10 Chicago Tech Companies to Watch at CES 2017

Updated: Apr 10, 2018

If tech had a Superbowl, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) would be the likely arena.

The annual tech conference showcases the top technology startups and companies, and is often the source for new product announcements and forecasts on emerging tech trends.

While it’s a venue where major tech companies, such as Motorola, make big product announcements, it’s also a place where smaller tech companies and startups can make a name by showcasing their wares. A number of Chicago and Illinois tech companies and startups will be exhibiting at the upcoming event, held January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at 10 local tech companies to keep your eye on at CES, plus a list of additional Illinois tech companies that will be exhibiting at the conference.

10 Tech Companies to Watch


Occly: This Chicago-based startup is creating a personal safety device worn on the body (clipped to a purse, pants, or running armband for example) outfitted with a panic button, four cameras, powerful lighting, impact sensors, a microphone and GPS. The accompanying app has a crowdsourced feature that alerts users if they’re in unsafe areas or approaching a dangerous location. It can also be converted into a home security system, using its motion-sensing and sound-detecting features.