Announcing Startup Weekend Maker Edition Keynote Speaker: Ed Colgate, Co-Founder of TANVAS


We are thrilled to announce Ed Colgate as Keynote Speaker for Startup Weekend Maker Edition. Ed has dedicated most of his career to the study of haptic interface, and is considered one of the leading scholars in the field. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University, Ed has maintained a robust research program that has led to two previous spin-off companies: Cobotics (acquired by The Stanley Works in 2002), and Kinea Design (acquired by HDT Robotics in 2011). He is a prolific inventor with twenty-five issued patents and several more pending. He is recognized for seminal contributions to the design and control of haptic interfaces, and in 2007 was selected as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. In recent years, he has focused on Surface Haptics and developing the technological foundation for Tanvas

What’s Tanvas? Tanvas technology adds a new dimension; the realistic sense of touch, so you can feel dynamic textures with the swipe of a finger. The major shortcoming of a touchscreen is that it’s a screen—flat, glassy, cold. Tanvas is a new technology that imbues displays with haptics to simulate how the things you see on screen feels in the real world. As Tanvas explains it, all the magic happens between your fingers and the screen. Using electrostatic fields to create friction, the company can simulate different textures like choppy, grainy, fine, and wavy, transforming a touchscreen from something you simply touch into something you can actually feel. Don’t believe me?


Tanvas Video

Join us for Startup Weekend Maker Edition kicking off this Friday at mHUB Chicago! You don’t want to miss out on hearing from one of the World’s leading inventors as he shares his journey to entrepreneurship and the future of Touch! 

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mHUB, Chicago’s Premier Center for Manufacturing Innovation, plays host to Startup Weekend

The newest edition to Chicago’s tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem, mHUB, will play host to Startup Weekend Chicago Maker Edition on March 10-12th! mHUB is an innovation center for physical product development and manufacturing, supported by a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, manufacturers, investors, mentors, engineers, and designers, as well as education and industry partners. You can learn more about mHUB membership here. 

Located in the modest surrounding of 965 W. Chicago Ave, mHUB boasts a state of art facility with 63,000 square feet of creativity and innovation containing fabrication labs and supplies for electronics, plastics, metals, textiles and rapid prototyping. No matter how big or small, mHUB has everything you need to bring to life your product! Whether your idea is in robotics, connected devices, sensors, energy tech, unmanned vehicles or something so revolutionary there isn’t even a name for it yet, mHUB is the place to make it happen! 

This is your chance to launch a hardware startup at Chicago’s premier center for innovation with Startup Weekend Chicago. Don’t wait, Get your tickets today! Startup Weekend Maker Edition begins this Friday March 10th! 


Dima Elissa, founder of VisMed-3D to Judge Startup Weekend | Maker Edition

We are excited to announce Dima Elissa, founder of VisMed-3D, will Judge final pitches at Startup Weekend Chicago | Maker Edition. 

Dima Elissa is CEO and founder of VisMed-3D, a biomedical design and consulting firm that has emerged as the leader for 3D biomedical visualization and printing in personalized medicine. Dima was selected by Chicago magazine as one of the top Women in Tech, ChicagoInno’s 50 on Fire, MakeItBetter’s Top Chicago Women in Science and by Chicago Tribune’s BlueSky Vault as one of the Top 100 entrepreneurs in Chicago. Her current venture, VisMed-3D, a biomedical design and consulting firm, is in keeping with her thirst for new technology and innovation. Alongside this novel start-up, she is pursuing her passion — devoting time, energy and guidance to women founders and entrepreneurs. As an adjunct faculty member or Entrepreneur-in-residence, teaching Entrepreneurship or as an in-demand speaker, she exemplifies her commitment to giving back and paying it forward. Her most recent designation as the American Medical Woman’s Association (AMWA) Tech and Innovation Lead under the Diversity, Inclusion & Innovation (DI&I) sector, she is building an accelerator to drive STEMM for girls and women seeking healthcare careers or who want to commercialize business ideas to improve the practice of medicine.

Dima also serves as Board member for mHUB, Chair of the STEM steering committee for the Apareció Foundation, Executive Advisory Board Member for Ms Tech, Chicago Chapter President for Women in Bio.

Dima holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Hanover College and has earned her MBA from Texas A&M’s May’s School of Business with a concentration in Finance. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Hanover College.  @dimaelissa @vismed3d

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Don’t Miss Startup Weekend Chicago | Maker Edition | March 10-12 @mHUB

We’re kicking off 2017 with our first ever Startup Weekend – Maker Edition! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. 

What does Maker Edition mean? Participants will pitch startup ideas that include the development of a physical technical component/product. No, you don’t need technical experience to participate. Successful startups leverage the diverse skills of their team; including business, marketing, development, and design! 

Sound like a tall order in 52 hours? No worries! We’ve partnered with mHUB to provide participants access to state-of-the-art machines, workspace, and material! mHUB is Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. mHUB galvanizes the manufacturing ecosystem by bringing innovative ideas, attracting world class talent, and driving greater productivity and profit. mHUB provides members access to 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art machines and work space, and a vibrant community of manufacturers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and investors. mHUB ensures Chicago’s legacy remains that of a beacon to a region that builds products, and also the future. 

Join Startup Weekend Chicago and mHUB in Building the Future! Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and tinker away! Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.

Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups!