THE EXPERIENCE

EMERGE/NEXT produces events nationwide designed to inspire, educate, and connect emerging leaders in technology, engineering, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Through the curation of panels, workshops, hackathons, awards and networking events, the EMERGE/NEXT Festival enables emerging leaders to learn from today’s industry experts, and inspires innovative thinking to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders.

We believe that collaboration improves innovation which can make the world a better place and everyone from corporations to the general public can benefit from the ideas which are generated in within an environment designed to allow for freedom of thought.

The EMERGE/NEXT Festival creates that type of environment, an experience that allows for the imagination to find solutions to complex problems,  our unparalleled experience is crafted for a diverse group emerging leaders to learn about new innovations, connect with like-minded peers, seek out new educational opportunities as well as discover employment opportunities.

MADE IN CHICAGO.  PRODUCED NATIONWIDE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DESIGN & ENGINEERING OF SNEAKERS

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Museum of Science and Industry

Attendees will learn about careers and opportunities within the footwear industry. As well as participate in an interactive workshop organized by Cheresse Thornhill. This event is a part of the Museum of Science and Industry Science Cafes.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Alonzo Jackson, Founder, Fashion Geek

Cheresse Thornhill, Industrial Designer and Owner of No Shoes Creative

Dave Jeff, Founder of PHLI and AlphaSpace

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INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Since our inception, we have gathered innovative leaders from multiple fields: science, technology, engineering, design, creativity, and business. Here are just a few of many who have contributed to the success of our attendees:

Alonzo Jackson

aka Fashiongeek 'Zo'

Cheresse Thornhill

Footwear Designer

COODIE SIMMONS

Co-Founder, Creative Control

CHRIS MANTZ

Founder, DRIFT Eyewear

Rob McConnell

Mechanical Engineer

Iyore Noelle

Chemical Engineer

Young Guru

Recording & Mixing Engineer

Victor Mateevitsi

Electronic Visualization

ABOUT US

EMERGE/NEXT is an experiential educational festival for emerging leaders with interests in technology, creativity and business. Through the curation of panels, workshops, hackathons, awards and networking events, the EMERGE/NEXT Festival enables emerging leaders to learn from today’s industry experts, and inspires innovative thinking to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders.