Civic Tech in Chicago — November’s Top Events

Nov 1, 2017   |   MSFT Chicago Staff

Hello, November! We’re excited to embrace the crisp fall air and begin to wrap up 2017. Join us at these top events this month to help us prepare for 2018:

November 2

Crain’s Chief Information Officer Breakfast
7:30am—9:45am
Chicago Club 81 E Van Buren St, Chicago

If a CIO is to be a trusted partner, technology must be aligned with the business strategy. The CIO must understand the business, its priorities, its stakeholders and its sources of profit. Only then can the CIO figure out how technology can be best leveraged against those goals.
The panel will unpack how to get IT and operations aligned as well as ask Chicago’s leading CIOs how they are preparing for the security and privacy demands of the future.

November 3

Dare Mighty Things
8:00am—7:00pm
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago

Join 1000+ tech executives, entrepreneurs, developers, creatives & media on November 3rd in Chicago to hear inspiring stories from 11+ influential innovators.

November 3-5

Colony 5 2017 Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon
5:30pm—4:30pm
TechNexus 20 North Upper Wacker Drive #1200, Chicago

The Colony 5 Civic Tech Challenge wants potential idea leaders to think and design “into the future” by weaving innovation into the fabric of their business concept for interaction, technologies like the Internet of Things, wearables, driverless cars, etc.

November 6

4th Annual Big Idea Awards
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Untitled Supper Club 111 W Kinzie St, Chicago

Join us as Chicago’s top entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers present their big ideas in Food + DrinkArt + DesignGiving Back and Tech + Apps. Plus, help us crown top winners in each category by voting for your favorites.

November 7

Ignite@Edu K12
9:00am—4:30pm
Microsoft 200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200, Chicago

A K-12 education event focused on enhancing learning, security, productivity, and student retention through IT.

diversiTECH Hiring Fair
4:00pm—9:00pm
HERE Technologies 425 W. Randolph St., 12th Fl, Chicago

Clear your calendar! Now is the time to explore new job opportunities through our employers. ABI.Chicago is organizing its 2nd annual hiring fair for people of color with technology-focused, web- or mobile-based companies. We’ll also have a panel discussion and interview prep to assist your next career in tech. Connect with thought leaders & innovators in these fields and network with your peers. This event will be different from others. And this year, attendees can upload their resumes in advance for employer matching and on-site interviews if selected. Plus, we’re offering resume critiques. You’ll enter the new year happier and at peace after securing a new position within a culture that cares!

November 8

Bridging the Digital Divide
11:00am—2:00pm
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities 2102 West Ogden Avenue, Chicago

Join us for a presentation by Woodlake Technologies as you learn about online accessibility tools that can empower people with disabilities and improve the quality of life. As an acknowledged leader in providing assistive technology to help individuals to meet their vocational, educational and personal goals. From workplace ergonomics to accessibility for low vision or blindness, Woodlake Technologies is the bridge between institution and individual.

We also have Microsoft Chicago’s Urban Engagement Team who will be presenting DigiSeniors, a computer training curriculum customized for seniors and people with disabilities. The DigiSeniors curriculum includes an introduction to computing, resources for improving digital accessibility, as well as tips for staying safe online.

Cloud IOT Hacks Chicago
8:30am—6:00am
1871 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212 , Chicago

Cloud IoT Hacks brings together groups of diverse developers to learn how to implement a given developer scenario on Microsoft Azure through a full-day of immersive, structured, hands-on, challenge based hacking experience.

November 9

Midwest Women in Tech Awards 2017
5:30pm—9:00pm
The Lakewood 1758 West Lake Street, Chicago

Join JB Pritzker and Sandee Kastrul as they kick off a celebration of the Midwest’s most innovative female startup founders, investors, and leaders!

Don’t miss this powerful night of fun and excitement as we showcase the women in our region who are crushing expectations! Created by Women Tech Founders’ Rockstar Team, this 3-part extravaganza defies the status quo with experiences that resonate on a deeper level.

November 12

Bunker Bash
4:00pm—9:00pm
The Odyssey 19110 Ridgeland Avenue, Tinley Park

Get connected while celebrating and supporting those who have served our country this Veteran’s Day weekend! The Bunker Bash unites local businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and friends and family alike to gather and party with a purpose.

Bunker Bash is held in support of Bunker Labs, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization built by military veterans to empower other military veterans and their spouses to start and grow businesses.

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