Author Archives: Brian Chorba

About Brian Chorba

I am the Marketing Administrator at SPR Consulting

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July 2022 Meeting – Open Meeting on Transformation

Register for the July 14 meeting.

This year we will alternate open members meetings with presenter meetings. Last month we had tour of Virbela‘s VR campus an immersive and direct experience of how leading companies recreate corporate offices and integrate collaboration and social interaction in persistent virtual communities.

This month we will return to an open format to discuss these insights as well as work on our new Teams site. Our open members meetings will encourage dialogue on growth topics for members – whether coursework, certifications, job opportunities, or personal growth topics. An ITKAN Advisory Team member will moderate the meetings, but we encourage member ownership. They will offer topics for discussion only if the meeting isn’t energized – and based on history that shouldn’t be an issue! 

DATE AND TIME
Thu, July 14, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 

Virbela opening screen showing their virtual campus with the sea in the background.

June 2022 Meeting – Virbela’s Open Campus

Register for the June 9 meeting.

An immersive and direct experience of how leading companies recreate corporate offices and integrate collaboration and social interaction in persistent virtual communities.

  • Visit the Open Campus of Virbela
  • Learn how leading companies create a persistent virtual community to make their culture stronger and ready for the future
  • Reflect on how you can transform the effectiveness and well-being of your team in this environment

WITH:

  • Marc Daniels, Director of Enterprise Sales at Virbela
  • Campbell D’Eliscu, Manager of Business Development/Product Management at Virbela

BEFORE THE SESSION (OPTIONAL):

  • Please set aside 15 minutes to install the Virbela app on your desktop, register an account, and create your avatar
  • Watch a brief video summary on how Deloitte leverages Virbela

Learn about a QA Apprenticeship with Bounteous

Our partner, Bounteous, is looking for a QA Apprentice. This apprenticeship would be a chance for candidates to learn industry leading testing techniques and how digital applications are built in: Drupal, AEM, Magento, Shopify and more! Please see additional details below: 

  • 3 to 6 month remote apprenticeship (with the chance to convert to a permanent, full-time team member at the end if all goes well)
  • 40-hour work week commitment 
  • Shadow and learn from senior quality team members to ensure functionality, performance, reliability, stability and compatibility with other systems on web and mobile applications
  • Develop an understanding and ability to work through the project lifecycle, using Agile methodologies
  • Contribute meaningfully on projects by helping build detailed, well-structured test plans and test cases
  • Partner with a career coach and work alongside project teams as they design, build and test digital experiences      

Apply here

Learn more on Bounteous’s website.

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May 2022 Meeting – Open Meeting on Transformation

Register for the May 12 meeting.

This year we will alternate open members meetings with presenter meetings. Last month we had an engaging discussion with BundlAR President & CTO Matt Wren. He provided insight into how AR and VR are currently being applied as solutions across different industries. He also showed us how virtual work spaces are being utilized and explain their benefits and costs. 

This month we will return to an open format to discuss these insights as well as work on our new Teams site. Our open members meetings will encourage dialogue on growth topics for members – whether coursework, certifications, job opportunities, or personal growth topics. An ITKAN Advisory Team member will moderate the meetings, but we encourage member ownership. They will offer topics for discussion only if the meeting isn’t energized – and based on history that shouldn’t be an issue! 

DATE AND TIME
Thu, May 12, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 

Four people wearing VR headsets sitting in a art gallery.

April 2022 Meeting – Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology

Register for the April 14 meeting.

Virtual Reality, or VR, has a longer historical footprint than the headgear that enables us to experience gaming, concerts, travel and other immersive environments . This is a fascinating timeline of the progression of the earliest technology contributing to the transformative experiences we know today as VR. Join ITKAN as we explore the immersive experience that VR is in present state and what the future may look like. Our presenter will be Matt Wren, President & CTO of BUNDLAR, an augmented reality solutions company serving individuals, businesses and institutions. He will discuss how AR and VR are currently being applied as solutions across different industries. He’ll also show us how virtual work spaces are being utilized and explain their benefits and costs.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, April 14, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

Matt Wren is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BUNDLAR, an augmented reality solutions company serving individuals, businesses and institutions. He has been a VR enthusiast for over twenty years, professionally developing VR & AR applications since 2016. Matt regularly speaks about immersive technology at events, providing thought leadership on content, strategy, innovation, and the business benefits of virtual and augmented reality. He is the previous Chicago Chapter President of the VR/AR Association. Matt is a technology adviser to Loyola University Chicago’s Ignite Lab for Entrepreneurship, an entrepreneurship advisor to Illinois Institute of Technology’s Kaplan Institute for Innovation, and a Designer/Developer member and mentor at 1871 (the World’s #1 Tech Incubator). Matt founded VRAR Chicago, whose “The Next Evolution” event series has been connecting and growing the XR community in Chicago since early 2017. In July of 2018, Matt led several local groups to host the first Chicago XR Summit, showcasing 25 Chicago based VR and AR companies to over 300 attendees.

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March 2022 Meeting – Open Meeting on Transformation

Register for the March 10 meeting.

This year we will alternate open members meetings with presenter meetings. Last month we had an engaging panel discussion with Dr. Angela Sullivan of Joliet Junior College (JJC) and Dr. Behnam Roohani of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Malcolm X College. They provided expert insight to the skills an IT professional needs to acquire to be successful in today’s changing landscape, and they discussed transformational offerings at JJC and CCC that members can leverage to accelerate their careers and development.

This month we will return to an open format to discuss these insights as well as work on our new Teams site. Our open members meetings will encourage dialogue on growth topics for members – whether coursework, certifications, job opportunities, or personal growth topics. An ITKAN Advisory Team member will moderate the meetings, but we encourage member ownership. They will offer topics for discussion only if the meeting isn’t energized – and based on history that shouldn’t be an issue!  

DATE AND TIME
Thu, March 10, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 

Person looking at code on a screen in dark mode.

February 2022 Meeting – Community Colleges and Professional Transformation

Register for the February 10 meeting.

Throughout 2022 ITKAN will focus on Transformation – of members, technologies, or careers. In support of this theme, our February 10th meeting will highlight how Community Colleges continue to evolve their offerings to assist IT Professionals in transforming their skills in an ever-changing landscape. Today’s IT professionals are often required to have both academic degrees in technical disciplines and certificates or badges which demonstrate specific expertise. Community Colleges are well positioned to offer courses and a community which can help transform skills an IT professional requires in both areas.  These offerings are often more affordable and accessible than other options, and delivered by experts who are both highly credentialed and committed to student success.

Featured in this meeting will be Dr. Angela Sullivan, Advisor and Professor, Fine Arts Department at Joliet Junior College (JJC) and Dr. Behnam Roohani, Director of Information and Simulation Technology at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) and Malcolm X College.  They will provide expert insight to the skills an IT professional needs to acquire to be successful in today’s changing landscape and discuss transformational offerings at JJC and CCC that members can leverage to accelerate their careers and development.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, February 10, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 

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January 2022 Meeting – Open Meeting on Transformation

Register for the January 13 meeting.

As our title suggests, 2022 will focus on Transformation – of members, technologies, or careers. After 2021 many of us are looking to transform our lives, and ITKAN is transforming itself as well. In the coming year we will alternate open members meetings with presenter meetings. Our open members meetings will encourage dialogue on growth topics for members – whether coursework, certifications, job opportunities, or personal growth topics. An ITKAN Advisory Team member will moderate the meetings, but we encourage member ownership. They will offer topics for discussion only if the meeting isn’t energized – and based on history that shouldn’t be an issue! 

DATE AND TIME
Thu, January 13, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

ITKAN has been a community since 2008 that takes care of its own, and we’re proud of that. Members have secured 1st careers, transitioned careers, and made life-long friendships.  We are perpetual learners and active community members, and through ITKAN and it is our hope that with the focus this year on transformation it will help us to continue this legacy. 

ITKAN October 2021 Meeting | Machine Learning by Example | A night time city scape overlaid by blue light streaks | The ITKAN circuit tree logo in the lower left

October 2021 Meeting – Machine Learning by Example, Reprise

Register for the October 14 meeting.

Join us as SPR’s Chief Architect, Pat Ryan, reprises his February presentation on the topic of Machine Learning. He’ll show some interactive examples of how to apply it while he explains the what’s and why’s of the technology. No programming skills are required.

After a general overview, Pat will cover the following topics:

  • Autonomous driving
  • A “The Titanic” survival simulation
  • Image categorization
  • Facial recognition
  • Pose detection (*New Addition*)

DATE AND TIME
Thu, October 14, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

Pat Ryan: Pat Ryan likes to work on problems that matter. He applies software tools and techniques to the problems we have around us, with the goal of making the world a better place because of it. At SPR, Pat works closely with clients to understand their needs and craft solutions to help make them more successful. He also work directly with various engineering talents to pull together highly functioning teams. Pat is a player-manager. That means, he stays current with as many technologies as possible so he can understand and empathize when a team is struggling, and help them at a very concrete level. Pat continually builds his knowledge by reading technical books, attending classes, and coding something every day. Pat’s career has seen it all – from managing teams, to building a company from the ground up, to dreaming up software and devices that have gone on to solve client problems.

ITKAN August 2021 Meeting | The MTC Intelligent Healthcare Workshop | Three people in scrubs wearing HoloLenses viewing a virtual CT scan of a person's head

August 2021 Meeting – Intelligent Healthcare Workshop Virtual Tour

Register for the August 12 meeting.

The Intelligent Healthcare Experience is a collection of five kiosks that comprise 70+ different demonstrations following the journeys of 10 different characters who work together to help a patient recover from a medical emergency. Microsoft expertise in the Experience showcases Virtual and Mixed Reality, AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data among others. 

Our host on our Virtual Tour will be Charles Drayton, MTC Chicago’s Chief Technical Architect and Healthcare & Life Sciences Experience Lead.  

So plan to join us for a virtual experience that promises to impress!

DATE AND TIME
Thu, August 12, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
On-line

Charles Drayton is the Chief Technical Architect and Healthcare & Life Sciences Experience Lead at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Chicago, Illinois. Charles is the creator and designer of the Intelligent Healthcare Experience, which is the largest showcase of healthcare technology anywhere at Microsoft.