expose its falsehood. Social entrepreneurs aim to solve problems, propel progress forward, and turn a profit. And success begets success: as more impact companies enter the scene, more investors will take note of the opportunities that exist among them.

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Templeton

Chuck Templeton

Managing Director, Impact Engine
Chuck Templeton is passionate about emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. | | He has been involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or adviser, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as the Managing Director of Impact Engine, a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

1:00pm

Supporting Today's Mobile Workforce
We’ve all heard a lot about “mobility solutions” of late. Learn about how Novell looks at the situation—specifically from the idea that productivity is the goal, and mobile devices are simply a means to that end. They emphasize that focusing solely on mobility, as if it’s a special and separate business realm, is wrong. Today it’s about productivity. Tomorrow it will be about productivity. That’s the life of a business.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schouls

Mark Schouls

Senior Product Manager, Novell
Mark is a Senior Product Manager and ITIL Service Manager covering the ZENworks family of products, in the Novell Business Unit. | | Prior to joining Product Management, Mark held the position of Practice Lead for Novell Consulting's North American Systems Management Practice, and was responsible for some of the largest and most complex implementations of ZENworks in the United States and Canada. | | Mark is also the author of the Systems... Read More →


Thursday June 27, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:30pm

Culture as a Competitive Advantage
Though you may not even be conscious of it, your response to your environment can set off a chain reaction that ultimately affects your bottom line. Cultivating a positive, productive culture directly influences a physical environment and enhances talent collaboration, creative thinking, and competitive edge. How do C-level executives' actions influence company culture? What can they do to create a sense of pride in their work and recruit top talent? 

Moderators
avatar for Brad Serot

Brad Serot

Senior Vice President, CBRE
Based in CBRE Chicago’s downtown office, Bradley A. Serot is currently a Senior Vice President, joining the firm in 2000. Mr. Serot is one of CBRE’s most prominent tenant representation brokers, having been involved in over 5,000,000 square feet of transactions valued at more than $3 billion. | | Through his perseverance and leadership, he is largely responsible for establishing the firm’s dominant tenant representation market... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for George Bousis

George Bousis

Co-Founder & CEO, Raise
George began his career in the grocery business, working for his family owned Cermak Fresh Market. Through his maturity within the organization, he helped the company grow into one of the largest privately held companies in Illinois. While looking for new ideas to attract new business, he began working on the implementation and development of a loyalty and incentive program. In George's research, he came across the gift card market. Raise was... Read More →
avatar for Amit Jhawar

Amit Jhawar

COO & CFO, Braintree
Amit Jhawar joins Braintree from KKR, where he worked on evaluating potential acquisitions as well as building new capabilities within portfolio companies through improved operations and partnerships. | | During his tenure at KKR, his companies distinctively outperformed their peers by sustainably gaining market share and improving margins through his efforts to carefully tailor their offerings to the marketplace. | | Jhawar earned his... Read More →
avatar for Irv Shapiro

Irv Shapiro

Founder, CEO, & CTO, Ifbyphone
Irv Shapiro, CEO, CTO and founder of Ifbyphone, is a marketer, technologist and entrepreneur. Ifbyphone is his third successful business and second on the INC 500. | | Voted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, his awards span Halls of Fame, Innovation, TechWeek 100, Best of Biz, and KPMG Illinois High Tech. | | A senior executive with over 35 years of technology industry experience, Shapiro is a gifted marketer and... Read More →
avatar for Dan Ushman

Dan Ushman

Co-Founder & CMO, SingleHop LLC
Dan began his career in the internet infrastructure industry at midPhase Services, Inc., a shared hosting provider. At midPhase, Dan contributed heavily to its rise from a small company to one of the largest shared hosting providers in the United States. At SingleHop, Dan focuses on the company’s marketing strategy and operations, leading the company’s growing marketing team. Dan believes heavily in differentiation, and focuses on... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:30pm

How to Create Your Personal Brand Online

There is no question we live in an age where our mistakes could potentially haunt us. Somewhere in the depths of the Internet live the offhand statements we've typed, photographs of us in candid moments, and records of our previous selves. Despite this, the Internet is also a powerful tool for creating a persona that represents your best qualities. Learn from the founder of about.me best practices for creating a compelling online brand and leveraging it for personal and professional success.


Moderators
avatar for Danny Shea

Danny Shea

Producer, HuffPost Live
Danny is a Senior Editor at The Huffington Post. He has covered the media and TV industries extensively, overseeing the site's Media section since 2007. He has been a key member of HuffPost's growth and expansion, working on several high-profile launches, including Le HuffPost (HuffPost France) and Huffington Magazine. | | He is now focused on HuffPost Live, HuffPost's streaming news video network, where he oversees post-production and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad

Founder & CEO, about.me
Tony is the co-founder and CEO of about.me, the platform for representing personal identity online. | | In addition to founding about.me and blog search engine Sphere (acquired by Aol), he is a member of the True Ventures founding team, leading investments in WordPress, Blue Bottle Coffee, MakerBot, Typekit, High Fidelity and more. | | He is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington. Tony is originally from a small Indiana farming... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

1:30pm

CoFoundersLab Meetup
Looking for a co-founder? You’re in luck! Check out CoFoundersLab, a startup dedicated to helping entrepreneurs like you find the right co-founder. Whether you’re looking to join a startup, seeking someone else to join your venture, or open to either, CoFoundersLab can help.


Thursday June 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Techweek Event Space

1:30pm

Keys to Successful Growth: How to Support Your Business and People as You Scale
Though growth is a key indicator of a viable business, scaling your company brings about its own set of hurdles and challenges to overcome. How do you mitigate the risk? What aspects of your small business do you keep, and which do you let fall by the wayside in favor of expansion? Learn how to avoid mistakes, hire the right people, and foster leadership within your team from a dynamic panel of founders and managers who have overseen the transformation from startup to larger scale corporation. 

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Cerone

Patrick Cerone

Marketing Manager, EmPowerHR
Pat is the resident Marketing Manager for human resources provider, EmPowerHR and its parent company, Laurus Strategies. He’s focused on developing strategic alliances and new business opportunities through creative and at times, down-right outrageous marketing efforts. | | One of the greatest joys of his job is facilitating EmPowerHR’s role in giving back by supporting the local tech and start-up community. A self-proclaimed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raman Chadha

Raman Chadha

Founder, The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Raman Chadha is the founder of The Junto Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a post-accelerator school that develops leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence, and management skills of startup founders. | | In addition to being an education entrepreneur, Raman is an entrepreneurship educator. He is a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University, where he also launched and led the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center... Read More →
avatar for Janelle Jones

Janelle Jones

Human Resources Manager, Narrative Science
Janelle Jones is a human resources professional who has worked with a number of start-ups, playing a key role in the scaling of businesses experiencing rapid and consistent growth. | | From a handful to hundreds of employees, she thrives on the unique challenges, demands, and rewards of this domain. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a graduate of Northwestern and Harvard Universities
avatar for Ryan Leavitt

Ryan Leavitt

Co-Founder & President, Catapult Chicago
Former financial analyst and strategy consultant, Ryan has become deeply engrained in Chicago’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ryan is the co-founder and president of Catapult Chicago, a premier incubator for scale-ups in Chicago.  | | In addition, he leads the business development and partnership initiatives for Vlinks Media, one of Chicago’s fastest growing technology scale-ups. Ryan was recently named to Chicago’s Tech... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

2:00pm

Re-inventing Education: A Q&A with Sal Khan

Meet Sal Khan, the creator and philanthropist behind the revolutionary Khan Academy—a non-profit education site. During this chat, he answers your questions and provides insight on his mission to provide world-class education to anyone who wants to receive it. In true Khan Academy fashion, we will meet with Sal on the web. 


Moderators
avatar for Sarah Elizabeth

Sarah Elizabeth

Founder & Executive Director, The Academy for Global Citizenship
Sarah is the Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Global Citizenship. A Chicago Public Elementary School on a global mission, AGC is developing the next generation of critical thinkers and mindful leaders who take action to positively impact their communities and the world beyond. | | In less than five years, AGC has become recognized across the globe for its model green school initiatives combined with unprecendented academic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sal Khan

Sal Khan

Founder & Executive Director, Khan Academy
Serving as founder and faculty member, Sal Khan sets the vision for Khan Academy and expands the library of educational videos. | | Before quitting his job as manager of a hedge fund to run Khan Academy full time, Sal also found time to get three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. In 2012, Time Magazine named him to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.



Thursday June 27, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:00pm

Unveiling an Untapped Talent Pool in Chicago
Forte Knowledge and Chicago Public Schools are inviting you to be part of a select few to on-board IT talent that has never been tapped into before. Gifted undocumented students who, until now, have been unable to work are ready to be part of your team, blend into your culture, or grow with the company. The proven Forte Knowledge business model has been training and providing great talent to Chicago for 3 years now. This exciting new untapped talent pool will be accompanied by apprenticeship methodologies- ensuring that each intern develops in the most efficient manner. Let’s restore the shortage of talent by providing exciting opportunities to those who deserve it most. Invest time into your team and together we will mold the perfect employee, increase revenue to our much beloved city, and greatly improve the lives of many underprivileged, deserving, undocumented students. This collaboration is being put together by a very exciting team and your participation will be accompanied with array of tremendous benefit.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Connor

Todd Connor

Executive Director of Service Leadership Programs, Chicago Public Schools
Todd Connor is the Executive Director of Service Leadership Programs at Chicago Public Schools where he oversees 6 Military Academies/High Schools and the nation’s largest Junior ROTC program. | | Previously, Todd had his own strategy consulting practice focused on leadership strategy and communications, and worked for Booz Allen Hamilton. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Officer in the United States Navy and Navigator of the... Read More →
avatar for Steve Kreynin

Steve Kreynin

Founder & President, Forte Group
Steve Kreynin is the President and Founder of both Forte Group and Forte Knowledge. Forte Group is a provider of high-value custom software development and IT staff augmentation solutions.  | | As the company grew, Forte Group’s training services branched off and evolved into a separate business - Forte Knowledge: supported by the Illinois Technology Association, and a state certified WIA provider, Forte Knowledge is dedicated to... Read More →
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Jay Rowell

Director, Illinois Department of Employment Security
Jay Rowell is the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn in June 2011 and was a lead state negotiator on the 2011 Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund reform legislation. | | The legislation reduced taxes on Illinois businesses over the next eight years by $400 million. Jay partnered with the Internal Revenue Service on a new anti-fraud system that recovered more than $37 million in... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

2:30pm

Changing the Channel: The Future of TV
As Internet content providers crowd out traditional TV providers, we are undoubtedly on the cusp of a new age in media. How soon until the average American uses Amazon, Netflix, Aereo, and others in lieu of Comcast or RCN? What does that mean for media content as a whole? This panel highlights the perspectives of key players in OTA, sports, premium channel, and paid channel content providers.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Habiger

Dave Habiger

Partner, New World Ventures
Dave began his career as a founder of Providence Productions, a media production company. As CEO of Sonic Solutions, Habiger worked with the Hollywood studios to help move the industry from DVD distribution to Internet delivery of movies and TV shows. In 2011 Habiger joined NDS as CEO prior to its sale to Cisco.  He currently serves a director on numerous public and private boards. He received a BBA from St. Norbert... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chet Kanojia

Chet Kanojia

Founder & CEO, Aereo, Inc.
Chet Kanojia is the founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., a groundbreaking online TV platform. | | Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks. Under Chet’s direction, Navic Networks grew to be the undisputed industry leader in advanced television advertising. Navic Networks was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2008. | | Chet, who holds more than 14 patents in fields ranging from robotics to data communications systems, is... Read More →
avatar for Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat

Filmmaker
Casey Neistat is a filmmaker living New York City. He writes directs and stars in the HBO series The Neistat Brothers. | | Casey is also a prolific YouTube Filmmaker with over 23 million views.
avatar for Danny Shea

Danny Shea

Producer, HuffPost Live
Danny is a Senior Editor at The Huffington Post. He has covered the media and TV industries extensively, overseeing the site's Media section since 2007. He has been a key member of HuffPost's growth and expansion, working on several high-profile launches, including Le HuffPost (HuffPost France) and Huffington Magazine. | | He is now focused on HuffPost Live, HuffPost's streaming news video network, where he oversees post-production and... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:30pm

Phone Dreams
Successfully marketing your brand and product means you are in a constant battle for the consumer's attention. Simple banner and logo placements have become the white noise of the online world—not to mention the real world. This challenges marketers and advertisers to create experiences that are captivating, memorable, and interesting to a wide variety of audiences. Simon Kissler and Paul Nagorney brought life to a once boring advertising/PSA spot through social integration and boundary pushing animation in the low friction environment of the mobile web browser. Learn about both the backstory and the technology that brought these "dreams" alive—along with a couple nightmares encountered along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Kissler

Simon Kissler

Principle Software Engineer, Digitas
Simon is a German born technologist constantly aiming to bring the next evolution of technology into the mainstream. | | At Digitas, he leads technical design and architecture for digital initiatives for Sprint. This includes work on Sprint’s Marketing Technology Innovation track, Sprint’s sponsorship properties, such as NASCAR, NBA, and The Voice, and advanced programs including interactive billboards in TimeSquare and... Read More →
avatar for Paul Nagorney

Paul Nagorney

Associate Director, Digitas
Paul leads technology management at Digitas for Sprint, developing technology for digital marketing and innovation initiatives. | | Prior to Digitas, Paul was a Manager in Accenture’s Information Management practice where he led enterprise and web content management initiatives at many clients including Hilton, New York City Departments of Health and Buildings, Chase, UTC, HCSC, and others.   | | Paul has a B.S. in Computer... Read More →
avatar for Susan Pennington

Susan Pennington

Digital Evolution Manager, Sprint
Susan manages the Evolution team within the Sprint Digital group. | | When not worrying about roadmaps, best practices, benchmarks and emerging technology, she prefers to think of herself simply as Chief Nerd in Residence, helping her colleagues to navigate hype cycles, breakdown silos and connect dots.   | | Before joining Sprint, she was the Enid A. Haupt fellow at the Smithsonian and a medieval archaeologist.  



Thursday June 27, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

2:30pm

Wearables are the Next Mobile Devices
By shifting our primary device from a phone to a wearable, a new seamless paradigm is here - improving the way we interact with all other devices as well as getting daily chores done. Then, to top it off, this easy access comes complete with an enhanced and personalized experience. Rachid Alameh will showcase this new paradigm as we experience it now, plus provide his insights into what we should expect in the wearables industry in the near and long-term.

Speakers
avatar for Rachid Alameh

Rachid Alameh

Technology Leader, Motorola Mobility
Rachid is a Master Innovator and Science Advisory Board Associate (SABA) -- representing the top 1% of technology leaders across Motorola Mobility. | | He holds 50 issued patents and 80+ pending patent applications with the U.S. Patent Office. He has developed several futuristic concepts and technology applications that were later adopted in the cellular industry. Most notably, he led the ultra-thin clam project, which started the iconic... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 2:30pm - 3:15pm
3 - Technical Stage

3:00pm

How Big Data Will Save the Planet
The story of big data may conjure up futuristic images of man and machine, but the lowering costs of computers, sensors, and network technologies are taking that image a step further. Now, information exchange simply between machines is becoming ever more prevalent, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs to build tools and capitalize on the need to fix the inefficiencies of machine. This panel will examine some of the potential opportunities to build energy management tools and explore the role of data as it relates to improving economic models that underpin investing strategies.

Moderators
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Erik Birkerts

COO & Executive Vice President, Clean Energy Trust
Erik directs the operational processes for Clean Energy Trust and implements new strategies and programs to further its growth. | | Erik is also the lead author of the recent California Clean Energy Fund report, Leveraging Impact Investment for Small and Mid-Size Commercial Energy Efficiency Projects.  His work has been featured in The Deal, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Daily Energy Report, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and cited... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vince Cushing

Vince Cushing

President, CTO, & Co-founder, Qcoefficient
Vince Cushing has 40 years of experience encompassing all facets of the electricity business. In addition to QCoefficient, he co-founded Clean Urban Energy, Inc. and two demand response service companies: Metropolitan Energy, LLC and EnergyConnect, Inc. | | Mr. Cushing has served on the Operating Committee of the North American Electric Reliability Council, on executive committees of regional power pools and reliability coordinating councils... Read More →
avatar for Archie Gupta

Archie Gupta

CEO, Root3 Technologies Inc.
Archie Gupta is Root3’s CEO and is responsible for product strategy, fundraising, and overall business strategy. Previously, Archie held various engineering, business development and leadership roles at Schneider Electric and ITC Holdings. | | He has won the Innovaro Strategos Award for Most Innovative Business Model and a Gallup Award for an Innovative Go-To Market Strategy for the Gallup WorldView product. | | Archie has a MS in... Read More →
avatar for Peter Scarpelli

Peter Scarpelli

VP, Global Director of Energy & Sustainability, CBRE
Pete Scarpelli joined CBRE in 2010 and is the VP, Global Director of Energy & Sustainability.  The team assists CBRE accounts and clients with identifying and implementing portfolio-wide energy reductions, cost saving and sustainable operating practices.  | | Mr. Scarpelli received GCS’s Leadership Award in 2012. Previously, he worked on Demand Response and Smart Grid strategies at Schneider Electric and RETX, a firm he... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

3:00pm

What I Learned from My Waitress
Each person has something valuable to teach, no matter what walk of life they come from. By simply listening to what people have to say, you can learn an infinite amount about the human experience and use that to make yourself a better, more capable person. Howard Tullman imparts bits of wisdom on topics such as this, along with advice on working in media, entrepreneurship, and the ups and downs of life.

Speakers
avatar for Howard Tullman

Howard Tullman

President & CEO, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
Howard A. Tullman serves as President and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy and as the Managing Partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC. | | He is also a Trustee of WTTW in Chicago and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. | | Howard was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities during the Clinton presidency. He has also served as a... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:00pm

Motorola Mobility Foundation Happy Hour: Utilizing Technology to Improve Our Communities
The Motorola Mobility Foundation’s Team4Good invites you to a Techweek Chicago happy hour, supported by Seyfarth Shaw and Kirkland & Ellis. We hope you’ll join us to connect with Illinois non-profit innovators, policymakers and others in the tech community who are building public-private partnerships to transform our education system, bolster entrepreneurship and solve community problems.


Thursday June 27, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bar Techweek

3:15pm

Nerd Out with Hadoop: A Not-So-Basic Introduction to the Platform
This to-the-point, no-frills workshop gives programmers the steps and takeaways needed to get a Hadoop database set up today. The Orbitz big data team will help development folks get over any intimidation felt towards Hadoop—and show what is possible when you become acquainted with the system. Start creating your own datasets right after the talk!

Speakers
avatar for Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

Principal Engineer, Orbitz Worldwide
Steve Hoffman is a principal engineer at Orbitz Worldwide with 30 years of software development experience.  | | Prior to Orbitz, Steve held a variety of positions at companies including Cleversafe, Motorola, G2 SwitchWorks, Zefer and Neoglyphics Media Corporation.  | | Steve holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in computer science from DePaul... Read More →
avatar for Mike Roark

Mike Roark

Principal Engineer, Orbitz Worldwide
Mike Roark is a principal engineer on the business intelligence engineering team at Orbitz Worldwide, with a particular focus on the company's use of Hadoop. | | Mike previously held roles as a solutions architect and tech lead for the retail team that designed and built the Orbitz Worldwide Global Platform web application, and as a senior engineer on the team that implemented a variety of air travel features for the Orbitz.com consumer booking... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 3:15pm - 4:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

3:30pm

TV Broadcasting: Who is Controlling the Remote?
Television broadcasting is run by an institutional, insular bunch—making it just the type of industry ripe for disruption. Discover how proponents of the cloud plan to change the television landscape forever, when the technology will be made available in a city near you, and who is trying to stop them. Live TV on the internet and unlimited DVR capabilities are realities of today.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Greenfield

Rich Greenfield

Managing Director, BTIG
Rich is Managing Director, Media and Technology analyst at BTIG since 2010 and is the co-creator of the BTIG Research blog. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Greenfield was a managing director, media analyst, covering media and cable/satellite industries at Pali Capital. | | Prior to that, he spent four years at Fulcrum Global Partners as a media analyst.   Greenfield started his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1995, where he spent eight... Read More →
avatar for Chet Kanojia

Chet Kanojia

Founder & CEO, Aereo, Inc.
Chet Kanojia is the founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., a groundbreaking online TV platform. | | Previously, Chet was the founder and CEO of Navic Networks. Under Chet’s direction, Navic Networks grew to be the undisputed industry leader in advanced television advertising. Navic Networks was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in 2008. | | Chet, who holds more than 14 patents in fields ranging from robotics to data communications systems, is... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:30pm

Brands + Startups
A three part series which culminates with the presentation of 11 pre-selected startups showcasing their marketing plans to early investors and established Chicago brands.

Thursday June 27, 2013 3:30pm - 5:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

4:00pm

The Forms of Mobile Engagement From a Technical Perspective
Today’s developers have a plethora of touchpoints that are critical in designing a holistic experience.  With every new connected device comes an opportunity to foster brand interaction across a different medium. And in order to truly engage a consumer, developers must synchronize the puzzle pieces and let each experience—whether mobile or desktop—drive which technology should be used. Responsive design is appropriate on a case by case basis, but shouldn’t be the default. The industry is slowly shifting its focus beyond the traditional swipe of a finger, to gestural response and emerging trends on an international scale. This discussion will break down the forms of engagement from a technology perspective and outline best practices for each.

Speakers
avatar for David Hewitt

David Hewitt

Vice President and Global Mobile Practice Lead, SapientNitro
David is the Global Mobile Practice Lead for SapientNitro. He has spearheaded the design of mobile applications and prototypes for emerging devices and services in addition to enterprise mobile strategy initiatives. | | Under his leadership, SapientNitro’s mobile experience team has designed and/or developed over a dozen mobile applications in the last year — three of which have placed in the top 25 list in Apple’s App... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

4:00pm

The Downloaded Era: Battle for Internet Rights
It's been 15 years since Napster launched, yet the Internet is still a highly regulated, strictly governed entity. Napster was revolutionary on all fronts: not only did it forever change the course of the music industry, it made ownership of digital content instant through downloading. The debate around how we should view the concept of intellectual property and copyright in the digital age has continued since the launch of Napster in the '90's until today. Why is file-sharing still so limited and how has it affected the world at large? This talk examines the progress in the effort for open sharing since Napster.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom

Founder, Mega
Kim Dotcom is a German born Internet entrepreneur, currently based in New Zealand.  | | He is the founder of Mega, an internet company that provides a cloud file system at your fingertips, including cross-account folder sharing for easy online collaboration. The company prides itself on providing a service that helps protect customer privacy. | | Before Mega, Kim established Megaupload in 2005. Megaupload was an online Hong... Read More →
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Alex Winter

Producer & Director, Downloaded
Alex Winter began his career as an actor on Broadway and in movies, including the BILL AND TED franchise and THE LOST BOYS. His work as a writer/director includes the hit MTV comedy series, THE IDIOT BOX; feature films FREAKED, from Twentieth Century Fox, and FEVER, an Official Selection at Cannes. Currently, Alex produced and directed Downloaded, a feature documentary about the digital revolution, including Napster co-founders Sean Parker... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

4:00pm

4:00pm

DRAFTFCB Happy Hour

Thursday June 27, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Bar Techweek

4:30pm

Last-mover Advantage: How TheLadders Seized Mobile to Disrupt a $6B Market

We all know the benefits of a first-mover advantage. However, in technology, it’s the last mover that usually wins over the long run, as demonstrated by Microsoft, Google, Instagram and Hailo. How can you enter the market late enough without getting crushed by your competition, yet not so late that the market is already closed off to new entries? Learn how TheLadders’ strategic assessment of the current job-search landscape enabled them to build and launch its  industry-disruptive native iOS mobile app, which quickly has risen to top ranks on the App Store℠ and surpassed pioneering giants including Facebook and Indeed.

 


Speakers
avatar for Alexandre Douzet

Alexandre Douzet

Founder & CEO, TheLadders
Alexandre Douzet is the Chief Executive Officer of TheLadders, the premier online job-matching service for career-driven professionals. | | He co-founded the company in 2003 and grew the member base to nearly 6 million since inception. | | Alex holds an MBA in general management from INSEAD, an MS in direct marketing from New York University, and a BS in business administration from the University of Lyon III in France.



Thursday June 27, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

4:30pm

What technology do the CIA, Google, and kCura have in common?
Latent semantic indexing—and similar analytics technologies—recognizes the conceptual content in text. By "reading" and sorting that information into multi-dimensional groups, this technology can use unstructured data to predict which pair of shoes you're looking for, identify potential criminal cells, dig up hot issues in a multi-million dollar lawsuit, and more. With the huge amounts of data being produced every day, the possibilities are almost endless.

Join kCura's Perry Marchant and Content Analyst Company’s Jeff Gilles to learn more about the nuts and bolts of text analytics and how this concept-aware technology is used to make sense of Big Data.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Gilles

Jeff Gilles

Director of the Product Solutions Group, Content Analyst Company
Jeff Gilles is the Director of the Product Solutions Group at Content Analyst Company. His team is responsible for assisting partners in realizing their vision of analytics in their own unique solutions. Having supported the CAAT product since 2008, he has come to understand the unique challenges of applying disruptive technology. He and his team have driven Content Analyst’s products, documentation, and programs forward as the adoption... Read More →
avatar for Perry Marchant

Perry Marchant

Director of Engineering, kCura
Perry Marchant is the director of engineering at kCura. He leads a team of more than 100 software engineers, contributing to product strategy and development, production support, and testing. Perry has almost two decades of experience in the software industry, working on sophisticated programs including McAffee Personal Firewall Plus and helping to solve technical programs at several Fortune 500 companies. Prior to kCura, Perry served in... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

5:00pm

Chicago .NET Meetup
Software development professionals who made Microsoft .NET their tool of choice.  The core purpose of this group is to strengthen the Chicago .NET community through knowledge sharing and networking.  Meetup topics focus on the Microsoft stack, attempting to balance basic concepts with advanced concepts.


Thursday June 27, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Techweek Event Space

5:00pm

5:30pm

If You Like Big-Data & Getting Caught in the Rain...
As consumers immerse themselves deeper into a digital lifestyle—inclusive of mobile, tablet, and desktop—it has become evermore crucial for companies to find the right tool to reach modern, diverse audiences. When you can call upon focused insights about your consumer’s tastes and needs, you drive the highest possible conversion within the lowest threshold of time investment. An abundance of user data allows brands to find creative ways to meet consumers at the inception of interest. The future of big-data is here, and all the heavy hitters—social profile interpretation, machine learning, user behavior data, middleware processing technologies, and more—will be explored in this educational talk.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Unger

Ryan Unger

Co-Founder & CTO, Punchkick Interactive
Ryan Unger is the Co-Founder and CTO of Punchkick Interactive, a full-service mobile marketing agency that has worked with more than a dozen of the Fortune 100. | | Ryan has over 15 years of experience with programming and development and has dedicated the past seven almost exclusively to emerging and mobile technologies. Unger has spearheaded mobile efforts for many well-recognized brands including Harley-Davidson and GE. | | He also has... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

5:30pm

The Billion Dollar EDM Industry: A Tribute to Its Chicago Origins
This panel pays tribute to the Midwestern origins of electronic dance music, a genre which is now an indisputable, international beast of the music industry. DJs, a software production expert, an agent, and other industry insiders examine just how far the movement has come—and where it’s headed.

Moderators
JC

John Curley

Wavefront Music Festival

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Faulds

Thomas Faulds

Central Territory Manager, Ableton
Thomas is a sound designer and percussionist based in Chicago. Aside from recording and releasing albums, he works as an independent music tech consultant, teaching the inner workings of music production tools to students and professionals alike. | | As an established private and group music teacher and active community organizer, Thomas' objective is to prepare students for participation in this evolving and exciting musical world. Thomas is... Read More →
DG

Dino Gardiakos

Director, Spybar
avatar for Orville Klein

Orville Klein

MIW DJ & EDM Production Instructor, Music Industry Workshop
Chicago native Orville Kline is NOT just another DJ. When he's not doing tag team DJ sets with Felix Da Housecat, touring with the Porn And Chicken Dance Party, or engineering indie hip-hop tracks featuring Snoop, Orville finds time to produce his own style of cutting-edge, Beatport Chart topping EDM. | | Years of studio experience engineering and producing music lead Orville to become a renowned Certified Ableton Live instructor. When he's not... Read More →
avatar for Eric Sheinkop

Eric Sheinkop

Founder, Music Dealers
After spending years advising Fortune 100 companies on sourcing the perfect music and artists for their advertising campaigns, and then somehow rapping on a McDonalds TV commercial, Eric Sheinkop saw an opportunity to revolutionize the way brands and advertisers license and use music to drive broader marketing objectives. | | In 2008, Sheinkop created Music Dealers - a global music tech company that bridges the gap between bands and brands... Read More →



Thursday June 27, 2013 5:30pm - 6:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

5:30pm

Mappy Hour - Techweek Chicago Event with Google Local Chicago and Social Media Club Chicago

Summer – time to hit the open road with your favorite tunes blaring, play tourist in our city, and plot your points along the way using the new Google Maps.

As part of +Techweek Chicago 2013, together with +Social Media Club Chicago, we invite you to learn more about Google Maps in a Mappy Happy Hour Summer Social at Google’s Skydeck Lounge. Enjoy a brief presentation to help you discover new ways to navigate the world around you with Google Maps then share your summer plans as you network the night away.



Thursday June 27, 2013 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Google Chicago Skydeck 20 W. Kinzie Street, 13th floor, Chicago, IL 60654

7:00pm

Motorola Party
Celebrate Motorola's triumphant return to the 312 with a Thursday night soiree at the Mart's South Drive. JC and the Uptown Sound will provide soulful dancing tunes as guests take in the fresh, summertime air and munch on Chicago specialty eats. 


Thursday June 27, 2013 7:00pm - 10:30pm
South Drive 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654

11:00pm

Techweek After Hours Party
A special guest DJ spins his world-renowned blend of electro-pop for a night of dancing and drinks.


Thursday June 27, 2013 11:00pm - Friday June 28, 2013 12:30am
American Junkie 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
 
Friday, June 28
 

9:00am

Chicago’s Next Incubation Frontier: Healthcare
With nearly 215 hospitals and five medical schools in the area, Chicago is a venerable hot-spot for healthcare innovation. Healthcare startups and entrepreneurs will find a deep well of resources within Chicago, and established healthcare organizations can work in tandem with burgeoning business—all to create a more efficient system. Attend this talk to find out how this nascent industry plans to disrupt traditional health practices for the better.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Fehrenbacher

Paul Fehrenbacher

President, CEO, & Co-founder, BriteSeed
Paul is President, CEO, and Co-founder of BriteSeed, a Chicago-based medical device company. | | Since winning Techweek LAUNCH 2012, BriteSeed has gone on to receive multiple local and national awards from both the healthcare and entrepreneurship communities, including the Chicago Innovation Awards selecting BriteSeed as one of Chicago’s top ten up and coming companies. | | Paul is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Cittadine

Andrew Cittadine

President & CEO, Diagnostic Photonics
Andrew Cittadine is the president and CEO of Diagnostic Photonics. Andrew has 15 years of leadership experience as a co-founder or chief executive in four medical device companies. | | He co-founded and served as CEO of American BioOptics, served as the interim CEO for SonarMed, and co-founded Sensant Corporation. | | Andrew received a BA in History and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where he was elected to Tau... Read More →
avatar for John Flavin

John Flavin

Managing Director, Flavin Ventures, LLC
John has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences field focused on entrepreneurial finance and operations. He currently manages a growing portfolio of companies that Flavin Ventures has formed or is co-developing with other venture firms in the life sciences arena. | | Mr. Flavin guest lectures regularly at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the area of entrepreneurship, commercializing innovation and... Read More →
avatar for Nina Nashif

Nina Nashif

Founder and CEO, Healthbox
Nina Nashif is Founder and CEO of Healthbox, a business accelerator created to support early-stage entrepreneurs and stimulate innovation in healthcare. | | Nina is best known for her expertise in creating entrepreneurial ventures and leading high performing teams. Her background includes fifteen years of global business experience within very different organizational settings. | | Nina has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 9:00am - 9:30am
1 - Summit Stage

9:30am

Sales 2.0: How to Sell More, Better, Faster, Yesterday
The sales profession is nearly as old as time. Does that mean it need never progress, though? Marketing automation technologies have enjoyed tremendous growth over recent years, while sales processes have stayed relatively the same. The larger role of marketing and research has lead to a new wave of sales automation technologies that layer data-driven decisioning into the sales process, making sales reps more productive. Sales 2.0 is all about changing the sales methodology, breeding more efficient and better-versed sales professionals.

Moderators
avatar for Matt Jacobson

Matt Jacobson

VP, Battery Ventures
Matt is a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he focuses on early-stage investments in Internet, software and service businesses. | | Before joining Battery Ventures, Matt served as the CEO of New York at Groupon where he grew revenues 220% for Groupon’s largest market. Prior to Groupon, Matt worked at Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a $7.7B private equity and venture capital firm, where he helped source and execute... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Bellows

Matthew Bellows

Founder & CEO, Yesware
Matthew Bellows is CEO of Yesware. He is responsible for sales, product vision and strategic direction of the company. | | As a founder of the company, Matthew brings more than 10 years of extensive sales experience to the company’s goal of helping salespeople close more deals faster.
avatar for Jim Benton

Jim Benton

Co-Founder & COO, ClearSlide
Jim Benton is the COO and co-founder of ClearSlide. He has built his career around generating revenue by translating customer needs into innovative new products. | | Prior to ClearSlide, Jim served as VP of Sales at AdBrite, where he was a founding executive and the company's fifth employee. In his first three years at AdBrite, Jim helped grow revenue from $1 million to $30 million. | | Prior to AdBrite, and following Evite's acquisition by... Read More →
avatar for Uzi Shmilovici

Uzi Shmilovici

CEO & Co-Founder, Base
Uzi Shmilovici is the CEO and co-founder of Base, a Chicago-based company that is building the next generation customer relationship management and sales tracking software. | | When he finds the time, Uzi likes to write about the future of software, and has written for TechCrunch, GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb. | | He holds a BA in Economics and Management from the Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 9:30am - 10:00am
1 - Summit Stage

10:00am

Social Coding
Speakers
avatar for PJ Hyett

PJ Hyett

Co-founder, GitHub
PJ Hyett is the founder and COO of GitHub, a social network for programmers that provides powerful collaboration, review, and code management for open source and private development projects. | | Launched in 2008, Github now has more than 3 million users and hosts more than 5 million repositories. Prior to founding GitHub, PJ worked as a software engineer at CNET and served as a partner at Err Free, LLC. He holds a BS in Computer Science.



Friday June 28, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
1 - Summit Stage

10:00am

Small Made Big: Winning the $500B+ Small Business Marketplace
Over 20 Million small businesses in the US will spend $500Bil+ on services and products this year, dwarfing many consumer segments in both size and depth. How do you effectively reach, engage, qualify and sell to this enormous yet highly fragmented marketplace? How do you do it efficiently & effectively? Learn how to think, speak, and create value compelling to small businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Derick Thompson

Derick Thompson

Co-founder, bizHive
Derick is the bizHive co-Founder, CTO & Chief Growth Hacker with over 10 years in the music industry. He believes music and making great apps are one and the same. | | He’s spent most of his tech career getting art to the internet masses, first with SalesOptima.com, GoDigital Media Group, his own company DailyDigital.com and the Content Store®, a platform for media creators to get their content onto Facebook and websites. | | He... Read More →
avatar for Dave Walker

Dave Walker

Co-founder, bizHive
Dave is the bizHive Co-Founder and Chief-Whatever-Needs-Doing-Officer. He’s built big applications and big companies devoted to investing in advertising. | | Previously he worked with Toys R Us, where he got to launch their successful re-branding, and he won Toy Industry Marketer of the Year in 2001. | | He has spent the last ten years building a portfolio of Ad Agencies that dealt in “hyper-local” marketing. This culminated... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
3 - Technical Stage

10:30am

How to Build Great Products: Design and Roadmapping
As products themselves become cheaper and cheaper, consumers are increasingly making their purchasing decisions based on design—their gut reaction to how something looks, feels, or operates. Learn what makes for good product design and roadmapping and how to apply best practices to your own business.

Speakers
avatar for Nicolette Moreno

Nicolette Moreno

Founder & Chief Product Officer, Open English
Nicolette is Founder and Chief Product Officer at Open English, the leading online English school in the Americas. Open English has raised more than USD $120 million in total capital, making it one of the largest venture capital backed education technology companies in the world. | | Nicolette has pioneered the language e-learning space through the design of innovative content and rich learning interactions between teachers and students... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 10:30am - 11:00am
1 - Summit Stage

11:00am

Welcome to Ember.js
Ember.js is the most powerful of the JavaScript MVC tools. It takes a different perspective on managing changing data in your browser. This talk will discuss the key ideas and concepts in learning and using Ember.js.

Speakers
avatar for Noel Rappin

Noel Rappin

Senior Developer & Agile Coach, Table XI
Noel Rappin is a Senior Developer and Table XI's Agile Coach. | | Noel has authored five technical books, including "Rails Test Prescriptions" and "Master Space and Time With JavaScript." Before joining Table XI, Noel spent time running internal training at Groupon, was a Senior Consultant at Obtiva and Pathfinder, and has lead teams on a variety of web development projects. | | Noel has a Ph.D. in educational technology and user-centered... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
3 - Technical Stage

11:00am

When Humor is a Serious Business
Funny or Die is now synonymous with Internet humor. How did it come to be, though? They infiltrated a yet to be created industry, shaping the way we consume comedy on the Internet. What makes their business model so successful? How do they acquire high quality content with a low budget? What does the future of Funny or Die—and Internet entertainment in general—look like?

Speakers
avatar for Dick Glover

Dick Glover

President & CEO, Funny or Die
Dick Glover is President and CEO of the award-winning Funny Or Die, comedy website and production and distribution company. | | Under Glover’s leadership, Funny Or Die has become a model for 21st century entertainment, producing content over numerous platforms and garnering millions of social media followers. | | Previously, Glover was VP of Broadcasting and New Media for NASCAR Digital Entertainment. Glover also worked at Walt Disney... Read More →
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Tom Sosnoff

Founder & CEO, tastytrade
Tom Sosnoff is a recognized online brokerage innovator and sought-after financial educator. Tom founded thinkorswim in 1999, and tastytrade in 2011. Under Tom's leadership, thinkorswim evolved into the leader in daily retail options trading, and a pioneer in investor education services. | | Tom now hosts and produces the revolutionary programming on the fastest growing financial news network tastytrade. tastytrade has over 8 hours of live daily... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
1 - Summit Stage

11:30am

Next Billion Dollar Category: Location Based Services
Moderators
avatar for Wailin Wong

Wailin Wong

Business Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Wailin Wong writes about consumer technology and the local startup scene for the Chicago Tribune’s Business section. | | Prior to joining the Tribune in 2007, she covered emerging markets and Latin American economies for Dow Jones Newswires in New York. | | She started her career as a correspondent for Dow Jones in Buenos Aires, where she lived for nearly three years without taking a single tango lesson. Wailin has a bachelor’s... Read More →

Speakers
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Jahan Khanna

Co-Founder & CTO, SideCar
Jahan Khanna is the co-founder and CTO of Sidecar, and a nationally recognized expert in transportation technology. As a University of Michigan Student, Jahan was the lead programmer on the “Magic Bus Project”, a transit application that tells passengers how long they’ll wait for the next bus. This school project became Shepherd Intelligent Systems, a transportation software company for public transit, taxi, limo, school... Read More →
avatar for Bastian Lehmann

Bastian Lehmann

Founder & CEO, Postmates
Bastian Lehman is the co-founder and CEO of Postmates, a same day urban logistics and delivery platform that enables anyone to ship any product within a city in under one hour. | | The company is headquartered in San Francisco with an additional office in London. Bastian had the original idea for Postmates while moving from Munich to London. | | Previously, he co-founded Curated.by, a real-time curating platform in London and San Francisco... Read More →
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Jeremy Smith

Co-Founder & COO, SpotHero
Jeremy Smith is the co-founder of SpotHero, allowing users to search and view available parking in and around the city of Chicago. SpotHero was born after Jeremy, in a short-time, amassed $3,500 in Chicago parking tickets. | | Jeremy previously worked as a financial analyst at Motorola. He graduated with a degree in Finance and International Business from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Friday June 28, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

Business Transformations: When Business and Technology Converge
What happens when creativity, media, and technology collide? Explosive innovation is likely to ensue, along with the breaking down of the barriers between traditional and digital media. Converging ideas from different disciplines is a key ingredient to new, fresh problem-solving. Learn how keeping up with the cutting edge inspires stronger ways of thinking.

Speakers
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Bob Lord

CEO, Razorfish
Bob Lord is the global CEO of Razorfish. In his role he oversees the global operations of Razorfish and Digitas, and sits on Publicis Groupe's P12. | | Bob holds a BS in engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. | | He serves the industry by holding a seat on the Board of Directors for the Ad Council and being an active TEDster. He is also a founding member of The Nantucket Project.
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Stefan Weitz

Senior Director of Search, Bing
Stefan Weitz is a Senior Director of Search at Microsoft. While focused on Microsoft’s product line, he works across the industry to understand search behavior, academic developments, innovations from all over, and in his role as an evangelist for Search, gathers and distills feedback to drive product improvements. | | Prior to Search, Stefan led the strategy to develop the next generation MSN portal platform and Microsoft’s muni... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

Digital Art: From Easels to Pixels
Art infilitrates everyday life, and every surface, object, or open space is fair game for medium. See how artists are incorporating technology into their work, whether as a means to an end or as the finished product itself. These people are innovating on what it means to be a traditional artist and the burgeoning interest in creating art meant to be consumed in digital form.

Speakers
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Tom Burtonwood

Artist/3D Printing Evangelist
Tom Burtonwood is a Chicago artist and educator. He teaches at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Burtonwood was a founding member of “The 3D Printer Experience” a hybrid makerspace / retail store in Chicago. | | Burtonwood has demonstrated 3D printing and scanning at Expo Chicago, Chicago Ideas Week, the Southside Hub of Production, and many more. In 2012 he participated in the Makerbot MET#3D... Read More →
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Mike Nudelman

Artist/Designer
Mike is an artist and designer who creates drawings for gallery exhibition and digital graphics for the web. | An amateur futurist and compulsive craftsman, Mike's work is a meditation on the lenses through which we view the world.  
avatar for JC Steinbrunner

JC Steinbrunner

Founder, The Salon Series
JC Steinbrunner is a painter and founder of The Salon Series, a discussion-based curatorial project that emphasizes participation between guests and artists to explore meaning, context and craft of new work. | | He is also the editor of Chicago Artists Resource, a professional development website for creatives that educates and empowers artists to be entrepreneurs. | | Prior to this, Steinbrunner was a digital creative director in the... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

12:00pm

Miller Time Movie Maker
The Internet is huge in its scope, and can be overwhelming to navigate. So much to see, so much to do—yet you don’t want to compromise quality time spent with your friends and family. The Miller Time Movie Maker bridges the gap between hanging out with friends virtually and in real life. By leveraging Facebook’s Open Graph API, Stupeflix, and Knockout.js, Miller Lite makes it possible for groups of friends to make their nights out live forever. The social content of each person in a group of friends is aggregated to create one cohesive video, detailing their night out together from various perspectives. In this way, Miller Lite turns the giant Internet whittled down into a private movie studio for groups of friends.

Speakers
avatar for Blair Douglass

Blair Douglass

Senior Software Engineer, Digitas
Blair is a senior software engineer at Digitas and one of the technical leads for the MillerCoors account. She is a multi faceted software engineer working in front-end and back-end development. | | Blair specializes in navigating the ever-changing environment of human-computer interactions in order to develop innovated ways of interacting with digital content. She has a B.A. in Interactive Multimedia from Columbia College Chicago and is... Read More →
avatar for Rob Hayashida

Rob Hayashida

Associate Director, Digitas
Rob leads technology management at Digitas, developing technology that supports all agency marketing initiatives for MillerCoors. He also spearheads tech strategy and tech project management. | | Prior to MillerCoors, Rob worked with Sprint, Kaiser Permanente, Harley-Davidson, Proctor & Gamble and Silk. Beyond Digitas, Rob’s technology management experience extends across a range of clients including Oprah.com, RandMcNally.com... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

12:00pm

Startup City
Over 70 pre-qualified startups demo their products and services in Startup City for a chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes. Guest judges (featuring a panel of venture capitalists and influential technology figures) and Techweek attendees will observe each demo to determine who has what it takes.

Friday June 28, 2013 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Expo Hall

12:30pm

How to Turn Tweets into $$$
How does social media affect your bottom line? Industry experts explain the power of social media and methods for leveraging data to increase your online likability.

Moderators
avatar for Blagica Bottigliero

Blagica Bottigliero

Founder, Zlato Digital LLC
Blagica Bottigliero’s career spans all aspects of digital media. Prior to Zlato Digital, she was the global director of social media for Motorola Mobility, where her work was recognized by Crain's Chicago Business for being one of the Top 10 Chicago companies 'doing social media right'. | | Blagica's hands on experience with new media led her to receiving an Emmy for her work with NBC5 Chicago. She also launched and self-funded two... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brad Burke

Brad Burke

CTO, Networked Insights
At Networked Insights, Brad Burke aligns technology vision with business strategy, leading the development of technology that provides business value to brands and marketers. Brad oversees all aspects of Networked Insights innovation, from idea to end product.  Brad has more than 15 years of technology development and a proven record delivering results for data-centric companies. Previously, he served as CTO of The Patent Board, where he... Read More →
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Justyn Howard

Founder & CEO, Sprout Social
Justyn Howard is the founder and CEO of Sprout Social. Founded in 2010, Sprout Social provides innovative tools that help businesses more effectively manage their social media and social care efforts. | | Prior to Sprout Social, Justyn was a sales leader in the enterprise software space and has written two books on the subject of leveraging technology to impact sales. | | A leader in Chicago’s tech space, he has been honored in... Read More →
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Rick Murray

President, Edelman Chicago
Rick leads the Chicago office of the largest PR operation in the Midwest. He provides strategic and creative counsel to a multitude of global accounts. He served as GM of the Diversified Services unit and president of Edelman Digital. Areas of expertise include brand positioning, digital marketing, social business strategy, integrated communications and influencer engagement.  He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the... Read More →
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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
Natalia Oberti Noguera is Founder and CEO of the Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists. The Pipeline Fellowship works to increase diversity in the U.S. angel investing community and creates capital for women social entrepreneurs. | | She holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. Women’s eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

12:30pm

Cease and Desist: When the Government Gets in the Way of Your Startup
When it comes to new technologies, it’s nearly impossible to predict what the government will rule as out-of-bounds. Nonetheless, there are graceful ways to handle them once they come knocking at your door. This talk will cover how to emerge unscathed from the tricky legal landscapes that have bloomed out of the technological revolution.  

Moderators
avatar for Wailin Wong

Wailin Wong

Business Reporter, Chicago Tribune
Wailin Wong writes about consumer technology and the local startup scene for the Chicago Tribune’s Business section. | | Prior to joining the Tribune in 2007, she covered emerging markets and Latin American economies for Dow Jones Newswires in New York. | | She started her career as a correspondent for Dow Jones in Buenos Aires, where she lived for nearly three years without taking a single tango lesson. Wailin has a bachelor’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jay Bregman

Jay Bregman

Founder & CEO, Hailo
Jay Bregman is the Founder & CEO of Hailo, a network that matches passengers and licensed taxi drivers using a tool which helps to make cabbies’ days more sociable and profitable. | | Hailo has raised $50M in investment from an all-star cast of investors including Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners, Wellington Partners, Atomico Ventures, Richard Branson and KDDI. | | He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MSc from the London... Read More →
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Alex Mittal

Co-Founder & CEO, FundersClub
Alex Mittal is CEO and co-founder of FundersClub, the world's first online venture capital platform. Prior to starting FundersClub, Alex founded Innova Dynamics and Crederity, where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. | | Alex was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Technology category (2012), Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2012), BusinessWeek's America's Best Young Entrepreneurs list (2010... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:30pm

Executive Compensation: Early Stage Technology Companies
Startups have come to represent high-reward, hard work environments—they are notoriously lean on funds, so compensation can become a tricky juggling act of varied incentives. Learn how to develop a compensation strategy, incorporating base salary, bonuses, and long-term equity plans. Planning ahead ensures your employees feel valued and committed to your company's mission. Alternately, severance and regulatory issues can be equally tricky to navigate and should be considered early on in a startup's evolution.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Ziemba

Tom Ziemba

Senior Director, BDO
Tom Ziemba, Ph.D., is a Senior Director in BDO’s Strategic Services practice in Chicago and a member of the technology practice. | | He has over 20 years of consulting and corporate experience with companies across all industry segments. He assists clients in building governance, long-term strategies, leadership, and executive compensation programs that align with long-term business goals. | | Tom has advised CEOs, Boards, and executive... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

1:00pm

The Sharing Economy: P2P Everything
Despite all the bells and whistles, the best technology, at its core, taps into a simple, human need. Peers Incorporated is an emerging organizational construct, capable of bringing communities together while still benefitting business. Companies such as carpooling.com, Etsy, and Buzzcar operate on the idea that we make better use of resources when individuals and small businesses work in tandem. This type of collaboration facilitates the best of both worlds, rendering innovation and progress all but inevitable.


Speakers
avatar for Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Founder & CEO, Buzzcar
Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. | | Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. | | Robin has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

1:00pm

Social Biz Tech: The Crossroads of Commerce
As of May 2013, Facebook averages 1.11 billion monthly active users, of which 751 million accessed the site primarily on their mobile device (roughly 67 percent); a 54 percent increase year over year. This growth in monthly mobile active users can be a major benefit to businesses both big and small; what new and existing technologies will play a critical role in capitalizing on this opportunity? Jay Hawkinson of SIM Partners will discuss the intersection of business, technology and social media and how they’ve become intricately linked.

Speakers
avatar for Jay Hawkinson

Jay Hawkinson

Partner, SIM Partners
Jay is an interactive marketing professional with 20 years of sales, marketing and merchandising experience including more than 12 years focused on organic search optimization, paid search advertising, local search, mobile and social media. | | Jay currently oversees mobile, social media and emerging technology at SIM Partners, including SoLoMo integration through Velocity. SIM Partners’ Velocity platform, a software-as-a-service... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:00pm

Chamber of Commerce Meetup

The primary role of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing our members’ success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits and services, and actionable information.

Serving as “The Voice of Business” since 1904, the Chamber leads aggressive public policy and business growth initiatives and we create meaningful events and programs to inform, engage, and connect our members to each other and the community.



Friday June 28, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Techweek Event Space

1:30pm

Designing on a Dime: Lightweight, Low Cost, UX Design
Learn about lightweight and low-cost methods and tools for user research and usability testing for mobile software development. A group of expert panelists represent a variety of industries and team structures, from digital agencies to corporate UX to startups. Panelists will share their real-world experiences with fast, iterative testing methods and will leave behind a list of low-cost tools you can start to use today to add UX research to your mobile product development lifecycle.

Speakers
avatar for Will Hacker

Will Hacker

Senior User Experience Architect, Cars.com
Will Hacker is a Senior User Experience Architect at Cars.com, where he focuses on UX design and usability for the mobile web. | | He's previously designed experiences at OfficeMax, TransUnion, and GE Capital Real Estate. Will has written about mobile design topics for Smashing Magazine and UX Booth. | | He holds a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University.  
avatar for Golli Hashemian

Golli Hashemian

Director of User Experience, GiveForward
Golli is the Director of User Experience at GiveForward, where she gets to help people raise money online for their loved ones in need. | | She is a co-founder of DUXX: Women of Design & UX and a design mentor and team advisor at the Starter League. Her experience includes designing and developing web and mobile applications for companies like Accenture and IBM. | | She believes a user-centered design process can be applied to solve any... Read More →
avatar for Dan LeBoeuf

Dan LeBoeuf

Senior Experience Architect, Critical Mass
As a Senior Experience Architect at Critical Mass, Dan LeBoeuf specializes in the mobile user experience. | | He leads in the creation of native mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, as well as the development of web applications for device-agnostic solutions. | | Dan’s background is a hybrid of design and development, and his passion is constructing mobile prototypes and testing them with users. 
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Marina Lin

Interaction Designer, Cars.com
Marina Lin is an Interaction Designer for Mobile Apps at Cars.com. She is also the co-founder of SerenadeMe, a custom song start-up based in Chicago. | | She has recently contributed a chapter to the textbook "Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Narrating Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication." Her work has also appeared in Boxes and Arrows, User Experience Magazine, and Business Communication Quarterly.
avatar for Nikola Ranguelov

Nikola Ranguelov

Senior User Experience Architect Lead, Wrapports
Nikola Ranguelov is a Senior User Experience Architect Lead at Wrapports / Chicago Sun-Times / Aggrego, and the IxDA Chicago chapter local leader. | | He has a passion for engaging users and ensuring that their voices are heard throughout the organization as well as their feedback to successfully influences design to deliver truly user-centric products. | | Nikola attended DePaul University in Chicago, and he loves technology and fast cars.


Friday June 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

1:30pm

Ideas for Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
A broad look and discussion about creating entreprenurial environments conducive to innovation, productivity, and growth. Expect to hear insights from Benjamin Dyett of Grind, Anthony Hughes of Jumpstart, and Max Chopvsky from Creative Spaces about what elements to incorporate in a space to make it an enjoyable place to work.

Speakers
avatar for Max Chopovsky

Max Chopovsky

Founder, Chicago Creative Space
Max Chopovsky is a Director with Cushman & Wakefield and the Founder of Chicago Creative Space, an online community showcasing the most innovative office spaces and company cultures in Chicago through creative videos. | | In the four months since its founding, CCS has had over 6,000 visitors from 65 countries and has filmed at many of Chicago’s most notable companies, including Google, Groupon, Threadless, Braintree, Centro, and... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Dyett

Benjamin Dyett

Co-Founder, Grind
Benjamin co-founded Grind, a platform for working in a whole new way, outside the system. Built for free-range humans who carry their offices in their backpacks, Grind is the antidote to everything you knew about work. | | Throughout his career, Benjamin has founded, funded, operated and advised successful start-ups. He has long experience in real estate and corporate law, has represented financial institutions and prominent businesspeople... Read More →
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Anthony Hughes

Director, JumpStart Mentoring Program
Since 2011, Anthony has served as the leader of Jumpstart’s Mentoring Program, an initiative he founded in partnership with MIT’s successful Venture Mentoring Service. The program boasts a pool of 40 of Northeast Ohio’s top entrepreneurs and executives as volunteer mentors who work in teams with the region’s most promising technology startups in Healthcare, Advanced Materials, Clean Tech and Software. | | Today... Read More →
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Mike Langellier

President & CEO, TechPoint
Mike serves as president and CEO of TechPoint, Indiana’s technology growth initiative. TechPoint is focused on efforts that lead the state into a next generation economy. In 2010, Langellier cofounded MyJibe, a personal finance and banking software company. He sold the company in November 2011 and served as vice president of strategic partnerships with acquirer MoneyDesktop. Langellier is a DePauw University graduate and a past fellow in... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:30pm

Getting the Government's Blessing: Entering New Markets
There is a certain thrill to traveling abroad. Do it for pleasure, and you are exposed to new cultures. Do it for business, and you open yourself to an entirely new market, full of new possibility. While international expansion is undoubtedly exciting, it helps to know how to go about it, especially when it comes to government regulations. Learn from the government officials just what you need to know to make it big abroad.

Speakers
avatar for Lee A. Feinstein

Lee A. Feinstein

Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland, U.S. Department of State
Lee Feinstein serves as Senior Director at McLarty Associates, where he offers counsel to clients on matters involving Europe and Eurasia. | | Over the past 20 years, Ambassador Feinstein has held a number of senior positions at the Departments of State and Defense, and on the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. | | He was awarded the Commanders Cross of Merit with Star for his service by Polish President Bronislaw... Read More →
avatar for Adam Wilczewski

Adam Wilczewski

Chief of Staff, International Trade Administration
Adam Wilczewski is the Chief of Staff at the International Trade Administration. | | A bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, ITA’s mission is to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of trade laws and agreements. | | Before joining ITA, Adam served as Deputy Political Director for the Obama for America Campaign in Florida. Adam... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:00pm

One on One with Michigan Avenue

Though the high-end luxury industry has been slow to adopt technological advances, a few key players saw the unfilled space as an opportunity—and are now shaking up the industry. These innovators have successfully brought high-end luxury online. Sit down with Michigan Avenue Magazine and AHALife to hear more about this budding market.



Moderators
avatar for J.P. Anderson

J.P. Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Avenue Magazine
J.P. Anderson is the editor-in-chief of Michigan Avenue magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication celebrating its 5th year in 2013 that chronicles the fashion, culture, dining, and society scenes that make Chicago a world-class city. A graduate of Harvard University, Anderson is a former travel writer for the Let's Go, Rough Guide, and Eyewitness guides and was previously the Chicago dining editor for Citysearch.com and the worldwide editorial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tejpaul Bhatia

Tejpaul Bhatia

VP, Business Development & Marketing, AHAlife
Tejpaul Bhatia is the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at AHAlife. AHAlife.com connects the best the world has to offer to the most discerning individuals from around the globe inspiring visitors to lead a conscious and inspired life. The mission was to build a sustainable platform celebrating, cherishing and protecting creativity.   | | As founder of Kaptur, a patent pending mobile and web technology that... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:00pm

Northern Ireland - Partnership of Talent & Technology
The economic recovery across the western world remains fragile but a growing number of high-tech companies are turning to Northern Ireland for their talent and technology development.  Find out why companies like Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Allstate, Olenick, Vello Systems, Merchant Warehouse, Cybersource decided to locate software development and engineering centers in Northern Ireland.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Hanley

Gary Hanley

SVP of the Americas, Invest Northern Ireland
Gary is the head of American operations for Invest Northern Ireland, a branch of the UK government responsible for growing the economy of Northern Ireland. In 2009, he was honored in New York by Belfast Media Group’s US publication The Irish Echo as one of its Top 40 under 40.  In addition, he has been named to the Irish-American Magazine Top 100 Business Leaders. Gary holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

2:00pm

Techweek Lab Coat Series: SEO
In 25 minutes, learn how to land your site on the first page of Google.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Payne

Brent Payne

CEO, Loud Interactive
Brent started doing ‘SEO’ before it was even called ‘SEO’. He’s an internet marketer with over a decade of experience. He cut his teeth in online marketing as a vendor for Amazon.com where he became Amazon’s second largest electronics vendor by driving demand to Amazon from search engines. | | He began consulting full-time in 2011 with the advent of BaldSEO.com. His success necessitated the expansion of the... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

2:30pm

Entertainment for the Masses: Speaking to Millions

Sure, you’ve got something to say—but do you have anyone willing to listen? It takes time, a bit of luck, and hard work to grow your reader base. Bottom line: the quality of your content matters, take it from industry players who have successfully grown their daily visitor counts into the millions. In this fireside chat, they share how to hook readers in and turn them into evangelists for your brand.




Speakers
avatar for Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat

Filmmaker
Casey Neistat is a filmmaker living New York City. He writes directs and stars in the HBO series The Neistat Brothers. | | Casey is also a prolific YouTube Filmmaker with over 23 million views.
avatar for Emerson Spartz

Emerson Spartz

Founder & CEO, Spartz Media
Emerson Spartz is one of the world's leading experts on internet virality and has been featured in major media including the Wall Street Journal, CBS Evening News, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.  | | As the CEO of Spartz Inc, he runs one of the fastest-growing digital media publishers with 160 million page views per month. The Spartz Media Network of eighteen websites includes OMG Facts, GivesMeHope, and SmartphOWNED. | | At the age of 12... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:30pm

Techweek Lab Coat Series: Social Engagement
In 25 minutes, improve your social engagement on your site to drive sales.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Reilly

Sarah Reilly

VP of Sales, Blueye
Sarah is VP of Sales at Blueye, a Chicago based Social Technology company with a platform to help brands build and measure social loyalty programs and promotions that tie back to ROI. | | Previously, Sarah was a Director of Sales at Thismoment, a global cloud based CMS for brand engagement, and she held previous positions at Vibrant Media and Salesforce.com. She is passionate about helping brands achieve marketing objectives with an... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Taylor

Rachel Taylor

Founder & CEO, Convometrics
Rachel Taylor is the founder and CEO of Convometrics, a Chicago-based social media marketing agency. Taylor leads a team of strategists that build innovative social media campaigns which get people talking and are always tied to metrics; thus the name Convometrics. | | Rachel has experience working with a wide cross-section of industries including technology, consumer goods, energy, education, non-profit, retail, food and beverage, and... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

3:00pm

Seeing the World Through Software Eyes
Underneath the surface of our daily lives, thousands of tiny, solvable problems persist. You either can’t find a cab or perhaps you’re a business owner who needs to alert a customer of a package delivery. Software—and the people who create it—tackles a growing realm of everyday issues through impassioned discovery and invention. Software people are thinkers, and they are the fuel behind the apps, programs, and systems that will continue to change the world.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lawson

Jeff Lawson

CEO & Co-Founder, Twilio
Jeff Lawson is the CEO and a co-founder of Twilio, a cloud communications company that is reinventing telecom by merging the worlds of cloud computing, web services and telecommunications. | | Jeff brings over 15 years of entrepreneurial and product experience to the team. Before Twilio, Jeff served as a Product Manager at Amazon Web Services, and has held founding executive roles for NineStar, Stubhub.com, and Versity.com. | | He earned... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:00pm

Techweek Lab Coat Series: Mobile Prototyping
Mobile applications require massive amounts of usability testing and incremental design - nowhere is rapid prototyping more important. In 25 minutes, explore the best tools to quickly create functional prototypes that you can demo with your customers.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Rickmeier

Mark Rickmeier

Chief Operating Officer, Table XI
As Table XI’s COO, Mark leads the company’s internal operations and delivery practices. | | Aside from Table XI, Mark has gotten involved in several local philanthropies and nonprofits. He launched the local community “Ravenswood Outdoor Movie Nights” for families in Chicago, serves as a strategic advisor for the nonprofit Kids in Danger, and volunteers time with the Neighborhood Parents Network. | | He is a graduate... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

3:00pm

All Play and No Work Makes a Tablet a Dull Toy: Building Great Mobile Productivity Apps
Ah, tablets: such shiny, fun toys. You can play Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and FaceTime with friends. What's not to love, right? But what about when you actually need to get something done? Are they any good beyond a few fun games? Find out how Branchfire and iAnnotate are bringing productivity tools to mobile apps and tablets.

Speakers
avatar for Talha F Basit

Talha F Basit

VP of Business Development, Branchfire
Talha F Basit heads the business development efforts at Branchfire. | | In previous tenures at Apple and numerous Bay Area start-ups he led engineering efforts to democratize filmmaking with iMovie, create cross-platform tools for Hollywood and develop new enterprise mobile products. | | Talha likes to live in a future where all of his devices speak to each other and can often be seen speaking into his iPhone to turn lights on in his house... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Callahan

Matthew Callahan

Product Manager, Branchfire
Matthew Callahan is a Product Manager at Branchfire, plying his trade in Chicago's West Loop. He loves to work on products that help other people work. | | Beyond that he enjoys browsing the app store, cooking, reading science fiction, and ruminating on the relationship between product management and the social sciences.



Friday June 28, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

3:00pm

3:30pm

What Does the Future of Gaming Look Like?
Speakers
avatar for Brian Eddy

Brian Eddy

President & CCO, Spooky Cool Labs
Brian Eddy is the President and CCO of Spooky Cool Labs a developer of premium social and mobile games including the immense free to play builder Wizard of Oz game available on Facebook and Mobile. | | Previously, he was an executive producer and director with Midway Games, where he designed several of the most popular and influential pinball machines of the 1990s, including Attack from Mars and Medieval Madness. | | He is also the author of... Read More →
avatar for David Kaye

David Kaye

Founder, Gaming Insiders
David has been building games since high school. He started his career as a game designer and co-founder at Iron Realms Entertainment. | | He has since played founding roles at companies across the online, mobile and social gaming sectors. Today, David runs Gaming Insiders, a private community for the entrepreneurs and executives who are building the new games industry. | | David is a native Londoner and holds a degree in English Language and... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

3:30pm

The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship
How can we use data to make the world a better place? How will the next generation of data scientists be trained to take on projects with real-world impacts in energy, healthcare, public safety, education, transportation and other sectors? The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship is a new University of Chicago program where 36 aspiring data scientists work on machine learning and data science projects with social impact.  For three months in Chicago, they'll work closely with governments and non-profits, apply their computer science and analytics skills, and learn from mentors with experience in industry, academia and the Obama campaign.  Rayid Ghani, former Chief Data Scientist for the Obama 2012 campaign and leader of the fellowship, will describe the program's mission and execution.

Speakers
avatar for Rayid Ghani

Rayid Ghani

Chief Data Scientist, Obama For America
Rayid Ghani is interested in using data and analytics for high impact social good problems in education, healthcare, energy, transportation, and public safety. Ghani served as Chief Data Scientist for the 2012 Obama campaign, and before that was Senior Research Scientist and Director of Analytics at Accenture Labs. | | He is currently with the University of Chicago, working with the Computation Institute's Urban Center for Computation... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

4:00pm

4:00pm

Techweek LAUNCH Judging
1. Over 70 startups will exhibit in Startup City (inside the Expo hall) on Friday, June 28.

2. A panel of judges will select the Top 4 startups to pitch on our main stage.

3. One (1) startup will be selected by our attendees as the “People’s Choice” nominee.

4. The Final Five will give a round of pitches and perform a Q&A on our main stage.

5. The winning startup will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Henikoff

Troy Henikoff

Managing Director, TechStars Chicago
Troy was the CEO and Co-founder of Excelerate which became TechStars Chicago in 2013. | | Additionally he helps manage the FireStarter Fund, teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University, is a Faculty Coach for University of Chicago / Booth’s New Venture Challenge, is on the board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and an advisor to Hyde Park Angels. | | His last 25 years have been spent starting, running and advising early... Read More →
avatar for Noah Knauf

Noah Knauf

Principal, Warburg Pincus LLC
Noah J. Knauf is an investment professional at Warburg Pincus, where he is a member of the Healthcare Group and is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Noah focuses on investments in medical technology, biopharmaceuticals, and healthcare services. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, Noah worked as an investment professional at Parthenon Capital, a middle market private equity firm and as a consultant at Bain & Company... Read More →
avatar for Chuck Templeton

Chuck Templeton

Managing Director, Impact Engine
Chuck Templeton is passionate about emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. | | He has been involved with over two-dozen startups as an investor, board member, or adviser, but spends the majority of his time helping impact companies as the Managing Director of Impact Engine, a 16-week accelerator program that supports for-profit businesses addressing... Read More →



Friday June 28, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

4:00pm

Aereo Happy Hour
Friday June 28, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Bar Techweek

5:00pm

1871 Meetup

The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city.

Their innovations – born of passion and practical ingenuity – shaped not just Chicago, but the modern world.

What started 140 years ago continues to this day.

Chicago’s brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies, disrupting old business models, and resetting the boundaries of what’s possible.

If that sounds like you, join us.

Come to a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.

Welcome to 1871.



Friday June 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Techweek Event Space

5:00pm

How the Second City Can Become the First City of Fashion
Take the tech from the West and the high-end fashion from the East and meet somewhere in the middle. Where do you end up? Chicago, of course. Combining the best of both coasts, a slew of Chicago startups are leading the pack in terms of the merging of high-tech and high-fashion.

Moderators
avatar for Tyler Spalding

Tyler Spalding

Co-founder, StyleSeek.com
Tyler Spalding is a co-founder of the Chicago-based StyleSeek.com, a platform for personalized e-commerce.  | | He was previously an Aerospace Engineering faculty member at two major universities, an engineer for the NASA Space Shuttle Program, and a 2-time e-commerce entrepreneur.  | | Tyler holds an MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from MIT Sloan. 

Speakers
avatar for Liz Kammel

Liz Kammel

Founder, ZipFit Inc.
Liz Kammel founded ZipFit Inc. in 2011 with co-founder Seth Pychewicz. The company has stores in the Chicagoland area, an e-commerce platform, and licenses its fit technology to apparel brands. Prior to starting ZipFit, Liz worked for her family's startup in air pollution control and at Mercer in the Human Capital group. | | She obtained her undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Economics and Italian from Emory and graduated Phi Beta... Read More →
avatar for Cecelia Myers

Cecelia Myers

Co-founder, Cakestyle
Cecelia Myers is the Co-founder and COO of CakeStyle, a personal styling service for women that delivers a box of handpicked clothing and accessories to customers. | | Founded in 2011, CakeStyle is based in Chicago and is funded by Sandbox Industries. Cecelia was inspired to start CakeStyle after hearing from busy friends’ and colleague’s frustrations about shopping and style. | | She has worked on a variety of consumer technology... Read More →
avatar for Liz Salcedo

Liz Salcedo

Founder & CEO, Everpurse
Liz Salcedo is the founder and CEO of Everpurse, a fashionable, tech solution that provides long-lasting battery life to mobile phones for women on the go. | | Liz’s mission is for every purse to be an Everpurse and she works daily towards the goal of providing a functional and fashionable solution to women around the world. | | She was recently included in Crain’s Chicago Business’s list of the top “20 in their... Read More →


Friday June 28, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

5:00pm

6:00pm

Food Truck Face Off
Friday June 28, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
South Drive 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654

6:00pm

The Onion Happy Hour
An exclusive peek into The Onion's new Chicago headquarters will give you a glimpse into the hard work behind all the funny. Guests pose for photo-ops for a chance to be featured in The Onion. 


Friday June 28, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Onion 730 N Franklin St Chicago, IL 60654

6:00pm

Official LAUNCH After Party presented by Fueled
Inside the posh NV Penthouse, DJ John Grammatis provides the beats as bartenders keep glasses full during the open bar from 6 to 8 PM.  Don't forget to take in unbeatable views of the Chicago skyline on the expansive terrace.


Friday June 28, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
NV Penthouse 116 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

8:00pm

Yappem Rewards Party

Yappem hosts a night of all-American fun at American Junkie. Amidst the sprawling space, party goers can play games for prizes and enjoy a craft cocktail or a glass of American Junkie's own private label wine. 


Friday June 28, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
American Junkie 15 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

9:00pm

2nd Annual Bootlegger's Ball
Join us for a night of prohibition-era glamour at the 2nd annual Bootleggers Ball.
Zip up your slinkiest flapper dress or snap on your most colorful pair of suspenders and meet us at Cuvée—we’ll be dancing and sipping classic cocktails well into the A.M

 


Friday June 28, 2013 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Cuvee Chicago 308 W Erie St Chicago, IL 60654
 
Saturday, June 29
 

10:00am

Bitcoin for Beginners: The Currency of Change
Though the topic of much conversation, the implications of Bitcoin are hard to grasp. Come hear industry leaders’ takes on what a universal currency would do to the marketplace—and whether or not they think there is lasting value in the entire concept. 

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Gallippi

Anthony Gallippi

Co-founder & CEO, BitPay
Anthony Gallippi is the co-founder and CEO of BitPay, an automated payment processing system for the bitcoin currency. Anthony is involved in all of the day-to-day operations of BitPay including new business development, marketing, and customer service. | | Bitcoin is a new financial technology, invented in 2009 as the first peer-to-peer digital currency. Using bitcoin, it is possible to send money like an email to anyone, anytime, anywhere... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Shrem

Charlie Shrem

Vice Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation
Charlie is co-founder and CEO of Bitinstant, the leading financial integration service of the international, open-source Bitcoin payment network. He leveraged his position in both the old banking world and new alternative currency world to help pave the way for the Bitcoin economy to emerge in early 2011. | | Known in the Bitcoin and old hacker communities as “Yankee,” Charlie is also a founding member and current Vice Chairman of... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 10:00am - 10:30am
1 - Summit Stage

10:30am

The Business of Meaningful Relationships: Perils & Opportunities
The underlying foundation of every successful company is not profit margins or productivity stats—it’s well-maintained relationships. In the Internet Age, communication pathways are kept constantly open, yet the Internet can prove distracting and overwhelming in its scope. Consolidation is key. Hence, tools that manage relationships are essential for the health of your company. Learn how to manage your relationships and deal with people more effectively during this session.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Muhney

Mike Muhney

CEO & Co-Founder, VIPorbit Software
Mike is the Co-Founder and Co-Creator of ACT!, the product that originally created the entire Contact Management category and industry globally. | | Today, Mike is the inventor, CEO & Co-Founder of VIPorbit, a funded software startup company focused on relationship-centric mobile device users wanting robust and seamlessly integrated Mobile Relationship Management capabilities, the category that VIPorbit has created. | | Mike is also... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 10:30am - 11:00am
3 - Technical Stage

10:30am

Financial Management for the Facebook Generation
The words "wealth management" might as well be a foreign language to most 20 somethings. Too often, it's not until well into our 30s—or later—that we begin to consider the value of putting our money into the market. That's all changing, however, as software-based investment management services begin to fill the online space and do away with old notions of investment bankers. Find out how these startups are targeting a younger crowd, teaching them that money management really does pay off in the long run.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Carroll

Daniel Carroll

Founder & CSO, WealthFront
Daniel Carroll is Wealthfront’s founder and Chief Strategy Officer. Daniel founded Wealthfront upon realizing the mass need for honest, inexpensive investment management. | | An investor at a young age, Daniel went on to work in fixed income at financial research firm FactSet. His passion and experience ultimately blossomed into the disruptive model that Wealthfront brings to the personal investment industry today. | | Daniel holds a BS... Read More →
avatar for Carol Roth

Carol Roth

Co-producer, WGN Radio
Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. | | She is currently an on-air contributor for the national cable television station CNBC, the preeminent name in business news, and the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 10:30am - 11:00am
1 - Summit Stage

11:00am

Surfing the NoSQL Clouds
This talk touches on several technical questions surrounding NoSQL storage systems and cloud computing. Why is cloud computing popular? Is it really new? What does NoSQL mean? Where is the cutting edge of NoSQL research today? What are consistency models and why are they so important to NoSQL systems? 

Speakers
avatar for Indranil Gupta

Indranil Gupta

Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Indranil Gupta (Indy) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He leads the Distributed Protocols Research Group, which works on large-scale distributed systems with a focus on cloud computing and datacenter systems. | | Indy has worked in Google, Microsoft Research, and IBM Research. He received his NSF CAREER award in 2005, and numerous awards backed by industry. Indy received his PhD... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
3 - Technical Stage

11:00am

What Does It Take? Getting to the Next Level with Tom Sosnoff
Tom Sosnoff, an innovator of the online brokerage sector, shares his insights on avoiding mediocrity through concentrated, quantifiable decision-making. Learn how to normalize standard deviation to make better business choices, spend your money smartly, and set realistic expectations for marketing campaigns.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Sosnoff

Tom Sosnoff

Founder & CEO, tastytrade
Tom Sosnoff is a recognized online brokerage innovator and sought-after financial educator. Tom founded thinkorswim in 1999, and tastytrade in 2011. Under Tom's leadership, thinkorswim evolved into the leader in daily retail options trading, and a pioneer in investor education services. | | Tom now hosts and produces the revolutionary programming on the fastest growing financial news network tastytrade. tastytrade has over 8 hours of live daily... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 11:00am - 11:30am
1 - Summit Stage

11:30am

Sell Your Sawdust
This expert panel will explore the idea of turning your "by-products" into income generating goods and services. It will ponder actionable mechanisms that technology professionals can use to identify and package their by-products, discarded ideas, talent pool and overall thoughts into revenue generating products.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Burkhart

Brian Burkhart

President, SquarePlanet Presentations
Based on principles found in science and psychology, Brian and his team at SquarePlanet help individuals and organizations connect with audiences at a deeper level, with real authenticity, to drive growth. Brian is a reoccurring guest lecturer at Northwestern University's "NUvention" program, a multi-disciplined masters program which includes the law, medical, engineer, marketing and finance departments.  | | Active in the midwest's... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bashkin

Julie Bashkin

Founder, KLUTCHclub
Julie Bashkin founded KLUTCHclub to solve a problem. As an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company’s Chicago office, she was on a perpetual quest to find products that would make eating healthy food and exercising on the go more convenient. | | Bashkin envisioned a box of curated, healthy products that would magically appear at her door. Because that idealized option didn’t exist, she set out to create it. KLUTCHclub is a new... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Passley

Brandon Passley

Co-Founder, Mobile Makers Academy
Brandon is the Co-founder and "Chief Maker" of the Mobile Makers Academy, an immersive, hands-on training program focused solely on mobile technologies. He is also the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Vokal Interactive, the one-stop mobile development shop for big brands, startups, and everything in between. | | Previously, Brandon was a partner and the VP of Engineering for ArtistData, where he built the platform that led to a... Read More →
avatar for Tomer Yogev

Tomer Yogev

President, DyMynd
Tomer is a serial entrepreneur, with his most recent venture, DyMynd, a firm focusing on psychology and finance, representing his sixth startup. Tomer has his MBA from The University of Chicago and his BA from Northwestern. However, Tomer remains confident that he has learned far more from his mistakes and failures than he has, or ever will learn from the classroom or his successes. Initially a technologist, Tomer began his career in training and... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 11:30am - 12:00am
3 - Technical Stage

11:30am

What is the Future of Blogging?
In this session, Matt and Stefan will sit down to discuss the future of blogging in a fragmented, social media crazed world. They will discuss how social media and mobile consumption have changed blogging and publishing and how the platform is adapting to meet these consumer needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founding Developer, WordPress
Matt Mullenweg is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress, which powers nearly 20 percent of the Web. | | It’s hard to find a power list that Mullenweg isn’t on. He’s on PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web, and Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment.
avatar for Stefan Weitz

Stefan Weitz

Senior Director of Search, Bing
Stefan Weitz is a Senior Director of Search at Microsoft. While focused on Microsoft’s product line, he works across the industry to understand search behavior, academic developments, innovations from all over, and in his role as an evangelist for Search, gathers and distills feedback to drive product improvements. | | Prior to Search, Stefan led the strategy to develop the next generation MSN portal platform and Microsoft’s muni... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

Matt Mullenweg Q&A
Matt Mullenweg, the affable founder of Wordpress, engages the audience in a Q&A with the Techweek audience about his unique outlook on work culture, the evolution of wordpress, and the future of the CMS platform. This is your chance to ask him what's been on your mind!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg

Founding Developer, WordPress
Matt Mullenweg is the founding developer of the popular open-source blogging software WordPress, which powers nearly 20 percent of the Web. | | It’s hard to find a power list that Mullenweg isn’t on. He’s on PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web, and Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment.



Saturday June 29, 2013 12:00pm - 12:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

12:00pm

SEMPO Meetup

SEMPO is a global non-profit organization serving the search engine marketing industry and marketing professionals engaged in it. Our purpose is to provide a foundation for industry growth through building stronger relationships, fostering awareness, providing education, promoting the industry, generating research, and creating a better understanding of search and its role in marketing.



Saturday June 29, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Techweek Event Space

12:00pm

Data is the New Capital: Understanding the New Data Marketplace
The revolution of data technologies has made it easier and cheaper to store and analyze increasing amounts of data. Yet the real data revolution is not simply understanding the data you have - but getting access to thousands of new sources of geo data, social data, business intelligence and finance data, or any industry data. This panel aims to explore the emerging "data marketplace" where free or paid information is available via API. What startups or corporations should consider monetizing their data? When should data be free, and when should it be billable? How can we enforce the owning / licensing of data? And finally, what are the opportunities for startups to enter the 'data-as-a-service' arena?

Moderators
avatar for Justin Massa

Justin Massa

Founder & CEO, Food Genius
Justin Massa is the founder and CEO of Food Genius, a big data company centered on the food industry that tracks more than 16.3 million menu items and how consumers interact with them to provide real-time data on restaurant trends and consumer behavior. | | Previously, Justin was the Director of Project and Grant Development at the Metro Chicago Information Center, co-founder and executive director at MoveSmart.org, and a Chicago Public... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phil Davis

Phil Davis

CEO, Rapleaf
Phil Davis is the CEO of Rapleaf, which provides real-time data on 80% of U.S. emails. As a data veteran, Phil speaks about big data at conferences across the country. | | Prior to Rapleaf, Phil was the President of ConsumerBase where he ran their data division and digital agency. Prior to ConsumerBase, Phil was the SVP / HD of the newly formed online division of Equifax. Before Equifax, Phil was part of the management team that took Daleen... Read More →
avatar for Mike Feldner

Mike Feldner

Geography Head, Mu Sigma
Mike has spent the last 13 years leading teams that leverage data to develop and deliver an improved customer experience. As Geography Head at Mu Sigma, Mike is responsible for people development, thought leadership and client delivery in the Midwest and Southeast. | | Prior to joining Mu Sigma, Mike led the Loyalty and CRM group at Walgreens. In this role, he was responsible for loyalty marketing, customer analytics and customer strategy... Read More →
avatar for Javid Muhammedali

Javid Muhammedali

VP Product, Monster Worldwide
Since 2008, Javid has led the team responsible for Monster's search and match products on the global platform and has led Monster's Semantic Search product management team to launch multiple products in the US and around the globe.   | | Prior to Monster, Javid worked for Peoplefluent and led the go-to-market and launch of the first integrated talent management suite in the industry. Javid was awarded a patent for his work on recruitment... Read More →
avatar for Craig Ulliott

Craig Ulliott

VP of Product & CTO, Belly
Craig Ulliott is a British-born serial technologist and entrepreneur currently serving as VP of Product and CTO at Belly. | | Craig’s list of services and companies he’s built or founded include Card Creator, Ohaso Limited, Where I’ve Been, SocialKaty Inc, and now Belly. Craig also serves as the CTO of Chicago Ideas Week, is an advisor at several Chicago area startups, and is a mentor at 1871.  | | Craig keeps the... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

12:00pm

Hiring Fair
Saturday June 29, 2013 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Expo Hall

12:30pm

Calling All Geniuses: Developing Apps for Cars

 • Hear first-hand how automakers are re-thinking their structure and business models to move in-sync with the broader connected ecosystem and consumer trends.

• Explore how the GM SDK will expand access to the infotainment environment and engage the developer community through enabling multiple opportunities for app monetization.

• Assess how a flexible software framework including HTML5 and JavaScript will enable apps which are customizable and updatable for the entire vehicle lifecycle.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Pudar

Nick Pudar

Director of Developer Ecosystems, GM
Nick Pudar is the director of developer ecosystems for GM’s Global Connected Consumer group. He is responsible for driving future service evolution, overseeing developer relations and the integration of new apps in GM vehicles. Pudar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), and his Masters of Science in Management degree from Massachusetts Institute... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

12:30pm

Driverless Cars: Speeding to the Future
While flying cars are still just a figment of our collective imagination, self-driving vehicles—such as the Google Car—are on the imminent horizon. Not only does this technology have the potential to prevent millions of injuries and save countless lives, it also has the power to disrupt the flow of trillions of dollars in industry revenue. Nearly everyone will be affected: suppliers, automakers, service-and-repair shops, insurers, energy companies, hospitals, and car rental companies, to name a few. Undoubtedly, there will be huge implications for all transportation and logistics—the backbone of every company's supply and distribution chains.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Driegert

Bill Driegert

Chief Innovation Officer, Coyote Logistics
Bill Driegert is the Chief Innovation Officer for Coyote Logistics, one of the fastest growing logistics companies in North America. | | Driegert has a serious crush on big ideas. He has the freedom to continually improve and re-imagine Coyote’s technology platform and set his team of developers loose on insanely challenging problems. | | He has a bachelor’s degree in Business from SMU, a Masters of Engineering in Logistics from... Read More →
avatar for Chunka Mui

Chunka Mui

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Devil's Advocate Group
Chunka is the managing director at Devil's Advocate Group, a consulting group that helps companies design and stress test their innovation strategies.  | | He is also the coauthor of two books and numerous articles. His most recently published work is a Kindle ebook, "Driverless Cars: Trillions Are Up For Grabs," which is drawn from his upcoming book, "The New Killer Apps:  This Time, Incumbents Can Beat Startups... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 12:30pm - 1:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

1:00pm

Internet of Things: Our Programmable World
Inanimate objects have the ability to communicate: they are smart and they have something to tell us. Equipping objects with identifying devices—such as barcodes—changes the way we do business, leads to greater efficiencies, and alters our everyday lives. Imagine never running out of stock or generating waste products. Furthermore, objects can interpret your responses to your environment and change accordingly. See what strides are being made in this arena.

Moderators
avatar for J Schwan

J Schwan

Founder & CEO, Solstice Mobile
J's mission is to help transition enterprises into the era of contextual computing. J is the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile, the Midwest’s largest enterprise mobile software and services boutique. | | J was recently inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, was awarded the University of Illinois College of Engineer Young Alumnus of the Year award and had recent work inducted into the Computerworld Hall of Fame... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Gaskell

James Gaskell

Director of Global Insite Products, Crown Lift Trucks
As director of global Insite products for Crown Equipment Corporation, Jim Gaskell’s responsibilities include managing the forklift manufacturer’s suite of data management tools. Jim has extensive material handling experience in developing programs, products and services that help customers increase productivity and create safer workplaces. His 25-year career includes working in market and aftermarket support, service, training and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Smiley

Michael Smiley

CFO, Zebra Technologies
Michael joined Zebra in May 2008 as chief financial officer from Tellabs, Inc., a global provider of telecommunications networking products. At Tellabs, he led all accounting and finance functions outside of the U.S. and most recently served as general manager for the Tellabs Denmark A/S unit. | | During his six years at Tellabs, Mr. Smiley held various financial and operations executive positions including interim chief financial... Read More →
avatar for Eduardo Torrealba

Eduardo Torrealba

Founder, Oso Technologies
Eduardo Torrealba is a Master’s degree student in the department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His company, Oso Technologies, invented a soil-moisture monitoring platform called Plant Link.  Plant Link, monitors the moisture needs of plants and delivers water on an as-needed basis using smart valves, interconnected sensor systems and mobile devices. This wireless platform... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:00pm

Rapid Prototyping for Game Developers
Rocky Balboa didn’t jump into the ring with Apollo Creed without first doing a lot of training, mastering the basics, and getting the eye of the tiger. Game developers don’t always have the luxury of keeping their skills sharp and trying new things with the incredibly long development cycles common to this type of project. Learn how a seasoned game developer can keep their skills sharp while pushing into new areas with a rapid prototyping training regimen.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Bromander

Scott Bromander

Interactive Developer, The Nerdery
Scott’s development background began in 1994 when his love for video games inspired him to learn how to create them himself. | | A 2007 graduate of Brown College with a Bachelor of Science in game design and development, Scott went on to found his mobile game company Warp The Form in 2008. He joined The Nerdery in 2011 as an interactive developer specializing in interactive and game development technologies, focusing on Clients' game... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

1:00pm

Internet in Every Corner: Bypassing Regimes and Dictatorship

Government censorship threatens the liberties of a country’s citizens, and Internet blockades have been implemented in attempts to stop uprisings, organized protests, and the convergence of people. Despite the government’s stronghold on the internet in some countries, technologies are emerging that work to circumvent the barriers they’ve put in place. Find out how encryption and other tactics crack censorship systems—and help ordinary citizens communicate.




Speakers
avatar for Adam Fisk

Adam Fisk

CEO, Brave New Software Project
Adam Fisk is CEO of the Brave New Software Project (BNS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building software tools to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. | | Funded by a multimillion-dollar State Department grant, Fisk and his team are currently working on Lantern, a censorship circumvention tool connecting people in blocked countries to the open Internet. | | Prior to founding BNS, Adam spent over a decade designing P2P... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

1:00pm

1:30pm

Customer Love Goes Mobile
An introduction on how mobile interactions will radically change brand-customer relationships, beyond use of services and product transactions. This presentation is focused on engaging the audience and discussing how mobile will affect the fundamental relationship consumers will have with the brands they love.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Pigato

Joseph Pigato

Managing Director, Sparked Mobile
Joseph Pigato is a web entrepreneur in San Francisco. He sold the first web company he started to ASK and headed marketing for a startup, funded by Bill Hewlett and then acquired by The Washington Post. Joseph also co-founded and served as CEO of a social media site in Mumbai for high school and college students and a digital consultancy in Singapore. | | Experienced in b2b and b2c markets, Joseph has worked with clients like Google, Sony... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 1:30pm - 1:45pm
2 - Bing Stage

1:30pm

Entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe's tech scene is small but growing. Find out what Google is doing to facilitate the growth of the tech sector in Poland and beyond, what ideas are brewing in that corner of the world, and how they plan to impact the future.

Speakers
avatar for Paulina Mazurek

Paulina Mazurek

Program Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs Kraków
Paulina is Program Manager for Google for Entrepreneurs Kraków. She got her M.Sc. in human sciences at the Jagiellonian University. | | During her studies, she started working for Motorola until she moved to Google as Managing Assistant. Currently, she works on several programs including “Google for Entrepreneurs Kraków” (GEK), with the goal of building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Poland. | | Passionate... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

1:30pm

Going Global: A Playbook on Building an International User Base
Any developer will tell you it’s challenging to successfully bring software to an international user base.  In this session, kCura, shares their story of building an international company, providing best practices—as well as pitfalls—for companies to learn from as they do the same.  From making frequent overseas visits to finding kCura’s first U.K.-based channel partners, the speakers stress the importance of understanding different cultures and organizing a support team that can field 4 a.m. calls from Australia.

Speakers
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Steve Couling

Director of International Sales, kCura
Steve joined kCura in 2012 as Director of International Sales. In this role, he is responsible for managing enterprise accounts outside of North America and Canada, which include corporations, law firms, and government agencies with on-premises installations of Relativity. | | Prior to kCura, he was the head of global sales for LDM Global, a London-based legal technology service provider specializing in e-disclosure projects worldwide. ... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Sieja

Andrew Sieja

Founder & CEO, kCura
Andrew Sieja is the CEO of kCura Corporation. He founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001 and successfully pivoted it in 2007 to a fast growing enterprise software company. kCura’s platform, Relativity, provides flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use e-discovery solutions for the legal community. Today, Relativity has more than 75,000 end users from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 1:30pm - 2:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:00pm

Is the Internet Destroying the Middle Class?
At the height of its power, the photography company Kodak employed more than 140,000 people and was worth $28 billion. They even invented the first digital camera. But today Kodak is bankrupt, and the new face of digital photography has become Instagram. When Instagram was sold to Facebook for a billion dollars in 2012, it employed only 13 people. Where did all those jobs disappear? And what happened to the wealth that all those middle-class jobs created?

Speakers
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Jaron Lanier

Computer Scientist
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. Lanier is credited with coining and popularizing the term 'Virtual Reality.' In the early 1980s, Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. | | Time Magazine named Lanier one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.  His book You Are Not a Gadget was released in 2010 and was named one of the 10 best books of the year... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

2:00pm

Techweek Makes it Matter in 2013
Skilled volunteer work is on the rise, though it's strange to wonder what took so long. Of course, it's more valuable to offer a non-profit your specialized service rather than doing whatever off-hand task needs doing. Nevertheless, this is a still developing idea. Here we discuss pro boon consulting—both business and personal. Tips on getting into pro boon tech consulting, mistakes to avoid, and work-life balance will all be discussed.

Speakers
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Billy Belchev

President, Webitects
Bilyan "Billy" Belchev is the president of Webitects. Since the beginning of the millennium, he has believed that the most efficient way to design a successful site is to consult directly with the people who will be using it. | | Billy stays focused on lightweight methods to user research that can be applied to projects with time or budget limits. Billy also lectures graduate students in the Usability & Research course at Illinois Institute... Read More →
avatar for Ken Gaebler

Ken Gaebler

Founder & CEO, Walker Sands Communications
Ken is founder and CEO of Walker Sands, a Chicago-based marketing firm that specializes in serving high tech companies. | | Non-profit organizations are important to Ken and his team. He is a board member of Lumity, a Chicago non-profit organization. In addition, as part of the A Billion + Change campaign, his marketing firm has pledged to take on five pro bono non-profit clients each year. | | A Chicago area native, Ken has an MBA... Read More →
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David Kam

Chicago Branch Manager, The Nerdery
Dave is the Chicago Branch Manager of The Nerdery. In his time at The Nerdery, Dave has worked on hundreds of projects and volunteered for The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge every year since its founding. | | He’s personally donated about $25,000 in professional services to seven Web Challenge nonprofits. He’s also an active member of the Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) Co-op, made up of innovative, empowering and... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald

Executive Director, Taproot Foundation
As Executive Director for the Taproot Foundation’s Chicago office, Elizabeth sets the strategy for the creation of a thriving pro bono marketplace. | | Previously at Taproot, Elizabeth oversaw the foundation and corporate relationships in Taproot's Washington DC market, created the organization's strategy for working with nonprofit art organizations, developed a new corporate partnership strategy for Taproot, as well as built the sales... Read More →
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Tim Whiting

VP of Marketing, Lawson Products
As VP of Marketing at Lawson Products, Tim is responsible for leading the market transformation that drives profit through strategic planning, organizational alignment, e-commerce, demand generation and integrated multi-channel marketing. | | Prior to Lawson Products, he led Motorola Solutions worldwide integrated marketing for Motorola’s B2B business as well as architected and executive the separation of Motorola into two companies... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

2:00pm

How to Translate Your Business to a Global Marketplace
Speakers
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Trent Brown

President and Board of Directors Member, Kachyng
For more than 25-years, Trent Brown has been a highly successful global executive with both public and private companies. He has held senior executive positions with market leading companies like Parametric Technology, SAP, and has led leading international, privately held companies globally. Trent was the President of International Business at Parametric Technology and helped Parametric grow from a start-up company to becoming the 5th... Read More →
avatar for Jim Clifford

Jim Clifford

Senior Solutions Engagement Manager, UPS
Jim is a Senior Solutions Engagement Manager within the Customer Solutions Retail Sector.  Jim has expertise in International Logistics, Supply Chain IT Optimization, Global eCommerce, and leveraging Sustainability in the Supply Chain.   Jim has 23 years of experience with UPS and has managed multiple aspects of business development, operations, eCommerce, sustainability, and logistics functions within our organization. ... Read More →
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Kevin Keller

Marketing Leader, GE Capital Bank
Kevin Keller is a marketer with expertise in financial services and retail.  With a history of successful startups in large companies, he has built and managed digital marketing practices at General Motors, Discover Financial Services, and a number of other Fortune 500 companies.  His focus is on direct response, brand development, website development/optimization and social media. Kevin recently built the marketing... Read More →
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David Schneider

Managing Director, Allison+Partners
David has circled the globe building agency operations and helping many of the world’s innovative brands and emerging companies develop and implement successful communications strategies. | | Responsible for leading Allison+Partners international growth and operations, David leverages his broad range of international corporate development experience, having managed expansion and corporate development activities that have included... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 2:00pm - 2:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

2:00pm

Beer Pong Tournament Presented By Collins Brothers
Duos compete on C5's sleek beer pong tables, handcrafted in Chicago. 

Saturday June 29, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Techweek Event Space

2:30pm

CTOs of Chicago
Come out to meet the Chief Technology Officers driving the tech-efforts behind some of the most ground-breaking companies in Chicago. They will share their thoughts on the future of tech, as well as Chicago's place in that future.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Reid

Kelly Reid

Contributor, Forbes.com
Kelly Reid is a Forbes.com contributor that reports on Chicago business and technology.

Speakers
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Leon Chism

Chief Technology Officer, Analyte Health
Leon Chism is an engineer and technology leader with more than 20 years of experience building large scale systems and teams that build large scale systems. Leon's focus is on leveraging the latest technology advancements to bring disruptive innovation to consumer facing industries. | | This effort has evolved from Orbitz, where he revolutionized the distribution of airline tickets using an award winning software architecture, to Analyte... Read More →
avatar for Sean Chou

Sean Chou

Chief Technology Officer, Fieldglass
Sean Chou is responsible for the overall development and delivery of Fieldglass’ solution and services, overseeing the product development, hosting, professional services and marketing departments. | | He has provided the strategy and vision for Fieldglass’ award-winning cloud solution since inception. His development team was an early pioneer in cloud technology, with a number of innovations that have helped define the... Read More →
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Dan Ratner

Chairman, Sittercity
Dan is Executive Chairman of Public Good Software, a startup specializing in providing cutting edge supporter management and capacity building tools for non-profits and NGOs. Prior to Public Good, he served as Director of Development for Obama for America, co-managing the engineering team for the President's reelection campaign. | | Dan was also the co-founder and CTO/COO of Sittercity.com, America's first and largest online service for... Read More →
avatar for Harper Reed

Harper Reed

CTO, Obama For America
Harper Reed is an hacker/engineer who builds paradigm-shifting tech and leads others to do the same. Harper loves using the enormity of the Internet to bring people together, whether as CTO of Obama for America, CTO at Threadless.com, or on his own projects. | | Harper and his team created Dashboard, a site that connects volunteer teams and acts as an online component of the field office. You can often find Harper playing with new technology... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

2:30pm

Happy Anniversary! Now What? How to Grow with Your Audience and Keep Your Brand Relevant
Speakers
avatar for Lisa Frame

Lisa Frame

Founder, #SOYEAHDUH
Lisa leads city & community strategy at SideCar, the first peer-to-peer ridesharing company in Chicago and she's the Founder of networking site Mugshot-Monday as well as the much-hyped and ridiculous blog #SOYEAHDUH. | | As a start-up fan girl, she helps companies get rad by creating digital strategies that focus on purpose, online communities, consumers and partnerships that can help them do business better. She launched the all natural... Read More →
avatar for Erica Bethe Levin

Erica Bethe Levin

CEO, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, CheekyChicago
As the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of CheekyChicago.com, Erica is responsible for all editorial content, the management of the editorial calendar, the management of Cheeky’s freelancers and professional columnists, Cheeky’s twice-weekly email marketing campaigns, public relations for the company and company accounting. | | Additionally, Erica aids in ad sales and event planning. Erica also writes content for all pages of... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Zweig

Jessica Zweig

Co-Founder & Director of Sales and Marketing, CheekyChicago
As Co-Founder and Director of Sales and Marketing for CheekyChicago, Jessica is in charge of facilitating new sales leads, managing existing advertising campaigns, customizing sponsorship packages, writing proposals, closing sales and building long term client relationships. | | She is also the Key Event Director and leads the planning, marketing, branding and promotions behind all of CheekyChicago’s monthly events. She has contributed... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

2:30pm

International Business Cloning: Is This the World's Best Startup Strategy?
In recent years, cloning abroad has proved an undeniably lucrative business model. Rajen Ruprell discusses how he launched CityDeals abroad, modeling it after Groupon, and then sold it back to Groupon in a relatively short time frame. What business models work abroad? Which wouldn't translate? Find out if this is the way to go for the future—or if cloners have already outcrowded themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Rajen Ruparell

Rajen Ruparell

SVP Global Sales, Groupon
Rajen Ruparell is a Canadian entrepreneur, who co-founded Citydeal, an online discount deal company purchased by Groupon in 2010. | | He currently serves as Senior VP of Global Sales for Groupon and is an active investor and advisor in ventures in North America and Europe. Prior to founding Citydeal, Ruparell worked in his family business of auto dealerships and had a brief career in venture capital at Oxford Capital Partners. | | He... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 2:30pm - 3:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:00pm

Happiness as the New ROI: The New Corporate Manifesto
Every company—whether they consciously cultivate it or not—has a unique, illustrative culture. Set the right tone at your company early, and you can foster a positive, encouraging environment even as you begin to scale. Centro was ranked the Best Place to Work in 2013 by Crain’s Chicago, and CEO Shawn Riegsecker accredits the accolade to a strong company culture. Learn how to keep employees happy, whether you have four or four hundred to manage.

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Riegsecker

Shawn Riegsecker

Founder & CEO, Centro
Shawn Riegsecker is the founder and CEO of Centro, a software and managed services partner to advertising agencies. | | Shawn has led Centro to receive many accolades, including No. 1 on Crain’s Chicago Business’ Best Places to Work 2011, 2012 and 2013. | | Shawn is also a member of the selection committee for 1871 and an angel investor in the FireStarter Fund. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Bowling Green State... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:00pm

All Play and No Work Makes a Tablet a Dull Toy: Building Great Mobile Productivity Apps
Ah, tablets: such shiny, fun toys. You can play Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and FaceTime with friends. What's not to love, right? But what about when you actually need to get something done? Are they any good beyond a few fun games? Find out how Branchfire and iAnnotate are bringing productivity tools to mobile apps and tablets.

Speakers
avatar for Talha F Basit

Talha F Basit

VP of Business Development, Branchfire
Talha F Basit heads the business development efforts at Branchfire. | | In previous tenures at Apple and numerous Bay Area start-ups he led engineering efforts to democratize filmmaking with iMovie, create cross-platform tools for Hollywood and develop new enterprise mobile products. | | Talha likes to live in a future where all of his devices speak to each other and can often be seen speaking into his iPhone to turn lights on in his house... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Callahan

Matthew Callahan

Product Manager, Branchfire
Matthew Callahan is a Product Manager at Branchfire, plying his trade in Chicago's West Loop. He loves to work on products that help other people work. | | Beyond that he enjoys browsing the app store, cooking, reading science fiction, and ruminating on the relationship between product management and the social sciences.


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
3 - Technical Stage

3:30pm

Learning to Risk. Risking to Learn.
Learn how Victor Saad is enacting change through learning. He has developed a classroom where all the action takes place, expect the classroom is really a group of classrooms, conversations, volunteer experiences, and conferences from which to learn. His project in unconventional education has developed into a small community of people taking risks to create change in their own lives and communities. People have shared an array of inspiring acts — all of which are compiled into an end-of-project book.

Speakers
avatar for Victor Saad

Victor Saad

Founder, Experience Institute
Victor designs and makes things that bring people together to make a difference. Through The Leap Year Project, a self-made Master's Program & community project, he worked with Threadless, NBBJ, and advertising mogul Alex Bogusky, among others. | | He staged his graduation at TEDxWindyCity, produced a book about taking leaps, and recently launched the Experience Institute, joining forces with industry leaders from Razorfish, Northwestern... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
1 - Summit Stage

3:30pm

Building Startups to Scale and Success from Any Market
What are the pro's and con's to building a startup in a second market? Or in Silicon Valley? Or in a small town? What does it take to reach scale and success? Find out from serial entrepreneur Guillaume Decugis, CEO and co-founder of Scoop.it, a startup based in San Francisco with engineers in France. Scoop.it has skyrocketed to more than 5 million uniques per month in less than a year after launch.

Speakers
avatar for Guillaume Decugis

Guillaume Decugis

CEO & Co-Founder, Scoop.it
Guillaume is CEO and co-founder of Scoop.it, an interest-based Social Media site that makes people smarter by making it easier for them to discover, edit, and share ideas that matter. | | Guillaume's previous company, Paris-based Musiwave, became the leading Mobile Music Service Provider in Europe and was sold for $120 million in 2006 and is now the music platform of Microsoft. | | He graduated with a Masters in Engineering at Stanford... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 3:30pm - 4:00pm
2 - Bing Stage

4:00pm

Open Sourcing Your Code for Fame and Fortune
Whether you seek job opportunities, recognition, book writing deals, conference speaking engagements or just leveling up your dev chops, pushing open source code out to the world can get you where you want to be. This session will teach you how to get the most out of creating open source projects. 

Speakers
avatar for John Polacek

John Polacek

Senior Developer, Draftfcb Chicago
When he isn’t executing digital work for brands like Motorola, Taco Bell, KFC, Sharpie, got milk? and El Jimador, John Polacek is creating popular open source projects like Scrollorama, BigVideo.js and Responsivator. | | His work has been featured on Hacker News, Wired Magazine’s Webmonkey, The Next Web, HTML5 Weekly, The JavaScript Show, This Is Responsive and Codrops. Digital agencies all over the world use his code to build... Read More →



Saturday June 29, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
3 - Technical Stage

4:00pm

Crossing the Pond: Growing Your Business in the UK
Blippar is the first image-recognition phone app, aiming to bring to life real-world newspapers, magazines, products, and posters with augmented reality experiences and instantaneous content. The UK company focuses on innovative customer-brand interaction and works with UK Trade & Investment, which has helped in efforts to internationalize the business and its reach.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hu

Lisa Hu

VP of Business Development, Blippar
Lisa Hu currently oversees Blippar's operations and partnerships in the US. | | Blippar, a mobile visual discovery platform, started in the UK and within the first few months of the US launch, Lisa and team have already secured partnerships with Anheuser Busch, Coca Cola L'Oreal, Hasbro, Warner Bros, Best Buy, Time Inc, Estee Lauder, and other major players across different industry verticals. | | Prior to Blippar, Lisa was the Director of... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
2 - Bing Stage

4:00pm

Democratizing Wellness: Technology Empowering Healthier Living

Technology has democratized wellness allowing individuals access to information and regimens for healthy living. Find out how a few innovative companies are spreading the wellness gospel, making good health accessible to everyone, and streamlining the entire process.


Moderators
avatar for Andrea Metcalf

Andrea Metcalf

Healthy Lifestyle Contributor, NBC Today Show
Andrea is a Healthy Lifestyle Advocate working with NBC Today Show, Oprah.com, GMA Health and American Council on Exercise.   | | She has been involved in healthy living since 1983 from fitness trainer to nationally known speaker, author of Naked Fitness, and spokesperson for American Heart Association, American Diabetes Associations and Womensforum TV. | | Andrea has helped many businesses encourage employees to make better choices... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shradha Agarwal

Shradha Agarwal

Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, ContextMedia
Shradha Agarwal is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ContextMedia where she is responsible for overseeing revenue growth, member acquisition and happiness, media content, as well as product development. | | She is also the Founder and Managing Partner of JumpStart Ventures as well as a mentor at Blueprint Health LLC, Socratic Labs, and The Founder Institute. | | Shradha has received many honors, including being named to Crain's... Read More →
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Ralph Gaines

CEO, beBetter Health
Ralph came to beBetter in 2005, becoming its CEO in 2006. Under his leadership, beBetter has expanded from its mid-Atlantic roots to a nationally focused wellness company serving benefit brokers and small and mid-sized businesses.  | | Ralph began his career in finance with Morgan Stanley and Heffernan & Company, before moving to the technology sector. | | Ralph received his Master's in Business Administration from Northwestern... Read More →
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Jeff Hyman

Founder & CEO, Retrofit
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Retrofit, a Chicago-based weight loss program offering Private Lessons for busy professionals. | | He has a passion for creating innovative and human-powered companies, which led to a career in the talent management field, where he was Founder and CEO of three internet-based service companies. | | Jeff is an active member in Young Presidents' Organization. He holds a BS from The Wharton School at University of... Read More →


Saturday June 29, 2013 4:00pm - 4:30pm
1 - Summit Stage

4:00pm

Groupon Happy Hour

Saturday June 29, 2013 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Bar Techweek

5:00pm

Women's Dev Meetup
Chicago Women Developers (CWDevs) is a network of 800+ women in and interested in computer programming in Chicago, IL.

Saturday June 29, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Techweek Event Space

6:00pm

Cheeky Chicago Party
We've teamed up with the Cheeky Chicago girls to bring you an evening of chic, spirited fun at Studio Paris. Expect upscale cocktails, a set by DJ Mister Wolf, and a few special surprises.

 


Exhibitors
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Cheeky Chicago

Cheeky Chicago is an online lifestyle magazine for the women of Chicago. It is your social destination to the most exciting happenings in the city. Cheeky is your monthly event host, your weekly newsletter and your daily dose on all things fresh, feminine an fun. CheekyChicago is your ultimate key to the city.



Saturday June 29, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Studio Paris 59 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654

9:00pm

Techweek Fashion Show

Presented by W Hotels, Rent the Runway, and Bombay Sapphire, the first-ever Techweek fashion show blends clothing and e-commerce, highlighting burgeoning online retailers and both local and faraway designers.




Saturday June 29, 2013 9:00pm - 12:00am
W Chicago City Center 172 West Adams Street Chicago, IL 60603