Chicago Tech Week: Tech In Motion

Our inaugural Tech in Motion Event will be on July 25th 2011 at the Kerryman Bar and Restaurant on 661 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL.

A generation ago, Americans didn’t spend hours setting up the perfect fantasy football team, or compete to be “Mayor” of their favorite bar. Instead, they all gathered after work to the local bowling alley to talk about work, their family, and anything else on their mind. Yet as time went on, Bowling took a backseat in American culture and has still yet to resurface.

With that being said, Brian Lastovich refuses to give up on the aging sport and would like to explore the possibility of giving it a second wind through the new age social technology that exists.

Tech in Motion’s inaugural meetup will call upon our panel of guest experts from the Chicago area

 Each expert will explore just how realistic a task this will be based on their expertise and previous experiences, and we will see if we can help Brian make bowling relevant again.

Who knows, maybe you can say you were there when Brian Lastovich began to build the biggest bowling empire America has ever seen!

 

What is Tech In Motion?

Tech In Motion is an event that will be incorporated with the 1 st annual Chicago Tech Week. We will explore how to create a company from an idea and what it takes to become a successful business. We will explore this process by focusing on three critical areas and inviting a panel of experts talk about each phase:

Create, Build, Go

Create

·          Pitch the idea to the audience and explain you vision including who will use the product, how it will make money and how you plan to grow it.

·          Invite a panel of three guests that would be possible users of this product, buyers of this product or their career will ultimately be impacted by this idea for better or worse.

·          The panel will then poke holes into the idea, bring up new expansions on top of the idea and otherwise speak on the relevance of the idea in general.

Panelists: David Pessis (Founder Fippex), Patrick Muffo (Patent Lawyer, Seyfarth Shaw), Amish Tolia (Co-Founder of Apparel Media)

 

Build

·          Two accomplished Software Developers will then sit on the second panel to discuss how they would go about building the idea by using either Ruby on Rails or .NET and the pros and cons of using one vs the other.

·          The panel will then try to convince the audience on which technology would suit the application the best and find out by a vote.

Panelists: Kris Wagner (Microsoft MVP),  Sean Corbett (Co-Founder of Havemyshift.com) 

 

Go

·          Just because it’s built doesn’t mean it will “go” by itself. In this final panel, there will be seasoned industry veterans that have run successful teams and/or companies to give their opinion on how to run a successful organization.

·          How to hire correctly (interviewing, identification, offers)

·          How to fire correctly

·          How to motivate your team/company to perform at higher levels.

·          Vision

·          How to manage

Panelists: Joseph de Castelnau (VP of Engineering @ Marketing Analytics) Doug Wilson (Managing Partner @ Breakthrough Technologies) Justyn Howard (Founder, CEO @ Sprout Social) 

 

Thanks to our sponsors:

Jobspring Partners  and  Workbridge Associates  have generously covered the location fees, will provide drink specials and will be paying for the appetizers. 

Also – video the event and broadcast live on JustinTV - http://justin.tv/techinmotion

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  • Jen D.

    I am looking forward to future events as the 'kinks' get worked through and we see where this goes with future topics/format. Great turnout of people!

    July 26, 2011

  • V E.

    The event was good considering it was a first attempt. It would be better at a venue where there is a quieter area to listen to the pitch/critiques, and another area for people to mix & mingle. Often it was way too loud to hear the panelists, and I was right up front.

    July 26, 2011

  • Thanos K.

    High energy crowd and great panel. Need to improve panel moderation and direct the conversation with specific questions to the panel based on their expertise rather than an open-mike format. The Kerryman did not serve this event well....it is not a good venue to deliver on the full potential of Tech In Motion.

    July 26, 2011

  • David J E.

    It was great event. I wish the rude people in the back networking would have steped out of the room. Also would have like a little more ideas on the best steps to take the idea from thought to a product with sales. Bus plan, financing, biz structure, initial financing and how people afford the initial development time without pay? And maybe a little less focus on questions about the specific idea and more taking the idea to make general questions. Good job, look forward to the next one.

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely loved the concept however I think that the panels should be limited to just one 20-30 session with repeats on other days to include the other two. It appears that the crowd was bored half way through the first panel. With the crowd talking it was next to impossible to hear anything.

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like the concept and for a first iteration it went well with great turn out. The location is pretty good, although not without a few challenges (mic, noise, tight space).

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great idea! Looking for ward to the next event.

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, the schedule needs to be drastically condensed. Should be half-hour of networking, 10 min of the idea pitch, and then 2 panels of about 15 mins each. Then more networking after.

    July 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good subject matter and thought-provoking discussion however the Kerryman is a terrible venue for this sort of thing. Next time, I'd suggest finding a separate room that has seats. The bar environment is fine but people were too loud during parts of the presentation and it affected my experience. If the room were separate and there were chairs, it would have been fine.

    July 26, 2011

  • Ambrish K.

    This was an excellent opportunity to meet a motivated group of local entrepreneurs, techies and other professionals. The format was pretty effective, allowing ideas to be discussed, pared down and built up all at the same time. The discussions around building (2) and marketing (3) the business were, I thought, most informative. Overall, a great job for the opening meetup in what I am confident will be a strong community.

    July 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quality of live feed is really bad. Can't understand what people are saying. Is this being recorded in better quality?

    July 25, 2011

  • Justin M.

    Hold the phone! We're live!!! http://www.justin.tv/techinmotion#/w/[masked]

    July 25, 2011

  • Michael

    no, you are fine. I will try to come in next time.

    July 25, 2011

  • Justin M.

    I know Michael. We've failed you!

    July 25, 2011

  • Michael

    no mobile hotspot? come up geeks :)

    July 25, 2011

  • Justin M.

    Bad news. The bar doesnt have wifi so we cant broadcast. Sorry to everyone who was planning on watching from home! Our bad, We're new at this!

    July 25, 2011

  • Michael

    when is the broadcasting start?

    July 25, 2011

  • Tim

    We will be broadcasting (assuming that the tech specifics get worked out) on our channel: http://justin.tv/techinmotion

    July 24, 2011

  • Michael C.

    Are you guys still going to do the live video feed? I will be there, but was hoping to tell some friends to tune in.

    July 24, 2011

  • Justin M.

    Kirl,
    We're still considering ideas for our second meetup. Want to shoot me an email with your pitch to [masked] ?

    July 19, 2011

  • Kiril G.

    Same here, I got an idea that I'd like to pitch and if it doesn't end up being picked this time around, I wouldn't mind trying it next time. Do I just call you and tell you about it?

    July 19, 2011

  • Tim

    Saw you called but I don't have your number. I should be available this afternoon for a chat if you're available.

    June 30, 2011

  • Tim

    Hey John - we're actually pretty close on picking an idea to have pitched but I'd love to talk with you and hear your idea out. Keep in mind that we plan on running this event as a monthly or bi monthly event so even if your idea doesn't get picked for July 25, it could be something we choose for the next meetup. Keep the ideas coming! here's my phone:[masked]

    June 30, 2011

  • John P.

    How do you choose who's idea is pitched to the panel? Is there an application process. I have an idea that I would love to pitch.

    June 29, 2011

Our Sponsors

  • Jobspring Partners

    Generously provides funding and support for the Tech in Motion events.

  • Workbridge Associates

    Generously provides funding and support for the Tech in Motion events.

  • Dev Bootcamp

    Dev Bootcamp is generously donating their space for Tech In Motion!

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