Schedule

day 1

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon
Hilton Hotel
Registration
DePaul Pre-conference Sessions
Welcome Reception & Networking 

Hotel
Hospitality Suite

Registration + Welcome Events

thursday, october 18

Guests will check in at the host hotel to pick up their conference items. Beginning at 5:00pm there will be shuttles to the Welcome Party & Networking Event which will take place at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul. Guests will have the option to walk to the event or take the trolley shuttle service we will provide. The trolley will be running from 5:00-9:00pm so that guests can come and go as they please from the event. During the event guests will enjoy a performance by student musicians from The DePaul School of Music. We will also feature the Idea Realization Lab across the street which is our maker space. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. After the Welcome Party concludes guests will have the option to continue networking in the hospitality suite provided at the Hilton.

day 2

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon
Hotel
Breakfast
Illinois Tech Opening Keynote
Morning Sessions
Lunch & Networking
Afternoon Sessions
GCEC Board Meeting
Afternoon Keynote

1871, mHUB, or BLUE1647
Reception at Incubators
Hotel Hospitality Suite

Keynotes, Sessions + Incubator Receptions

FRIday, october 19

Breakfast will be served in the Williford Room at the Chicago Hilton from 7:00-9:00am. Attendees will then take the shuttle to Illinois Tech for the conference. Morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served on the Illinois Tech campus. 

On Friday night, attendees will be asked at check in to pick one of three venues to visit; 1871, Blue1647 or mHub. We will ask that they select a venue during registration to make sure we have an even balance between each venue. We will arrange for shuttles to one of these co-working/incubator spaces for a brief introductory program, followed by a light buffet dinner and drinks. After the incubator events conclude shuttles will be provided to return guests to the Hilton. The hospitality suite will be available again this evening. 

day 3

Detailed Schedule Coming Soon
Hotel
Breakfast
Illinois Tech Morning Keynote
Morning Sessions
Lunch & Networking
Afternoon Sessions
Closing Keynote & Awards 

Shedd Aquarium
Closing Reception
Hotel Hospitality Suite

Keynotes, Sessions + Closing Reception

SATURDAY, october 20

Breakfast will be served in the Williford Room at the Chicago Hilton from 7:00-9:00am. Attendees will then take the shuttle to Illinois Tech for the conference. Morning refreshments, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served on the Illinois Tech campus. 

On Saturday night, we will conclude the conference with a buffet and awards dinner at the Shedd Aquarium. The Shedd Aquarium is a perfect venue for this type of event. The hospitality suite will be available again this evening at the hotel.