CIW Partner Programs are official CIW events that are co-curated with our CIW Partners. All programs subscribe to the same goals of connectivity and innovation as other Chicago Ideas Week events, but provide a unique perspective based on the CIW Partner's specific area of expertise.

Intelligence Squared Debates @ CIW

Partner Program

Intelligence Squared Debates @ CIW brings America?s premiere debate series to Chicago. The topic, ?Too Many Kids Go to College,? will be debated by four distinguished panelists and recorded live for NPR. Plus, CIW audiences determine the winner with electronic voting Too Many Kids Go to College: The herd mentality that assumes college is the only path to reaching one?s full potential is under fire. Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt, unemployment for those with bachelor?s degrees is at an all-time high, and entrepreneurs like the founders of Facebook and Microsoft prove that extraordinary success is possible without it. But recent studies show that college is economically beneficial even to those whose jobs don?t require it. Is…

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Intelligence Squared Debates @ CIW

Partner Program
Dr. Art Kellermann, Peter Singer

Ration End-of-Life Care Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? Reception from 5:30pm - 6:15pm; Debate from 6:30pm - 8:15pm For the Motion: Dr. Art Kellermann: Director, RAND Health Peter Singer: Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University …

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Microsoft: Bring Your Apps to Life on Windows Phone

Partner Program

Do you have the next million dollar idea that you just can?t find the time to finish? Do you already have an app for Android and iPhone that you want to expand into new markets? Windows Phone is here ? and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new, full-service Marketplace for selling your apps.

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Microsoft: Unleash Your Web App With HTML5

Partner Program

HTML5 is the biggest and most powerful HTML specification to ever come out of the W3C. Its roots come from a proposal to extend HTML4 to make it easier for web developers to create web applications. With more and more browsers supporting HTML5, ECMAScript 5 and other web standards, developers now have a strong web platform they can use to create a new class of application that is more powerful and interactive than ever before. What?s in HTML5 that lets us take our applications to the next level?

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Startup Weekend Powered by the Kauffman Foundation

Partner Program

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on students building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets ? primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people ? to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

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Tech Cocktail Mixer @ CIW

Partner Program

TechCocktail.com rounds out Chicago Ideas Week by showcasing a handful of local startups and tech innovations ? tech enthusiasts wanted! Cocktails will be served.

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