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    Monday, October 8, 2012

    9 AM

    Fashion That Builds Economies and Encourages Change Join founder and CEO Jen Moran for a... read more
    Fashion That Builds Economies and Encourages Change Join founder and CEO Jen Moran for a look into the world of Revolutionary Fashion. Taking... read more
    120 Minutes Lab GREENOLA Style
    10 AM

    Behind the Scenes at Millennium Park with Mayor Richard M... read more
    Behind the Scenes at Millennium Park with Mayor Richard M. Daley Get the real story of the creation of Millennium Park, led by Mayor Richard M.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Millennium Park Welcome Center
    12 PM

    Welcome to the integration of intimate knowledge of consumers and sharp strategy for informed design.... read more
    Welcome to the integration of intimate knowledge of consumers and sharp strategy for informed design. Be part of the action at gravitytank, an... read more
    60 Minutes Lab gravitytank
    1 PM

    As recently as a few years ago, few believed a hybrid electric aircraft was viable... read more
    As recently as a few years ago, few believed a hybrid electric aircraft was viable. That didn?t stop NASA from asking a Boeing-led team to explore... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Boeing Company
    2 PM

    Be a part of making interfaith cooperation a social norm... read more
    Be a part of making interfaith cooperation a social norm. IFYC Founder and President Eboo Patel will address how religion can be a ?barrier of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Interfaith Youth Core
    2:30 PM

    At Accenture's Global Customer Innovation Network, there's a science behind customer engagement. Featuring an exclusive... read more
    At Accenture's Global Customer Innovation Network, there's a science behind customer engagement. Featuring an exclusive look at the innovations... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Accenture Customer Innovation Network Lab
    4:30 PM

    Today's design innovations are human-centered... read more
    Today's design innovations are human-centered. From mobile tech to sustainable architecture, breakthrough medical devices to eco-friendly... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    5 PM

    Innovation in technology changes by the second; today's breakthrough can be archaic by tomorrow. There... read more
    Innovation in technology changes by the second; today's breakthrough can be archaic by tomorrow. There will always be something faster, smarter and... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    6 PM

    What role should artists and creatives have in their communities? Rebuild Foundation explores that question... read more
    What role should artists and creatives have in their communities? Rebuild Foundation explores that question through the framework of the Dorchester... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation
    7 PM

    CIW examines the state of our democracy at the local level with an in-depth mayoral... read more
    CIW examines the state of our democracy at the local level with an in-depth mayoral panel?what is innovative in some major cities throughout our... read more
    90 Minutes Megatalk Oriental Theatre

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    8 AM

    Simulation-Based Training in Medicine and Surgery at the NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI):... read more
    Simulation-Based Training in Medicine and Surgery at the NorthShore Center for Simulation and Innovation (NCSI): Leading the Health Care Simulation... read more
    180 Minutes Lab NorthShore University HealthSystem ? Evanston Hospital
    9 AM

    Rebooting the Brain: How Robotic Technologies Are Advancing Rehabilitation and Recovery The brain is referred... read more
    Rebooting the Brain: How Robotic Technologies Are Advancing Rehabilitation and Recovery The brain is referred to as one of the final frontiers in... read more
    150 Minutes Lab Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    9 AM

    The People, Facilities, & Labor Behind the Cloud On this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, you will... read more
    The People, Facilities, & Labor Behind the Cloud On this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, you will get an all-access pass to SingleHop?s state... read more
    180 Minutes Lab SingleHop
    10 AM

    Online marketing has a lot to offer a business and its customers... read more
    Online marketing has a lot to offer a business and its customers. Explore the inner workings of an interactive marketing agency in "The Life of a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Rise Interactive
    12 PM

    What would the world look like without oil? Can we prevent another influx of natural... read more
    What would the world look like without oil? Can we prevent another influx of natural disasters? Will our planet run out of water? Environmental... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    2 PM

    A World-Class Veterinary Education Ever wonder how to give CPR to dogs and cats? Or... read more
    A World-Class Veterinary Education Ever wonder how to give CPR to dogs and cats? Or perform other veterinary skills? Join the University of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab University of Illinois - Vet Clinic
    3 PM

    Creative problem solving is the lifeblood of the advertising industry... read more
    Creative problem solving is the lifeblood of the advertising industry. But as a general way of thinking, it is an approach that can be successfully... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Leo Burnett Chicago
    3 PM

    Discover what happens behind the scenes at Chicago Ideas Week with this exclusive peek at... read more
    Discover what happens behind the scenes at Chicago Ideas Week with this exclusive peek at the Megatalk stage at the Oriental Theatre. Hear directly... read more
    75 Minutes Lab Oriental Theatre
    4 PM

    Are you a horticulturalist at heart? Find out on this rare, private, behind-the-scenes tour of... read more
    Are you a horticulturalist at heart? Find out on this rare, private, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the greatest public gardens on the planet.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Botanic Garden
    4:30 PM

    One dollar, one hour, one click. One matters. Despite a struggling economy, charitable giving has... read more
    One dollar, one hour, one click. One matters. Despite a struggling economy, charitable giving has been on the rise. Now more than ever, one person... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Albert Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    4:30 PM

    The Internet has revolutionized how we live, shop, communicate, travel, eat, play games and learn... read more
    The Internet has revolutionized how we live, shop, communicate, travel, eat, play games and learn. On a whole, has it improved lives or taken over?... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4:30 PM

    How do we become who we are? Is our personality determined by genetics and the... read more
    How do we become who we are? Is our personality determined by genetics and the wiring of our brains at birth, or built over time through memory and... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    6:30 PM

    An old idea can find new life right here in Chicago... read more
    An old idea can find new life right here in Chicago. Each morning, Floriole bakes fresh bread and pastries using the best local, natural and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Floriole Cafe & Bakery
    6:30 PM

    Join FLOR at their downtown office space for an evening of education and design... read more
    Join FLOR at their downtown office space for an evening of education and design. Learn why FLOR is smart design for your home and how these... read more
    90 Minutes Lab FLOR

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    9 AM

    See where digital start-ups are born during this in-depth guided tour and behind-the-scenes view of... read more
    See where digital start-ups are born during this in-depth guided tour and behind-the-scenes view of Chicago?s largest 'co-working space.? Learn... read more
    120 Minutes Lab 1871
    9 AM

    Does your cooking change with the seasons? Visit Chicago's Green City Market with Executive Chef... read more
    Does your cooking change with the seasons? Visit Chicago's Green City Market with Executive Chef Erick Williams, meet local farmers and understand... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Green City Market
    9 AM

    Gardening is no longer business as usual. The introduction of natural garden spaces into home... read more
    Gardening is no longer business as usual. The introduction of natural garden spaces into home and public has brought with it some new maintenance... read more
    180 Minutes Lab John G. Shedd Aquarium
    9 AM

    Join Bright Endeavors at their studio in Ravenswood for a hands-on experience working alongside participants,... read more
    Join Bright Endeavors at their studio in Ravenswood for a hands-on experience working alongside participants, engaging in programming and creating... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Bright Endeavors
    12 PM

    Do you have what it takes to combat poverty? LIFTopolis is a major metropolitan city... read more
    Do you have what it takes to combat poverty? LIFTopolis is a major metropolitan city with high poverty and social service providers who are... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Loyola University Chicago's Corboy Law Center
    12 PM

    Information Technology as a Career Path for Chicago's Young Adults Support and empower our city's... read more
    Information Technology as a Career Path for Chicago's Young Adults Support and empower our city's talented youth during this guided tour through... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Year Up
    12 PM

    How is art used as a medium for good, a method for inspiring change, or... read more
    How is art used as a medium for good, a method for inspiring change, or a symbol of protest? How can it evoke a strong emotional response in many... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    12 PM

    How will the news industry change over the next decade as we become an increasingly... read more
    How will the news industry change over the next decade as we become an increasingly social media driven, paperless, and global society? In... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Albert Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    12 PM

    Our most precious resource is becoming more valuable by the day... read more
    Our most precious resource is becoming more valuable by the day. Water affects and is affected by everything: it is the difference between life and... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    2 PM

    You are Threadless. You make the ideas; you pick what?s sold. Join founder Jake Nickell,... read more
    You are Threadless. You make the ideas; you pick what?s sold. Join founder Jake Nickell, CEO Tom Ryan and their incredible team for a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Threadless
    4 PM

    The ultimate hands-on experience: Design Cloud will demonstrate our creative process for attendees. We'll focus... read more
    The ultimate hands-on experience: Design Cloud will demonstrate our creative process for attendees. We'll focus on Chicago as a cultural... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Design Cloud
    4 PM

    Any good fisherman can show you how to slice and dice a bass or bluegill... read more
    Any good fisherman can show you how to slice and dice a bass or bluegill. But Chef Al from Butcher & Burger isn?t just any fisherman. Breaking... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Butcher and the Burger
    4 PM

    Students from EMBARC will see where digital start-ups are born during this in-depth guided tour... read more
    Students from EMBARC will see where digital start-ups are born during this in-depth guided tour and behind-the-scenes view of Chicago?s largest... read more
    120 Minutes Lab 1871
    4 PM

    EMBARC students will receive an inside look at Google's Chicago space and get perspective on... read more
    EMBARC students will receive an inside look at Google's Chicago space and get perspective on Google's history and future from the company's Chicago... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Google Chicago
    4:30 PM

    Is a champion born or made? CIW explores the science of sports, the impact of... read more
    Is a champion born or made? CIW explores the science of sports, the impact of sports marketing, and that ?magic thing? that happens to great... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4:30 PM

    We are filled with a deep fascination of our legal system, the psychology of crime,... read more
    We are filled with a deep fascination of our legal system, the psychology of crime, and the mind and motives of a criminal. But do we trust the... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    5:30 PM

    Transparency is a core Google value. Especially the maximization of transparency around the flow of... read more
    Transparency is a core Google value. Especially the maximization of transparency around the flow of information related to Google services. More... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Google Chicago
    6:30 PM

    Ration End-of-Life Care Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S... read more
    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... read more
    105 Minutes Partner Program Albert Theatre @ Goodman Theatre

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    9 AM

    Prototype. Iterate. Build to think. These ideas are central to how IDEO designs innovative solutions... read more
    Prototype. Iterate. Build to think. These ideas are central to how IDEO designs innovative solutions for some of the world?s gnarliest challenges.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab IDEO
    10 AM

    Behind many aspiring entrepreneurs is a dedicated support system... read more
    Behind many aspiring entrepreneurs is a dedicated support system. Go behind the scenes of Accion Chicago?a member of the largest nonprofit... read more
    180 Minutes Lab Accion Chicago
    10 AM

    Innovative Methodology + Simple Tools = Things Done Faster - Experience the full dynamics of... read more
    Innovative Methodology + Simple Tools = Things Done Faster - Experience the full dynamics of participating on an Agile team. Watch Cars.com... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Cars.com
    12 PM

    Instigators are leaders, advocates and radical educators, standing up to protect others against injustice. But... read more
    Instigators are leaders, advocates and radical educators, standing up to protect others against injustice. But what makes someone fight the good... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Owen Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    1:30 PM

    Goose Island Beer Co. is a beloved local brand?defining style, winning awards, and captivating the... read more
    Goose Island Beer Co. is a beloved local brand?defining style, winning awards, and captivating the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Goose Island Beer Co.
    1:30 PM

    Join Redbox as they explore ?Building a Culture of Innovation.? What does it take to... read more
    Join Redbox as they explore ?Building a Culture of Innovation.? What does it take to transform an industry? How does that translate to other... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Red Box
    2 PM

    CEO Steve Hannah, The Onion?s Scott Dikkers, and The A.V... read more
    CEO Steve Hannah, The Onion?s Scott Dikkers, and The A.V. Club?s Josh Modell will combine to illuminate the astonishing history and success of The... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Onion
    2 PM

    Imagine learning in one evening what might take six dates, or years, to learn about someone... read more
    Imagine learning in one evening what might take six dates, or years, to learn about someone. Be a part of the dating experiment with Me So Far.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Me So Far
    3 PM

    Doejo has been a significant member of the Lakeview community since opening their doors in 2009... read more
    Doejo has been a significant member of the Lakeview community since opening their doors in 2009. Join a walking tour of the neighborhood while... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Bow Truss Roasting Facility
    4 PM

    Go inside today?s NASCAR with Richard Petty Driving Experience executives at Chicago's own NASCAR speedway... read more
    Go inside today?s NASCAR with Richard Petty Driving Experience executives at Chicago's own NASCAR speedway and explore technology issues and recent... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicagoland Speedway
    4:30 PM

    Religion is all at once one of the greatest sources of hope and pain in our society today... read more
    Religion is all at once one of the greatest sources of hope and pain in our society today. Whole lives are transformed by it and whole societies... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4:30 PM

    Today?s job landscape is rapidly changing due to the economy, an influx of start-ups and... read more
    Today?s job landscape is rapidly changing due to the economy, an influx of start-ups and technology, and our evolving definition of what a ?career?... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Albert Theatre @ Goodman Theatre
    5:30 PM

    In a world where attention spans are measured in 140-character increments, it?s hard to be... read more
    In a world where attention spans are measured in 140-character increments, it?s hard to be interesting. Learn the art of the interview from both... read more
    90 Minutes Lab WBEZ Chicago Public Media Facility
    7 PM

    826CHI?s curmudgeonly reclusive publisher is demanding a manuscript fit to print? In an impossibly small... read more
    826CHI?s curmudgeonly reclusive publisher is demanding a manuscript fit to print? In an impossibly small time frame, and they need some help! With... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Shay
    7 PM

    Music is the universal language. It transcends boundaries, celebrates culture and shapes your relationships and... read more
    Music is the universal language. It transcends boundaries, celebrates culture and shapes your relationships and personal identity. From broken... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    7 PM

    Nietzsche wrote, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." But... read more
    Nietzsche wrote, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." But what is that "why"? Together, world-renowned spiritual leaders,... read more
    90 Minutes Megatalk Oriental Theatre

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    8:45 AM

    Students from ThinkChicago will get a sneak peek at Nokia's collected location data and experience... read more
    Students from ThinkChicago will get a sneak peek at Nokia's collected location data and experience how this essential information is shaping the... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Nokia
    9 AM

    Through simple hands-on experiments, explore some of the major building blocks of a child?s brain... read more
    Through simple hands-on experiments, explore some of the major building blocks of a child?s brain and discover simple tools for understanding the... read more
    90 Minutes Lab Erikson Institute
    9 AM

    Edison Talks is an invitation-only, daylong gathering of provocative presentations, performances and interactive installations led... read more
    Edison Talks is an invitation-only, daylong gathering of provocative presentations, performances and interactive installations led by globally... read more
    540 Minutes Edison Talks Oriental Theatre
    10 AM

    Early childhood app developer Mrs. Judd will take participants through her app development process. From... read more
    Early childhood app developer Mrs. Judd will take participants through her app development process. From choosing educational concepts right for... read more
    120 Minutes Lab 1871
    11:30 AM

    What goes on behind the camera? See a network owned and operated television station in... read more
    What goes on behind the camera? See a network owned and operated television station in action through a specially designed tour, including a... read more
    75 Minutes Lab NBC Tower
    1 PM

    Students from EMBARC will get a sneak peek at Nokia's collected location data and experience... read more
    Students from EMBARC will get a sneak peek at Nokia's collected location data and experience how this essential information is shaping the future.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Nokia
    2 PM

    Embark on an in-depth journey into the inner workings of a fully functioning creative studio... read more
    Embark on an in-depth journey into the inner workings of a fully functioning creative studio. See how successful websites evolve: from concept to... read more
    60 Minutes Lab Tribune Tower, Campbell Hall
    2 PM

    So much time is spent designing and optimizing online experiences... read more
    So much time is spent designing and optimizing online experiences. What if we applied those principles to something off-line? Draftfcb?s team of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Draftfcb
    2 PM

    RGB Lights owner Brett Gardner will present a hands-on demonstration of LED lighting technology and... read more
    RGB Lights owner Brett Gardner will present a hands-on demonstration of LED lighting technology and usage in programming, deployment, and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab RGB Lights
    3 PM

    Learn about Navy Pier, Inc?s upcoming redesign as it approaches its centennial year in 2016... read more
    Learn about Navy Pier, Inc?s upcoming redesign as it approaches its centennial year in 2016. Attendees will learn about ?The People?s Pier? and... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Navy Pier
    6 PM

    Make Your Big Ideas Concise, Appealing & Shareable Bring in your big concept for social... read more
    Make Your Big Ideas Concise, Appealing & Shareable Bring in your big concept for social change and Plural design team will help you distill it... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Busy Beaver Button Co.

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

    10 AM

    Join Impact Engine, in conjunction with the Greater Good Studio, for an introductory workshop on... read more
    Join Impact Engine, in conjunction with the Greater Good Studio, for an introductory workshop on impact entrepreneurship. We'll walk you through... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Chicago Ideas Week HQ
    10 AM

    It's no secret that our education system is far from perfect... read more
    It's no secret that our education system is far from perfect. But change awaits in forward-thinking solutions with students at the top of mind.... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    11 AM

    Interact with EMBARC?s high school students in a revolutionary ?speed networking? setting... read more
    Interact with EMBARC?s high school students in a revolutionary ?speed networking? setting. Through structured activities that allow for better... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Harper High School
    1 PM

    Tour & Discussion with Restoration Project Manager & On-Site Architect, Scott Conrad One of only... read more
    Tour & Discussion with Restoration Project Manager & On-Site Architect, Scott Conrad One of only seven in the world, the Baha'i House of... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Baha'i House of Worship
    1 PM

    Is there anything left to discover in the 21st century? From the depths of the... read more
    Is there anything left to discover in the 21st century? From the depths of the ocean to Antarctica, to the infinite abyss that is outer space, CIW... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 PM

    An Introduction to Beethoven He was one of the most groundbreaking artists of all time;... read more
    An Introduction to Beethoven He was one of the most groundbreaking artists of all time; and he continues to inspire us to build a better world... read more
    60 Minutes Lab PianoForte Recital Hall
    4 PM

    Shawn Stucky is an established Chicago-based fine artist and designer... read more
    Shawn Stucky is an established Chicago-based fine artist and designer. See how he creates his work digitally and transforms it into art. Watch a... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Shawn Stucky Screen Printing
    7 PM

    Humor is a universal language - it brings people together, satirizes current events, breaks down... read more
    Humor is a universal language - it brings people together, satirizes current events, breaks down barriers, and makes the mundane interesting. But... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    12 PM

    Wright and The Rookery: The Fight to Preserve Chicago?s Modern Masterpieces Join Chicago?s leading preservation... read more
    Wright and The Rookery: The Fight to Preserve Chicago?s Modern Masterpieces Join Chicago?s leading preservation architect Gunny Harboe and Chicago... read more
    120 Minutes Lab The Rookery
    12 PM

    Explore the taste of tone with Fat Cat Custom Guitars... read more
    Explore the taste of tone with Fat Cat Custom Guitars. See the process of hand building an electric guitar from design to completed instrument.... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Mayne Stage
    1 PM

    Get up close and personal with this charming distillery as you explore how organic spirits... read more
    Get up close and personal with this charming distillery as you explore how organic spirits go from grain to bottle?and tasting numerous spirits is... read more
    120 Minutes Lab Koval Distillery
    4:30 PM

    In a world driven by convenience, modernization and technological advancements, health-conscious pioneers are rebelling when... read more
    In a world driven by convenience, modernization and technological advancements, health-conscious pioneers are rebelling when it comes to our most... read more
    90 Minutes Talk Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art