Category Archives: Meetings

May 2017 Meeting – Silicon Cowboys – A Techumentary Series

Register for the June 8th meeting.

Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many others had tried duplicating IBM’s code, only to face legal opposition. However, Compaq’s vision for a portable PC found astonishing success, sending shockwaves through the industry and overthrowing a tech giant.

Join us for the second installment of our Techumentary Series at ITKAN! In June we’ll view and discuss Silicon Cowboys, a riveting documentary on the computer company that paved the way for innovation and disruption.

June 8, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

May 2017 Meeting – Designing Accessible User Experiences

Register for the May 11th meeting. We will have an American Sign Language interpreter at this meeting.

Enhancing user satisfaction through design is an important aspect of creating a web site or mobile app. Accessibility empowers people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the greater community through the web and mobile apps. Join us at the next ITKAN meeting as Rebecca Lawson, a user experience consultant at Microsoft, speaks on creating accessible and inclusive user experiences.

Rebecca Lawson is a User Experience (UX) Consultant in Microsoft Consulting Services. Her focus areas include user research, accessibility, inclusive design, graphic design and usability. Rebecca received her degree in User Experience Design from the University of Michigan School of Information in Ann Arbor.

May 11, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

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.

Where
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!

When
March 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

February 2017 Meeting – The Impact of Self-Directed Online Learning

Register for the February 9th meeting.

IT is, almost by definition, a forward-thinking industry that demands constant learning. And that learning comes in many forms. Digital education platforms are on the rise, and often offer a great opportunity to learn a skill in a compressed amount of time. They are leveraged by individuals looking to sharpen skills for their existing roles, people looking to develop their talents for their next career moves, and organizations of all types who embrace remote work and education. Further, this style of learning can help people become more informed and articulate on many hot topics, thus strengthening their confidence to participate in career-growth activities like hacking and networking.

Join us at the MTC on February 9th as we discuss self-directed online learning and how it can have an impact on PwD. We’ll discuss the benefits of self-directed learning as well as examine some platforms such as Microsoft Virtual Academy, LinkedIn Learning, Codecademy, and Khan Academy.

Brian Chorba, Marketing Administrator at SPR Consulting and ITKAN Advisory Team member, as well as Pat Maher, Director of Civic Engagement at SPR Consulting and founding member of ITKAN, will facilitate the discussion.

When
February 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

January 2017 Meeting – Integrating Assistive Technology to Forge a Career

Hannah Thompson: A Young Professional Chronicles Her Professional Journey and the Effective Integration of Assistive Technology to Forge a Career

Register for the January 12th meeting. 

At the next members meeting ITKAN welcomes Hannah Thompson to discuss the use of assistive technology to support a full life and career. Hannah has Cerebral Palsy and a movement disorder called Dystonia. The Cerebral Palsy affects her balance and her ability to walk and speak. The dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes involuntary movements in all of her extremities. She utilizes various assistive technology to improve her productivity and assure her success. She uses a DynaVox to communicate daily, and it has also played a critical role in support of her motivational speaking career. With the use of Intellikeys, Hannah accesses her laptop commands efficiently. Along with these critical tools, Hannah uses software such as WordQ and Kurzweil to assist her in succeeding in college and now in her career.

Hannah Thompson graduated from Elmhurst College in 2012. She participated in Greek Life and was heavily involved in spiritual life on campus as well. Her professors nominated her for prestigious awards such as Lincoln Laureate. She currently lives independently in Elmhurst. She is a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee which is a complete honor to Hannah. She also had the privilege of having a documentary made about her life during her college years. She also blogs monthly, you can access her blogs at Hannah’s Adventures of Living Her Dream and Hannah’s College Adventures. After a year of being unemployed, she recently got a position at the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation as an advocate. In her free time, she serves as a mentor for the Give Something Back Foundation and is active in her community.

The next meeting will be
January 12, 2017, 5-7:30PM
Aon Tower
Microsoft Technology Center, 2nd Floor
200 E. Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60601

ITKAN’s Year-Ahead Planning Meeting for 2017

Register for the December 8th event.

Join us for our annual ITKAN Year-Ahead Planning Meeting for 2017 on Thursday, December 8th from 5-7pm at the MTC Chicago. Get excited for new speakers/presenters, training opportunities and increased networking initiatives in the new year. We are planning compelling meetings – including some great tech documentaries accompanied by group discussion! Plan to join us and offer your input to keep ITKAN fresh, insightful, and exciting in 2017.

When
December 8, 2016
5-7:30 p.m.

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