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Want to meet the next generation of innovators? Then don’t miss Techweek, the largest tech-fest in the Midwest, taking place in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart from June 27-29.

Expect to hear candid insights from some of the most interesting minds in tech, including notorious file-sharing revolutionary Kim Dotcom. Beyond exclusive speaker presentations, the three-day conference immerses attendees in all things tech, and it hosts a startup competition, hiring fair, and over 10 after-hours parties. Innovation takes center stage at each of Techweek’s various events, and you can plan on getting insider access to new products from one of the 150 companies on the expo floor or a forecast of the future of the flipped classroom model from Sal Khan, founder of the Khan academy.

Estimated to bring together more than 8,000 tech enthusiasts, the conference is all about fostering the innovation ecosystem by bringing together the sharpest minds, ideas, and businesses in the industry. Speaker sessions are split across eight content summits, which span all relevant topics in tech such as development, international expansion, and the education sphere. Techweek also facilitates connections between entrepreneurs, developers, and business executives at the 80-plus company Hiring Fair and a Grand Tour series of Chicago’s most inspiring offices spaces, including Groupon and kCura.

It’s not all about established industry leaders, though. Techweek’s LAUNCH competition gives 70 prequalified startups the chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes. A judges’ panel of select venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will determine five finalists from the pool of 70, and those finalists will then demo their product on the Techweek Summit Stage. Along with the $100,000 in cash and prizes, the winning startup receives the exposure needed to catapult their company to the stratosphere.

VentureBeat readers receive 15 percent off Conference and Expo Badges at Techweek here.

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