iOpener 2015

The annual i.c.stars iOpener conference brings together CIOs and entrepreneurs to explore the role of innovation in driving regional GDP.


When: 21 Aug 2015 - 8:00am - 12:00pm America/Chicago
Where: Motorola Mobility, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 18th Floor, Chicago IL

The annual i.c.stars iOpener conference brings together CIO’s, entrepreneurs, students, alumni of i.c.stars, and vendors to explore innovations in technology.

This year's conference theme: How technology is getting smarter to support changing workforce and business demands

Conference Agenda:

  • Paylocity & Cycle 33 interns presenting on their mobile app prototype, highlighting how CIO organizations engage with i.c.stars during the 4-month internship
  • Motorola Mobility"CIO on how IT is driving Innovation at Motorola Mobility
  • Power Construction"Director of IT on new strategies for connecting a mobile workforce and trends in redesigning IT workspaces
  • CareerBuilderVP of Innovation on using tech to address the skills gaps in our workforce
  • ServiceNowHow enterprise collaboration tools and portals can drive workforce innovation
  • AppDynamicsVP of Marketing on managing mobile users in real time
  • Chicago Innovation ExchangeExecutive Director hosts three Discussion Sessions on topics in workplace innovation
  • i.c.starsSandee Kastrul, President and co-founder of i.c.stars on what's next in technology workforce development
  • Facilitated Discussion Session lead by 60+ CIO Table Hosts.
  • Click HERE to view a highlights video from last year's conference!

    Don’t miss the opportunity to network with CIOs and entrepreneurs, to gather new ideas for your business and to learn about the emerging trends in workforce development.

    For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carey Kogol, Development Director at (312) 275-5730 or

    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

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