Chicago: Things of Note for May

May 16, 2008

8:16 pm

Hey TECH cocktailers! Just wanted to get the info out about a couple of great events coming up in the next few weeks/months ahead of the weekend. Here it goes:

2008 National Summit on American Competitiveness – Thursday May 22nd

I heard about this event the other day is it looks to be pretty solid (the attendees are top notch). In fact, I went ahead and bought myself a ticket. This summit is going to be filled with the top business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs around and it is being held right here in Chicago. At $150 the event is very inexpensive and is a must attend for all of us so that we can show how strong technology and entrepreneurship are right here in Chicago.

Register here before this event fills up. I think you will be glad you did.

Chicago Innovation Awards – Call for Nominees

If you know any particularly innovative companies in Chicago (and I know you do) please head over to the Chicago Innovation Awards site and nominate them for the 2008 Chicago Innovation Awards.

I was lucky enough to be part of a winning squad (FeedBurner) back in 2006 and really enjoyed the event. Nominate now before nominations close.

Career Academy for Advanced Technology

I met a woman named Joan that works for the City of Chicago the other day. Among her other duties she is also spearheading an initiative called the Career Academy for Advanced Technology (CAAT).

CAAT will work with high school students to train them for technology careers (training that can even be used to get a great job out of high school should they not choose to go on to college) and prep them for college.

Currently CAAT is in proposal mode and to make sure the proposal is approved Joan is looking for businesses willing to commit in writing to helping students find internships in the industry and to provide training and mentoring to the students (including coming to classes to teach and relay experiences).

Seems like a very worthwhile endeavor to me and I know TECH cocktail, LLC will be committing to it (what could be more fun than teaching kids about technology!?).

If you want to commit your business to this please let me know before May 23 (Joan’s proposal deadline) and I can get you the form and tell you where to send it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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