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Tech Cocktail’s Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase sponsored by Speaker Series & Sprint

Nov 29, 2012 5:30 pm - Nov 29, 2012 9:00 pm

Hey Chicago, the Mixer parade is coming your way!  We’ll be kicking off the event with inspiring talks from followed by the traditional demo style startup showcase; served over cocktails, of course. and Tech Cocktail, cordinally invite you to an innovative speaker series event to kick off the Tech Cocktail Mixer.  Whether you are a technology enthusiast, inventor, creator, entrepreneur, investor, developer, or designer, we are all linked by a passion for innovation and technology. 


Melissa Pierce, Founder/Organizer of Chicago Women Developers,  Pitch Refinery, and Interim VP of Operations at Everpurse
Melissa Pierce is an award winning filmmaker, organizer of Chicago Women Devlopers (CWDevs), founder of Pitch Conference and hundreds of other less well known ideas. At CWDevs, Melissa and her cofounders host classes for a variety of programming languages monthly as well as a weekly open hack night (#XXHACK) where women can bring their coding projects, questions and homework to one another for pair programming and support. She is also the interim Vice President of Operations at Everpurse, where she oversees operations for the fashion tech startup including biz dev, manufacturing, licensing, and sales strategy. Melissa believes that if you want to attract more women to careers in tech you have to shine a light on the awesome women who are already there. You can follow her on twitter at @melissapierce.

Rishi U. Shah, Founder & CEO of Contextmedia

Rishi started ContextMedia in 2006 to help patients with chronic diseases live healthier through contextually relevant media services. The company’s DOOH networks and mobile media offerings are now used by over a million patients monthly and the firm’s clients include more than half of the 20 largest pharmaceutical companies. Rishi advises several early stage companies and serves on the Board of Directors of many civic organizations including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for Student Business Education at Northwestern University and serves as a mentor for Chicago’s technology start-up incubator, Excelerate Labs. He was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as a member of their 40-Under-40 class in 2009 and is an active member of the Executives Club of Chicago, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center and the Illinois Technology Association.

 Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase – they’re our specialty. The premise is simple; we mix together your region’s hottest tech startups with a couple hundred passionate technophiles- and serve over cocktails. The result is delicious blend of entrepreneurs, investors, employers, job seekers, and those simply looking for a fun environment to mingle with fellow local tech enthusiasts.

What to expect?

  • Startups demoing in a casual expo style
  • Engaging conversations
  • Local technology all-stars, celebrities, and thought leaders
  • Light snacks with entry

Friends & tech enthusiasts: Secure your tickets now!


Title Sponsor,

Title Sponsor, Sprint

Gold Sponsor, CO


Gold Sponsor, LogiXML

Gold Sponsor, Inspire Business Center

Community Sponsor, ChicagoMicro

Community Sponsor, HiredMyWay

Community Partner, Saper Law Offices

Community Partner, Frost Ruttenber & Rothblatt

Community Partner, alinterpretations

Media Partner, Hoffman Media



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Business Traveler Socal


Bird Feud

Swift Expo



Stock Mfg Co.




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