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ITKAN’s Business After Hours with The Shedd Aquarium’s Danielle DuMerer

Register for the November 14 event.

Join us as we celebrate ITKAN’s corporate and civic relationships at our 4th annual ITKAN Business After-Hours on November 14th in the Envisioning Center at the MTC Chicago! Here’s a great video on the space!

Kick off the evening with a cocktail hour sponsored by SPR and network with colleagues or make new connections in the business and civic community. Danielle DuMerer, VP for Technology at the world-renowned Shedd Aquarium, and former CIO & Commissioner for City of Chicago, will provide keynote remarks!

We will be honoring Year Up Chicago Executive Director Jack Crowe and his staff with the Rose Stein Light from Within Award for their outstanding success in strengthening career opportunities in the tech space for promising young adults in Chicago and integrating the disability community within their mission.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, November 14, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
Microsoft Technology Center
200 East Randolph Street
#200
Chicago, IL 60601

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October 2019 Meeting – Tech & Space Exploration

Register for the October 10th meeting.

Plan to join us on Thursday, October 10th as we reach for the stars in our Liquid Science techumentary year. We’ll look at technology’s far-reaching influence on The Future of Space Exploration with Museum of Science and Industry’s Dr. Voula Saridakis, curator and expert on the history of science and technology as well as astronomy and space sciences. She will explore the wonders of space exploration, its exciting future, and the critical role of advancements in technological innovation on humankind’s aspirations to advance space exploration.

Dr. Voula Saridakis is a curator at the Museum of Science and Industry and is part of the team that is responsible for the care of MSI’s 35,000+ artifacts. During her time at the Museum of Science and Industry, Dr. Saridakis has been responsible for the research and development of content for several exhibits. Outside of MSI, she maintains a twitter account @HistAstro where she posts images in the history of astronomy across all time periods and cultures. She credits her love of astronomy and spaceflight to growing up in South Florida, where yearly visits to Kennedy Space Center were a regular part of her childhood, and she has been fortunate to have met several astronauts over the years including Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell.

When
October 10, 2019
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

September 2019 Meeting – VR Training in Healthcare

Register for the September 12th meeting.

As we continue to explore the Netflix documentary series “Liquid Science”, our September 12th meeting will highlight Evolving Technology’s Impact on Healthcare. We will demo a software in Oculus Virtual Reality (VR) simulations for nursing students and future care providers. Joliet Junior College (JJC) is the only community college in Illinois to have Embodied Labs empathy training VR. The VR software allows healthcare professionals to experience empathy for those with significant challenges such as hearing loss, vision loss, Alzheimer’s and cancer. It can also simulate scenarios related to a terminal illness, from diagnosis to final days of life. Please join us in an interactive and hands-on discussion on technology and how it will shape the future of medicine and IT careers!

Featured in this meeting will be Cameron Courter, a technologist for Joliet Junior College (JJC) in Multi-Media Programming. Cameron will lead a discussion and hands-on demo of one of the units used in the education of Nursing students at JJC.

When
September 12, 2019
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

August 2019 Meeting – Wired to Wear

Register for the August 8th meeting.

You won’t want to miss this! As we continue to dive deeper into the Netflix techumentary series Liquid Science our August 8th meeting will feature Kathleen McCarthy – Director of Collections and Head Curator from the Museum of Science & Industry (MSI). She will bring several “wearables” featured in the new “Wired to Wear” exhibit at the museum! This is the first ever exhibit dedicated to the future of wearable technology infused with tools to make us stronger, more aware or our environment and healthier. We’ll get to experience wearables with haptic feedback, wearables that react to sound, and even a wearable that can adjust the ambient temperature of our micro-environment!

Kathleen McCarthy is the director of collections and head curator at the Museum of Science and Industry. McCarthy is responsible for the care of MSI’s 35,000 artifacts, as well as the research and development of content for exhibits. Recently, McCarthy helped to develop the world-premiere temporary exhibit Robot Revolution, spending several weeks in Japan visiting the top robotics companies.

When
August 8, 2019
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

June 2019 Meeting – Lake Blues: The Technology Behind Water Management

Register for the June 13th meeting.

Join ITKAN on Thursday, June 13 as we continue to dive deeper into the Netflix techumentary series Liquid Science. In the episode “Ocean Blues”, host GZA explores the great unexplored depths of the Earth’s oceans. At our next meeting, we will explore the great bodies of water closer to our home. Technology behind conservation and management of the Great Lakes is an important aspect of living near them. Environmental Scientist Dr. Kuldip Kumar from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) will join us to discuss the technologies behind their process as well as goals of the MWRD for the future. We will explore the technology behind the challenges and solutions of water management in the Great Lakes.

Dr. Kuldip Kumar is Principal Environmental Scientist in the Monitoring and Research Department of MWRD Chicago. He was more than 25 years of experience in the area of water quality especially fate and transport of nutrients and other environmental stressors like pharmaceuticals and personal care products. For the last 5 years, his focus has been on evaluating and developing new technologies to recover resources from wastewater with a focus on nutrients removal and recovery. He manages research program on utilizing algae to recover nutrients from wastewater and develop markets for algae biomass based on its characteristics. Dr.  Kumar has served on the editorial board of Journal of Environmental Quality and Agronomy Journal and he is the Past-Chair of Soil and Environmental Quality Division of Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Kumar has published over 70 research articles/book chapters and has served on many federal grant review panels.

When
June 13, 2019
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

May 2019 Meeting – Smart Cities for All and the Future of Transportation

Register for the May 9th meeting.

Join us at the MTC Chicago on the 2nd Floor of the Aon Center on Th., 5/9 for our members meeting as we continue our local dive into the Liquid Science techumentary series with a conversation on Smart Cities focused on The Future of Transportation! We’re not yet discussing Jetsons-like hover cars, but automated vehicles are on the horizon. We will discuss some exciting initiatives like Chicago’s newly-initiated Transportation and Mobility Task Force and Smart Cities for All’s global initiative to draw urban planners, city leaders, incubators and start-up communities into helping drive Smart Cities that include the disability lens in research, strategy and implementation of this evolution.

Whether you love, hate or are indifferent to the city life, urban centers are increasingly the engine that drives modern life. As more people gravitate to our cities and technology becomes ever more central to addressing challenges like crowding and housing, opportunity, culture, education, and transportation we all need to have an awareness of what the city of the future will look like…and we’re giving away a hovercraft! Not really, but join us anyway.

Joining us!

David Leopold is a Director of Product Management at City Tech Collaborative. In this role, David works at the intersection of partnerships, strategy, and product development. He brings a unique blend of cross-sector experience executing tactical solutions for cities leveraging technology.

When
May 9, 2019
5-7:00 p.m.

Where
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center
200 E Randolph Street, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601