Author Archives: Brian Chorba

About Brian Chorba

I am the Marketing Administrator at SPR Consulting

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February 2023 Meeting – Open Virtual Meeting and Dance Party

Register for the February 9 meeting.

Join ITKAN to dance away the winter blues! No need to feel awkward with your moves on Virbela’s campus…we all have great moves in the metaverse. This is a great way to meet others in ITKAN, get comfortable with getting around campus and managing simple commands.

Sarah Segrest, Virbela VIP of Community, will take the lead and will mix up our fun with synchronous dancing, line dancing, and freestyle dance! Modern film buffs might recognize one of our mix tapes from a popular film that has gained a cult following.

Please join us at this maiden 2023 open members meeting for a very fun team-building evening.

Go to the instructions on our website to learn how to join.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, February 9, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
ITKAN’s meeting space at the top of the Auditorium Building in Virbela’s Open Campus

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January 2023 Meeting – How Technology Fosters Community

Register for the January 12 meeting.

Join ITKAN in 2023 as we explore the many ways that Technology of many forms fosters community! In 2022 we transitioned exclusively to a virtual community with the support of Virbela. Sarah Segrest, Virbela’s ViP of Community, will moderate an open discussion on virtual community building. 

This year we are committed to growing our virtual community while exploring how technology itself can be a vehicle for meaningful relationships, personal and professional growth.

From prosthetics clubs and virtual conferences to gaming, technology is evolving and enabling global connection in unique environments for all. We’ll explore an array of tech and tech platforms that are challenging how we perceive relationships, collaboration, and community.

Go to the instructions on our website to learn how to join.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, January 12, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
ITKAN’s meeting space at the top of the Auditorium Building in Virbela’s Open Campus

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December 2022 Meeting – Virtual Guided Tour of Virbela’s Open Campus

Register for the December 8 meeting.

Join us on Thursday, December 8th at 6-7pm CST for a virtual guided tour of Virbela’s Open Campus with a wintery theme. It promises to be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit with friends old and new!

As we build our ITKAN community in the metaverse next year, we are building relationships and driving career opportunities for our members as well. Come and experience this VR world – no need for headgear – while supporting ITKAN to fulfill its mission of driving passion, knowledge, network and opportunity for members in the tech space.

Go to the instructions on our website to learn how to join.

DATE AND TIME
Thu, December 8, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

LOCATION
Virbela’s Open Campus – World Tours Start Here circle

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.