Attendees participate in an improv exercise at Collab/Space Chicago 2014. (MediaShift)Virtual reality has been gaining steam in the media space, from The New York Times giving away Google Cardboard to McDonald’s showing how it sources its food. But how can we get beyond the hype and make sure that these projects — as well as VR-related startups — survive and thrive as a business? That is the focus of the next Collab/Space Chicago 2016 workshop on September 30, 2016,  a one-day, hands-on workshop. We will choose eight innovative startups or projects at media companies to present their work in lightning fashion followed by directed questions from the audience. We’ll do collaborative exercises, using improv comedy techniques, to learn how to work together better, and break into groups to help these projects get past their challenges. Our diverse group of participants includes entrepreneurs, journalists, publishers, technologists, designers, marketers, investors and major players in the VR scene.

Collab/Space Chicago is a production of MediaShift, with premier sponsorship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism and hosted by TechNexus.


You’ll hear from media innovators, and work with them on teams, too!  Also, we expect key people to attend from local media organizations, journalism and communication schools, investment firms and other people active in the entrepreneurial and media scenes.


Friday, September 30, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the workshop
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. for the mixer


Location: TechNexus, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200  |  Chicago, IL 60606
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TechNexus co-founds disruptive technology ventures on the frontiers of innovation by aligning corporations with entrepreneurs, assembling the right combination of staff, engineers and resources, and then guiding those businesses to customers and markets. Its resources include a national open network for innovation, a content publishing platform, industry-leading research and a 50,000-square-foot incubator at its headquarters in Chicago’s Civic Opera House.

More information

For more information, including speakers, registration, event and mixer specifics, visit the Eventbrite registration page. Contact Mark Glaser at with questions.

For complete registration and event details, visit the Eventbrite registration page.

Early bird registration costs $99 for professionals and $59 for students. It includes a light breakfast, a boxed lunch and drinks and appetizers at the mixer. The deadline for early bird registration is August 15, 2016. Thereafter, registration will cost $129 for professionals and $79 for students.


Contact Mark Glaser at with questions.


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