The Connected Intelligence Foundation (CIF) is bringing in from Boston, Adam Buhler who leads innovation and IoT for the largest Digital advertising agency in North America, DigitasLBi. He is at the center of re-aligning one of the top digital agencies to fully embrace IoT, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and other technologies that directly impact the business of the major brands of the world. Leveraging Big Data, Deep Learning, retail store patterns, on-line behavior and the like, IoT opens up a brave new world of fresh capabilities to expand a business. The event is free to attend and will be held at 1871 starting 5:45pm.


Startup Grind will host Founder and CEO of Snapsheet, the auto insurance industry’s largest platform provider of virtual claims settlement solutions (and named to our list of 11 startups making Chicago the hub of auto innovation!). Brad wears many hats at Snapsheet, including securing key customer relationships, communicating Snapsheet’s distinctive value proposition and defining product strategy. Tickets are $20-$25.  The event will be held at Snapsheet’s offices, 55 W. Monroe, and feature networking and a fireside chat.

World Business Chicago, Chicago Sister Cities International and the Illinois Technology Association present a seminar “Expanding Your Talent Pool with International Employees”. For businesses, the process to hire international students may seem cumbersome as they attempt to navigate the legal process for employing foreign workers. This workshop seeks to help employers learn about the process to hire these valuable workers and expand the pool of talent from which they can grow their businesses. Hear from experts in the field, including immigration attorneys, educational institutions, advocacy groups and workers who have been through the process. The event is free to attend and will be held at TechNexus starting 8:30am.

In honor of Black History Month – and right on the heels of Women’s History Month – Walker’s Legacy and General Assembly are proud to partner to present a panel to discuss one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the nation: Black women entrepreneurs. This lunchtime panel will feature amazing African-American female entrepreneurs who will share their entrepreneurial journeys, tools for success and strategies for growth. The program will also include a brief discussion of Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past and Present Conditions, research commissioned by the Small Business Administration and the National Women’s Business Council and prepared by Walker’s Legacy. Free to attend, and held at GA Chicago’s space.


The Chicago City Data User meetup group, organized by Microsoft Chicago’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation, Adam Hecktman, will present a talk on “Effective Data Visualization“. In this session, Microsoft’s David Giard will explain some most important guidelines about data visualization and how you can apply those guidelines to your own data. You will learn what to include, what to remove, and what to avoid in your charts, graphs, maps and other images that represent data. The event is free to attend and will be held at Microsoft’s offices at the AON Center, starting 6pm.

Join 1871 and the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the first-ever Hispanic Technology Incubator Showcase, featuring 12 innovative companies from the inaugural incubator cohort. The 1871 Hispanic Technology Incubator will showcase the companies pitching their latest business plans and making a strategic ask to the audience of business leaders, investors, and experienced entrepreneurs. Free to attend and presented by PNC.


Chicago AI Practitioners and Investors present their third meetup, “The Future of AI”. Organized by Pritzker Group Venture Capital investor David Vandergift, the event will feature a panel discussion with Adam Waytz, a psychologist and Associate Professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and Piotr Gmytrasiewicz, Associate Professor at the UIC Department of Computer Science. A second part of the event will feature a Tech Demo with Jay Leib from NexLP, who will talk about how his team is using AI to disrupt the legal and risk/compliance industries. The event is free to attend and will be held at TechNexus starting 6pm.

ParqEx and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) have teamed up to share their ground-breaking research and findings on right-sizing parking in four cities. The event is free to attend and will be held at WeWork’s Kinzie location. Register here.

MakeOffices is having a Relaunch Party at their Loop location, serving up bites from local hotspots, and featuring signature cocktails, live entertainment, prize giveaways, and more. Mingle with Chicago’s startup and small business community while touring the space. Free to attend, register here.

Join the Chicago tech community at Civis Analytics headquarters for the second annual Civis Science Fair: they’ll have plenty of weird data science experiments and exhibits to check out. Plus, meet the future leaders of the Chicago tech community: kids from Chicago Public Schools who are doing cool stuff at their own science fairs. Free to attend

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Utsav Gandhi is Chicago Inno's Editorial Intern through August 2017. With experience in technology-based economic development, Utsav is most interested in how the entrepreneurs we cover are shaping the economy and impacting our world. He also particularly enjoys listening to student startup pitches and Will Flanagan's puns. Tips: