Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago

GCI Special Event


"Urban Innovation Symposium at UIC and Work Studio"

Presented By:
UIC's Urban Planning and Policy Student Association

Co-Sponsored By:
Great Cities Institute

Friday, February 4, 2011
Session One: 1:00pm-2:45pm
Session Two: 3:00pm-4:00pm
PechaKucha Event: 6:30pm-9:30pm

On Friday, February 4th, 2011, the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association at the University of Illinois at Chicago will hold the first annual Urban Innovation Symposium. A three–part, day–long event, the symposium will bring together a diverse group of pioneering professionals for a series of interactive discussions and presentations on recent innovations in their respective fields, including community art, urban agriculture, public health, sustainable development, urban food systems, and alternative transportation.

During the symposium's opening session, a panel of five notable professionals will deliver short presentations on their work. Following these presentations, the panel members will hold individual hour–long breakout sessions with the symposium's attendees. Attendees will choose one breakout session to discuss creative solution to urban challenges. A final session of presentations will be delivered later that evening at Work Studio in Logan Square, by a new round of emerging innovators. Using the PechaKucha format, these visually oriented presentations will be approximately 7 minutes in length. The entire evening will provide opportunity to network with presenters and fellow attendees over refreshments.

Separate RSVPS are required for the afternoon event and the evening event. Suggested donation of $5 for students; $10 for non-students.

For more information including full bios and to RSVP visit the UPPSA website.

Session One
1:00pm-2:45pm, Location: UIC Campus (750 S. Halsted Student Center East Room 605)

Aaron Renn, Urbanophile -Keynote-
Marcia Caton Campbell, Ph.D., Center for Resilient Cities
James Patchett, Conservation Design Forum
Dr. Annette L. Valenta, Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, UIC
Elise Zelechowski, Delta Institute

Session Two
3:00pm-4:00pm, Location: UIC Campus (750 S. Halsted Student Center East Room 302)

Breakout discussions with one of the presenters from Session 1. Discussion groups will be limited to 16 people.

PechaKucha Event
Work Studio (2137 N. Milwaukee Avenue, next to the Congress Theater)

Dave Snyder, Chicago Rarities Orchard Project
Kyle Smith, Center for Neighborhood Technology
Jamie Simone, Wicker Park Business Chamber
John Edel, The Plant / Bubbly Dynamics
Mobile Food Collective
And many more

Symposium Flyer