Here are our picks for the best networking events, panels and pitch sessions in Chicago for the month of February. If we missed an important or relevant one, let us know at

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Thursday, Feb. 1

Built In Chicago’s Top Companies Hiring
When & where: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; The Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza
How much? $5
The event will feature Chicago tech companies who are currently hiring. In attendance will be Chowly, GoHealth and StratEx, among many others.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 3-4

Startup Bootkamp
When & where: All weekend
How much? From $1,000
The bootcamp, hosted by Phil Castro, a veteran tech entrepreneur, will give attendees information and advice on how to start and grow a company. Topics covered will incude marketing, branding and monetizing their product.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Chi Hack Night
When & where: 6-9:30 p.m.; Braintree, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 8th Floor
How much? Free!
The weekly event allows attendees to build, share and learn about civic tech tools that help serve the public. Make sure to register. Walk-ins will not be allowed.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Fintech Trends and Strategic Imperatives for 2018
When & where: 6-8 p.m.; Scaw Law, Board Room, 333 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 2700
How much? Free!
At the event, attendees will discuss fintech trends bound to take place in 2018 and identify strategic approaches to stay in front of them.

Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Chicago MeetUp
When & where: 6-8 p.m.; Eight Bit Studios, 350 W. Erie St., Suite 300
How much? Free
Accessibility, research and therapy in virtual reality and augmented reality will be the topic of discussion as the panel of experts attempt to answer questions about how to see the benefits of VR and AR technology.

Chicago Young in Tech
When & where: 6 p.m.; WeWork Kinzie, 20 W. Kinzie St.
How much? $5
Attendees will get the chance to meet other young people in the Chicago tech ecosystem and network with like-minded peers.

Thursday, Feb. 8

MATTER Workshop: Intro to Confidentiality Agreements
When & where: 9:30-11 a.m.; MATTER 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230
How much? $0-25
In this workshop, patent attorney Kirsten Thomson will provide advice on how to avoid common pitfalls when signing confidential disclosure agreements when starting or working at a startup.

Friday, Feb. 9

Black Girls CODE Presents: Tech Immersion Day with Twitter!
When & where: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Twitter Chicago, 111 N. Canal St.
How much? Free!
The event will give black girls, aged 13-18, the opportunity to explore career paths in STEM fields with tech professionals from Twitter. The event aims to help support and encourage diversity in the tech industry.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Startup Funding Workshop
When & where: 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Polsinelli Law Office
How much? Free!
The event, hosted by Venture Connects, is designed for both early stage investors and entrepreneurs, who want to know more about how to find a good deal when it comes to VC investing. Attendees will receive guidance on creating term sheets, valuations, the due diligence process and investor pitch meeting strategies.

Thursday, Feb. 15

2018 SBAC Winter Venture Pitch Session
When & where: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Coalition Impact, 405 W. Superior St., First Floor
How much? $15-25
Sittercity Founder Genevieve Thiers will be keynoting the event, which will be followed by presentations from Chicago startups Panoskin, FANFOOD and Go Civic. A panel of judges will ask questions and choose a winner, which will receive a free SBAC Membership, among other prizes.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter Presents: A Virtual Reality Experience!
When & where: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd.
How much? $35
The event, designed for girls ages 10-17, will teach them how to use Unity 3D, a game development platform that creates a virtual reality experience. They will learn and use coding skills to develop programs.

Monday, Feb. 19

Live for Yourself: Facing Your Fears
When & where: 6:30-9:30 p.m.; WeWork Kinzie, 20 W. Kinzie St.
How much? $13.25
The event will feature Issac Lozano, the chief marketing officer for TeaSquares, Louis De Guzman, a local artist and social change advocate, and Sarah Suzuki, a licensed clinical social worker, certified alcohol and drug counselor, and owner of Chicago Compass Counseling. They will all share their experiences working in their fields and how they overcame obstacles to reach their goals.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

ImBlackInTech: The Corporate Series
When & where: 6-8 p.m.; 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1100
How much? $10-20
The event is one of five in the series that ImBlackInTech is hosting, which all include black and Latinx tech professionals, who share their knowledge on how to start and grow a career in the tech industry.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Tales From the Trenches: Will West, Co-Founder & CEO of SilverVue
When & where: 5:30-7 p.m.; MATTER, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230
How much? Free!
Tech entrepreneur Will West will tell the story of his journey from working on broadband services and home automation technology, to tackling one of healthcare’s most complex challenges with his startup SilverVue.

Thursday, Feb. 22

FinTank’s Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Seminar Series
When & where: 6-8 p.m.; Illinois Institute of Technology, 565 W. Adams, Room c50
How much? $15
The monthly seminar will feature Jim Kocourek of PurposeCoin and David Conroy, a development engineer, who will explain concepts and trends in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

MATTER Workshop: Leveraging Your Financial Model
When & where: 9:30-11 a.m.; MATTER, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1230
How much? $0-25
This event is designed to help attendees develop the necessary skills to create a model for projected sales and expenses. Fady Hawatmeh, the founder and CEO of FADICO, will lead the event.