In 2017, we will explore our global theme “Language and the Machine”, which examines how algorithms are shaping human language communication.

At SMW Chicago we will explore the theme through more than one hundred Mainstage talks, interviews, panel sessions and workshops.

The event will feature two mainstages, including a 500 person theatre and a second stage that seats 200, speakeasy salons, co-working lounges, VR showcase, technology vendors, complimentary lunch for all attendees and an opening party to kick-off the week’s activities.


How Do I Register?

To attend the official sessions, you will need to purchase an HQ pass via our pass options page. Early Bird rates are now in effect.

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Why Attend?



  • Data & analytics
  • Paid media
  • Future of video
  • Visual storytelling
  • Mobile messaging
  • Virtual reality
  • AI & chatbots
  • Influencer marketing



  • Facebook
  • BuzzFeed
  • National Geographic
  • Pinterest
  • Edelman
  • Morton Salt
  • Pinterest



  • Two mainstages
  • Seating for 700+ attendees
  • Co-working lounges
  • Talks, panels & workshops
  • Fireside interviews
  • VR showcase
  • Speakeasy salons
  • Installations & tech vendors


Who Attends #SMWChicago?


The SMW audience is made up professionals at the intersection of media, marketing, entertainment and technology.

Attendee stats:

  • 1.5k registered attendees
  • 58% aged 25-35
  • 88% are mid-level seniority and above
  • 67% female
  • 55% work in marketing, media and communications
  • 40% work for a company with 500+ employees




How Can My Company Participate?

  • Event Submissions Open: July 5, 2017
  • Event & Speaker Submission Deadline: August 4, 2017
  • Initial Schedule to be Published: September 6, 2017


Where Does #SMWChicago Take Place?


Venue SIX10
610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Venue SIX10 has a MAIN STAGE that holds up to 500 people. There is also a SECOND STAGE that will take place on the 9th Floor which holds up to 200 people. We also will have a more intimate room on the 10th floor for our SPEAKEASY SALONS that will take place periodically throughout the week.

In addition, we’ll have co-working lounges where you can meet with colleagues or clients, connect to WiFi to get your normal work done, technology and analytics exhibitors, and space to relax as you enjoy the incredible sessions throughout the week. The aim this year is to provide attendees, speakers and partners with more space and amenities to enjoy the entire week.



Travel & Accommodations

If you’re traveling from outside of Chicago, we will have preferred hotel partners for #SMW Chicago attendees. Over the next several months, be sure to visit our “Travel and Accommodations” page linked below for the latest updates on hotel deals and partners.

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