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Chicago: The Next Technology Hub?

January 24, 2013
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL United States
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Chicago:  The Next Technology Hub?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chicago is in the perfect mid-country location, and has some of the most optimum building stock, infrastructure and talent, to become one of the leading digital hubs for the entire country…move over Silicon Valley.  Now defunct, manufacturing megaliths in the Loop are being transformed into high-tech hubs transmitting data around the world and technology-driven companies are increasingly looking to downtown Chicago for the talent they need to take them to the next level.  Buildings like the former R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. and 840 South Canal Street (formerly the General Electric Co.) are gaining a new lease on life due to the insatiable need for bandwith by technology start-ups, universities, research labs, retailers, hospitals, manufacturers, and average consumers with smart phones and tablets.  Join us for a rapid-fire discussion of the intersection of technology and the built environment, digital infrastructure, and the City’s efforts to position Chicago as the next technology hub.

  • What is the City currently doing to upgrade digital infrastructure?
  • How does Chicago keep broadband access affordable while still raising capital for improvements?
  • Are there ways for public and private entities to work together to improve infrastructure?
  • What role do the financial markets play in the coming technology race?
  • How will the demand for data centers be met over the next 5-10 years?

Brandon Copple, General Manager, Wrapports Interactive

Todd Heiser, Design Director, Gensler
Dan Lyne, Executive Director, Chicago NEXT
John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago

Union League Club of Chicago
Main Lounge, 2nd Floor
65 W. Jackson Boulevard

Schedule of Events:
7:45 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – Program
9:00 a.m. – Q & A
9:15 a.m. – Adjourn

Registration Fees:
Member $55
Public Sector Member  $40
Young Leader Member  $35
Student Member  $15
Non-Member  $75
Student Non-member (full-time)  $25
Media (1 per publication)  Comp

Membership + Event Bundle – Save when you join ULI and register at the same time
Young Leader – Under 35 Years of Age (Must show proof on-site)  $265
Public (Must be employed by a public agency or a non-profit organization)  $225
Private (Employed by a corporation or self-employed)  $420

Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Refund Requests must be made in writing no later than Tuesday, January 22, 2013; refund requests will not be accepted after this date. Fax refund requests to 410-626-7148.  Registration increases by $10 after pre-registration deadline. 

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