Chicago Camps

About Chicago Camps

Chicago Camps, LLC was formed and founded with the intention of bringing high-value, low-cost events to the technology community. Part of our goal is to help find new talent and topics and provide a forum for those to be shared. We work hard to make our events a worthwhile investment of your money and time, and also to help support local speakers.

Chicago Camps was founded by Brad Simpson, Russ Unger, and Shay Howe. They continually seek out new ways to improve their events and experiment with new ideas every chance they get. Don’t hesitate to reach out and share your great ideas with them!


Brad Simpson

Brad Simpson

Brad Simpson is a creative professional who focuses on design and user experience in both the digital and physical space. Known for his ability to lead complex assignments with a calm demeanor; he brings a deep understanding of design and creative management. Brad is hands-on and has learned that only a collaborative team will lead to powerful work.

Brad believes in creativity, collaboration and common sense.

Russ Unger

Russ Unger

Russ Unger is a UX designer and researcher in Chicago. He is co-author of “A Project Guide to UX Design”, “Designing the Conversation”, and “Speaker Camp” for Peachpit Press (Voices That Matter). Russ is also working on a book on guerrilla design and research methods that is due out well, sometime.

Russ is on the Advisory Board for the Department of Web Design and Development at Harrington College of Design. He has 2 daughters who both draw better than he does and are currently beginning to surpass his limited abilities in coding.

Shay Howe

Shay Howe

As a designer and front end developer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products. He specializes in user interface design and front end development, working inside HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on a daily basis. Additionally, Shay teaches a front end design and development and helps co-organize Chicago Camps, Refresh Chicago, and UX Happy Hour.

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Lead Honestly
  • Columbia College Chciago

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
Full Version

Be respectful of other people; respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered; and if you can’t resolve an issue contact the organizers. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you’ll be asked to leave.