The Chicago Ideas Week app shown on a mobile device.

While most people are thinking about summer BBQs and lakeside volleyball, we’ve already got our eyes on October. That’s when the annual Chicago Ideas Week takes place, and this year, we’re excited to announce that we’re a Platinum sponsor and technology partner of the organization. In addition to enhancing and launching their website this past month, we’re building them a new, customized ticketing system and a ticket scanning mobile app in time for their 2013 event. As part of our mission to support innovation and the sharing of ideas in our city, this partnership is an exceptionally good fit.

Heading into its third year, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together thought leaders from around the world for talks and panels that inspire innovation and foster idea exchange. Topics range from science to politics to entertainment, and once again, the CIW stage is hosting some serious talent and intellectual muscle. This year, notable speakers include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, and chef Cat Cora, and more are joining the lineup daily. CIW will also feature a variety of behind-the-scenes experiences and special events throughout the week.

Our strategy, design, and development work with CIW includes:

  • A new ticketing system. We’ve developed a completely new ticketing system tailored to CIW’s unique and specific needs, and integrated it with the organization’s website. On the backend, the CIW team will be able to manage ticket inventory with greater ease, accommodating sponsor and speaker tickets, different go-on-sale times, and other variables—a point of clerical strain in the past. On the user side, our new shopping cart will display event availability and let users buy tickets for multiple events at once, vastly improving the purchasing process.

  • Front-end design and user experience. While Chicago-based ad agency Leo Burnett handled the CIW brand redesign, we were tasked with simplifying the site’s navigation and helping visitors find the talks that interest them. Users will now be able to search all the events and view up-to-date ticket availability.

  • Ticket scanning mobile app. A new mobile app for the CIW team will let employees scan ticket QR codes at the doors with their iPhones, giving the team an unprecedented ability to manage and track event attendance. The app will streamline ticket redemption, significantly reducing queue times and speeding up event entry.

During CIW, Table XI will also be hosting a lab focused on navigating the relationships among clients, project managers, and software developers. Our COO Mark Rickmeier will lead this hands-on workshop (which includes getting to play with LEGOs). Learn more about Learning Agile with LEGO (Fri, Oct 18 / 3-5pm) and reserve your spot when tickets go on sale in early September.

It’s an honor to be working with CIW. Community and organizational partnerships are at the core of what we do here at Table XI, and CIW shares our dedication to exploring new ideas, inspiring great outcomes, and moving technology forward.

We invite you to explore the CIW site for more information about event descriptions, schedules, and when tickets will be available to the public. And in the meantime, make sure to mark your calendars for Oct 14-20!

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