iOpener 2016

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center leads this conference with a presentation on the role of innovation in driving regional GDP.


When: 26 Aug 2016 - 8:00am - 12:00pm America/Chicago
Where: Motorola Mobility, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza 19th FLOOR, Chicago, IL 60654, Chicago IL

First Comes Data: Why Data Management and Analytics is a Priority for your Business

Join 60+ Technology Executives for a Thought Leadership Conference on how Data is impacting all areas of your business as well as systems that affect you on a personal, company, and state-wide level at the 2016 iOpener Innovation Conference.

Be a part of roundtable discussions sessions facilitated by technology leaders and get a Public Sector Update from Hardik Bhatt, CIO of the State of Illinois, on Illinois' new innovation center. You won't want to miss a special panel on Data Privacy and Security facilitated by Bart Lazar, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Other speakers include CA Technologies, ServiceNow, Motorola Mobility, and Comcast Business.

Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder at i.c.stars will give a Data Update on i.c.stars' impact on unemployment and workplace diversity in Chicago and announce a new Data Analytics curriculum being launched this year.

All proceeds go to support i.c.stars' life changing technology training program for low income Chicago adults.

Speaker List:

  • Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-Founder of i.c.stars opening the event with i.c.stars' Vision for 2016.
  • Hardik Bhatt, Chief Information Officer at State of Illinois, on Innovation Incubator (i2) and implementing a statewide data analytics practice.
  • Bart Lazar, & Executive Team from Law Firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP, on topics in Data Security
  • The PrivateBank & Cycle 36 presenting their mobile app prototype, highlighting MoneySavvy curriculum in schools that Big Shoulders Fund supports.
  • CA Technologies
  • Comcast Business Alumni Award
  • ServiceNow
  • Motorola Mobility
  • Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of the Chicago Innovation Awards
  • For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carey Kogol, Development Director at (312) 275-5730 or

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