Engineering and Tech Events: August-November

Chicago hosts events every month that offer talks, conferences, and networking opportunities for engineers, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts. Keeping track of when and where events are taking place can be difficult, so we’ve provided a month-by-month overview from August-November with reoccurring events at the end of the list. Some event require pre-registration, so mark your calendars early if you find something interesting. For Northwestern sponsored events see the McCormick Events Page.


Built In Chicago Launch

Host: Chicago Entrepreneurial Center and Built In Chicago When: August 8 Where: Rockit Bar and Grill

About: “Built In Chicago Launch gives recently launched startups the opportunity to present their companies in front of 350 investors, fellow entrepreneurs, and startup enthusiasts.”  

Media, Capital, & Strategy

Host: Chicago Innovation Awards When: August 13 Where: Museum of Broadcast Communications

About: “Featuring talks by experts to help Chicago innovators navigate the challenges of launching a new product or service.” 


Chicago Innovation Awards’ Nominee Reception

Host: Chicago Innovation Awards When: September 5 Where: House of Blues

About: “Considered to be one of the premier innovation networking events of the year, you will have the chance to mingle with Chicago’s top innovators and brightest minds from all industries: high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech; big company and start-up entrepreneur, for-profit and not-for-profit.”


Host: Ruby on the Rails When: September 6-7 Where: South Shore Cultural Center

About: “At WindyCityRails, you can expect to rub elbows with some of the best developers & designers on the planet. Sharpen your Rails skills. Meet like-minded technologists and build your tools.”

Cloud Connect Chicago Conference

Host: Cloud Connect When: September 10-13 Where: Hyatt Regency O’Hare

About: “Join 1,200+ IT professionals, developers, cloud influencers and key executives for four days of inspiring cloud dialogue as we rewrite the rules to take advantage of the cloud opportunity.”

AVI-SPL Collaboration Expo 2012

Host: AVI-SPL When: September 13 Where: Hyatt Regency O’Hare

About: “The Collaboration Expo 2012 features the communication technology that helps your business work more smoothly. With talks and live demonstrations from more than 25 manufacturers of cutting-edge collaborative technologies, you’ll learn how these technologies impact your bottom line.”


Chicago WebConf 2012

Host: Chicago Web Conf When: October 5-6 Where: 1871 Co-Working Space

About: “Chicago Web Conf is a celebration of all that happens in the browser. A client-side extravaganza creates to foster communication, share knowledge, and blur the lines of what it means to be a web professional.”

Chicago Ideas Week

Host: CIW When: October 8-14 Where: Various Locations

About: “For one week each October, CIW transforms Chicago into the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem of innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation.”

Business Innovation Conference 2012

Host: Various Sponsors When: October 15-17 Where: Illinois Institute of Technology (Wheaton, IL)

About: “A premier educational and networking event bringing together leading innovation experts and practitioners from business, academia and government to exchange experiences and explore and learn the science of innovation.”

Chicago Innovation Awards

Host: Chicago Innovation Awards When: October 22 Where: The Harris Theater

About: “For the 11th consecutive year, the Chicago Innovation Awards will celebrate the creative spirit of the Chicago region by honoring its most innovative new products and services. We invite you and a guest to join us.”

CEC Momentum Awards Dinner

Host: Chicagoland Enrepreneurs Center (CEC) When: October 24 Where: Millennium Park

About: “The CEC launched its annual Momentum Awards Dinner in 2008 to honor the early-growth stage entrepreneurs who have demonstrated success since their inception and are poised for continued growth.”


2012 Annual National CEO Conference

Host: Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) When: November 1 Where: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

About: “Join over 1,200 students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and other entrepreneurial-minded individuals at this motivational 2 ½ day CEO Conference.”

AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium

Host: AMIA When: November 3-7 Where: Hilton Chicago

About: “World’s premier scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics, which is the field devoted to the science of using information to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research.”

“An Engineered Future” Tech Conference and Exhibition

Host: IEEE Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory When: November 8 Where: Argonne National Laboratory APS Conference Center

About: “To promote successful engineering accomplishment by providing a venue for keeping up with technological trends and the latest design engineering tools.”


Chicago Tech Cocktail Event

Host: Tech Cocktail When: August 1; September 13; November 29 Where: Joe’s Bar on Weed Street

About: “Tech Cocktail’s new speaker series, brings the experiences of successful entrepreneurs to you so you can learn to succeed and learn lessons for your startup.”

Technori Pitch

Host: Technori When: Once a Month: July 31; August 28; September 25 Where: Chase Auditorium

About: “Technori Pitch is a monthly showcase of the city’s most innovative companies, pitching their latest technologies. It’s the city’s first large-scale, curated platform for companies to demo before an audience of entrepreneurs, executives, and enthusiasts.”

CWDdev Hack Nights

Host: Chicago Women Developers When: Every Thursday Where: IMSA Classroom

About: “While open and welcoming, today’s budding developer community is up to 91% male. There isn’t a comfortable place where women can learn at their own pace and not be afraid to ask “stupid questions.” We decided it was time to provide a place where all questions are OK and everyone can learn in a supportive environment.”

Lean Startup Circle Monthly Meetup

Host: Chicago Lean Startup Circle When: Every Third Thursday Until November 15 Where: 1871 Auditorium

About: “A group of smart and driven high-tech entrepreneurs that have learned how to discover customers and build products they want.”

Monthly Consultants Program

Host: Midwest Society of Professional Consultants (MSPC) When: First Wednesday of Every Month Where: Various

About: “Meeting programs address practice-development issues as well as broader business topics of interest to members. Workshops are led by experts and include question-and-answer periods with plenty of opportunity to get needed information.”

Future Media Concepts Classes

Host: Future Media Concepts When: Various Dates Where: 200 South Michigan Avenue Suite 910

About: “FMC looks forward to strengthening its longstanding relationship with the great production and post-production communities in Chicago and the surrounding areas.”

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