BuiltWorlds says it has launched the Chicago Forum, a consortium of investors, technologists, and buildings and infrastructure industry leaders focused on bolstering the built-world ecosystem within the Chicago region.
The forum’s inaugural meeting was held on May 17, ahead of BuiltWorlds’ 2022 Buildings Conference, taking place on May 18-19 in Chicago’s Fulton Market. The conference will address challenges and opportunities surrounding emerging technologies and industry trends in the built environment.
“As the BuiltWorlds’ membership base continues to rapidly expand in all sectors of the community around the world, our forums offer members an ability to focus specifically on their areas of interest,”BuiltWorlds executive chairman Matthew Gray said in a May 16 statement. “Our early growth took us around the world, but Chicago is our home, and so we are excited now to be able to offer a new opportunity for local industry leaders who have repeatedly asked for a platform to collaborate and grow the PropTech and BuiltTech ecosystem here in Chicago.”
Focused on building Chicago’s stature as a top tier city for PropTech and BuiltTech, the Chicago Forum is aligned with other local initiatives such as P33 Chicago, which was founded by Penny Pritzker, Chris Gladwin, and Kelly Welsh, to build Chicago’s reputation as a tier-one tech hub. Fittingly, Brad Henderson, CEO of P33, is launching the Chicago Forum as the keynote speaker at its kickoff meeting, the statement said.
“The Chicago Forum kickoff meeting includes insights fom Chicago business leaders and industry influencers on what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem,” the statement said.
The Chicago Forum will continue to meet over the course of the summer in conjunction with BuiltWorld’s Construction Tech and 2022 US Summit also being held in Chicago. The Chicago Forum is open to BuiltWorlds’ members as well as investors, tech adopters and tech solution providers that are participating in the 2022 Chicago conferences and summit.