UChicago Technology Summit
As technology pervades our lives to greater and greater degrees, it's becoming possible to imagine a world primarily run by machines. However, the greatest value emerges in situations where humans and machines collaborate, each performing the tasks they're best equipped to complete. This combination of machine and human expertise is at the heart of some of Chicago's most exciting startups, especially those founded at the University of Chicago.
The UChicago Technology Summit will feature a series of short talks by entrepreneurs from around the University. Michael Franklin, the inaugural Liew Family Chair of Computer Science and Senior Advisor to Provost on Computation and Data Science, will deliver a keynote address on his experiences in academia and industry and his thoughts on building mutually beneficial collaborations between the two. He will outline important trends in data science and analytics describe on-going efforts to place UChicago at the forefront of these areas.
Following the keynote, Chicago tech startups Tovala, Finalyze, and BallotReady will present lightning talks on their path to entrepreneurship, their company’s journey so far, and how they are using technology in innovation and impactful ways.
About the startups:
Tovala makes a smart, cloud-connected countertop oven that cooks meals delivered through its subscription service. Founded by David Rabie (Booth '15), Tovala won the 2015 New Venture Challenge, was part of Y Combinator's winter 2016 cohort, and closed a $1.6M funding round last fall. Tovala will discuss why they took a "software" approach to developing hardware - and the steep challenges they face due to their unique business model.
Founded by UChicago undergraduates, Finalyze is a data science platform that helps analysts convert the web's data into actionable investment research. Finalyze participated in the Summer 2016 Polsky Accelerator. Finalyze will discuss the technical challenges of building a data processing system with over a million datasets, and how developers can use Finalyze's web services to monetize their own datasets.
- BallotReady is the online voter guide to every race and issue on the ballot during elections. In 12 states for last November’s general election, BallotReady won $150,000 from the Innovation Fund and won the 2015 Social New Venture Challenge. Niemczewski will discuss BallotReady's work with IBM Watson, and how they are using it to gather information on tens of thousands of candidates running for office.
5:00 pm - Registration & Networking
5:30 pm - Keynote address
5:50 pm - Lightning talks begin
6:30 pm - Networking Reception (pizza + drinks on us!)
Live Illustration by Ink Factory - new!
Ink Factory is a team of artists that helps organizations communicate visually. With over 35 collective years of experience, we are a leader in visual note-taking: the art and science of translating conversations into real-time drawings that help people process and remember information.
During the Tech Summit, Lindsay and Dusty will be taking visual notes. This means they will be synthesizing the speakers words into images and text to visually represent the key concepts and themes being presented to you. Their slogan is You Talk, We Draw, It's Awesome and we think you will agree!
Please feel free take pictures and share the images using the hashtag #UChiTechSummit. And don’t be afraid approach Lindsay or Dusty and ask questions after she is finished drawing—they don’t bite!