Techweek Chicago will be held at the Merchandise Mart in River North with events going on from June 23-29. The official Techweek Conference and Expo will be June 26-28.
To make Techweek as intuitive as possible, the conference is divided into summits, organized by topic. GoInternational, for example, gathers tech players from around the world, while the Future of Media Summit explores the ever-evolving state of digital content. Beyond speakers, the expo also works within summit verticals, so you know exactly where you want to be at all times.
Each Techweek Summit includes:
- Series of speaker sessions
- Designated showcases in our expo hall
- Engaging gatherings
Techweek Conference is a showcase of the innovation ecosystem in Chicago and the Midwest. Leaders from all corners of the tech industry take the stage to discuss emerging trends, community impact, and everything in-between.
Each day of the conference, the expo showcases the newest products and insights from both established Fortune 500 companies and nascent startups. Exhibitors present their ideas and plans for the future in front of thousands of Techweek goers, making connections and potentially striking deals.
What to expect at the Expo:
- Scheduled events daily
- Daily happy hours @ Bar Techweek
- Open access to the Expo stage
Whether you’re in search of a job or a developer to bring your idea to fruition, the hiring fair is all about matching talented people with the right jobs. Employers at the hiring fair seek out data analysts, business developers, UI/UX designers, and more.
Over 50 pre-qualified startups compete for cash and sponsor-donated gifts in front of a judging panel comprised of select venture capitalists and industry innovators, participants must convince judges their startup is headed for the stratosphere. Along with granting startup founders an unparalleled opportunity, demos on the main stage entertain all Techweek attendees with the thrill of competition. Launch is a part of the Startup Summit.
What to expect at Launch
- Over 50 startups showcasing their ideas and developments
- 5 finalist startups compete on the main stage
- Grand prize of $100,000 in cash and prizes
Work hard, play harder. Spreading ideas is hard work, which is why Techweek supplements the daytime conference with plenty of opportunities to unwind—and get down. Come hang out with us at the hottest night clubs, bars, and venues in the city.
Sit down for a drink, meet fellow conference goers, and reconnect with old friends and colleagues at Bar Techweek’s happy hours and alumni meet-ups, occurring daily.
The Techweek100 identifies those individuals who are impacting the business and technology landscape on a significant scale. The Techweek100 is not a ranking but rather a list of 100 technology leaders who support our mission to showcase, celebrate, and enable innovation ecosystem. See the Techweek100 from 2013 here →
The fashion-tech runway show is the first of its kind—combining the best elements of fashion and technology for an unforgettable evening experience. Models don the apparel of emerging online retailers and local boutiques and then strut down the runway to showcase the fashions to Techweek goers. The whole event celebrates the merging of fashion and tech—plus, it’s a great party!
The friendly competition will shine light on the use of technology in the food truck industry. Attendees can try the eats of local chefs and restaurants for under 5 bucks.