April 2017 Meeting – Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

Register for the April 13th meeting.

Blockchain has the potential to disrupt industries from financial services to real estate to healthcare and beyond. These shared ledgers encrypted at the record level provide a way to validate transactions through little or no human intervention. According to PwC, immutable blockchain has the ability to turn huge volumes of transactions that involve people and paper processing taking days into an automatic validation process, saving significant time, resources and money. Sound like hype? It actually has the potential to transform the delivery of both private and public services. In addition to bringing efficiency and accuracy to business processes, it holds the promise of redefining the relationship between government and the citizen in terms of data sharing, transparency and trust along the way. Learn what this technology means, how it works, and what the promise is from Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Omkar Naik.

Omkar Naik joined Microsoft in July 2016 as a sales lead for Data Platform and Blockchain in Midwest. He is responsible for defining and managing Microsoft’s Data Platform sales to enterprise customers in Midwest including planning, forecasting and execution. He previously led connected vehicle product strategy at CNH, and locomotive development at Caterpillar. Omkar also founded My Shaving Club – a Shaving as a Subscription service. Omkar has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Alabama, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

April 13, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

March 2017 Meeting – The Secret Rules of Modern Life: Algorithms

Register for the March 9th meeting.

From search engines to social media and predictions to entertainment, algorithms are all around us. These mathematical formulas, from simple to complex, are playing a growing role in our lives whether keeping us safe, helping to solve daily challenges, or simply entertaining us. But they aren’t as straight forward as they may seem. In fact, they raise many questions like why they work, are they always right, and why has this ancient mathematical application held favor since the time of Euclid?

Join us as we kick off our Techumentary Series at ITKAN! In March we’ll view and discuss Algorithms: The Secret Rules of Modern Living. This immersive film is narrated by Oxford Mathematics Professor Marcus du Sautoy. He explores the ancient rules of algorithms and their myriad applications in our lives. Following our viewing we’ll discuss the film with a special guest…you won’t want to miss it!

March 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

Paid Summer Internships at ELCA

We are looking for featured candidates with disabilities who are looking for paid summer internships in information technology. The interns would be with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Candidates must qualify that:

  • individual should be presently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • individual has not attended an internship program in the past with the ELCA
  • individual is not presently employed for the summer

The positions are:

Application Developer Intern

IT Service Delivery Intern

Other internships might be featured in the near future.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Bill O’Connor
Information and Social Media Specialist

26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
630.909.7444 office
312.420.0576 cell

Self-Directed Learning Presentation

I once again had the great honor of presenting at an ITKAN meeting this time on the topic of self-directed learning. We had a great turnout and a lively discussion about self-directed learning and online educational platforms. There was a wide range of experience with these providers with a few who have never taken any online courses to a couple who were well experienced with them. As promised, I have uploaded the presentation to the ITKAN website as a PowerPoint and as a PDF. I have also added it to SlideShare.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me through any of the means mentioned at the end of the presentation. In addition, come join us in the ITKAN LinkedIn Group to continue the discussion. See you at the next meeting.