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SPEAKER INFORMATION

 

Chicago Build

We look forward to seeing you on stage at Chicago Build this October 22 & 23!

As a speaker, you'll be able to gain early access at 8.00 am on both days of the show. 

All speakers will be able to access the VIP Lounge with complimentary refreshments and charging stations.

Scroll down to find all the speaker information you'll need to prepare for the show. 

  • Speaker Brief
  • Full conference agenda
  • Ambassador program: Women in Construction, Diversity in Construction and Sustainability in Construction
  • Marketing pack

If you require any additional free tickets or if you have any further questions, please feel free to email: speakers@chicagobuildexpo.com

SPEAKER BRIEF

  • Where and when will Chicago Build be taking place? 

Chicago Build 2024 will be taking place on October 22 and 23. The event will be taking place at McCormick Place. 

  • When will I need to be at the venue?

We ask each of our speakers to be onsite at least an hour before their sessions begin.  

  • How long will the panel session be, and what is the format?

All sessions are panel discussions and are 50 minutes long - 40 minutes of discussion, followed by a 10-minute Q and A with the audience.

Each panel will have a moderator and 4-5 other speakers in the discussion. This is an informal panel discussion and there are no slides needed. Each speaker will submit 2 talking points/questions for the moderator to raise during the discussion.

You will be introduced to your panel at least 4 weeks before the event, via an individual email thread. You're welcome to set up an alignment call in order to prepare for the session.

  • Will there be a moderator and what is their role?

Each session will be led by a moderator, who will facilitate and guide the conversation between the panel. The moderator will collect all speaking points before the session, ask these questions to the panelists and direct the conversation. 

If you are interested in moderating your session at this year's show, please feel free to email the team at speakers@chicagobuildexpo.com

  • When will I be introduced to my panel?

You will be introduced to your panel at least 4 weeks before the event, via an individual email thread. 

  • How should I prepare for the panel?

When panels are introduced in September, we will be asking each speaker to submit two speaking points via the email thread. These can be formatted as statements, questions, bullet points, and case studies - whichever format you would prefer.

We would love for your network to attend your session, so we will be sending your personalized speaker banners in the lead-up to Chicago Build each month to post across your social media. Please ensure you're following Chicago Build and always use #ChicagoBuild so we can like/share your posts and add to the buzz! 

  • What technology will be used during the panel session? 

Each speaker will be given a microphone to use during the session. If you're giving a presentation/workshop and are required to present slides, please send a copy of your slides by October 2. You will also need to bring a spare copy on a USB.

  • Will I need to register my own ticket?

We will register your speaker badge and you will be able to collect your badge at the speaker check-in desk on the day of your session.

Video Promotion

In order to drum up excitement for your session, we would love for you to record a personalized video about your chosen topic at Chicago Build! This video can then be posted on your social media to your network and on the Chicago Build socials. Here are some of our top tips:

  • Keep it short and simple! We would recommend the video length to be around 30 seconds long
  • Wondering what to include? Mention some of the key talking points of the discussion, why the topic is important to you, the date and time of your session and that tickets are free!
  • A selfie video while you're at work is perfect! Treat it like you're Facetiming a friend to get the best results
  • Enjoy recording it! 

Please send your video to .

CHICAGO BUILD CONFERENCE AGENDA

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10:00 AM
  1. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  2. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  3. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  4. 75 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Meet the Midwest's leading contractors and developers at the Networking Hub. Forge strategic partnerships, and explore collaborative opportunities that drive success in the ever-evolving world of construction.

  5. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  6. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  7. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
  9. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
11:00 AM
  1. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  2. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  3. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  4. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  5. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  6. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  7. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
11:30 AM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Connect with construction professionals including contractors, architects, engineers, developers, project managers, and more, to share insights, and explore opportunities for growth and advancement in the construction industry. 

12:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  2. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  3. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  4. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  5. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  6. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  7. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
    Ukraine: From War to Reconstruction – the Construction Sector. A presentation / discussion by Fabrice Bonvoisin of the International Trade Club of Chicago and Bogdan Pukszta of the Polish American Cha ...
12:45 PM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    An exclusive networking event for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, and technology enthusiasts to connect, explore cutting-edge advancements, and leverage digital tools to revolutionize the construction industry. 

01:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  2. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  3. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  4. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  5. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  6. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  7. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
    With the introduction of PCA’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in October 2021, the cement industry embraced a lofty goal to voluntarily reduce its carbon footprint to zero. A key “lever” of this challenge is an aggressive approach to improve the manufacture of cementitious materials. After nearly 200 years as the go-to product for concrete construction, portland cement is evolving as manufacturers develop new cement formulations to meet the needs of the concrete industry, while offering a lower-carbon footprint. Tested and proven, blended cements that reduce carbon footprint by up to 10% are already being widely used, but that’s only the beginning. Over the next 30 years, cement footprints will – and must – continue to shrink. This session explains key aspects of the cement and concrete industry’s vision of reaching carbon neutrality while helping designers and builders create resilient, sustainable infrastructure that America and the Midwest depend on.
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
02:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Diversity & Inclusion (Stage 5)
  2. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  3. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  4. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  5. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Come and join us in the Built Environment Networking Hub to connect with construction owners, in partnership with the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA). Attend this free session to grow your network as you connect with like-minded professionals from all across the state.

  6. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  7. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
  9. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
03:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  2. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  3. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  4. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  5. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
  6. 90 mins
    • Networking Hub

    The annual Diversity in Construction Networking Event is free-to-attend for all. Learn from an inspiring panel of industry leaders as they celebrate the successes and discuss the challenges facing BAME, LGBTQ+ and female AEC professionals. Join us to feel inspired by the diverse stories that make up one of the most exciting industries.

  7. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  8. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  9. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Building Solutions & Materials (Workshop 2)
04:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  2. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  3. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  4. 50 mins
    • Diversity & Inclusion (Stage 5)
  5. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  6. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  7. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Digital Construction (Workshop 1)
04:30 PM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Expand on your connections with Chicago's leading companies paving the way for sustainability across the industry. Network with those committed to driving positive environmental change and creating a sustainable future.

05:00 PM
  1. 30 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  2. 30 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  3. 30 mins
    • Diversity & Inclusion (Stage 5)
  4. 30 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  5. 30 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
10:00 AM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Networking lunch with leading professionals within the AEC industry. From engineers, architects, developers, realtors and more, connect with decision makers across the Midwest.

  2. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  3. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
    Face it. Many people don’t wake up feeling like winners. Life is hard. Maybe, just maybe, we could create a winning environment at work where people are recognized, and results are rewarded. This teac ...
  4. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  5. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  6. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  7. 50 mins
    • Government Policy (Stage 5)
11:00 AM
  1. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  2. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  3. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  4. 50 mins
    • Government Policy (Stage 5)
  5. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  6. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  7. 60 mins
    • Architecture & Design (Workshop 1)
    • AIA CES Workshops
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Sustainability & HSE (Workshop 2)
11:15 AM
  1. 75 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Connect with marketing professionals within the construction industry to share insights, and explore strategies that drive success in the construction sector's dynamic marketing landscape.

12:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  2. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  3. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  4. 50 mins
    • Government Policy (Stage 5)
  5. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  6. 50 mins
    • Facilities Management (Stage 3)
  7. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Sustainability & HSE (Workshop 2)
    This continuing education course covers BIFMA’s e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, which is the basis for LEVEL certification. The content defines what LEVEL measures, how it works, and how it goes ...
  8. 60 mins
    • Architecture & Design (Workshop 1)
    • AIA CES Workshops
12:45 PM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Meet and exchange business cards with the Midwest's leading realtors and brokers. Whether you are a real estate agent, broker, investor, developer, or industry service provider, this event offers a valuable platform to connect, collaborate, and stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of real estate.

01:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  2. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  3. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  4. 60 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  5. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  6. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  7. 60 mins
    • Architecture & Design (Workshop 1)
    • AIA CES Workshops
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Sustainability & HSE (Workshop 2)
02:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  2. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  3. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  4. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  5. 90 mins
    • Networking Hub

    The annual Women in Construction Networking Event, in collaboration with our key partner NAWIC, is free-to-attend for all. Learn from an inspiring panel of industry leaders as they celebrate the successes and discuss the challenges facing female AEC professionals. Network with fellow professionals and feel inspired by the diverse stories that make up one of the most exciting industries.  

  6. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
  7. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  8. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Sustainability & HSE (Workshop 2)
03:00 PM
  1. 50 mins
    • Future of Construction (Stage 5)
  2. 50 mins
    • Real Estate (Stage 3)
  3. 50 mins
    • Digital Construction (Stage 2)
  4. 50 mins
    • Architecture (Stage 1)
  5. 50 mins
    • Sustainability (Stage 4)
  6. 60 mins
    • AIA CES Workshops
    • Sustainability & HSE (Workshop 2)
  7. 60 mins
    • Skills & Marketing Hub
    Next/Now will focus on the innovation experience design as a whole. As the industry grows and continuously evolves at a fast pace, they will share the strategy, logistics and best practices when it co ...
  8. 60 mins
    • Architecture & Design (Workshop 1)
    • AIA CES Workshops
03:30 PM
  1. 60 mins
    • Networking Hub

    Join the Chicago chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) to network with architects and designers from around the area, learn about our numerous initiatives and advocacy efforts, and discover how you can further your career by attending one of the many professional development programs we offer to our members at no cost.

AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the industry has the opportunity to thrive. 

Alongside our line-up of panelists, Chicago Build works with an amazing team of Women in Construction Ambassadors, Diversity in Construction Ambassadors and Sustainability Ambassadors. We welcome anyone of any gender who is passionate about driving change in the UK's built environment to get involved as an Ambassador. 

This year we are proud to announce our new team of Sustainability in Construction Ambassadors! We invite individuals who are passionate about sustainability to join this program and join us in our mission to create a more sustainable future for us all.

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MARKETING PACK 

SOCIAL MEDIA 

Your personalized speaker banners will be sent in the coming weeks to promote to your network!  Please ensure you're following Chicago Build and always use #ChicagoBuild so we can like/share your posts!


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London Build 2023

The Midwest's leading and largest construction show returns to McCormick Place on October 22 & 23!

Secure your FREE TICKET: www.chicagobuildexpo.com/speaker-invite

Chicago Build offers a totally unique experience over the two days, featuring:

  • 30,000+ attendees from contractors, architects, civil engineers, developers, local councils, house builders/associations and construction professionals
  • 400+ incredible speakers across 8 conference stages including Future of Construction, Architecture, BIM & Digital, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion and more
  • AIA CES approved workshops
  • The Festival of Construction with DJs, musicians, live performances, food and drinks tastings, entertainment and more
  • Architect’s Hub with project displays and 3D models of upcoming projects from leading architects
  • The latest insights and updates on major upcoming construction projects and opportunities across the industry
  • Exclusive networking parties with key decision-makers
  • The largest networking event for Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction
  • An inclusive Ambassador Program supporting Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction
  • 300+ exhibitors showcasing the latest services, products and innovations

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