• 1871 Chicago (map)
  • 222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
  • Chicago, IL, 60654
  • United States

Event focus: Wearable Superpowers: Wearable Assistive Technology featuring SpiderSense, a tactile suit that allows you to feel the environment around you on your own skin.

Wearable technology is giving people superpowers, making us better at everything we do in work, life and play. In wearing our tech, we are able to augment the entirety of the human experience from how we walk, how we see and how we perceive the world around us. This is especially key for people with disabilities who are already using wearable technology as assistive devices which are changing the way they live their lives. 

This event is dedicated to exploring wearables as an assistive technology. This event features Chicago-based SpiderSense, a tactile suit that allows you to feel the environment around you on your own skin which was just recently featured on All-American Makers. 

Join us for a night of discussion, networking, pizza and beer

Spread the word! #WWCHI 

**Call for Sponsors, Exhibitors and Volunteers for this event! If you are interested please contact us at chicago@wearewearables.com**


6:00-6:30: Registration & Demo Area Opens (pizza and beer served)

6:30-6:45: Superpowers to the People: How wearables are making us super human a presentation by Tom Emrich, Founder of We Are Wearables

6:45-7:00: Q&A with Thalmic Labs makers of the gesture control armband Myo

7:00-7:20: Presenting SpiderSense by Victor Mateevitsi including live demo 

7:10-7:30: Member announcements 

7:40-9:00: Networking + Bar & Food

A big thanks to our sponsors Uproar PR and to our community partner 1871 for hosting us again this month.

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About the Tech

SpiderSense is a tactile suit that allows you to feel the environment around you on your own skin. We believe that technology should improve our quality of life. Let’s save the lives of our soldiers, firefighters and policemen. Let the blind see. 

About the Speakers

Victor Mateevitsi is a researcher, a maker and an inventor with interests in haptics, wearables, and computer graphics. After co-inventing SpiderSense in 2013, he continued the research and development aiming to make SpiderSense smaller and more portable. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and has been named one of the “20 in their 20’s” by Crain’s business magazine and one of the “Fifty For The Future®” by the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Tom Emrich is the founder of We Are Wearables, the largest wearable tech community of its kind with a reach of over 90,000 and chapters in Toronto, Chicago and Ottawa. 

About Our Sponsors

1871 is an entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in The Merchandise Mart, the 75,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses. Recently ranked 9th in the world in the 2014 UBI Index list of top university-associated business incubators, 1871 has become a global leader in the entrepreneurial community. 1871 is the flagship project of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. For more information, visit 1871.com.

Uproar PR is an innovative consumer technology public relations and social media agency. Along with their other technology practices, the firm has successfully built brand recognition for its wearable tech clients.  Within the Toronto and Waterloo communities, Uproar works with Thalmic Labs, Bionym Kiwi Wearables and PUSH.  With Uproar's media relations experience, those companies have been featured in media outlets including The Today Show, Business Insider, New York Times and CNBC, just to name a few. The firm specializes in developing campaigns that drive awareness and sales, creating industry buzz.  For more information, visit www.uproarpr.com

Want to help out at the event, speak or present or sponsor? Contact the Chicago team at chicago@wearewearables.com.

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