Events

The Research Park is not about bricks and mortar. It is the companies and the people who work in them who make this a vibrant, dynamic and ever-evolving community.

Community building events are inherent to the Park’s fabric. Networking opportunities are commonplace; these include happy hours, lunches celebrating holidays of all sorts, bonfires and an annual holiday party. We do educational events, conferences and bring in speakers who have been successful entrepreneurs. The Research Park is a partner with the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation for its TechMix events, a gathering of local technology companies, service organizations, and entrepreneurs. We have periodic non-credit classes on a variety of topics.

The Research Park also facilitates several recurring events targeted at certain groups. Tech CEO Roundtable Dinners provide a small group interaction for CEOs of technology businesses in Champaign-Urbana to address business operations and best practices. A new initiative is an informal lunch forum for women working in the technology sector in Champaign-Urbana, an effort developed since women are still in the minority in these fields. It includes women working in biotech, engineering, IT, or any type of scientific/technology roles within local tech companies.

Event Highlights

The forum gives a chance for entrepreneurs to share their story and provide insights on their success, things they wish they would have known before gettings started, and lessons from their entrepreneurial journey.
Every Thursday, come out to Houlihan's at the iHotel for a special Research Park Happy Hour, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Happy Hour will be held outside on the patio as weather permits.  Houlihan's offers the following appetizers between 4-6PM and 9PM-CLOSE for $3.95:
Outside at Research Park is a partnership between the Research Park, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Fox/Atkins Development, LLC to present a series of summer concerts in a welcoming, eco-friendly public venue featuring tempting food and beverage options. Outside at the Research Park is held just southwest of State Farm Center on First Street in the Research Park. Parking is available in the lot south of the Caterpillar building at 1901 South First Street.  
Stay up to date on the delicious food trucks making appearances at Research Park! Please note that trucks are not under contract to be in Research Park, and schedule is subject to change without notice.  ALL WEEK (Until further notice) Cracked (@CrackedTruck, Website) (Check Twitter, website for exact location in Research Park) TUESDAYS (Until further notice)
Thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia
This course started Tuesday, January 27, 2015 and was offered for the following 8 weeks. Big Data Short Course: Practical Data Science for Industrial Applications was taught by Professor Robert J. Brunner. The course met once a week from 6-8:30pm with dinner included. The cost was $150 per person. Content included: data acquisition, machine learning, transport, analysis, visualization and archiving.