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  • 10gen founder Dwight Merriman at Chicago MongoDB User Group

    Document-oriented databases are hot stuff in web development these days. MongoDB is one of the most popular and fastest growing document-oriented databases. Come and hear him speak about fun tricks and tips for those that are already using MongoDB.

  • Geospatial Querying with MongoDB

    gravitytank will host the Chicago MongoDB user group as they explore the geospatial features of MongoDB including distance queries, the spherical model and searching for things within arbitrary shapes.

  • SEEK Design Conference

    Robert Zolna is presenting at this year's SEEK design conference at Northern Illinois University. In its 11th year, SEEK aims to present multiple viewpoints from local and national visual communication designers. Robert joins speakers Debbie Millman, Sean Adams, thirst and The Post Family in this conversation meant to inspire future leaders in design.

  • A New Cultural Plan for Our City

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has charged the Cultural Advisory Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with the task of renewing the Cultural Plan to create new strategies that promote vibrant arts and cultural hubs in every community and help to anchor economic growth on every side of the city. gravitytank will be hosting Chicago’s most creative thinkers, cultural leaders and community and economic development experts together for a brainstorming session to launch the new cultural plan for our city.

  • Data With A POV

    Does your data talk to you? Does it have a brand? Robert Zolna and Edwin Lee talk at IIT's Design Research Conference about the power of data with a point of view.

  • Sharing Innovation Experiences

    gravitytank is hosting the 25+ member Economic Development Committee (EDC), of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), who are leaders from public and private sector organizations, and talking with them about our experiences with innovation.

  • dScout Changes Research

    Michael Winnick and Martha Cotton share exciting evolutions in research (and what that means for business) at IIT's Design Research Conference

  • Don't Need Tents for SketchCamp

    gravitytank hosts SketchCamp Chicago, an unconference that brings together designers of all types for a single-day event focused on sketching for user experience design.


    Craighton Berman will be presenting at MAS CONTEXT: ANALOG, an affiliate event of the Chicago Ideas Week, which will gather a group of emerging and established practitioners within the field of design to discuss their work based on proposed themes. The event will include presentations by photographers, filmmakers, architects, urban designers, graphic designers and industrial designers.

  • Founder Institute in Chicago

    Founder Institute, a pre-incubator tech program, is launching in Chicago. Are you one of the 1,000 meaningful and enduring technology companies that the Founder Institute will help build this year? gravitytank will host an event about ideation and finding the essence of your start-up idea. Our own Sal Cilella and Jason Jacobsohn will be talking about creating products and services that resonate with consumers.

  • Leading with Graphic Facilitation

    Our own Craighton Berman will be leading graphic facilitation at Chicago Ideas Week (CIW)/TEDxMidwest which will bring the world’s top speakers together with Chicago’s brightest to create an ecosystem of innovation and intellectual recreation.

  • Kellogg Business Design Challenge

    Martha Cotton, Shelley Sather and Bruce Jang kick off this year's Kellogg Business Design Challenge with a workshop on design research. The Northwestern University Kellogg Design Club is a student run organization that educates and inspires Kellogg students to apply design-thinking to business challenges in order to develop new solutions. This year's challenge explores the possibilities that exist at the intersection of financial services, social good and the unemployed.

  • ILN InPerson

    Innovators in healthcare gather in the Bay Area for inspiration, sharing and collaboration.

  • Building On Behavioral Economics

    Ann Hintzman and Gigi Gormley lead a workshop at EPIC 2011 in Boulder, CO on the intersection between qualitative research and the irrational choices we make.

  • MongoDB at GT

    A user group for a database doesn't sound that crazy, but these coders get nuts!

  • 36 Hours to Change the World

    gravitytankers Jed Wood and Kunal Bhat compete at the 2011 SocialDevCamp Hackathon.

  • Leading by Design Fellows Workshop

    Chris Conley and Craighton Berman work with business leaders to embody ideas beyond powerpoint and email. Even those who stopped drawing in 1st grade or have never stepped into a shop will be visualizing and prototyping by day's end.

  • Don't OD on OD

    In an Organizational Development workshop, Brynn Freeman helps Kent State University's Academic Success Center create a value-based departmental strategy.

  • Synthesis Workshop

    Jenn Schiffman and Joey Nakayama help Northwestern University Design for America students make sense of it all.

  • National Farm Bureau Conference Keynote

    Chris Conley, founder of gravitytank, plows into innovation stories, plants provocations and fields questions.

  • User Research Workshop

    Jenn Schiffman and Joey Nakayama lead Northwestern University students through a user research workshop for Design for America.

  • Consumer Culture Theory

    Martha Cotton gives the keynote address at Northwestern University's Consumer Culture Theory Workshop for those who marry marketing and business with social science.

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