JUNE 2017 RESEARCH PARK ANNOUNCEMENTS

June 07, 2017
Category: Research Park

JUNE 2017 RESEARCH PARK ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING RESEARCH PARK EVENTS

 
Thursday, June 8, 12-1PM
Event: Polsinelli Drone Presentation
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: Discover new insights about drones through both a legal and technical perspective as Polsinelli, a Chicago law firm, presents its expertise in this area.
Sponsor: Research Park and Polsinelli
 
Friday, June 9, 9:30AM-1PM
Location: Blood Mobile, Outside EnterpriseWorks
About the Event: Join us for our Blood Drive hosted by Community Blood Services of Illinois! All presenting donors will receive a voucher for his or her choice of shirt. For more information contact Jenny Kim at jskim3@illinois.edu or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org using Code #70851. Please eat before donating and bring Photo ID. Last Date to Donate Elsewhere: 04/07/17. To register visit the link: http://go.researchpark.illinois.edu/donateblood.
Sponsor: Research Park and Community Blood Services at Illinois
 
Friday, June 9, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: What transferrable skills have you developed in school and during your internship? And how can you explain them in ways that make sense to future employers? In this interactive workshop, Derek Attig will teach how to identify your marketable skills and practice articulating their value in a variety of contexts, including resumes and interviews. You will work with real job ads from a variety of fields to give you hands-on experience making connections between your skills and what employers are looking for.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Friday, June 16, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: What is your personal brand? Nell Madigan will focus on marketing yourself for success through finding your unique value of promise. We will think about our individual attributes and how that translates into your placement in the marketplace.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Thursday, June 21, 12:00-1:00 pm 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium 
About the Event: Join us to learn about navigating the citizenship process. This presentation will cover naturalization, highlight a story of citizenship, and introduce initiatives working to make Champaign County a welcoming community. There will also be an open Q&A session following the presentation. Whether you are interested in becoming a US citizen or want to support newcomers and immigrants in Champaign County, we welcome you. Lunch will be provided. First come, first served. 
Sponsor: Research Park, New American Welcome Center, and You’re Welcome CU
 
Friday, June 23, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: How do you wish to come across to your colleagues and professional network? Which attributes do you hope to present in the professional world? How do you want to work to perceive and “evaluate you? Join this session with Elizabeth Chominski to discuss how to build relationships that will inevitably better position you for a productive professional life.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Friday, June 30, 5-7PM
Event: Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour
Location: 2100 S. Oak Street, Champaign
About the Event: Join us for our Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour summer event series. Drinks will be provided, and activities will be available for the whole family. Check back regularly for event updates. The theme this week is Red, White, and Blue to celebrate the Fourth of July. Come to enjoy a good time and dress in your most patriotic outfits! 
Sponsor: Fox/Atkins Development and Research Park
 
Friday, July 7, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: Join us for a workshop with Patricia Simpson that will help you create an effective resume or improve the one you already have. Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. This workshop will lead you through a self-assessment series so you will have extensive knowledge about the product you are marketing aka YOU!
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Wednesday, July 12, 12:00-1:30 pm 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event:  The Women in CU Tech Industry Lunch Forum is an informal networking event for women working in Champaign-Urbana area technology companies or women working in technology roles. The Research Park invites successful women in technology roles to present on their areas of expertise, or invites women who are accomplished professionals to give motivational talks. Ashley Moy, CEO of medical device startup Cast 21, will be the speaker. Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to reserve a seat. 
Sponsor: Research Park 
RSVP: http://go.illinois.edu/womenintech
 
Friday, July 14, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: What is stress? What are the things we stress about? How does stress affect my well-being? In this psychoeducational workshop, Graduate Assistants Ademola Akinrinola and Matt King at the University of Illinois Counseling Center will address these questions and provide an overview of what research says about ways to cope with stress. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how stress impacts one's life, learn stress management techniques, and how to develop resiliency.
Sponsor: Research Park

Wednesday, July 19, 4:30PM
Location: EnterpriseWorks
About the Event: Research Park employee/interns are invited to compete in one of three levels of players: beginner, intermediate, and experienced. Prizes will be awarded to winners of each category, and the winner will receive the Circulating Golden Paddle. Dinner will be provided only for participants. Spectators are more than welcome to join. Registration will be available later this month, so save the date. Sponsorships are welcome. For more info on sponsorship or to request to be part of the planning committee, please contact Jenny Kim
Sponsors: EnterpriseWorks, Research Park, Fox/Atkins Development and more to come! 
 
Friday, July 21, 4-4:45PM
Location: 2100 S. First Street Patio/Atrium
About the Event: The class will be led by certified yoga instructor, Jodi Adams. Jodi has been practicing yoga since 1991. No matter one's age or flexibility, she offers a practice to awaken strength, balance, and a mind/body connection. Please bring your own mat, but there will be a few extras available.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Friday, July 21, 6:30PM
Location: The corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road, Champaign, IL
About the Event: OUTSIDE at the Research Park plays upon a simple concept: great music, fresh food, and a green state of mind in an open, relaxed environment. Bassist Jared Manker (Mank) and guitarist Sara Siders (Sass) will rev things up with a mighty set of acoustic funk and gritty blues before legendary guitarist Elvin Bishop swings his axe with a newly formed trio comprised of bassist Bob Welsh Jr. and drummer Willy Jordan. Bishop—a founding member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and a collaborator of John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers—slides through his latest musical incarnation with an appealing mixture of rowdy blues, R&B classics, and down-home, feel-good vibes.
Sponsor: Research Park, Krannert Center, Fox/Atkins Development, LLC, the University of Illinois, and University of Illinois Extension
 
Location: EnterpriseWorks Atrium
About the Event: Kate Rogers will discuss how to budget, save an emergency fund, pay down debt, set financial goals, and improve your credit report and score. Kate has been employed at the U of I Community Credit Union since April 2008. She is also the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Campus Card Management Group. She graduated from Illinois College in 2004 with a Bachelor's of Science in Finance and Business Administration.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Thursday, July 27, 4:30-6:30PM
Event: Summer Picnic and Intern Awards Ceremony
Location: TBD
About the Event: Join us for the 11th annual Summer Picnic as we wrap up our summer together to celebrate the successful work of our Research Park interns. All Research Park employees and interns are encouraged to attend. Meatheads and entertainment will be provided for all. During the event, we will honor 5 outstanding students with awards in the following categories: Best Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Startup, Most Advanced Marketing/Business Development, Best Technological Innovation, Most Valuable Undergraduate, and Most Valuable Graduate student employeewith awards at this event. The selected students will receive trophies commemorating their achievement and a small gift from the Research Park. Selected students and their mentor/nominating manager will be able to share a few remarks about their experience.
Sponsor: Research Park
 
Friday, June 28, 5-7PM
Event: Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour
Location: 2100 S. Oak Street, Champaign
About the Event: Join us for our Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour summer event series. Drinks will be provided, and activities will be available for the whole family. Check back regularly for event updates. The theme for this Fire at Five is Comic Con! Come dressed as your favorite character and compare your costume with your friends' costumes. 
Sponsor: Fox/Atkins Development and Research Park
 
Friday, Aug 4, 9:30AM-1PM
Location: EnterpriseWorks Conference Room 130
About the Event: Join us for our Blood Drive hosted by Community Blood Services of Illinois! All presenting donors will receive a voucher for his or her choice of shirt. For more information contact Jenny Kim at jskim3@illinois.edu or online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org using Code #70851. Please eat before donating and bring Photo ID. Last Date to Donate Elsewhere: 04/07/17
Sponsor: Research Park and Community Blood Services at Illinois
 
Friday, Aug 25, 5-7PM
Event: Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour
Location: 2100 S. Oak Street, Champaign
About the Event: Summer is winding down and school is starting back up! Join us at our Back to School Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour summer event series. Drinks will be provided, and activities will be available for the whole family. Check back regularly for event updates.
Sponsor: Fox/Atkins Development and Research Park

Sunday, August 27, 12 – 4 PM
Event: Research Park at Quad Day
Location: University of Illinois Main Quad
About the Event: Research Park will once again have a booth at Quad Day! Come out to the University of Illinois Quad on August 21 between noon and 4pm to receive freebies and learn about internships, entrepreneurship, work opportunities, and resources offered. If your company would like to participate, please contact Jenny (jskim3@illinois.edu)
Sponsor: Research Park
 
 

SAVE THE DATE: 
 


Share the Vision 2017, Sept. 20-21
Join us for Share the Vision 2017, sponsored by the Office of Technology Management and EnterpriseWorks. The event starts with an opening reception at EnterpriseWorks on the evening of Sept. 20, with the main event at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 21. Preview our pipeline of emerging technologies through research & start-up presentations featuring more than 20 leading innovators and entrepreneurs from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and our partner institutions. This year's event will focus on technologies at the intersection of engineering and medicine. For more information and registration, visit  http://otm.illinois.edu/STV2017
 
PygHack 2017, Sept. 22-23 
The Pygmalion Music & Tech is excited to launch PygHack, a hackathon event for tech professionals and students. The event will include a 24 hour hack to invent solutions to help the local community with innovative new technology. The event will take place at EnterpriseWorks and is being planned in coordination with Wolfram, Volition, Pixo, the Research Park, and the Pygmalion festival. Details are in the works, let us know if you are interested in being involved in the planning efforts, sponsorship, or company participation.  Tentative date: September 22-23, 2017. 
 
Friday, Sept 29 and Oct. 27, 5-7PM
Event: Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour
Location: 2100 S. Oak Street, Champaign
About the Event: Join us for our monthly Fire at Five Bonfire and Happy Hour summer event series. Drinks will be provided, and activities will be available for the whole family. Check back regularly for event updates.
Sponsor: Fox/Atkins Development and Research Park
 
Big Data Summit 2017, Nov. 9
Thought leaders from the University of Illinois Research Park, industry, and academia will come together for the fourth annual Big Data Summit to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities. This event will take place on November 9, 2017 for the fifth annual Big Data Summit at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or speaking opportunities at the 2017 Big Data Summit, please contact Laura Bleill at lwbleill@illinois.edu
 

RESEARCH PARK ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
UIRP To Host AURP’s First Introduction to Research Parks Program
The University of Illinois Research Park will be the first stop of the Introduction to Research Parks program put on by The Association of University Research Parks, and the guest list includes research park professionals from across the country. Those who attend the Introduction to Research Parks at The University of Illinois Research Park will learn the how’s and why’s that led to the park’s successful and growing public-private partnership. Established in 1986, The Association of University Research Parks serves more than 700 research parks across the world in order to foster innovation, commercialization and economic growth in a global economy through university, industry and government partnerships. Attendees will attend various sessions and courses throughout the two-day event, as well as tour The Research Park and EnterpriseWorks technology incubator. To view the agenda and registration information, click here.

EnterpriseWorks Participates in YES
This summer, EnterpriseWorks will be participating in the Youth Employment Services program by Champaign Unit 4 Schools. Two high school students will be working at EnterpriseWorks from July 19-July 29. Through connecting students and employers, YES aims to build bridges to meaningful employment for Champaign’s youth. More information, visit http://yes.champaignschools.org
Research Park Part of New Americans Welcome Center Advisory Committee
The Research Park is pleased to be part of this initiative by the University YMCA, one of six being established this year through the national YMCA, as part of our efforts to be an inclusive, supportive community. The YMCA’s New American Welcome Centers (NAWC) are designed to help immigrants—also referred to as newcomers—fully integrate into American society and prepare receiving communities to be welcoming and inclusive. NAWCs accomplish this through a combination of integration services, collaborations with community leaders and businesses, and strategies to connect and build cross-cultural understanding between immigrants and U.S.-born residents. More information, visit http://www.universityymca.org/welcome/
 
Intern Professional Development Workshop Series Begins June 6
This summer, all Research Park interns are encouraged to attend our Intern Professional Development Workshop Series. These will take place every Tuesday from June 6-July 25 in the EnterpriseWorks Atrium from 12-1PM. There will be no workshop on Tuesday, July 4. This year, food will only be served from 12-12:15PM, followed by a 40 minute presentation, giving interns ample time to return to their offices by 1PM. Topics will cover a range of themes, such as collaboration, skill translation, branding, networking, resumes, stress management, and finance. For more information, visit the Research Park calendar or contact Jenny Kim at jskim3@illinois.edu.

C-U Hack Night at EnterpriseWorks in June and July
The new community group CU HackNight will meet in the EnterpriseWorks atrium every Tuesday evening from 6 – 8 pm in June and July (no meeting July 4). CU Hack Night is a weekly, ongoing meetup of diverse people from our local community. Their focus is problem solving, using the group’s collective skills. Most of their work is computer-based, but it doesn’t have to be limited to technology. Dinner is part of the meeting. It’s worth emphasizing that C-U Hack Night is not a competitive contest (or “hackathon”). All are welcome. More information about the group here: https://cuhacknight.org/

Food Trucks at Research Park
Multiple food trucks are serving in various Research Park lots throughout the week. For the updated schedule, check here regularly: http://www.researchpark.illinois.edu/FoodTrucks
Tell Us Your News! 
Is your company in the news? Do you have fun things happening this summer? Allow our communications team to showcase what you are doing this summer. We want to make you look good – whether it’s a simple social media share on any one of our numerous channels or if its writing up an article or even doing a video, we want to highlight all things innovative, fun, and happening in the Research Park. Please email us: research-park@illinois.edu.

Intern Nominations: Get Ready!
Start thinking about which interns you want to nominate for the annual Research Park Outstanding Intern Awards. We will be launching the award nomination form on June 8. 
 

RESEARCH PARK JOB BOARD

 
Interested in working for Research Park? Check out our Job Board for available full-time, part-time, and internship positions. New openings are added regularly.
 

RESEARCH PARK IN THE NEWS

 
Graybar and University of Illinois Announce the Opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park
Graybar and the University of Illinois announced the grand opening of the Graybar Innovation Lab at Research Park on May 1. At this facility, Graybar will collaborate with University of Illinois students and faculty to develop industry-leading digital capabilities that strengthen its position in the supply chain. More information and news coverage: http://researchpark.illinois.edu/Graybar_Opens_Innovation_Lab_at_Research_Park
 
Electroninks Incorporated Launches Kickstarter Campaign
EnterpriseWorks graduate Electroninks Inc. has launched a new Kickstarter campaign  to raise money to create Circuit Scribe: DIY Electronic Kits. They have created DIY kits that incoprorate their paper-based electronics such as Circuit Scribe, a conductive ink pen that allows electricity to flow through the ink on the pages. These kits are a fun new way to use their products, and allows people to get creative, while also educating people about basic circuitry principles. 
AARP Tech Nest Intern Highlighted in the News-Gazette
Rishabh Anand, rising sophomore in electrical engineering, discussed his vision to bring the Internet of Things to the Champaign-Urbana community in this week’s Wired In column. Rishabh’s drive for technological innovation has led him to a summer internship at AARP’s Tech Nest as a Voice Enabled Technology Development Intern, located in Research Park. He has also participated in the the Cozad New Venture Competition, as well as started his own registered student organization called the Illini Internet of Things Association. Rishabh explains that through these initiatives, “He hopes to make Champaign-Urbana a Smart City.” Read the full story

UIRP Focuses on Growing Full-Time Talent Pool with Catalyze Professional Networking Event
Fox News Champaign was on hand to see the more than 100 local technology professionals who came out to EnterpriseWorks on May 18 to learn more about each other and opportunities for full-time employment, both in the Research Park and area companies. The event was sponsored by Research Park and the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation. More info here: http://foxillinois.com/news/local/u-of-i-research-park-hold-networking-event
Reconstruct CEO Featured on Engineering at Illinois Podcast
Reconstruct CEO Mani Golpavar Fard was featured on the Engineering at Illinois podcast to discuss how their technology is revolutionizing construction monitorizing. Reconstruct is currently located at EnterpriseWorks and was a 2017 Entrepreneurial Excellence: New Venture Award Finalist at the Innovation Celebration. Reconstruct uses images of job sites to measure work completed, find plan deviations, and predict risk for delay. This visual production management solution improves transparency, communication, and efficiency in the construction industry. Read the full story on our website.

CAMPUS EVENTS OF INTEREST

 
Launch of Illinois Data Science Initiative (iDSI)
We are pleased to announce that the campus is undertaking a new effort – the Illinois Data Science Initiative (iDSI) – to explore how to better connect our faculty, staff, and students from nearly every discipline across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to the Data Science skills, tools, and practitioners that they need to solve their problems. In its first year, iDSI is focusing on identifying challenges, opportunities, and potential collaborations through a series of campus-wide summits centered on core research themes. This work is intended to form the basis for a sustained effort serving the data science needs of the Illinois research community and its educational, governmental, and industrial partners. Join the iDSI email list to be notified of upcoming activities and involvement opportunities.
 
Thursday, August 17, 7AM-2PM
Location: Savoy, Illinois
About the Event: Agronomy Day is a collaborative field day hosted by the Department of Crop Sciences in partnership with several academic units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). From nitrogen management to drone demonstrations Agronomy Day shares cutting-edge research with practical implications for your farm or business. CEU and CCA credits are available during tour stops.
 
Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept 12-13
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
About the Event: Engineering Career Services hosts the largest fall engineering career fair in the State of Illinois with over 7000 students and 400 companies attending to connect with talent at Illinois. Registration opens May 15.  Registration will only be accepted through Handshake.  (You must create an account prior to registering.  The University of Illinois should be listed as a school choice by May 3, 2017.) Please email ecs-fair@illinois.edu or call 217-333-1960 with any questions.
 
Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept 19-20, 2-7PM
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
About the Event: Registration will be opening June 5th, 2017.  Look for more details to be released soon. This spring attendance was over 1,500 unique students and there were a total of 134 companies represented.
 
Monday & Tuesday, Sept 25-26, 10AM-4PM
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
About the Event: Having started in 1989 with only 30 companies its first year, the Engineering Employment EXPO at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the Largest Student-Run Engineering Career Fairs in the Nation. Our mission is to connect students and employers through our career fairs in the fall and spring semesters. All of the proceeds from both events support student activities within the College of Engineering. If you have any general questions please contact our Co-Directors at codirectors@illinoisexpo.orgIf you have any questions regarding payments, please contact our Treasurers at treasurer@illinoisexpo.orgLastly, if you have any questions regarding the website, please contact our Webmasters at webmaster@illinoisexpo.org.
 
Wednesday & Thursday, Sept 27-28, 9:30AM-3:30PM
Location: 205 North Matthews Drive, Urbana
About the Event: Hosted twice a year in the Newmark Lab Crane Bay, the CEE job fair brings company recruiters, many of them CEE alumni, to campus and offers students the opportunity to find internships and full-time positions. For questions about company registration, contact Keely Ashman kashman@illinois.edu
 
Thursday, Oct 5, 1:30-6PM
Location: Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
About the Event: Company registration for the 2017 ACES & Sciences Career Fair opens June 1, 2017. For more information, contact Jean Drasgow at 217-333-0981.  
 
Thursday, Oct 19, 12-5PM
Location: Illini Union
About the Event: The Fall Illini Career & Internship Fair is your opportunity to find talent from an array of majors for your internship and job opportunities. This fair has a focus in industries that seek to hire students within liberal arts, humanities, education, applied health sciences and media. Registration will open during Summer 2017.
 
 

LOCAL/REGIONAL EVENTS OF INTEREST

 
InnovateHER provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs throughout the U.S. to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), have the potential for commercialization (40%), and fill a need in the marketplace (30%). Over the course of the 2016 InnovateHER Challenge, over 248 organizations registered to host local competitions. Businesses in 49 of 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and American Samoa were represented. There were 194 local competitions held in which winning business plans were submitted to SBA for evaluation. Over the course of four months, over 3,000 entrepreneurs were engaged in local competitions. Applications are due on June 3. For more information and to participate in the challenge, click here.
 
SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop, Chicago
PROPEL is hosting this 2-day Intensive Workshop, provided by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting that will cover all aspects of writing SBIR/STTR grants focused on life science technologies including:  eligibility, sources of funding and agency differences, understanding what reviewers look for, step-by-step instruction on how to write each section of your proposal. It will be held on June 14-15, 2017 at MATTER in Chicago. For more information, click HERE. 

SBDC WORKSHOP – Starting Your Business in Illinois, Champaign
This informative 2-hour workshop on June 15 helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements of starting a small business in Illinois. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions. Free to attend, but space is limited. More information: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/starting-business-illinois-workshop-3/
 
Techweek Chicago
Techweek is a purpose-built conference and media company in 8 cities, with week-long conferences throughout the year. Techweek partners with tech leaders, corporations, and the community to build a unique experience for investors, entrepreneurs, and Hero Companies. In Chicago the week of June 19th. More information and registration http://techweek.com/chicago/
 
CHSI Summer Mentoring Workshop, Pontiac, Ill.
Celebrating High School Innovators will be hosting a summer mentoring workshop on June 24, 2017 in Pontiac, Illinois. Here, high school students will learn personal branding, video editing, and creating a proposal of their innovative idea in order to prep for the CHSI competition. For more information, click HERE.
 
Chicago Coder Conference
The Chicago Coder Conference will take place from June 26-27, 2017, at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. This conference covers a wide array of topics in order to support and promote the Chicago tech community. To register, click HERE.

Midwest Inland Port Tour (Bus to Decatur from Champaign) 

The International Trade Center of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC invites you to tour the 280-acre freight shipping & receiving facility in Decatur, IL on June 27. You’ll have the opportunity to see this facility in action and learn how the rail service from Central Illinois is now connected to all major U.S. ports and what benefits that has to Midwest exporters.The Midwest Inland Port is a multi-modal hub located in Decatur, Illinois that delivers both domestic and international flexibility for companies through a well-positioned transportation corridor, connecting the Midwest to the East, West and Gulf Coasts of North America.Free to attend, RSVP required by Friday, June 23rd. More information: http://www.cusbdc.org/event/midwest-inland-port-tour/
 
Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge
The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Rural entrepreneurs compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2017. For more information, click HERE.
 
SBIR Road Tour, Madison
The Center for Technology Commercialization and the University of Wisconsin Extension are hosting the SBIR Road Tour on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 8AM-4PM in Madison, Wisconsin. individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will participate in a one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members. To register, click HERE.
 
The InfoAg Conference, St. Louis 
The InfoAg Conference returns to the Union Station in St. Louis. Make plans to attend July 25th - 27th, 2017. For more than 20 years, InfoAg has been the leading event in precision agriculture. More info HERE.
 
The Fear Paradox, Chicago
The Fear Paradox is designed to remove friction from the path of innovation, to inspire and lead women closer to their fears, through the anxiety abyss, pushing paradoxical fearlessness to a new level of success. On July 27-29, 2017, join nationally recognized female speakers and panelists and a special fireside chat with our guest of honor: Sophia Amoruso, the founder of NastyGal, author of the bestselling book "GIRLBOSS" and one of Forbes Richest Self-Made Women. To register, click HERE.
 
Chicago Venture Summit
On September 13, an exclusive group of top investors come to Chicago to meet the best venture-backed companies in the midwest. The Chicago Venture Summit will host some of the most influential venture capitalists, corporate V.C.’s, and angel investors in the country as they connect with high-potential start-up companies from around the Midwest. The Summit will uniquely curate exclusive networking among Chicago’s Fortune 500 leadership, its local investor community, and the influencers of its burgeoning innovation ecosystem. More info here.
 
Indy Big Data
This technology conference is on September 14, 2017 in Indianapolis. More info can be found on the Indy Big Data website.
 
The Strange Loop, St. Louis
Meet us in St. Louis, September 28-30th, 2017, to make connections with the creators and users of the languages, libraries, tools, and techniques at the forefront of the industry. More info here. See the Register page for the latest on registration and hotel info.
 
Fifth Annual IoT Summit Chicago
As we work to build a better foundation for IoT here in region through our IoT Council initiatives, the Fifth Annual IoT Summit Chicago will propel the conversation ever further. The event will take place October 18-19, 2017, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.
 
International Automated Software Engineering Conference (ASE), Champaign 
During the week of October 30-November 3, ASE, the premier research forum for automated software engineering, will come to UIUC. There will be several workshops and tutorials held on October 30-31, and keynote speakers will lead the main conference during the remainder of the week. For more information, click here. If you are interested in being a financial supporter, click here.
 
SBIR and STTR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Experienced SBIR professionals have all been contracted by EnterpriseWorks to assist companies with SBIR and STTR applications with free consulting services to East Central Illinois applicants. Request technical assistance here
Information on open solicitations is available at https://www.sbir.gov/solicitation-listing/open.
HHS Funding Opportunities are ongoing. Click here.