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Innovation Fest

2018 Events Schedule

Thank you for helping to make UChicago Innovation Fest 2018 successful. Our next Innovation Fest will run May 1-June 6, 2019.

For the full event guide to Innovation Fest 2018, you can download the events calendar or check out the list of weekly events below.

 

Against All Odds: Rattan Khosa’s Entrepreneurial Journey //

When: Tuesday, May 1  |  11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-06 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center

Join the Polsky Center for an inspiring talk from Rattan Khosa, MBA ’79, founder, president, and CEO of AMSYSCO, Inc. Rattan will share the story of starting his company from scratch in his basement, how he built it to the highly-profitable industry leader that it is today, and his thoughts for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Rattan will also share his hopes for the Rattan L. Khosa Student Entrepreneurs Program, which was recently created as a result of his $5 million gift to the Polsky Center. Lunch will be provided.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu

 

IOP Speaker Series: US Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) //

When: Tuesday, May 1  |  2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, 2nd Floor (1452 E. 53rd St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Institute of Politics

Join the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics as they welcome Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). First elected in 2013 after serving as Mayor of Newark, Senator Booker has advocated for criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and opportunity for economic mobility. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, the Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Environment and Public Works. This conversation will be moderated by the Institute of Politics director David Axelrod.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact the Institute of Politics staff at uchicagopolitics@gmail.com

 

Cryptocurrency Finance Roundtable //

When: Wednesday, May 2  |  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Gleacher Center, Room 406 (450 N. Cityfront Plaza, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Chicago Booth and UChicago alumni and guests in the greater Chicago area
Hosted By: Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago is hosting an in-depth discussion on the future of the fascinating cryptocurrency marketplace. This panel will feature Andy Busch, Chief Market Intelligence Officer at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Dave Schulz, Director at the CBOE, and Toby Allen, a Senior Partner and Head of Digital Assets at Akuna Capital in Chicago. This event costs $7 in advance (if registered before May 1) or $10 at the door.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Scott Kemper, MBA ’06, at skemper@lsvasset.com

 

Innovation in Illinois: New Ideas, Old Debts //

When: Thursday, May 3  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Harris School of Public Policy, Lecture Hall 142 (1155 E. 60th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Prairie State Society at the Harris School of Public Policy

Join the Prairie State Society at Harris Public Policy for an address by Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Mendoza will address a wide range of topics related to state finances, public leadership in Springfield, and new approaches to addressing old problems. She will touch on technologies, legislation, and possible reforms that could help Illinois reimagine its unsustainable approach to budgeting, and rejuvenate the shrinking State.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact the Harris School events office at harris-events@uchicago.edu

 

Fab Lab Open House: Make a Laser Etched Flip Light //

When: Thursday, May 3  |  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South, Fab Lab (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center

Discover the Polsky Center Fab Lab, the University of Chicago’s product prototyping lab. This event will begin with a brief tour of the Polsky Center’s Fab Lab and resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. Participants will then each get a change to create their own flip light inside a custom laser etched jar.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Koprucki at ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

 

The Art and Science Behind Pixar Films //

When: Friday, May 4  |  8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Ramsey Auditorium (The main entrance is located at the intersection of Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL)
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is pleased to present an insightful talk featuring Danielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios. Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning films WALL-E and Brave and is now working on Pixar’s upcoming film, Coco. This event will show how art and science come together to create the magic of Pixar films.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact audweb@fnal.gov

 

Driving Financial Inclusion Through Fintech //

When: Monday, May 7  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-01 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

Financial inclusion means that individuals and businesses have access to useful and affordable financial products and services that meet their needs – transactions, payments, savings, credit and insurance – delivered in a responsible and sustainable way. In this event, the Polsky Center and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth have invited a diverse panel to discuss the various ways financial inclusion can be achieved through fintech startups and innovations.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Annie Le at annie.le@chicagobooth.edu

 

Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs //

When: Tuesday, May 8  |  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theatre (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center

The Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs is an exclusive one-day program from Wilson Sonsini designed for those in the process of – or considering – starting a new venture. Join the Polsky Center to learn practical information on the legal and business issues facing today’s entrepreneurs. The day will begin with an overview of the process of incorporating a company, strategies for allocating stock, and case studies of real startups. And, it will conclude with a panel presentation from entrepreneurs and investors, and a networking reception.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Steph Avalos-Bock at stephab@uchicago.edu

 

Mind Bytes 2018: Solving Societal Challenges with Artificial Intelligence //

When: Tuesday, May 8  |  12:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Where: Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club (1212 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Anyone affiliated with UChicago interested in high-performance computing or artificial intelligence
Hosted By: Research Computing Center

Mind Bytes is a celebration of scholarship and research computing and a unique event that brings together faculty, staff, and students from every corner of the University who share an interest in high-end computing, data, scientific visualization, and the use of computation and data to advance the state of the art of their fields in new ways. The theme for this year’s event is Solving Societal Challenges with Artificial Intelligence.

How to Register: Register Online >> 

Questions? Contact Kimberly Grasch at kgrasch@uchicago.edu

 

Architectural and Urban Design for the Future: The New Home of Harris Public Policy //

When: Wednesday, May 9  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Harris School of Public Policy, Lecture Hall 142 (1155 E. 60th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Harris School of Public Policy

Learn from Farr Associates, the architecture firm behind the redesign of the new Keller Center, how a 20th century post-modern masterpiece originally designed by Edward Durrell Stone is being transformed into a vibrant, sustainable hub intended to advance Harris’ commitment to social impact, lively policy dialogue, and inclusiveness. An adaptive reuse initiative, the Keller Center extends the campus’ rich architectural history. Additionally, the forward-thinking design of Keller Center has important implications for policies that can help build a sustainable future.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact the Harris School events office at harris-events@uchicago.edu

 

Art & Science Exposition 2018 //

When: Wednesday, May 9  |  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gordon Center for Integrative Science, 3rd Floor Atrium (929 E. 57 St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Biological Sciences Division Dean’s Council and Graduate Council

Art and science have always inspired one another. Come see the amazing scientific art that is globally influencing how we see the future. Food and drinks will be provided.

How to Register: Register via Email >>

Questions? Contact ucartandscience@gmail.com

 

The Future of Fintech //

When: Wednesday, May 9  |  5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Citi Ventures, Suite 1550 (Steuart Tower, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA)
Who Should Attend: Chicago Booth and UChicago alumni in the San Francisco Bay Area
Hosted By: Chicago Booth Alumni Club of San Francisco

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of San Francisco is hosting an event that explores innovations and opportunities in fintech that are top of mind for financial institutions, consumers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and regulators. This event will feature a dynamic group of panelists who will bring perspectives from across the fintech space, with experience spanning payments, credit and lending, fintech regulation, artificial intelligence, financial infrastructure and banking.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Lindsay Hoffman at lindsaymshoffman@gmail.com

 

Grief as Resistance II: Violence, Trauma, and Resilience in Colombia and Chicago //

When: Thursday, May 10  |  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: School of Social Service Administration Library (969 E. 60th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus
Hosted By: School of Social Service Administration (SSA), UChicago Urban, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Center for Latin American Studies, SSA Dean of Students Office, SSA International Programs and SSA Alumni Affairs

This discussion will bring together mothers of victims of violence, along with practitioners (social workers/activists) supporting black and immigrant communities ravaged by state-sanctioned violence Cali, Colombia and Chicago. Join us for a transnational conversation about building resilience and healing from trauma in communities grappling with high levels of violence, developing novel strategies for resistance through community organizing, memory, and art.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Yanilda Gonzalez at yanilda@uchicago.edu

 

Connexion IoT Showcase //

When: Friday, May 11  |  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Chicago Connectory (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 570, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: Chicago Connectory

The Connexion IoT showcase brings together local influencers, industry thought-leaders, innovative companies and early-stage startups all working to further explore and harness the power of IoT. The Chicago Connectory is a partnership between Bosch and 1871. Covering nearly 20,000 square feet in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the Chicago Connectory is a co-creation space and IoT incubator boasting cutting-edge technology and security, expert programming, and mentorship from leading experts in IoT.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Michael Blumenthal at michael.blumenthal@us.bosch.com

 

Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series: The Story Collider //

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018  |  8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fermilab, Wilson Hall, Ramsey Auditorium (The main entrance is located at the intersection of Kirk Rd. and Pine St., Batavia, IL)
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: Fermilab

Join the Story Collider and the Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series for this evening of true, personal stories about physics. Storytellers include: Mike Albrow, Cindy Joe, Don Lincoln, Lindsay Olson, and Herman White. Tickets are $15.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact audweb@fnal.gov

 

Pathways to Entrepreneurship and Commercialization //

When: Monday, May 14  |  12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: UChicago Medicine, Room L-107 (860 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Biological Sciences Division faculty
Hosted by: Polsky Center and the BSD Office of Faculty Affairs

Join us for a conversation with BSD faculty who will share their experiences and best practices for translating research into commercial and business applications. Learn more about the resources available from the Polsky Center to support investigators including venture creation, technology commercialization, and business incubation. The session will be moderated by Nancy Harvey, managing director and director of technology commercialization for the Polsky Center, and panelists will include Maryellen Giger, Sam Volchenboum, Cathryn Nagler, Eugene Chang, and Alex Ruthenburg.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions: Contact Karen Jackson at kjackson10@bsd.uchicago.edu

 

Meet the 2018 Seed Grant Recipients at the Social Sciences Research Center Open House //

When: NOTE: This event has been postponed. New date TBA.
Where: Social Sciences Research Center, McGiffert House, 2nd Floor (5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Faculty from SSD, SSA, Harris, Booth, and others interested in applying for seed grants
Hosted By: Division of the Social Sciences

Join faculty from across the social sciences for chalk talks on early-stage projects and research, and see the new Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC). This 6,000 square foot facility opened in December 2017 and offers open-concept research bullpens, collaborative spaces, and a workshop room to support projects addressing complex social problems. Presenters will include recipients of the 2018 Seed Grants and faculty affiliated with The Center for Spatial Data Science, The Knowledge Lab, and The Population Research Center. Information on opportunities to apply for the next round of seed grants and other ways to be involved in the SSRC will be available as well. Refreshments will be served.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Sarah Niemann at sniemann@uchicago.edu

 

Saving the Synapse: 2018 Mind and Brain Annual Public Lecture //

When: Monday, May 14  |  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to the public
Hosted By: The Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior and the Illinois Science Council

The Mind and Brain Lecture Series is designed to inform the general public about scientific advancements in neuroscience. The Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago and the Illinois Science Council will host Carla J. Shatz, Ph.D., the David Starr Jordan Director, Stanford Bio-X and Professor of Biology and of Neurobiology, at this year’s public lecture. Reception to follow. Registration is required.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact the Grossman Institute at grossmaninstitute@uchicago.edu

 

Energy Startup 101: Beyond Innovations //

When: Wednesday, May 16  |  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Saieh Hall, Room 146 (1160 E. 58th Street, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)

Join the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) for a discussion with the managing director of the Invenergy Future Fund Amy Francetic, along with energy firms that got their start at UChicago, on what it takes to build an energy startup, and survive—from what makes a good pitch and how to get funding to the unique challenges energy entrepreneurs face today and the opportunities presented by falling energy costs.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Victoria Ekstrom High at vekstrom@uchicago.edu

 

The Cross-Disciplinary Formula for a Successful Venture //

When: Thursday, May 17  |  11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-03 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Chicago Booth and the Polsky Center

Join Chicago Booth, Polsky Center, and Inc. magazine for a wide-ranging discussion with three recent New Venture Challenge success stories – David Rabie, MBA ’15, of Tovala, Jennifer Fried, MBA ’15, of ExplORer Surgical, and Brian Clark, MBA ’17, of Ascent Technologies. This panel will discuss their experiences building their companies while at Chicago Booth, the cross-campus and cross-disciplinary support they sought out to bring their ideas to market, and the recent investments they have all received from the UChicago Startup Investment Program. Moderating the discussion will be Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. and CEO of Mansueto Ventures. Lunch will be provided.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu

 

Brinson Lecture: Let There Be Light: The Observational Quest of the First Galaxies //

When: Thursday, May 17  |  6:00  – 7:00 p.m.
Where: School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MacLean Ballroom (112 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All campus and open to the public
Hosted By: Physical Sciences Division (PSD), Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

The first billion years after the Big Bang is widely regarded as the final observational frontier in assembling a complete picture of cosmic history. During this period early stars and galaxies formed and the Universe became bathed in light for the first time. Hydrogen clouds in the space in between galaxies transformed from an atomic gas to a fully ionized medium consisting of detached protons and electrons. How and when did this ‘cosmic reionization’ occurred and were early star-forming galaxies the primary agents? Recent progress has raised the exciting prospect that we will soon be able to directly witness this dramatic period when the Universe emerged from darkness and the first galaxies began to shine. At this Brinson Lecture, Professor Richard Ellis will review the rapid progress being made with current facilities, and the prospects with upcoming ones, including the James Webb Space Telescope and extremely large ground-based telescopes now under construction.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact deptsec@oddjob.uchicago.edu

 

Eat with a Purpose: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Future of Food //

When: Thursday, May 17 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All campus and open to the public
Hosted By: Frizzell Committee, Family Farmed and the Polsky Center

Join the Frizzell Speaker and Learning Series (“Frizzell Series”) and the Polsky Center for a panel discussion about innovative approaches to food education, food production, and food waste. The panel will feature speakers from various local and national companies that are guided by a positive social mission, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a desire to bring healthy and sustainable food to Chicagoans.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Sabina Shaikh at sabina@uchicago.edu

 

CreativeMornings/Chicago with Howard Tullman //

When: Friday, May 18  |  8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Logan Center, Performance Hall (915 E 60th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Logan Center and CreativeMornings/Chicago

CreativeMornings/Chicago is a monthly creative breakfast lecture series for the creative community where invited speakers present on a given theme. The Logan Center will host a session featuring Howard Tullman, former CEO of 1871 and the newly named executive director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology. Tullman is an entrepreneur, visionary, educator, and art collector, and will speak on the theme of “Commitment.”

How to Register: Register Online >> (NOTE: The registration page will be available starting Monday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.)

Questions? Contact Leigh Fagin at lfagin@uchicago.edu

 

John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge Finals //

When: Tuesday, May 22  |  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center

The John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) is the social impact track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge. The SNVC is run by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth in partnership with the Polsky Center. SNVC finalist teams will present to a panel of distinguished judges and compete for $75,000 in cash prizes and $40,000 in additional specialized awards.  Doors open at 9:15 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m. In addition, the 2018 SNVC Finals will be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available at www.chicagonvc.com. The winners of the 2018 SNVC Finals will be announced during the Taste the Impact Reception. NOTE: This is the new start time for the SNVC, which will now begin at 10:00 a.m.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Jacquelyn Christensen at jacquelyn.christensen@chicagobooth.edu

 

Taste the Impact Reception //

When: Tuesday, May 22  |  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation

The Taste the Impact Reception will immediately follow the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge Finals and feature catering from food-focused, mission-driven organizations based in Chicago. The winners of the 2018 SNVC Finals will be announced during the Taste the Impact Reception.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Jacquelyn Christensen at jacquelyn.christensen@chicagobooth.edu

 

Innovation at the End of Online Privacy //

When: Tuesday, May 22  |  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Facebook Live
Who Should Attend: Students, Researchers, Entrepreneurs Using Social Data
Hosted By: University of Chicago Computer Science

Recent headlines have drawn attention to privacy concerns around the use of web data for research, advertising, and political action. Join UChicago computer and data science experts in an open discussion of how users can protect their personal information and activity without stifling science and businesses built upon data collected online.

How to Register: Register online >>

Questions? Contact Rob Mitchum at rmitchum@uchicago.edu

 

A Wrinkle in Time Book Discussion //

When: Saturday, May 26  |  3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Seminary Co-Op Bookstore (5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Graduate Students and Postdocs in the Sciences
Hosted By: Physical Sciences Division (PSD), UChicago Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, and the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Join researchers from the Physical Sciences and science-fiction enthusiasts for a discussion about the science, themes, and ideas in the science fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time. The novel follows a main character who is searching for her father who has disappeared after discovering a new planet and the ability to time travel.

How to Register: Register Via Email >>

Questions? Contact Emily Easton at eweaston@uchicago.edu

 

 

 

Zrom Public to Private and Private to Public: A Fireside Chat with Dan Caruso, MBA ’92 and Professor Steve Kaplan //

When: Tuesday, May 29  |  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public 
Hosted By: Polsky Center

If you enjoy streaming Netflix, Hulu, and other media, you have Dan Caruso, MBA ’92, to thank! Learn about his entrepreneurial journey from MBA candidate to CEO of Zayo Group in a fireside chat moderated by Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance Steve Kaplan. Caruso will share his unique perspective on his experiences in both taking a public company private and taking a startup from launch to IPO. As a seasoned investor and serial entrepreneur, Caruso and Kaplan will speak about the most important lessons he’s learned throughout his illustrious career and his biggest pieces of advice for any current Booth students hoping to follow in even a few of his many impressive footsteps.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Nora Mansfield at nora.mansfield@chicagobooth.edu

 

Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge Finals //

When: Wednesday, May 30  |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center and Chicago Booth

The Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) is the premier startup launch program run by the Polsky Center at the University of Chicago and in partnership with Chicago Booth. As an immersive, experiential learning program, the NVC helps graduate students at the University of Chicago turn their ideas into viable businesses. Today, the NVC is recognized as a top-ranked accelerator program in the nation, and is where companies like Grubhub, Braintree and Simple Mills got their start. Throughout the day, NVC finalists will present to a panel of top investors, entrepreneurs, and other distinguished judges and compete for more than $1 million in cash prizes and in-kind services. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the program. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. An overflow room will be set up on the Concourse Level and remote viewing will be available in the Peter May student lounge. In addition, the 2018 NVC Finals will be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available at www.chicagonvc.com. The winners of the 2018 NVC Finals will be announced during the Polsky Innovation Showcase.

How to Register: Register Here >> (NOTE: Seating in C-25 is extremely limited and is only available on a first-come, first-served basis)

Questions? Contact Hannah Williams at hannah.williams@chicagobooth.edu

 

UChicago App Challenge Finals //

When: Wednesday, May 30  |  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted by: University of Chicago ITServices and the Polsky Center

See a year’s worth of innovation in the UChicago App Challenge culminate in a chance to win $10,000 in prizes. The App Challenge helps translate ides or observation into a mobile app, website or something else. Those participating in the finals are competing against other teams for a chance at a $10,000 prize. NOTE: This is the new start time for the App Challenge, which will now begin at 1:00 p.m.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

 

Polsky Innovation Showcase //

When: Wednesday, May 30  |  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Winter Garden (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center and Chicago Booth

The Polsky Innovation Showcase is an interactive celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration in the University community. Set up like a “science fair,” entrepreneurs and innovators from across the campus community will demo their start-ups, products and/or technologies at different tables in Chicago Booth’s Winter Garden. Attendees are invited to take an interactive and in-depth look at the flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem at the University of Chicago. Winners of all tracks of the NVC—Traditional, Social, Global, and College—will be announced during this event.

NOTE: If you are a UChicago entrepreneur, scientist, or innovator, we invite you to exhibit at the 2018 Polsky Innovation Showcase. Participation is by application only and must be arranged in advance. Please contact Mary Naset for details.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu

 

UChicago Innovation Fund Finals //

When: Thursday, May 31  |  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center

The University of Chicago Innovation Fund provides critical early capital to groundbreaking UChicago ventures and technologies that have the greatest promise to transform our future. Finalists in the 2018 spring investment cycle will compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. Each team will pitch their ideas to the Innovation Fund Steering Committee, an esteemed group of investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry experts. The Spring 2018 Cycle Finals will be livestreamed and access to the livestream will be available online at the start of the program. The winners of the Innovation Fund will be announced in the days following the Finals.

How to Register: Register Here >>

Questions? Contact Steve Lehmann at slehmann@uchicago.edu

 

Science and the Transformation of Cities //

When: Thursday, May 31  |  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Argonne, APS Conference Center (9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: Argonne National Laboratory

In the last 120 years, rapid urbanization has brought about an amazing societal transformation. In the past, 80 percent of the world’s population lived in rural areas; now, the reverse is true. That dramatic population shift raises concerns about food security, access to quality education and health care, and reliable and resilient energy, water, and transportation systems, among other things. To manage these resources effectively, governments need to know how cities grow and how these various infrastructural components interact as a complex system. But what role will scientists and engineers have in remaking today’s cities for tomorrow? Join us as Argonne scientist Ralph Muehleisen discusses science and engineering’s impact on the future of cities.

How to Register: Register Online >>

Questions? Contact outloud@anl.gov

 

Tour the Polsky Exchange: Alumni Weekend 2018 //

When: Saturday, June 2  |  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North (1452 E. 53rd St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: UChicago Alumni Weekend attendees
Hosted by: Polsky Center

Join the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for a tour of the Polsky Exchange, the University’s 34,000-square foot facility that houses a coworking space, the Polsky Incubator, and a state of the art Fab Lab. The Polsky Exchange serves over 3,000 members from the University of Chicago and its surrounding neighborhoods, and has become an anchor of the growing 53rd Street corridor. No registration is required.

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu

 

UnCommon Core: The Undergraduate Entrepreneur //

When: Saturday, June 2  |  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 122 (1100 E. 57th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: UChicago Alumni Weekend attendees
Hosted by: Polsky Center

Join Polsky Center executive director Starr Marcello for a dive into entrepreneurship and innovation on the UChicago campus. Get an inside look at the expanding innovation ecosystem (including the Polsky Center’s resources for alumni), and be immersed in an experiential entrepreneurship class based on Marcello’s new course for undergraduates, Special Topics in Entrepreneurship: Developing a New Venture, which is part of the undergraduate track of the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, recognized as a top accelerator program in the country. This session will include “shark tank” style pitch presentations from the top two entrepreneurial teams from this year’s class, giving you the opportunity to provide real-time feedback and advice directly to the founders. Attendees will leave with heightened skills for thinking like an innovator and a direct connection to the newest student enterprises on campus.

Questions? Contact Mary Naset at mnaset@uchicago.edu

 

Science on the Screen: Black Panther //

When: NOTE: This event has been postponed until the fall quarter.
Where: Ida Noyes Hall, Max Palevsky Cinema (1212 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all campus and the public
Hosted By: UChicago Office of Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, the Physical Sciences Division at the University of Chicago, and Doc Films

Hear from a panel of experts on science and diversity as they unpack the themes from the film Black Panther. Join us for the panel discussion, and stay for a free screening of the film. Science on the Screen presents popular culture films and documentaries depicting themes related to science, technology, math and engineering, followed by short talks and conversations with leading experts from the University of Chicago and special guests. The purpose of the series is to inform and engage people about the science of everyday living, from health and climate change to cosmological breakthroughs that change our understanding of the world around us.

Questions? Contact Rhianna Wisniewski at rhianna@uchicago.edu