Come attend the UIC Urban Forum

UIC’s Urban Forum is filled with renowned speakers who will discuss technology and the resilience of cities. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s strategy to make large data sets collected and stored by the public sector readily available to the public and to bring highly skilled tech people to city government such as John Tolva, who worked for IBM before he was lured to City Hall by the Mayor, and Brett Goldstein, who founded OpenTable, has already produced many dividends for the public. This strategy, coupled with his plan to partner more with Chicago’s top universities to generate economic development, has resulted in major positive change at the Illinois Medical District and in Hyde Park with the University of Chicago’s Urban Center for Computation and Data’s partnership with developer McCaffrey Interests, the highly respected architectural firm of SOM and the Art Institute of Chicago on the developments of the 600 acre USX site on the south lake shore.

UIC’s Urban Forum

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to Kick Off 2013 Forum 

with Opening Keynote Address

There’s still time to register! Please visit:






725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago – MAP

Doors open at 8 AM

Program begins at 8:45 AM


$25 for General Public (includes lunch)


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All attendees must register online prior to the Forum. Admission is complimentary for all Chicago-area faculty and students but online registration is still required. Please bring a school ID for free admission.


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The Honorable Toni Preckwinkle

President, Cook County Board

Paula Allen-Meares

Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago






8:45 – 9 AM            Welcome Remarks
 Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares 


9 – 9:30 AM            Opening Keynote Address
 Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board


9:30 – 10:45 AM    Morning Panel #1:

 Creating Informed Communities:

 Accessible Technologies To Help Enhance The Quality Of Life

 Brian Kelly, President, Payer & Provider Solutions, Quintiles

 John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago

 Susana Vasquez, Executive Director, LISC

 Moderated by Natalie Moore, WBEZ 91.5FM


10:45 AM – 12 PM Morning Panel #2:

 Advanced Technology Driving Our Workforce:

 The Growing Effect Of Technology On Tomorrow’s Jobs

 Mark Harris, President and CEO, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

 Jeff Malehorn, President and CEO, World Business Chicago

 Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

 Ted Smith, Director of Economic Growth and Innovation, City of Louisville
 Moderated by Niala Boodhoo, WBEZ 91.5FM
12 – 1 PM               Lunch
1 – 2:15 PM            Afternoon Discussion #1:

 Tuning In:

 How Can Technology Help Unite The Government With Its People?

 Scott BernsteinPresident and Co-founder, The Center for Neighborhood
 Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Adjunct Professor  of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Jon Gant, Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 Daniel O’Neil, Executive Director, SmartChicago Collaborative

 Moderated by John Hendren, English Correspondent, Al Jazeera


1 – 2:15 PM            Afternoon Discussion #2:

 High-Tech Healthcare:

 What Is The Potential Global Impact Of Health Services With Smart  Technology?

 Don Bisbee, Senior Vice President, Cerner DeviceWorks

 Bénédicte Callan, Clinical Professor, Arizona State University College for Health  Solutions

 Jerry A. Krishnan, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Associate Vice  President for Population Health Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine at  Chicago

 Julio Silva, Chief Medical Information Officer, Rush University Medical Center

 Moderated by Michelle Russell, Partner and Manager, Boston Consulting Group


2:30 – 3:45 PM       Afternoon Discussion #3:

 The Growing Metropolis:

 How Will Emerging Technologies Influence Urban Growth And  Development?

 Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning  

 Herman Brewer, Bureau Chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

 Scott Miller, Owner and President, The Innovation Machine 

 Howard Wial, Executive Director, Center for Urban Economic Development,  University of Illinois at Chicago

 Moderated by Brian Fabes, CEO, Civic Consulting Alliance


2:30 – 3:45 PM       Afternoon Discussion #4:

 Workforce Development:

 How Can We Adapt Technology To Create And Retain Jobs?

 Mary Rose Hennessy, Founder and Executive Director, University of Illinois BIS

 Sandee Kastrul, Co-founder and President, i.c.stars

 Alfred Tatum, Interim Dean of the College of Education, University of Illinois at  Chicago

 Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Brookings  Institution

 Moderated by Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of  Chicago


3:45 PM                 Closing Reception


*Panel times subject to change