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The following buildings at Illinois Tech, named by Best Choice Schools as the #19 Most Beautiful Urban College Campus, will be used to house the conference: 

Hermann Hall Conference Center 

Hermann Hall, designed in 1962 by Walter Netsch for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, offers glass curtain walls and internally supported huge plate girders spanning the roof. All keynote sessions and exhibitor space will be located in Hermann Hall. Lunch and coffee breaks will also take place in Hermann Hall to leverage networking for participants of GCEC. McCormick Auditorium, which seats 836 people and is Illinois Tech's largest auditorium, is inside Hermann Hall.

McCormick Tribune Campus Center

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC) at 33rd and State Streets opened in September 2003. It was designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who was chosen for the project because of an international design competition held in 1997-98. Breakout sessions for the conference will be in some of these other buildings on the IIT campus.

Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship

With a focus on innovative thinking and transitioning new ideas into products and processes, the Kaplan Institute will be the first new academic building built on Mies Campus in more than 40 years. The Kaplan Institute will house unique facilities and equipment for implementing novel, educational, and entrepreneurial strategies. It will feature workshops, media labs, classrooms, collaborative hubs, emerging technologies, and "maker spaces."