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Entrepreneurship Calendar

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  1. Week of August 28, 2015

    1. Friday, August 28, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour

        2100 South Oak St.

        Champaign, IL

    2. Saturday, August 29, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  2. Week of August 30, 2015

    1. Sunday, August 30, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Monday, August 31, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  3. Week of September 1, 2015

    1. Tuesday, September 1, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Wednesday, September 2, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 12:00 pm - 2:00 pmResearch Park Table at the Siebel Center

        Siebel Center 201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

         
    3. Thursday, September 3, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 5:30 pm

        There will be 3 speakers from Uptake. http://uptake.com/

        Nick Nordeen is a Frontend Engineer at Uptake. Nick grew up in Chicago, and Colorado. Nick attended the University of Illinois - Champaign in 2014 and majored in computer science. He too, participated in the ITA test his junior year.  The best part about participating in the ITA test was being able to talk to all of the companies that attended the mixer in such a relaxed environment. Nick is proficient in Java, and JavaScript. In his spare time, he has been trying to explore Chicago because he just moved closer to the city and hasn't been able to spend a lot of time learning about it.

         

        Andrew Wenum is a user centered designer, creative technologist and entrepreneur. Andrew earned his undergraduate in MIS from Ohio University, Innovation Certificate from University of Pecs, and MA in New Media & Digital Studies from DePaul University. Andrew has worked across multiple industries on projects with Caterpillar, Firestone, ESPN, DePaul Athletics, and Corona Light - along with consulting for numerous tech startups and boutique brands. In 2012, he founded Grp21, a digital design consultancy, Illuzion Records, an electronic music label, and DESIGNATION, the world's first immersive digital design accelerator in Chicago. At Uptake he leads Uptake X, focusing on design and innovation for the Industrial Internet of Things.

         

        Brad Nicholas, is the Lead IoT Architect at Uptake. Brad is responsible for on-asset computing platforms and distributed computing solutions at Uptake, a Chicago-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) startup.   He has 4 patents awarded or pending and brings extensive engineering, product and general management experience at multiple startups and larger companies across several industries including automotive, consulting, internet applications and telecommunications.   Brad holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of Michigan.


        ITA Tech Challenge

        1404 Siebel Center

    4. Friday, September 4, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    5. Saturday, September 5, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  4. Week of September 6, 2015

    1. Sunday, September 6, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Monday, September 7, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    3. Tuesday, September 8, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmSocialFuse

        141 Loomis Auditorium & Atrium; 1110 West Green St, Urbana

    4. Wednesday, September 9, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amEngineering Career Services Career Fair

        Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
        201 E Peabody, Champaign, IL 61820

      3. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

        Professor Robert Brunner


        Practical Data Sciences Short Course 2.0

        EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    5. Thursday, September 10, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amEngineering Career Services Career Fair

        Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
        201 E Peabody, Champaign, IL 61820

      3. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

        Mayor Feinen, City of Champaign


        CEO Roundtable

        Humanities Room, iHotel Conference Center

    6. Friday, September 11, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

        Steven Marciniak

        Marciniak graduated from the University of Illinois' College of Business with a degree in Management - Entrepreneurship. During his time in Champaign he work at EnterpriseWorks in Research Park. At the age of 22 he created TrackBill.


        Start-up Cafe with Steven Marciniak

        EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820

      3. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

        Steven Marciniak.

        Marciniak is the Co-founder and CEO of TrackBill. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Management-Entrepreneurship. Shortly after graduation, he was introduced to a lobbyist at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce who was in need of a better solution for tracking legislation. Steve recognized the business potential and founded TrackBill a month later. 


        Start-up Cafe with Steven Marciniak

        EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820

    7. Saturday, September 12, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  5. Week of September 13, 2015

    1. Sunday, September 13, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Monday, September 14, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 11:00 amNetworking BBQ with Grainger

        Business Instructional Facility (BIF)

        515 East Gregory Drive
        Champaign, IL 61820

         

      3. 6:00 pm

        Matt Ahrens and Bobby Evans


        Urbana-Champaign Hadoop User Group Meeting

        1404 Siebel Center

        201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL

      4. 6:00 pmdesign+: part-time job fair

        Illini Union Rooms A & B

    3. Tuesday, September 15, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    4. Wednesday, September 16, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amBusiness Career Fair

        Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
        Champaign, 61820

      3. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

        Professor Robert Brunner


        Practical Data Sciences Short Course 2.0

        EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    5. Thursday, September 17, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amBusiness Career Fair

        Activities & Recreation Center (ARC)
        Champaign, 61820

    6. Friday, September 18, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmPizza and Professionals

        The Career Center, TCC interview suite at 616 E. Green St. on the second floor

    7. Saturday, September 19, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  6. Week of September 20, 2015

    1. Sunday, September 20, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Monday, September 21, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amEngineering Employment EXPO

        ARC

    3. Tuesday, September 22, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 8:30 amEngineering Employment EXPO

        ARC

    4. Wednesday, September 23, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

        Professor Robert Brunner


        Practical Data Sciences Short Course 2.0

        EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    5. Thursday, September 24, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 9:00 amThe Pygmalion Tech Festival at Research Park

        EnterpriseWorks at 60 Hazelwood Drive and the Atkins Building at 1800 South Oak Street 

    6. Friday, September 25, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 10:00 am - 4:00 pmPygmalion Festival Demo Day

        Krannert Center Lobby

      3. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour

        2100 South Oak St.

        Champaign, IL

    7. Saturday, September 26, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
  7. Week of September 27, 2015

    1. Sunday, September 27, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
    2. Monday, September 28, 2015

      1.  Silicon Valley Workshop Applications Now Open
      2. 9:00 am - 5:00 pmStatistics Career Fair

        Illini Union

        1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

    3. Tuesday, September 29, 2015

      1. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmIllinois Ventures Lunch Talk

        EnterpriseWorks, Room TBD

    4. Wednesday, September 30, 2015

      1. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

        Professor Robert Brunner


        Practical Data Sciences Short Course 2.0

        EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

  8. Week of October 1, 2015

    1. Thursday, October 1, 2015

      1. 8:30 amACM Annual Conference

        Siebel Center

    2. Friday, October 2, 2015

      1. 8:30 amACM Annual Conference

        Siebel Center

    3. Saturday, October 3, 2015

      1. 8:30 amACM Annual Conference

        Siebel Center

      2.  Research Park Tailgate - Illinois vs. Nebraska

        The Atkins Building Patio, 1800 South Oak Street, Champaign

  9. Week of October 4, 2015

    1. Sunday, October 4, 2015

      1. 8:30 amACM Annual Conference

        Siebel Center

    2. Tuesday, October 6, 2015

      1. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmData Analytics After Hours

        Room 104 Illini Union

    3. Wednesday, October 7, 2015

      1. 3:30 pmShare the Vision Reception

        EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

      2. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

        Professor Robert Brunner


        Practical Data Sciences Short Course 2.0

        EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    4. Thursday, October 8, 2015

      1. 8:30 am - 5:00 pmShare the Vision
      2. 8:30 amShare the Vision 2015

        iHotel Conference Center and EnterpriseWorks

         
         
      3. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmACES and Sciences Career Fair

        ARC

        201 East Peabody Drive
        Champaign, IL 61820

  10. Week of October 11, 2015

    1. Tuesday, October 13, 2015

      1. 12:00 pmWomen in Tech Luncheon : Ada Lovelace Day

        EnterpriseWorks

    2. Wednesday, October 14, 2015

      1. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmResearch Park Tech Talk at Siebel Center

        Siebel Center 201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

    3. Thursday, October 15, 2015

      1. All DayThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week
      2. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmStartup Cafe with Preemadonna

        EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    4. Friday, October 16, 2015

      1. All DayThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week
    5. Saturday, October 17, 2015

      1. All DayThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week
  11. Week of October 18, 2015

    1. Wednesday, October 21, 2015

      1. 5:00 pmECE Explorations Panel

        1002 ECE Building, Grainger Auditorium 

    2. Thursday, October 22, 2015

      1. 3:30 pm - 7:00 pmResearch Park Student Open House

        Start at EnterpriseWorks Atrium, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    3. Friday, October 23, 2015

      1. 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmResearch Park Homecoming Alumni Tour

        Begin at EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign

  12. Week of October 25, 2015

    1. Wednesday, October 28, 2015

      1. 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

        Lori Patterson, Co-Founder of Pixo


        EIR Workshop: Creating your company culture

        EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign

    2. Friday, October 30, 2015

      1. 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmTrick or Treat at EW

        EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign

      2. 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour

        2100 South Oak St.

        Champaign, IL

  13. Week of November 8, 2015

    1. Wednesday, November 11, 2015

      1. 8:30 am - 4:30 pmBig Data Summit 2015

        iHotel Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

  14. Week of November 15, 2015

    1. Tuesday, November 17, 2015

      1. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmAfter Hours at Siebel Center

        Siebel Center 201 N Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

  15. Week of March 13, 2016

    1. Tuesday, March 15, 2016

      1. 4:30 pm - 7:00 pmResearch Park Career Fair

        iHotel Conference Center


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