Civic Tech in Chicago — May’s Top Events

| MSFT Chicago Staff


Now is the month of Maying! Get into the civic scene with us with our top picks for events centered around civic technology, STEM, and — most importantly — Chicago:

May 4

Chicago City Data User Group: Shared-Use Mobility and Data
6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Microsoft Technology Center Chicago, Aon Center 200 E. Randolph Ste 200, Chicago

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is a public-interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and help connect the growing industry with transit agencies, cities and communities across the nation. Through piloting programs, conducting new research and providing advice and expertise to cities and regions, SUMC hopes to extend the benefits of shared mobility for all.

May 10

Unboxed: Sopris and Microsoft
8:00am – 10:00am
BuiltWorlds 1260 West Madison Street, Chicago

The digital economy is entering a new age that presents unprecedented challenges for organizations as business applications and digital tools bring about significant changes in the way we work, communicate, and sell. Join Sopris Systems and Microsoft for this interactive session will explore challenges in the AEC industry and offers strategies and solutions to help organizations harness their strengths and mitigate risks.

On The Table 2016
All Day — Multiple Venues

In today’s world, this act of coming together has never been more important. On the Table 2016 will connect individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Talking – and listening – to our neighbors is an important first step toward creating a more unified Chicagoland region.

May 12

Bunker Labs 2nd Annual Muster
8:00am – 5:00pm
1871 Chicago 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to veteran entrepreneurship is excited to announce the 2nd annual “Muster” conference. This year’s theme, “Big Ideas,” invites veterans, corporate partners and innovators to come, bring their best ideas and develop new connections and insights. Last year’s inaugural event drew over 350 participants and won praise as “the most exciting innovative veterans’ event I have ever been to.” This year’s program will bring together over 400 participants and partners for a full day of veteran entrepreneurs pitching their businesses, keynote speakers, an Idea Lab, and a marketplace to buy products from veteran-owned small businesses.

May 14

Chicago Science Festival
10:00am – 5:00pm
Merchandise Mart 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Illinois Science Council invites you to the second annual Chicago Science Festival — a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefitting awesomeness that is S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering & math) research in the Chicago area.  All events require tickets/registration, generally $10 in advance/$15 day of. All-Day passes give you access to all talks on Saturday, May 14 and are $30 in advance/$40 day of. (If all-day passes sell out, no individual tickets will be sold.)  Advance ticket sales end at 6:00pm May 13, then get them at the door.

May 25

Open Data Panel: From the Space City to the Motor City
10:30am – 11:30am
#ChaseBasecamp @ The Masonic Temple 500 Temple Avenue Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is not alone in thinking about open data and civic innovation. What can we learn from others working on initiatives in other cities? What might they learn from us? How can we connect with others working on similar projects to take open data, mapping, and community engagement to the next level?

May 31
Technori – Future of Work – May 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Chase Auditorium 10 South Dearborn St Lower Lobby, Chicago

As the 3rd largest monthly startup event in the United States, Technori is a showcase of the Midwest’s most innovative startups, debuting their latest technologies.
Each month, 500 impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, and tech enthusiasts gather to watch five companies present for exactly five minutes each, with an interactive Q&A session that involves the entire Technori audience.

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