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Friday, July 22


Introduction: John Tolva, CTO of Chicago

John Tolvo, CTO of Chicago will be helping kick off the first day of TechWeek with an introduction.


Friday July 22, 2011 9:10am - 9:20am
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C


Keynotes: Aneesh Chopra
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Aneesh Chopra

Former CTO of the USA | Advisory Board

Friday July 22, 2011 9:30am - 10:10am
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C


Education 2.0: How Does Tech Fit Into the Classroom?

At home, work, on our phone - tech is everywhere -- but are educators ready to make the full switch in their classrooms from books to computers?

Tech buying is top of mind of school boards and curriculum decision makers... but what are the next steps to make this transition a successful one? Is tech taking the place of teaching, or actually helping children succeed?

The question also circulating is how much technology is too much for schools. Schools are coming across new issues when it comes to Education 2.0 (for example Google Images and some racy content), open-web data is amazing for kids to find answers fast, but is it factually correct and age-appropriate? How do schools regulate what kids see on the internet and how do they also use it to their advantage?

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Randi Brill

Brill founded Quarasan! in 1982 in the basement of her home and has built it into a leading educational product developer. Quarasan! provides full-service content development for publishers and school districts. Quarasan! offers conceptualization, editorial, design, production, and management services for all major disciplines in Pre-K through Higher Ed. | | Randi personally works closely with publishing executives as a conceptual partner on new... Read More →
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John Connolly

John Connolly manages and coordinates the instructional technology initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools district. This includes technology integration programs, innovative technologies, digital media, live conferencing, professional development, Internet safety, and grant opportunities. His passion and innovation for using technology to transform teaching and learning has been recognized by the US DOE. | | Connolly has 10 years of... Read More →
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Bruce Montgomery

Bruce Montgomery, President of Montgomery & Co. is an interactive broadband technology and IT solutions company. Montgomery is also the producer of Technology Access TV, a weekly technology focused TV show, broadcast to all cable subscribers in Chicago, as well as Director and Co-Founder of Chicago New Media Summit (CNMS08), Board Member of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), and Member of the Mayor’s Council of Technology... Read More →
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Michael Ross

Michael Ross: About Michael Ross | | Michael Ross is Senior Vice President/Education General Manager for Encyclopaedia Britannica.  | | His products have generated hundreds of millions of dollars and won numerous awards, including the Association of Educational Publisher’s Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Awards; Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award; Parent’s Choice Award; Bologna Children’s... Read More →

Friday July 22, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A


Capitalizing on Intellectual Property

This panel aims to give tech companies an introduction to the major topics, lessons, risks, and opportunities in turning innovation into intellectual property. 

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Michael Friedman

Michael D. Friedman is Managing Director at Ocean Tomo. He currently heads Ocean Tomo Asset Management (OTAM) and is its Chief Investment Officer. OTAM creates and manages intellectual property-based public and private investment products. The public products include exchange traded funds, hedge funds and long only funds. The private products include intangible asset based financings, direct debt and equity investments into corporations and... Read More →
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Richard Machonkin

Richard Machonkin is a partner at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, where his practice is devoted to intellectual property law. Mr. Machonkin is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has 15 years of experience in all areas of patent law, including prosecution, litigation, and client counseling. His work has spanned a wide range of technologies, including telecommunications, software, optics... Read More →
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Jonathan Pasky

Founder, Data 2.0
Principal & CEO, Pasky IP Law LLC // Entrepreneurial intellectual property and business law firm with experience in all aspects of patents, intellectual property, and startup law. | | Founder of Data 2.0, Inc. // Media & production company producing: DataWeek + API World Conference & Expo (3,500+ attendees); DeveloperWeek Conference & Festival (2,000+), DeveloperWeek L.A. (400+), and Data 2.0 meetup events in San Francisco, New York and... Read More →

Friday July 22, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room B
Saturday, July 23


The Technology of Solving Big Problems

The purpose of technology is to solve problems. Mass tweeting from protesting nations enables the coordination of grassroots activism. Online challenge sites are able to solicit niche experts who propose computer science, biotechnology, or pharmaceutical solutions online. Knowledge collaboration sites help centralize problem-solving efforts for the public. From interpreting the human genome to enabling mass citizen protest coordination, what new technologies will solve the big problems of this decade?

  • Finding a problem-solver: how online challenges and marketplaces
  • Hosting a group conversation: how online collaboration sites enable group problem-solving
  • Triggering mass coordination: crowd activism and crowd-funding

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Tyler Bell

Dir of Prod | Factual Inc | Tyler Bell (@twbell) leads Factual's product initiatives in global place data and contextual audience platforms. He is a former archaeologist of late Roman and early medieval Europe, with a research focus on GIS and anisotropic cost surfaces. Tyler led Product for Yahoo's Geo Technologies Group and received his PhD from the University of Oxford. He has broad interests in open source and place-based information systems... Read More →
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Brandon Kessler

Brandon Kessler is the founder and CEO of ChallengePost, a New York web company that allows organizations and individuals to challenge the public to solve problems through competitions. Current clients include The City of New York, First Lady Michelle Obama, Samsung, Thomson Reuters, the World Bank, and the federal government who chose ChallengePost to create and power the governmentwide challenge platform: http://Challenge.gov | | Prior to... Read More →

Ivan Sheldon

Ivan manages Americas business development for NAVTEQ. Since joining NAVTEQ in 2004 as a Product Manager, Ivan has initiated the $28.5M acquisition of a map company in South Korea, led the product integration of a Mexican acquisition, managed the development of a new map database in Australia and launched the first map product optimized for pedestrians using mobile phones and consumer electronics (Discover Cities). Products that he... Read More →

Saturday July 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C
Sunday, July 24


Apps for Metro Chicago: The Data

Thinking about entering the Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois Competition? Don't miss this chance to hear data experts from the city, state and county - including Brett Goldstein, CDO of the city of Chicago - talk about the available data and some of their favorite app ideas. Victoria Carlson, President of A4MC, will also be there to talk about the kinds of apps the judges are looking for.

Sunday July 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room D 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654


Social Media & The Uprising in Iran

The post presidential election mayhem in Iran in June 2009 was a preview of the a phenomena that later re-appeared in the Arab countries, and today is called "The Arab Spring". Within 72 hours after the announcement of the allegedly fraudulent results, over 3 million protestors flooded the streets - streets in a country where no organized opposition was allowed. 

The presentation will posit a thesis that new media entities are substituting for the classic opposition political parties infrastructure; the processes of mobilizing, messaging and the logistics of street action no longer need to be organized through the traditional organizational paradigm.

Seond half of session will include a panel of the book What's Next?: Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy. Additional panelists include Jerome McDonnell, Lyric Hughes Hales, and David Hale.


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David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include asset management companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics. Mr. Hale serves as the global economic advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He formerly worked as chief economist for Kemper Financial Services from 1977 to 1995 and Zurich Financial Services, which he joined as chief economist when... Read More →
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Lyric Hughes Hale

Lyric Hughes Hale is an accomplished China analyst and speaker. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by China as a result of the world economic downturn, Chinese monetary policy, and the role of China in the media. | | She studied at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago, with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has traveled to more than 50 countries. Her global network... Read More →

Narimon Safavi

Narimon Safavi is a Chicago based Iranian-American entrepreneur who is also a contributor and analyst for the radio program Worldview on WBEZ (Chicago Public Media).Born in Tehran to an Azari-Iranian family, he studied Chemistry & Philosophy at the Illinois State University and is now serving on the boards of organizations such as the DC based National Iranian-American Council (NIAC,the largest grass roots advocacy organization of... Read More →

Sunday July 24, 2011 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room A
Monday, July 25


Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois

Join us as Pat Quinn shows his support of technology advancement in Chicago and Illinois.


Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn (Democrat) was sworn in as the 41st Governor of Illinois on Jan. 29, 2009. He won election to a full term on Nov. 2, 2010. Governor Quinn has focused on restoring integrity to state government and, in his first official act, signed an executive order establishing the Illinois Reform Commission to examine ethics rules and practices in state government. He also led passage of fundamental legislation to return integrity to the state... Read More →

Monday July 25, 2011 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Merchandise Mart, Conference Room C