There's nothing like summer in Chicago. It's the prime time of the year to hang out at the beach… or chill out in the air-conditioned cool of a conference hall. June is jam-packed with mini-conferences. From the Internet of Things to Write/Speak/Code, there's no shortage of tech events during the month.
Migrahack Chicago: This free event brings together activists, journalists, designers and developers in an innovative immigration data hackathon put on by the Institute for Justice and Journalism. The event includes training in data science and visualization plus cash prizes for winning projects. (General Assembly Chicago, 444 N Wabash Ave, 5th floor, June 3-5. Free.)
United Women in Business: Chocolate Tasting: Networking group United Women in Business always has creative meetups, and this chocolate tasting at women-owned Cocoa + Co is no exception. Mix, mingle, eat, drink and learn about the history of chocolate with other women in business. (Cocoa + Co., 1651 N Wells St, June 7, 6pm. $25.)
RailsBridge: Want to learn Rails? This is the event for beginners, especially (but not exclusively) for people who identify as women, transgender or non-binary (for whom the event is tailored). With lots of instructors, TA's and even free childcare, this is one of the most supportive ways to learn. (Braintree, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 800, June 10-12. Free.)
Building a Resume for Career Changers: Switching jobs is hard—switching industries is a whole different ballgame. Dev Bootcamp, a 19-week coding school, works with career changers every day. Meet the Career Services team from Dev Bootcamp for a hands-on resume workshop. (Dev Bootcamp Chicago, 351 W Hubbard St, June 13, 5:30-9:30pm. Free.)
Write/Speak/Code Conference: Write/Speak/Code hosts a monthly meetup, but this is three-day conference is a big deal. With tracks on writing, public speaking and contributing to open source code, it’s the perfect conference for those looking to up their skills and profiles. It’s limited to people who identify as women. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N Wells St, June 15-17. $87-$597.)
Windy City Things: This two-day conference focuses on the much-touted Internet of Things, with talks on prototyping, manufacturing, data and green-tech. It’s also held at one of Chicago’s underrated venues, the South Shore Cultural Center. (South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive, June 23-24. $499.)