Prototype Camp Chicago

Harrington College of Design

Prototype Camp Chicago delivers a full day of bringing together people who are interested in putting a bit more “build and create” into their craft. Clearly-thought and nearly-there are great places to be!


It Doesn’t Have to Be Finished to Be Awesome

Sometimes getting your idea across is all it takes, but getting your idea across can be daunting. Come spend a Saturday with us and learn how some of the most talented folks on all of the internets are getting their ideas across in various design and development methods!

We'll have a variety of talks on a variety of topics--from research, design, development, and the totally random (we've had a presentation on cupcakes in the past!), you'll learn from people who are building things quickly and iteratively, across just about any medium!

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Keynote Speakers

We are bringing together two of the brightest minds in the industry to share with you what they know about prototyping. You don’t want to miss out on these talks!


A full day of smart people and great topics, book-ended by two of the smartest people in the industry that you will ever meet. Do not delay – register for Prototype Camp Chicago and/or sign-up for your own speaking slot today!

Registration & Breakfast
Jason Kunesh - Morning Keynote
Morning Break
Room: Blue (Main) Red Yellow
Will Hacker Dodging Speed Bumps When You Take Your Prototype on the Road Brittanie Crain Team Work: Axure for Small Teams Axure is for wire-framing only! -- NOT! Ben Lister Designing for Iteration: How we Build Prototypes at Sprout Social
Kamaria Campbell Garbage In, Garbage Out: Optimizing Design Inputs for Successful Prototypes Brett Schilke 3D Printing to Save the World: Kids Prototype to Solve Global Problems Ross Belmont Prototyping Pitfalls
Jon Hadden Communication with Flexible Documentation Jonathan Ozeran The Tail of a Wireless Dog Collar: Building a Hardware Product with a Globally Dispersed Team Nicole Maynard Prototype Testing: Working Smarter Not Harder
Brandon Satrom Goodbye Specs, Hello Prototypes Adam Tramposh Prototyping Glassware Marina Lim Mixing Metaphors: Using a Variety of Research Methods to Solve a Problem
Afternoon Snack
Russ Unger - Afternoon Keynote
Closing Ceremonies


Blue Room

Red Room

Yellow Room


Harrington College of Design

Harrington College of Design

200 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL

In the heart of Chicago’s Loop, great location with lots of local flavor. Hosted in a school for design, Prototype Camp Chicago offers a great setting for learning.

Look over there–we put a map on the page for you!

There are several easy-access parking garages available at in the surrounding blocks.

Coming from out of town? There are a lot of hotels in Chicago’s Loop that may work well for you and we have already done the searching for you! Hotels in the surrounding area are here.

Contact Us

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Code of Conduct

All delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at any Chicago Camps, LLC event are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

The Short Version

Chicago Camps, LLC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Detailed Version

At Chicago Camps, LLC, we assume that people are intelligent and well-intended, and we're not inclined to tell people what to do. However, recent events indicate that sometimes it's necessary to spell out the behavior we support and discourage at our conference. The core of our approach is this: we will do whatever we believe is necessary to ensure that Chicago Camps, LLC attendees, volunteers, guests, and presenters will have a fun, safe and productive environment. Any form of harassment will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by clearly marked name tags.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff, or contact us at We thank our attendees for their help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.

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