• TechNexus (map)
  • 20 North Upper Wacker Drive
  • Chicago, IL, 60606
  • United States

WWCHI is back August 2 at our new location at the TechNexus office and we are focusing on Wearables impact on the Enterprise.  

Join Lockheed Martin, Stridekick, DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program, TechNexus Venture Collaborative, Super Ventures, Proxfinity and more as we explore how wearables are changing HR, safety, communications, or workplace efficiencies in various industries.

Beer & pizza will be served. Event hashtag #WWCHI


6:00-6:30PM: Registration & Networking

6:30-6:45PM: Opening Remarks - Tom Emrich, Partner at Super Ventures and founder of We Are Wearables

6:45-7:00PM: "Enterprise Wearables: Technologies and Trends" - Brendan Karp - Chief of Staff, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

7:00-7:15PM: Presentation from Melissa Mann - DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program

7:15-7:30PM: 'Enterprise Wearables: Translating Vision into Reality"- Shelley Peterson - Emerging Technologies Lead, Lockheed Martin  

7:30-7:45PM: "How Corporations can unlock over $1 trillion in value using social technology solutions" - Lisa Carrel - Chief Sales Officer & Co-founder, Proxfinity

7:45-8:00PM: "The Future of Health Wearables: Giving Wellness Programs Their Annual Checkup" - Christine Oksas - Head of Customer Success, StrideKick

8:00-9:00PM: Networking

A huge thank you to TechNexus, Super Ventures & Proto3000 for your continued support and commitment to the We Are Wearables community.

Our Speakers

Shelley Peterson - Emerging Technologies Lead, Lockheed Martin

Shelley Peterson, an Emerging Technologies Lead, has supported Lockheed Martin pursuits by diving into the rapidly evolving augmented reality and wearables market to integrate emerging technologies into solutions for Lockheed Martin applications.Shelley has a diverse technology and defense-based background. Her engineering skill has been utilized by electronic warfare programs for E-Systems Company, on the B-1 Bomber Simulator at Dyess AFB, and on satellite ground integration and mission operations analytics at Lockheed Martin.Early in her professional career, Shelley founded a business focused on emerging technology solutions, including military aircraft distributed mission training and multi-spectral imaging monoculars.In her spare time, Shelley teaches college mathematics as an adjunct, she enjoys volunteering for STEM events, and operates Shotlink Lasers for the PGA AT&T ProAm 

Melissa Mann - Strategic Engagement & International Cyber Security Partnerships - US DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program

Melissa currently supports strategic engagement and international cyber security partnership development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's Cyber Security Division and the Silicon Valley Innovation Program.  A former Director of Legislative Affairs at DHS, she entered federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow. International posts include supporting cyber security research and development in Tel Aviv and serving as an Economics Officer at the U.S. Embassy New Delhi.  She began her career at McCann New York. Melissa received a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A./M.Sc. in Communication and Media Studies from the London School of Economics and University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. 

Lisa Carrel - Chief Sales Officer and Co-Founder of Proxfinity

Lisa is the Chief Sales Officer and Co-Founder of Proxfinity, a Chicago-based tech company. Having developed Proxfinity's sales roadmap and approach, Lisa shares her thought-leadership on selling new technology, start-up scaling, and pivoting through various speaking engagements.  Among her accomplishments, her company has won the Chicago Innovation Awards, recognized as a leader in digital innovation by A.T. Kearney, WiSTEM accelerator participant, and recognized in Chicago as a top-five Chicago startup to watch. She is a member of 1871, WiSTEM, and Chicago Founders Circle.Before joining Proxfinity, she was focused on building B2B brands, sales, and multi-market team leadership.

Brendan Karp - Chief of Staff, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Brendan Karp is an entrepreneur, having been the founder or part of the founding team of several ventures.  He is currently the Chief of Staff at TechNexus Venture Collaborative.  TechNexus finds, funds, and grows technology ventures in partnership with entrepreneurs and enterprises.  Since 2007, TechNexus has grown over 400 technology ventures, raising $450M+ in funding.  In his role, he works hands-on with the dozens of enterprises and startups that TechNexus works with, helping them rethink growth through collaboration and commercial engagement with each other.  In addition, he also manages business development and operations activities. Brendan serves several organizations with education and advocacy efforts promoting and protecting entrepreneurship. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, a Washington D.C. based advocacy group.  He is also deeply involved in Chicago Tech Academy, a Chicago public high school centered on teaching hands-on technology skills and entrepreneurial thought.

Christine Oksas - Head of Customer Success, StrideKick

After studying human behavior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Christine turned her sights to health tech. At Stridekick, she brings together behavior and technology to help brainstorm and build engaging wellness programs for companies, cities, schools, and organizations across the world. Christine is motivated by the idea that healthy behavior changes are achievable with a little help from wearables, and a supportive, social community.

Our Sponsors

TechNexus curates the power of collaboration to harness disruption and create new market opportunities. TechNexus finds, funds and grows technology ventures in partnership with entrepreneurs and enterprises. We are the Venture Collaborative, aligning relationships and new funding strategies to drive business forward. Learn more at http://www.technexus.com/

Proto3000 provides professional 3D Printing Services, Rapid Prototyping Services, Stratasys 3D Printers, 3D Laser Scanning services, and 3D Laser Scanners. Learn more at www.proto3000.com.

Super Ventures is the first fund and incubator dedicated to technologies giving people superpowers: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality & Wearable. Learn more at www.superventures.com. 

And thank you to the WWCHI team and the volunteers who make this event possible.

Interested in sponsoring, speaking, demoing or volunteering at this or other WWCHI events this year, contact Tom at tom@wearewearables.com.