Startup Weekend Chicago - Maker Edition
Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017
Friday, March 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:15 pm
965 W. Chicago Ave
Join Startup Weekend Chicago & mHUB in Building the Future!
What does Maker Edition mean?
Participants will pitch startup ideas that include the development of a physical product or software+ (delivery system). No, you don’t need to be a Maker to participate. Successful startups leverage a team of diverse skill sets including business, marketing, tech development, and design!
Sound like a tall order in 52 hours?
No worries! We’ve partnered with mHUB to provide participants access to 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art machines, workspace, and material! mHUB is Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. mHUB galvanizes the manufacturing ecosystem by bringing innovative ideas, attracting world class talent, and driving greater productivity and profit. mHUB provides members access to 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art machines and work space, and a vibrant community of manufacturers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and investors. mHUB ensures Chicago’s legacy remains that of a beacon to a region that builds products, and also the future.
Join Startup Weekend Chicago and mHUB in Building the Future! Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and tinker away! Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Questions? Email us at Chicago@startupweekend.org
Friday March 10th
Saturday March 11th
Sunday March 12th
Ed has dedicated most of his career to the study of haptic interface, and is considered one of the leading scholars in the field. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, Ed has maintained a robust research program that has led to two previous spin-off companies: Cobotics (acquired by The Stanley Works in 2002), and Kinea Design (acquired by HDT Robotics in 2011). He is a prolific inventor with twenty-five issued patents with several more pending. He is recognized for seminal contributions to the design and control of haptic interfaces, and in 2007 was selected as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. In recent years, he has focused on Surface Haptics, developing the technological foundation for Tanvas.
Elissa has an MBA from Texas A&M University. @dimaelissa http://www.vismed3d.com/
Formerly the CEO of Techweek, the nation's largest traveling technology festival. Prior to Techweek, I was the President and Founder of SocialKaty, Inc, Chicago's largest social media marketing agency. Founded in 2010, SocialKaty exploded, offering a rich set of services to a diverse portfolio of over 60 full-time clients, including AAA, Spartan Race, Beanie Babies, ServiceMaster, and Firestone Tires. In July of 2014, I announced the merge between SocialKaty, Inc and Manifest Digital, a Chicago-based experience design agency. This combination created one of the largest social and content marketing teams in the U.S.
► Named 'Top 50 Tech Influencer' by Crain's Chicago
► Placed on Thrillist’s 'Top 50 Twitter Feeds To Follow'
► Listed on Chicago Tribune's '10 Chicago Entrepreneurs to Follow on Snapchat'
► Featured on BuiltInChicago's '50 Chicago Tech CEOs, Founders, Designers & Hackers to follow'
► Creator of popular hashtag #TravelTuesday
► Actively involved in Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform organization, FWD.US
► Model and Brand Ambassador for The Limited's 'Leading Looks Like' National Campaign: http://www.thelimited.com/features/top-looks/leaders
Coaches and Mentors
Her first "maker" engagement was with Unatronics, and since then she has immersed herself in the business world of physical product companies. She runs the Chicago chapter of MakerBiz, and she currently works out of Catalyze Chicago, a co-working space designed for physical product companies. She also conducted the first StartupBus to focus on hardware in the summer of 2015.
Chris received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris and then earned an MBA at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She lives in Chicago with her dog named Squirt and her Roomba named GRoomba.
Engineer in Bionic Medicine
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Chicago - Maker Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Chicago is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here