September 2016 Meeting – New Realities

Register for the September 8th meeting.

From movies and television to video games, virtual reality is already a hot technology. But, from the popularity of Pokemon GO and the development of Microsoft’s HoloLens, new realities – augmented and mixed – have come to the forefront. And they promise to deliver much more than enhanced entertainment! With a wide range of applications such as education, design, engineering, construction, and more, the evolving landscape for these technologies can be daunting to digest.

Join us at the next member meeting when Adam Hecktman, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation Microsoft Chicago, moderates a panel discussion of experts from the tech industry; Paul Edlund, CTO – Microsoft Technology Center, Matt Mead, CTO – SPR Consulting, and Naresh Koka, Vice President of Strategic Alliances – SPR Consulting, will elaborate on the differences between virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. They’ll also demonstrate the Hololens. This promises to be an immersive meeting!

When
September 8, 2016
5-7 p.m.

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

August 2016 Meeting – Array of Things in Chicago

Register for the August 11th meeting.

Many of us know about the Internet of Things, but what about the Array of Things (AoT)? This system of sensors placed around a city provides real-time feedback about specific locations. Depending on what they’re programmed to collect, the sensors might gather data on air quality, light, pollution or density of people. These arrays are being used in cities in Europe and Asia, and now they are coming to Chicago.

Join us at the next member meeting when Jeff Solin discusses the Array of Things and the micro-example, Lane of Things, he’s set up for students at Lane Tech High School. The students devise sensor kits to gather and analyze data on school life as part of a six-week curriculum that ties into the city’s Array of Things environmental sensor initiative.

Jeff Solin is a Computer Science / Making teacher and FIRST Robotics coach at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, IL. Through the National Science Foundation and eventually a partnership with Code.org, this team successfully helped create CS pathways for both students and teachers in all of Chicago Public Schools through an initiative known as CS 4 All. Jeff also designed and built the LT Maker Lab (Twitter: @LTMakers), wrote the curriculum for the course and currently teaches over 150 students in the space. Jeff is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With a BS in CS and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Ohio State University Jeff is honored to have been a recipient of the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award and a nominee for the Golden Apple Award.

When
August 11, 2016
5-7 p.m.

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

July 2016 Meeting – Civic Innovation and Technology in Chicago

Register for the July 14th meeting.

There’s a movement that’s gaining momentum in Chicago and other forward-thinking cities around the country that’s infusing a new and unique energy toward solving the most intractable and chronic urban challenges – public safety, food deserts, recycling, housing and education among them. The Civic Technology movement pulls IT professionals, citizen and professional advocates, policy wonks, academics and everyday people together in a variety of civic hacks, competitions, coding camps, discussion panels open to the public, and many other forums on behalf of the public good.

Growing out of a number of other movements like open source coding, open gov., open data and fanned by the opportunity to reach a broad audience through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, civic tech has created a populist movement around the power of technology to transform lives.

Join us as Adam Hecktman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology & Civic Innovation for Chicago, and Pat Maher, Director of Civic Engagement at SPR, discuss this evolving ecosystem and ways that it’s impacting the disability community along with other historically marginalized groups and opening up channels of change and influence. See civic tech in action as Steve Luker, longtime ITKAN member, and Patrick Sier present the award-winning ChiSafePath mobile app from the 5th Annual CNT Urban Sustainability Apps. Competition!

When
July 14, 2016
5-7 p.m.

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

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June 2016 Meeting – Tactile Maps

Register for the June 9th meeting.

One of the greatest challenges people with disabilities encounter is to travel independently and to learn to cope with architectural and other barriers. One of the most important skills for blind and low vision travelers especially is to form a concept of their surroundings, to develop a sense of their own orientation in space. Advanced planning is essential for any excursion an independent blind person takes, and there are few ways available to prepare for travel to an unfamiliar place. Tactile maps can be used in interior spaces to allow blind or low vision individuals to navigate internal spaces and gain understanding of the routes needed to move freely and independently.

Join us at the MTC June 9th as Ralph Samek, founder of Woodlake Technologies, discusses tactile maps and other technologies to address vision loss. Ralph will present options for way finding for blind and low vision people. Wayfinding refers to how people orient and navigate through an area or a space.  We will discuss two way finding solutions: tactile maps and iBeacons which convey information through touch, sound, or both. Tactile maps are made to represent outdoor walking routes, campus areas, indoor floor plan layouts, fire exits etc. Tactile maps can include audio and braille components. The iBeacon utilizes BLE technology to provide accurate, real time, location specific messages based its proximity to a local network of iBeacons to a smart phone equipped with an appropriate app.

Ralph Samek is the founder of Woodlake Technologies, an assistive technology company providing solutions for low-vision or blindness, limited dexterity, hearing challenged, and communication challenged people. Ralph has an eye for innovation, and is passionately devoted to ensuring that his clients are matched with the best adaptive technology available through appropriate assessment/evaluation and training services.  Some of Woodlake Technologies clients include the US Department of Defense, City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and the Veterans Administration.

When
June 9, 2016
5-7 p.m.

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

ITKAN May Meeting – A Life and Career Before and After a TBI

Register for the May 12th meeting.

Tom Turner is a project manager (PM) with over twenty years of experience who rose to senior positions at Astellas and Hospira. In 2013 he sustained a traumatic brain injury from a motorcycle accident, putting his life and career in jeopardy. Despite that, Tom has recovered incredibly well and is working his way back into the work force. He is acting as PM for the application development team from ITKAN that is developing the ChiSafePath app led by Steve Luker.

Join us at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital on May 12th as Tom discusses his life and career, and how he is overcoming adversity and moving forward both personally and professionally. His story, drive and perspective on life, career and mission are engaging and life-affirming.

Tom Turner is an IT Project Manager with 20+ years’ experience. He has worked on application development and support management, business intelligence, and ecommerce projects for notable companies such as Astellas, CDW, and Hospira. Currently he is volunteering as project manager on ITKAN’s ChiSafePath mapping application project and competing in Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology’s (CNT) 5th Annual Urban Sustainability Apps Competition.

When
May 12, 2016
5-7 p.m.

Where
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL  60187
Building 1, Board Room

April 2016 Meeting – Hands On with the Help Desk Support Role

Register for the April 14th meeting.

At the February ITKAN meeting, Tim Grogan of Level 10 shared his insights about getting started in IT and taught us about the help desk career path. Come back for the April meeting and share your experiences as well as get a hands on look at the help desk support role from Tim.

Join us in the lab April 14th for a hands on look behind the Help Desk Support role. You’ll have the chance to practice providing live support to end users as Level 1, level 2, and level 3 support. Learn how to use a Knowledge Management Systems (KMS) and practice the communication skills needed to provide quality support. Following the lab we’ll be discussing ‘how to handle frustrated users’ and ‘providing secure support’.

Tim Grogan is a support technician with 5 years of experience in the field. He turned an experience with a corrupted laptop in college into a new set of skills and jobs in repair and user training. His first real IT position was at an end-of-lease IT refurbishing company where he worked on improving the repair process and led training for iPad repair. After a year he moved to Staging and Integration at Level 10, a MSP providing asset management, deployment planning, and in-field support for retailers. As a technician there he provides hardware configuration and deployment support for ongoing projects.

When
April 14, 2016
5-7 p.m.

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