Open Source: Showcasing Milwaukee's Engineering Culture

Wednesday, April 25th 5:30pm - 7:30pm
219 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The 5th event in the Open Source series presented with NEWaukee

Go behind the scenes of Milwaukeews tech community! Each month we'll be exploring how companies around the city create a meaningful and positive culture in their organization.

The purpose of this is to discuss how we as people and organizations in the city can enable a culture of engineering and technology both in the workplace and out.

This revolving series includes the following:

  • Company leader discussing how they make their company's culture something all levels of a company can enjoy
  • Q&A where both the company leader and an employee living the culture will answer questions.
  • Complimentary food from a local Milwaukee restaurant.
  • Complimentary beverages, cocktails, or beer from local makers.


  • 5:30-6:30pm - Happy Hour
  • 6:30-7:00pm - Talk
  • 7:00-7:30pm - Discussion


Chris Widmayer is the CEO and Co-founder of Penrod, a consultancy with the mission of driving engagement through digital transformation. Chris is a 2005 Computer Science graduate from UW-Milwaukee, though his passion for engineering began much earlier. At the age of 13 he developed and ran one of the most popular wrestling websites, from 1995-1998, that created a community of wrestling fans to discuss and consume wrestling news in real-time. In his early career as a software engineer, Chris worked at ExactShip to launch an enterprise shipping system and Kohl’s to engineer their next generation of point-of-sales and customer experience applications. Since founding Penrod in 2012, he has driven the growth of the company to a #442 ranking on the INC 500, #1 Best Place to Work for Young Professionals in Wisconsin, and a 3-year growth of 990%.