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Week celebrating innovation culminates in the 5th annual expo and conference on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26

Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival, whose mission is to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship, is poised to begin on Monday, June 22nd in Chicago. The 5th Annual Techweek Chicago, presented by T-Mobile, will continue through June 28. Techweek Chicago is the largest technology conference in the Midwest, dedicated to bringing together entrepreneurs, visionaries, influencers and thought leaders under a single 7-day “big tent” of remarkable collaboration and engagement. The Techweek Chicago 2015 conference and expo will run from June 25-26, closing out an exciting week of spotlighting the local ecosystem.

Techweek Chicago will celebrate unique intersections in technology, including those in education, finance, startups, entertainment, fashion, gaming and more. Techweek Chicago aims to provide an open space for all who are passionate about technology to be a part of the conversation. This year, Techweek Chicago’s conference and expo will feature:

  • High-Profile Speakers: Techweek Chicago will showcase influential leaders and influencers in technology across nine tracks focusing on trends, innovation, growth, action and change within the greater tech industry. Notable names include: Al Goldstein, co-founder and CEO of Avant; Brenna Berman, Commissioner and CIO, Department of Innovation and Technology, City of Chicago; Donn Davis, Founder & Partner, Revolution Growth; George Bousis, Founder & CEO, Raise Marketplace Inc; Jake Nickell, CEO & Founder, Threadless; Raaja Nemani CEO & Co-Founder, BucketFeet; Kristi Ross Co-CEO and President, dough; Matt Millen, vice president, T-Mobile@Work sales and strategy, and Shradha Agarwal, Co-Founder & President, ContextMedia
  • Workshops: Techweek Chicago will also feature several “how-to” workshops, including one co-hosted by T-Mobile and DMI (Digital Management Inc.) that will teach best practices for managing data security across multiple devices, mobile applications and technology mediums accessing a company’s corporate network. IBM will present another workshop focused on the cloud and unlocking value in the technology assets businesses already use, using tools that allow companies to work in new, faster, more impactful ways,
  • Launch Championship: This is the battle royale of pitch competitions. Top startups from around the country – and the world – compete to be crowned Techweek’s Launch Grand Champion. The Launch Championship is Techweek’s top attraction and offers a chance for Techweek attendees to see which companies will soon be changing the world and to meet their founders and investors. Pre-qualified startups will compete for cash and sponsor-donated gifts valued at $50,000 on Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26. Starting with 80-100 participating startups, judges will narrow down semifinalists in two preliminary rounds, and the 5 finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of top tech and business leaders who will decide the winner. The winning startup will then move on for a chance to win an investment of between $50,000 and $250,000 in the Launch Championship at Techweek Miami. T-Mobile is also supporting the Launch Competition.
  • Hiring Fair: For those searching for a new, exciting role or looking to bring an idea to fruition, the Hiring Fair is all about matching talented people with the right jobs. The Hiring Fair, presented by Raise, attracts more than 50 top businesses like Raise, Gogo and Accenture. Access to the Hiring Fair is complimentary, but registration is required. Techweek Chicago will host the tech Hiring Fair from noon-5pm on Friday, June 26.
  • Hackathon: The Hackathon is a day of development fueled by participants’ passions for business, innovation and technology. Techweek Chicago’s Hackathon, presented by Cars.com, ChallengePost, Corvisa, WeWork, Zebra Technologies, Raise, Time Out Chicago, Time Out Chicago, Insurance Auto Auctions, and .CO, will feature more than 50 developers, designers and entrepreneurs looking to create the next best web or mobile app. The event starts on Saturday, June 20 at 12pm and concludes on Sunday, June 21 at 12pm. Creations will be judged by a team of five leaders from Chicago’s tech community.

“We are excited to bring Techweek home to Chicago for a fifth year with the goal of highlighting the continued growth of the exponential innovation, collaboration and growth within the community,” said Katy Lynch, CEO of Techweek. “This year’s Techweek Chicago will bring together remarkable people, disruptive teams and an uniquely engaging experience to provide a platform on which to bring together those who are passionate about technology. Techweek is proud to provide remarkable speakers and opportunities to truly achieve our collective mission to build a better world through tech entrepreneurship in Chicago and beyond.”

Top sponsors of Techweek Chicago include: T-Mobile, Gogo, Raise, CallOne, Capital One, Cars.com, Insurance Auto Auctions, and K&L Gates.

To learn more about Techweek Chicago or to register, visit http://techweek.com/chicago.

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Cory Zeilke
cory(at)motionpr(dot)net
312-670-8941

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ABOUT TECHWEEK
Techweek is a seven-day conference, expo and festival where entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders meet to enable the innovation ecosystem in the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Miami and New York. Techweek curates compelling programming that allows a global spotlight to shine on each ecosystem and its leaders. Past speakers include Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, Chicago), Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber), Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist), Barney Harford (CEO, Orbitz), Dan Gilbert (Founder, Quicken Loans), Peter Diamandis (Founder, X PRIZE) and Pitbull (World renowned musician). The Techweek expo has gathered more than 200 sponsors, including companies such as Google, Groupon, Microsoft, Motorola, Redbox, Uber and Wordpress. The after-parties at Techweek have become famous for events like the Bootlegger's Ball, attracting sports teams such as Stanley Cup Champions the Chicago Blackhawks and for hosting entertainers like Calvin Harris.

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