Schedule of Events

UChicago Innovation Fest 2017

Swing by on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Polsky Exchange North (1452 E 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago), which is the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation's 34,000 square foot coworking and incubator space located on 53rd Street, to pick up your guide to UChicago Innovation Fest 2017. Learn more about the many opportunities to plug into and benefit from the vibrant UChicago innovation ecosystem. Please join us for any of the following events.

NOTE: All events are listed in Central Time unless otherwise stated.

Mind Bytes: Research Computing Expo and Symposium 
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Where: Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago
About: Join the Research Computing Center (RCC) at the University of Chicago for their third-annual research computing symposium and exposition, Mind Bytes 2017. Mind Bytes is a showcases student and faculty work done at the University of Chicago with RCC resources, allows participants to exchange ideas about work done in their field and others, and provides a forum to learn about research computing resources available on campus.
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Questions? events@rcc.uchicago.edu

Critical Translation: From Science to Solutions
When: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM)
About: Researchers ‘translate’ their inventions and discoveries into new tools, treatments and technologies that enhance human and societal health and well-being. Join University of Chicago leaders and scientists for a discussion on the vital role of research translation in today’s environment and for two-minute talks that highlight our scientists’ latest research and its promising impact on society. Speakers will cover the importance of research translation to US competitiveness, the changing role of universities in getting scientific inventions and discoveries to market, challenges in our current culture, and opportunities to collaborate with scientists to advance their work on campus and beyond.
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Questions? Rhianna Wisniewski, rhianna@uchicago.edu

'Wednesday Lunch' with the Enhancing Life Project: Innovating Humanities
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Where: Swift Hall, Common Room (1025 E. 58th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago, prior registration by 5/1 required
Hosted by: The Enhancing Life Project
About: 'Wednesday Lunch' is a Divinity School tradition started many decades ago. At noon on Wednesdays when the quarter is in session, a delicious vegetarian meal is made in the Swift Hall kitchen by our student chefs and lunch crew. Once the three-course meal has reached dessert, attendees will hear from William Schweiker and Kristine Culp, scholars in The Enhancing Life Project.  They have been researching and teaching on the notion of enhancing life: in their disciplines, in the academy, and in the larger world. This is Humanities innovation – not “we are going to digitalize some ancient text” (though that is important to do) – but rather how the resources of the Humanities illuminate possible futures.
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Questions? Sara Bigger, sfbigger@uchicago.edu

Spring 2017 Graduate Student and Post-doc Innovation Mixer
When: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: UChicago Graduate students and post-docs 
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: The UChicago Graduate Student and Post-doc Innovation Mixer is an opportunity for graduate students and post-docs across the University of Chicago to experience the Polsky Exchange, meet one-another, and spark inter-disciplinary collaborations. This will be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and even find new teammates for any research project or business idea you're working on. This will be followed by timed, structured networking around different industry areas. Delicious, hot crepes and drinks will be served.
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Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

University of Chicago Medicine's 12th Annual Quality and Safety Symposium 
When: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
Where: Keynote: Billings P117 (860 E. 59th St., Chicago) / Poster Session: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), 4th Floor Atrium (5758 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted By: UCM Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation
About: The University of Chicago Medicine’s annual Quality and Safety Symposium is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and trainees to share ongoing efforts and initiatives to improve the quality of care delivered at UCM with colleagues and constituents. Join us to honor the 2017 UCM Innovations Grant and Choosing Wisely Challenge award recipients, as well as highlight UCM successes at a poster session that showcased more than 125 projects last year. This year’s keynote speaker is Raj Srivastava, MD, MPH, Assistant Vice President of Research at Intermountain Healthcare and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah.
Register: No registration required.
Questions? hds@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu, 773.702.7502

From the Lab to the Real World: On-Campus Programs to Build Skills in Business and Entrepreneurship
When: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), Room 008 (924 E. 57th St., Chicago) 
Who Should Attend: Students and post-docs in the BSD and PSD interested in business, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Hosted By: BSD Postdoctoral Association
About: This panel discussion highlights two opportunities on campus for scientists to gain experience in business and entrepreneurship: the Innovation Fund Associates program and the TechStart Fellows program. Directors of both programs as well as program alumni will serve on the panel.
How to Register: No registration required 
Questions? John Leonard, johnleonard@uchicago.edu

Engineering Hackathon: Build a Race Car!
When: Friday, May 5, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Engineering Society, and Edge
About: Come show off your engineering prowess at a Mechanical Car Hackathon! Using common supplies, simple tools, and some personal ingenuity, create a functional race car in just a few short hours. Prizes will be awarded based on your car's performance in various challenges. We'll begin with a brief introduction to mechanical cars and construction methods, so no prior experience is required.
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Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

TEDxUChicago: Changing Channels
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: TEDxUChicago
About: At TEDxUChicago 2017: Changing Channels, we will explore and expand the ideas of innovation and metamorphosis. From politics to protests, and messaging to meaning, Changing Channels evokes the idea of new methods and the possibility of change. As we grapple with adjustments in government, policies, and institutions all over the globe, TEDxUChicago aims to provide a space for reflection, innovation, and inspiration.
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Questions? info@tedxuchicago.com

Designing Voice-enabled Applications for the Amazon Echo
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Techbar Studio (1100 E. 57th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: 2017 UChicago App Challenge 
About: Interested in designing voice-enabled applications? You don't have to be a programmer to learn something from this demo. No programming skills required.
Register: No registration required.
Questions? appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

Deep Tinker: Electronics Workshop 
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Polsky Exchange Members and open to the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Learn a little bit about electronics using the BBC micro:bit (yes, that BBC!). The micro:bit is a small development board packed with an array of 25 LEDs, a Bluetooth radio, and much more. We’ll be using them in pairs to detect if another micro:bit is close by and respond. Come by if you’re interested in electronics, programming, and/or the “Internet of Things”! The class will be taught by Phil Lange and Nikita Parikh. Their company, Conduit Labs, is building a development tools platform for people building connected devices that change the world. 
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Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

OpenImpact Series - Challenge: Improve End-of-Life Care
When: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Social Enterprise Initiative
About: The last OpenImpact session of the academic year will feature a challenge from MATTER (a healthcare incubator) to identify and prototype new approaches to end-of-life care. Specifically we’ll explore a complex lung disease that is difficult to diagnose, has few current therapies, and contributes to debilitating anxiety and confusion for caregivers. We’ll need every discipline involved as solutions may come from anthropology, policy, medicine, data science, and even finance. People or teams with promising ideas can attend a follow up session with SEI and MATTER staff the week after, to turn their idea into a business model and apply to MATTER's challenge with a cash prize of $200,000.
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Questions? Will Gossin, will.gossin@chicagobooth.edu

Something Ventured Screening
When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Something Ventured tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.
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Questions? Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

Argonne OutLoud: How Advanced Reactors Will Change Nuclear Power and the World
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Argonne National Laboratory (9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL)
Who Should Attend: Science-curious adults and teens
Hosted by: Argonne National Laboratory
About: Global energy demand is expected to grow nearly 50 percent by 2040, with most of that from fossil fuels. Yet nuclear energy is still the only carbon-free power that can satisfy our electricity-hungry world at the scales that most towns and factories need. New advanced reactors, such as fast reactors, offer other advantages that can also address environmental, fuel availability, and used-fuel storage issues. But just what are these advanced reactors? Join us Thursday, May 11 to hear Argonne engineers Francesco Ganda and Bo Feng explain how these power plant marvels work and what role Argonne has in their design and development.
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NOTE: Guests 16 and older must register in advance and photo ID is required for admission.
Questions? outloud@anl.gov or 630-252-5501

What Can I Do With My PhD: Careers in Pharma and Industry Research
When: 
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC), Room 008 (924 E. 57th St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: UChicago graduate students, post-docs, alums, and anyone interested in a career in Pharma Research
Hosted By: UChicago myCHOICE
About: Nicholas Valiante, PhD, Head of Research at Caperna, LLC (a Moderna Theraputics Venture), will discuss his career in Pharmaceutical research, how he got there, and tips for landing a job in this field.
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Questions? Abby Stayart, mychoice@uchicago.edu

131 Alliance Cross-Campus Mixer
When: Monday, May 15 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend:All UChicago students, Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted By: The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
About: To build connections between students from both campuses, the Polsky Center is excited to host students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Chicago. Students in both programs will have the opportunity to participant in a panel discussion with former program participants, engage with one another during a networking lunch and tour the Polsky Exchange to learn more about other opportunities available to students through the Polsky Center's many resources.
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Questions?​ Wolfgang Connell, wolfgangc16@uchicago.edu

Getting Started with Illustrator: 2D Design for Fun and Prototyping
When: Monday, May 15, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Kimbark Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the Public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
About: Join the Polsky Center to find out more about why Adobe Illustrator is such a powerful, flexible program for making 2D vector graphics. Learn the basics to create designs you can cut with the Fab Lab's vinyl cutter, laser cutter, and computer numerically controlled routers. Illustrator is great for designing logos, too. Participants will need to bring a laptop with Illustrator to this hands-on class. You can download a free trial from Adobe here.
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Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

What's Cognitive Computing? An Example-Driven Demo
When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, TechBar Studio (1100 E. 57th St., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: UChicago App Challenge
About: Interested in designing cognitive-computing applications? You don't have to be a programmer to learn something from this demo.The App Challenge is helps translate ides or observation into a mobile app, website and more. No programming experience required.
Register: No registration required.
Questions? appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

Celebrating Women in Innovation
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Wintrust Grand Banking Hall (231 S. LaSalle St., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Innovation Awards
About: Join the Chicago Innovation Awards on May 17 as they celebrate successful women innovators and discuss how inclusivity unlocks innovation at our companies and in our city. Both women and men are encouraged to attend. Like past Chicago Innovation Awards events, we expect this event to sell out, so register early.
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Questions? Paul Kitti, paul@chicagoinnovationawards.com

Fab Lab Open House
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Center Fab Lab (1463 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: Open to the public, ages 18 and up
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Discover the Polsky Fab Lab. This event will begin with a brief tour of the Fab Lab's resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and more. Then participants will each solder their own flip light inside a custom laser-etched jar.
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Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Legal Workshop with Perkins Coie: Equity and Hiring for Startups
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Washington Park Classroom (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
About: Join the Polsky Center as Steve Ducommun of Perkins Coie will lead a workshop on equity and hiring for startups. Attendees will discuss how companies issue stock, including founder’s equity, and discuss vesting agreements and incentive stock options. Ducommun will then cover corporate governance structures and how consultants and stockholders fit into the picture. Finally, he will summarize the basics of labor and employment law, including employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, consulting and advisory agreements, and employee compensation. Lunch will be served.
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Questions: Steph Avalos-Bock, stephab@uchicago.edu

Innovating With Data: Entrepreneurship Workshop and Flex.io Launch Party
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all members of the UChicago community and to the public
Hosted by: UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship and Flex.io
About: Professor Michael Franklin, chair of the Computer Science Division and data analytics entrepreneur, will discuss emerging opportunities with data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Attendees will hear about the process of building a data-focused startup and how new ventures at UChicago are leveraging data to create innovation.  In addition, we'll be celebrating the first-ever public unveiling and launch of Flex.io and highlighting the efforts of UChicago students who have worked on this project.
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Questions? Jerry Huang, jhuang@uchicago.edu or Nate Williams, nate@flex.io

Chicago Conversations: Bay Area - The Truth and Hype of Artificial Intelligence: Perspectives from the Venture Capital Community
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Where: Merchants Exchange Club (75 Leidesdorff St., San Francisco, CA)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Booth and Chicago Conversations
About: The Artificial Intelligence revolution has changed our world, and the startup ecosystem continues to propel artificial intelligence innovation forward, disrupting a variety of sectors. AI generates strong investor interest, and it can be challenging to distinguish between the truth and the hype. Venture capital experts will offer their insights to those in attendance at this Bay Area event.
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Questions? chicon@chicagobooth.edu

Chicago Science Festival
When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Sunday, May 20, 2017
Where: 1871, Merchandise Mart, 12th Floor (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Illinois Science Council
About: Illinois Science Council invites you to the third annual Chicago Science Festival — a celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefitting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in the Chicago area.
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Questions? http://www.illinoisscience.org/contact/

Making A Place of Purpose, A Collection of Small Actions
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Smart Museum of Art (5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Smart Museum of Art
About: Making A Place of Purpose, A Collection of Small Actions is a daylong event that will focus on how sites of culture can function as spaces of belonging. Organized by the Smart’s 2016/17 Interpreters in Residence, The Belonging Collective, and inspired by Conversations with the Collection: Belonging, the day will feature a variety of small, intimate actions including interactive meals, artist-orchestrated experiences, micro-tours, performative readings, musical performances, shared reflections, and more.
Register: No registration required.
Questions? John Harness, jharness@uchicago.edu

Hidden Figures and Leading Women in Science
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: Open to the public and families
Hosted by: The Office of the Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and National Laboratories, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement
About: Join UChicago female scientists for a screening of the Academy Award nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’. Following the screening there will be a discussion about the film, contributions of women of color in science, and attendees own experiences. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their families to this fun and educational event.
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Questions? Kristin Barrett, kbarrett@uchicago.edu

2017 John Edwardson, '72 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Finals
When: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Social Enterprise Initiative in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join student and faculty teams of the Social New Venture Challenge competition for the finalist presentations as they compete for $50,000 of venture funding. Presenting teams are addressing a range of urgent social sector challenges and spend the spring quarter building and improving an organization to achieve social impact at scale. 
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Questions? Will Gossin, will.gossin@chicagobooth.edu

Taste the Impact Reception
When: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Social Enterprise Initiative 
About: Immediately following the Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) finalist presentations, join the Social Enterprise Initiative for the Taste the Impact reception featuring catering from food-focused, mission-driven organizations based in Chicago. The Taste the Impact reception will conclude with the announcement of the 2017 SNVC winners.
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Questions? Will Gossin, will.gossin@chicagobooth.edu

Deep Tinker: Lab Tools Workshop
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange South, Stagg Field Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and Polsky Exchange Members
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center as we peel back the layers on electronic conversations by learning how to use an oscilloscope, a multimeter, and a hardware debugger. We’ll learn how to use these tools in pairs and in the process learn more about the inner workings of the BBC micro:bit (yes, that BBC!). Come by if you’re interested in electronics, programming, and/or the “Internet of Things”! Bring a laptop and we'll provide the Micro:bits and lab tools.
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Questions? Elizabeth Koprucki, ekoprucki@uchicago.edu

Chicago Booth and UChicago Mentors and Founders Exchange
When: May 23, 2017 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Where: Chicago Booth San Francisco Office (425 California St., 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA)
Who Should Attend:  UChicago and Chicago Booth community startup mentors and founders 
Hosted by: The Bay Area Alumni Club and the Founder’s Club of San Francisco
About: Startup mentors and founders based in San Francisco are invited to come offer guidance to our UChicago and Booth founders community with startups from varying industries and stages. Share your ideas, skills, and open your network to exponentially increase their success. Come enjoy this delightful exchange of revolutionary thinkers, visionary investors, product masters, and kings of process and implementation.
Cost: $15
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Questions? Rama Veeraragoo, MBA ’12, esqrama@gmail.com

Getting Started in Microbiome Research for Clinicians
When: Tuesday, May 23 - Thursday, May 25, 2017 (Optional lab day on May 26)
Where: Marine Biological Laboratory (7 MBL St., Woods Hole, MA)
Who Should Attend: Any interested clinician, basic scientists, postdoc, resident, etc. interested in human oriented microbiome studies
Hosted By: The Microbiome Center at UChicago, Argonne, and the Marine Biological Laboratory
About: Join the University of Chicago’s Microbiome Center leadership Jack Gilbert, PhD, John Alverdy, MD, and Eugene Chang, MD, at the inaugural Microbiome Workshop to develop the tools you need  to perform microbiome-related research. Because basic knowledge of the microbiome is crucial to clinical research, the goal of the course is to introduce clinicians, researchers, residents, and fellows to resources and people leading microbiome research in order to improve understanding, build clinical skills, and improve patient care. Speakers range from experts in microbiome science, biology, and bioinformatics to clinicians who are utilizing knowledge of the microbiome to inform and practice in departments of surgery and medicine.
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Questions? Erin Lane, erinlane@uchicago.edu

People or Product: How Venture Capitalists Make Their Decisions
Where: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
When: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-25 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chicago Booth
About: Join the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chicago Booth for a panel discussion on venture capitalism and what factors influence VC decision-making. The panel will feature Steve Kaplan, Polsky Center Faculty Director and Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, other leading members of the venture capital community, and will be moderated by Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief of Inc. Lunch will be provided.
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Questions? Mary Naset, mnaset@uchicago.edu

Getting Better, Faster: Optimizing Drug Trials and Medical Treatment
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time)
Where: Hyatt Regency Boston (1 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Booth and Chicago Booth Review
About: Join Chicago Booth Insights in Boston as John R. Birge, Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management at Chicago Booth, discusses how to streamline the process of drug approval and customizing medicine. Professor Birge has been co-developing a model for clinical trials that could speed up research, save money, and even allow treatments for patients to be customized in order to best fit their care. This would greatly impact the current traditional clinical trial process which for new drugs is increasingly expensive and lengthy. From 1995 to 2005, the average length of a clinical trial increased by 70 percent, and the cost of a single trial went up to as much as $100 million.
Cost: General Public $50; UChicago Alumni $40
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Questions? alumni@chicagobooth.edu  

Launching for Impact
When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.  
Where: Gleacher Center, Room 308 (455 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago)
Who should attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Booth’s Social Enterprise Initiative
About: Nonprofit or mission-driven for-profit? Impact investor or traditional venture capitalist? When it’s time to launch, social entrepreneurs must decide how best to structure, govern, and fund their start-up to balance impact with financial sustainability. Join us for a discussion with a panel featuring a nonprofit founder, an impact investor, and others. Panelists are: Jessica Yagan, Impact Engine; Ted Gonder, AB ’12, Moneythink; David Friedman, MBA ’89, AutonomyWorks; Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07, Social Enterprise Initiative. 
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Questions? Ally Batty, Ally.Batty@chicagobooth.edu

The Evolving State of Alternative Finance
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 |  9:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Where: CME Group, Auditorium, 2nd Floor (20 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CME Group, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Judge Business School
About: The Evolving State of Alternative Finance workshop will explore the changing nature of how consumers and businesses utilize alternative finance in the context of an evolving regulatory and policy landscape across the Americas. Sessions will review how alternative finance regulation has facilitated or hindered this new industry’s growth, the impact of institutionalization in the alternative finance sector, and the official release of the 2017 Americas Alternative Finance Industry Survey results.
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Questions? Annie Le, annie.le@chicagobooth.edu

College New Venture Challenge (CNVC) Finals
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room C-10 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted By: UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center and UChicago Careers in Entrepreneurships for the finals of the College New Venture Challenge (CNVC). Throughout the afternoon, the CNVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services – have helped past CNVC finalists like Cubii, Sokowatch, and Moneythink grow into successful businesses.
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Questions? Jerry Huang, jhuang@uchicago.edu

Path to Innovation: Who, What, When and Why?
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017  |  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Promontory Point Conference Room (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Students, industry trainees, and professionals in the life sciences and healthcare fields
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CHIentist, UChicago BSD-PDA
About: This event will include a panel of industry professionals who will discuss the environment conducive to scientific innovation from an academic to a business perspective. Learn about their personal insights on the steps, the people and the drivers of their success and innovation in general. This event will quench the curiosity of those who are thinking about licensing their ideas or starting a business in the life science and/or healthcare setting. CHIentist designs these events to be extremely interactive. The discussion will be followed by a networking reception.
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Questions? Aurelie Desgardin, adesgard@uchicago.edu

Chicago Angels Network (CAN) Spring Pitch
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (GMT+1)
Where: Chicago Booth in London, Woolgate Exchange, 1st floor
(25 Basinghall St., London, United Kingdom)
Who Should Attend: All members of the Chicago Booth community, UChicago community, and open to the public
Hosted by: Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom and Chicago Angels Network (CAN)
About: The Chicago Angels Network will be hosting its Spring pitch event in London. You are invited to join and listen to the latest generation of entrepreneurs pitch their new business ideas. Companies invited to pitch will be announced by the end of April. Chicago Angels Network (CAN) is a London-based Chicago Booth alumni group that connects investors and entrepreneurs. CAN has achieved over $1M in facilitated funding, broad recognition, and a positive reputation in the London venture space. 
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Questions: Chicago Angels Network, info@chicagoangelsnetwork.com

UChicago Innovation Fund 2017 Spring Cycle Finals
When: Wednesday May 31, 2017 | 11:30 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Polsky Exchange North, Theater (1452 E. 53rd St., 2nd Floor, Chicago)
Who Should Attend: Open to all UChicago and the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center for the final pitches of five teams to the Innovation Fund Advisory Committee, an esteemed group of judges made up of investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry experts. Companies from across the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab, Fermilab, and the Marine Biology Laboratory will compete for up to $250,000 in proof-of-concept capital. Previous finalists have built exciting technologies across a wide range of industries representative of the core strengths of the University and our partners.
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Questions? Steve Lehmann, slehmann@uchicago.edu

UChicago App Challenge 2017 Finals
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Room 104 (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: University of Chicago IT Services in partnership with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: See a year's worth of innovation in the App Challenge culminate in a chance to win $10,000 in prizes! The App Challenge is 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.
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Questions? appchallenge@lists.uchicago.edu

Edward L. Kaplan, '71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) Finals
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted By: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
About: Join the Polsky Center for the finals of the 2016-17 Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC). Throughout the day, the NVC finalists will present to a panel of judges comprising of top investors, entrepreneurs, and others. Prizes – which include cash prizes and in-kind services, such as legal and professional consulting services, and office space – have helped past NVC winners like GrubHub, Braintree, and Base CRM grow into successful businesses. The NVC is a top-ranked U.S. accelerator program and this year marks the 21st anniversary of the program. Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An overflow room will be available for anyone who cannot find a seat. Registration online does not guarantee a seat in Room C-25.
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Questions? Hannah Williams, hannah.williams@chicagobooth.edu

Simulcast from Chicago: Watch Party of the Polsky Innovation Fest NVC Finals Winners
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. PST (Pacific Standard Time)
Where: Chicago Booth San Francisco Office (425 California Street, 12th Floor, San Francisco, CA)
Who Should Attend:  All local members of the Booth community, UChicago community, and open to the public
Hosted by: The Bay Area Alumni Club and the West Coast Alumni Relations office
About: You are invited to the West Coast Alumni Relations office to watch this year’s New Venture Challenge winners’ announcements. Network with professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship, and hear updates about the Entrepreneur Network and Founder’s Club. Food and beverages provided.
Cost: Free
Register: No registration required.
Questions? LeeAnn Mutchler, leeann.mutchler@chicagobooth.edu

Polsky Innovation Showcase
When: Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Charles M. Harper Center, Winter Garden (5807 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago)
Who Should Attend: All UChicago and open to the public
Hosted by: Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and IT Services
About: 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 the 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) as well as the winners of the UChicago App Challenge will be announced during this event.
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Questions? Mary Naset, mnaset@uchicago.edu