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

Our Q2 event features the wire-free charging purse (Everpurse) wearable tech that helps you connect at events (Proxfinity), and the first Augmented Reality app for Gear VR (Spectacle by Cubicle Ninjas). 

Join us for a night of wearable tech, networking, pizza and beer!  Spread the word! #WWCHI


6:00-6:30PM: Doors open & networking (beer and pizza served)

6:30-6:50PM: "Fashion is the new Tech" by Liz Salcedo, Founder & CEO, Everpurse

6:50-7:10PM: "Networking for Humans: Using Wearable Tech to foster meaningful engagements" by Christine Hutchison, Co-founder, Proxfinity

7:10-7:30PM: "Spectacle" on Josh Farkas, CEO, Cubicle Ninjas

7:30-9:00PM: Networking (beer and pizza served)

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

About the Tech


Founded in June 2011, Everpurse is a tech company servicing the fashion industry. Without requiring changes to design, manufacturing or distribution, the technology allows the world's top fashion brands to tech-enable their accessories painlessly. At the core of Everpurse is a wire-free smartphone charging system, which works as easily as sliding an iPhone into your handbag pocket and watch as it immediately begins charging. To re-charge your handbag, slide it onto Everpurse's charging mat, which you can leave at the spot at work or home where you regularly place your handbag. For more information on how the technology works, you can visitwww.everpurse.com.  


Proxfinity offers a first-of-its-kind technology platform that eliminates networking inefficiencies in the corporate engagement and meeting industry, producing revenue-optimization opportunities. Our wearable technology automatically finds and visually connects people to their most valuable conversations, automates lead generation and captures and analyzes data sets that improve business operations. Learn more at https://proxfinity.com/ 

Cubicle Ninjas

Cubicle Ninjas is a full-service creative design and development agency. The company utilizes an innovative design-focused development approach that transforms ideas into highly effective and impactful deliverables. Clients enjoy a process that is customer-focused, collaborative, and fun. See our latest VR work at Guided Meditation VR and Spectacle for Gear VR. Learn more at CubicleNinjas.com

About Our Speakers

Liz Salcedo

Liz Salcedo is the Founder & CEO of Everpurse. The visionary behind the integration of fashion and technology, Liz is focused on developing relationships with fashion brands and assisting them in turning their accessories into fashion tech products. When the top leaders and decision makers in fashion have questions about technology, Liz is the one they turn to. Former HIV/AIDS family social worker turned entrepreneur, in 2013 she was named one of Crain's 20 in their 20's list of most promising leaders.

Josh Farkas 

Josh Farkas creates. He created for ten years as an illustrator, designer, and developer for startups and global Fortune 500 brands. In 2008, he created Cubicle Ninjas to bring powerful design to clients through an innovative and customer-focused approach. As CEO at Cubicle Ninjas he leads the creation of new initiatives, like Guided Meditation VR a virtual reality application for the Oculus Rift that helps people to relax wherever and whenever. He'd love to help you create too. 

Christine Hutchison 

Christine Hutchison is the co-founder of Proxfinity, a Chicago based wearables company combining the best of event data analytics with a networking smart badge.  Christine brings over 21 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience.  Prior to Proxfinity, she founded, operated and sold a consumer product business as well as spent over 14 years in a B2B sales role at financial service companies including Northern Trust and AON Hewitt.     
Christine is involved in NAWBO, The Chicago Innovation Awards and The Executives Club of Chicago.  She is passionate about family, sailing and volunteering.   

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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.


Driving to 1871?Reserve discounted parking steps from the Merchandise Mart with SpotHero.Download the SpotHero iPhone|Android App or visit the SpotHero Website to book your spot in advance! 

Use code 1871 for an extra $5 off!  

There is also discounted parking at the 210 N. Wells Self-Park Garage for 1871 tenants and guests!  
$8.00 – Monday – Friday: enter between 3:00pm – 11:59pm, out by 8:00am 

Saturday – Sunday: for up to 12 hours of parking  
$14.00 – For up to 12 hours of parking anytime  
Entering the garage: 

For directions to the garage, please visithttp://www.210nwells.com/directions. Entrances are located on Wells Street and Post Place (between Franklin Street and Wells Street).Enter 210 N. Wells Self-Park and pull a “timed” ticket to lift the gate and park your vehicle.Take your parking ticket with you for validation at 1871 Reception.

Exiting the garage:  
Stop by 1871 Reception to validate your parking ticket.At the garage, insert your parking ticket into one of the pay stations in the ground floor lobby. You may pay your parking fee with any major credit card or cash.The pay station will return your paid ticket to you, which you may then insert at the exit gate.