TECH cocktail Chicago 8 Preview

May 28, 2008

3:18 pm

TECH cocktail Chicago CrowdFollowing the first TECH cocktail CONFERENCE we will be hosting our 8th Chicago TECH cocktail mixer event. With over 600 guests RSVP’ed it should be another super event. The event it sponsored by AOL, Illinois Ventures, Sun, Illinois Technology Partnership, ChicagoMicro, Dash Navigation, Kirix, Singleton Law Firm and Interactive Intelligence with special TECH cocktail drinks served by Death Door Spirits.

As we look to help amplify the technology signal the following startups will showcase their stuff at the event:

coloring.com – A Chicago-based startup devoted to offering its users fresh and fun new images to color online. Just remember to stay between the lines. You will be able to color at TECH cocktail if you like. Check out the video introduction to coloring.com by founder Carlos Pero below.

crowdSPRING – Leveraging the wisdom and design skills of the crowds this Chicago-based startup has created a marketplace for design opportunities. If you have a specific design project that you are looking for design help with you can post it with a price and the crowdSPRING design community will compete for it.

DASH Navigation – Creating a truly interactive experience by combining the power of the Web and a GPS navigation system DASH has produced a very unique offering. Check out the video introduction to the DASH Express below which features Chicago-native Mark Williamson, the Online Director at Dash.

Edmodo – A self-funded bootstrapping startup co-founded by Jeff O’Hara and Nic Borg offers microblogging for education and groups. Since both co-founders work in education, they wanted to do something to help others in the space. They also noticed there were not microblogging platforms available with the rostering and privacy options needed in the educational space – so they decided to build Edmodo.

iSocket – iSocket is a marketplace and platform for any kind of advertising. By providing the right environment and tools for advertising buyers and sellers, isocket enables easier, more effective advertising regardless of type or budget. isocket is the first commission-free advertising exchange. isocket uses an open exchange format. Buyers can bid on advertising opportunities or purchase at list price. Sellers are not bound to accept any bids, let alone the highest one. isocket gives users full control over where each dollar is spent and who it comes from.

Snap and Buy – Currently in private beta, Snap and Buy looks to offer up comparison shopping while on the go via your mobile device with a camera. The system enables consumers to take photos of barcodes while shopping and send them to Snap and Buy, then its sends you back information on related products in an effort to find you the best deal.

Kirix – A Chicago-based startup, is looking to help change that by exposing your data in a Web browser experience with the launch tomorrow of Strata. Strata is a powerful set of tools that enables anyone to access, browse and manipulate data from a Web browser.

OneLlama – A product of six employee Champaign, Illinois-based startup One Llama Media, leverages audio analysis, search and discovery systems to offer a place for music lovers to discover, listen, share and buy new music.

The Point – A Chicago-based startup, enables users to create and join campaigns around any issue or idea. Campaigns can be setup to raise money, plan an event or take action. Set campaign parameters are made clear and no one pays or has to do anything until campaign reaches its set tipping point.

tvCompass – tvCompass has developed an innovative second screen interactive TV, content and advertising monetization model for the WiFi connected digital living room. The solution offering is a white label OEM wireless infrastructure platform, content to player — that works without a PC connection; it includes client, server and application software, mobile content, and IP connected digital media remote device designs for the control & interaction of advanced digital home entertainment, and is based on proprietary and patented technology. Content support for other wireless enabled platforms may include WiFi dual mode phones, WiFi personal media devices, networked TVs, and LCD tablets.

Thanks to all the demo’ers for your participation. Special thanks to our preferred service providers Jess3, FR&R, Hinshaw Law and Teaming for Technology Chicago. Additionally, upon arrival to TECH cocktail Chicago 8 you will be offered an opportunity to purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket for the Chicago Children’s Charity. This should be a super day of events and we look forward to seeing you there!

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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