Tech Month Chicago is taking 2017 Event Submissions through September

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The second annual Tech Month Chicago will take place September 1 – 30, 2017.

Tech Month Chicago declares the month of September 2017 as Technology Awareness Month, a month for Chicagoland to celebrate technology, and our city’s diverse genius in technology innovation, business, and education.

Here is some more context around what we’re doing this year:

  • Our website is: www.techmonthchicago.com
  • Tech Month Chicago #TMC2017 is a one month event calendar in September that promotes all of Chicago’s tech events to the public at large for a Technology Awareness Month across the Chicagoland area.
  • It’s geared toward families, kids, and the non-techies out there.
  • We will have a great deal of advertising out there in late August and September to help get the word out to the city. We will be advertising in places like DNAinfo, The Chicago Reader, New City, Time Out Chicago, SouthSide Weekly, Streetwise, and the Lumpen Times.
  • If people attend more than three tech events during the month, they will get a participation certificate and some other cool stuff.
  • We will be encouraging civic engagement and tech education throughout the city as well and working with companies, schools, venues, event coordinators, and more.

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Tech Month Chicago prioritizes events and projects that:

  • are free and open to the public
  • are geared toward the non-techie or people outside of the tech industry
  • increase public access to and participation in technology-related tools, gadgets, knowledge and ideas – especially among underrepresented populations
  • involve every demographic in the city from senior citizens, teens, business people, companies, organizations to any and all interested participants
  • encourage collaboration between neighborhoods, schools, genres and anything else

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EVENT TYPES:

Submissions will be accepted for the following event categories:

  • Tech Events for kids and families
  • Company Open Houses
  • Educational Outreach and Job Training
  • Tech Expert presentations and panels
  • Networking, parties, festivals
  • Demonstrations of Technology
  • Audio such as Radio and Podcasts
  • Virtual such as Webinars and Hangouts
  • We are open to your creative ideas as well

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EVENT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Anyone can submit an event for Tech Month Chicago. We want to be as inclusive as possible as we believe that technology should belong to everyone. Tech Month Chicago seeks to engage all city residents to participate and attend events through promotion of our calendar. We imagine events like coding for kids, celebrations, maker tutorials, technology related music and art events, professional networking, job training, and more.

We also suggest that you adopt a “code of ethics” at your event, to make all people feel welcome and safe. Here’s an excellent template to get started: geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy

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WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR EVENT:

Please make sure to tell us your name, number, email, and social media accounts.

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EVENT PROMOTION:

All events submitted prior to September 1, 2017 will be promoted in a robust marketing campaign and public outreach effort including online and social media. Event coordinators will be invited to meet for an information session whereupon they will be given additional materials to distribute and help promote their events.

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NEED AN EVENT SPACE FOR YOUR SEPTEMBER #TMC2017 TECH EVENT?

For those needing a space to host tech events this September, the following sponsors have generously donated their space (subject to availability for dates and times) to help celebrate Technology Awareness Month this September. Please contact them directly for booking info and space availability in September 2017:

National Able Network

567 W. Lake Street, Suite 1150

Chicago, Illinois 60661

Contact Person: Wok Barry

Contact Info: jbarry@nationalable.org • 312.858.0830

Website: nationalable.org

Additional Details: They would love to host a hackathon and any other events they can.

Clique Studios

410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 801

Chicago, IL 60605

Contact Person: Brent Williams

Contact Info: bwilliams@cliquestudios.com • 312-279-9329

Website: cliquestudios.com

Coalition Impact

405 West Superior Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Contact Person: Andrew Ettenhofer

Contact Info: andrew@coalitionspace.com • 312-757-5905

Website: coalitionspace.com

Fin Tank

333 S. Wabash Ave.

Chicago, IL 60604

Contact Person: George Vukotich

Contact Info: george@fintank.org • 708-259-3686

Website: http://fintank.org

House of the Apocalypse

1908 S. Halsted Street #1F

Chicago, IL 60608

Contact Person: Melanie Adcock

Contact Info: melanie@techmonthchicago.com • 312-259-0610

Additional Details: Small space holds 30-50 people

Metis

1033 West Van Buren, 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL 60607

Contact person: Nathan Vermeiren

Contact Info: nathan@thisismetis.com • 646-780-0191

Website: thisismetis.com

Northeastern Illinois University (Center for College Access and Success)

770 N Halsted St #420

Chicago, IL 60642

Contact Person: Meghan Hausman

Contact Info: c-hausman@neiu.edu • 262-424-8136

Website: neiu.edu

Roosevelt University- Chicago and Schaumburg Locations

Chicago Campus:

430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Schaumburg Campus:

1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

Contact Person: Eric Wierzbicki

Contact Info: ewierzbicki@roosevelt.edu • (312) 341-2406

Website: https://www.roosevelt.edu/

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HELPFUL REMINDERS: 

You can hold your event for Tech Month Chicago anywhere. It is not limited to the above locations. It can be at another tech venue, business, coffee house, restaurant, night club, and more. The above locations are offering to host free of charge, so that’s a huge bonus, but again your Tech Month Chicago 2017 events can take place anywhere throughout Chicagoland.

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It is free to post events to the Tech Month Chicago calendar.

Click here to post your event!

Questions? Need Help? Want to Donate your venue? Please contact Melanie Adcock at 312-259-0610 or melanie@techmonthchicago.com