The 5 top tech events happening around Chicago this week

by James Risley
October 3, 2016

Each week, we bring you the best tech events from around Chicago’s tech scene. This week, we have sessions on how to plan for success in the startup world, a happy hour for freelancers and the Techstars Community Demo Day. Be sure to read about the most interesting events below, and check out our events page for things to fill up gaps in your calendar this week.

Herzum Presents Agile Planning: From Boardroom to Code (and Back!), Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Agile planning can help organizations quickly iterate on their best ideas. But it can be hard to implement agile skills throughout the organization. This panel will help you bring agile planning to your business without compromising core ideals and critical safeguards.

Honing Your Pitch: Marketing, PR, Design, Oct 4 at 1 p.m.

A 60-second elevator pitch is great for investors, but it’s also good for getting the attention of the media, who can help to spread the word about your project. With tips on marketing one-on-one, finding what’s newsworthy about your project and when it’s time to break down and hire an agency, this lunchtime event will give you the tools you need to create a buzz of your own.

Techstars Chicago - Community Demo Day, Oct 4 at 5:30 p.m.

More than 2,300 startups applied to Techstars this year, with only 10 making the final cut. You’ll be able to hear what those selected teams were working on at this week’s community demo day. From party planning to wearable devices, the event is sure to have some exciting reveals. For a preview of the events, check out our review of the press demo day.

Spark Chicago: Happy hour networking for freelancers with Improv, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

For freelancers, meeting new people is part of the job. But the process can be nerve-wracking. Take the edge off of making new business connections with the improv happy hour. Not only will you be meeting new people, but you’ll learn great skills to help you communicate in any situation. Tony Rielage of Theatre Momentum will lead the activities.

How Will The Internet of Things Impact Your Industry?, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The Internet of Things is coming, but it’s unclear exactly what effect it will have. Will users adopt IoT devices in their homes, or will they be used by businesses to track inventory? At this event, IoT experts will talk about how the sensor-packed devices will alter almost every industry, from health care to consumer goods.

Still looking for something to do? Check out our full events calendar and follow us on Twitter @BuiltInChicago

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