Techweek was one of Chicago's great events last year, and I am excited to participate in this year's event, set for June 22-26, 2012 at the Merchandise Mart. I am going to be one of the venture capital judges for this year's Startup Launch portion, where 35 pre-qualified startups will be competing in the Startup City exhibition area on Monday June 25, for a grand prize of $100,000 as best tech startup.
If there is one tech-related event to attend in Chicago this year, this is it, with over 5,000 people expected to be in attendance to talk tech and startups. The program includes a great line-up of featured speakers, including the CEO's of Orbitz, Hootsuite, Trunk Club, Fieldglass, Centro and WSJ Online, to name a few. Here is the full schedule for each day, announced last week. It features concurrent tracks on a wide range of topics, including business, data, design, development, enterprise, gaming, health, marketing, mobile, social and entrepreneurship. You can buy your tickets here.
In addition, Techweek is asking for nominations for the 2012 Techweek 100, the 100 individuals or businesses making a difference in the Chicago startup and tech scene. If you feel my efforts at Red Rocket are worthy of your nomination, I would be honored and appreciative of your support. You can vote here.
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