The State of Innovation (SOI) is our annual meetup series focused on the industries, people, businesses, trends, and topics that are shaping the city’s tech community and economy. Up next is Travel Inno on 5/23, Presented by Gogo.

Of course Chicago would be a hub of travel innovation.

The city is at the center of the east-west nexus joining Europe and Asia, and the north-south nexus of NAFTA. Its airports handle over 1,450 daily departures, with non-stop service to 200 global destinations, according to World Business Chicago. Nearly every major data network intersects in Chicago and six of the U.S’ seven Class I railroads connect here, too.

In other words, as a result of its central location, the world is traveling to, from, and through Chicago. Travel is in its DNA, its infrastructure. Obviously we’d be at the center of making it better, more efficient. This is embodied by several local pillars, like Boeing, Gogo, United, Hyatt, Orbitz, and more, as well as dozens of other startups that are disrupting the travel and hospitality industries.

That’s why, on May 23rd, we’ll be hosting Travel Inno at Gogo (111 N. Canal St.) from 5.30PM to 8.30PM. Throughout the night, we’ll hear from several local experts and startups that are operating in and around these industries, and we’ll wrap with a keynote discussion on how some the city’s largest companies are innovating the passenger experience.

If you’re curious about the businesses and trends that are changing how we get from A to B, you won’t want to miss this meetup.

Over the next week, we will be announcing the full lineup (it’s stacked!), but space is limited for this meetup, so be sure to secure your spot HERE. Food and drink will be provided.

Travel Inno Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 – Registration & Networking
6:00 – 6:05 – Welcome
6:05 – 6:30 – Inno Showcase
6:30 – 7:10 – Passenger Experience Panel/Questions
7:10 – 8:30 – Networking


Thank you to our event sponsor!