Sony has patented a blink powered contact lens that records what you see

Everyone, please this link that I found on Facebook. Sony has patented a blink powered contact lens that records what you see and please watch the video below the page of the link. Please comment or questions and I will be happy to answer your comments and questions as soon as possible.


February 2018 Meeting – Cyber Security Panel Discussion

Register for the February 8th meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, February 8 for a panel discussion on cyber security facilitated by Adam Hecktman, Microsoft Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago. Our panelists will be:

  • Niren Shah, Principal at Jemurai – a firm that specializes in secure software development and cyber security
  • David Kinney, Principal Architect at SPR who will look at security from an Internet of Things (IoT) perspective
  • Matt Ramir, Web Developer at HS2 with a passion for cyber security

Consumer data breaches like those at Target, Yahoo! and Equifax have ranged in size and severity, but are not the only kind of cyber security issue. Hackers also try to use compromised IoT devices in order to launch cyber attacks. While there will always be people trying to break into systems, organizations cannot afford to be complacent. Those of us in the IT field, along with anyone using technology, must continually be vigilant, improve security and try to minimize these kinds of events and the damage they can cause. Please join us for what is sure to be an animated discussion of cyber security!

Niren Shah has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience and is currently a Principal at Jemurai – a firm that specializes in secure software development and cybersecurity.  Niren has unparalleled security experience in a wide variety of products: FW, IDS/IPS, WAF, SIEM, NAC, SWG, IVS/EVS, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Management, Threat Management and more.

David Kinney is a Principal Architect at SPR with decades of experience helping startups and enterprises leverage emerging technology to enter new markets and improve operational efficiency. He has delivered solutions in the IoT, mobile, cloud, and web spaces, and has spoken at numerous conferences.

Matthew Ramir is a Web Developer at HS2 Solutions. A jack-of-all-trades, he employs his skills in back-end development, server management, database management, and front-end development to expertly tackle a wide-range of client projects.

February 8, 2018
5-7:00 p.m.

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

December 2017 Meeting – Ten Breakthroughs in Tech

Register for the December 14th meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, December 14th for an engaging, fast-paced, end-of-year discussion on 10 big topics in tech! Several members on our advisory team will briefly present on one of the 10 breakthrough technologies of 2017 as noted by the MIT Technology Review.

These technologies all have staying power. They will affect the economy and our politics, improve medicine, or influence our culture. Some are unfolding now; others will take a decade or more to develop, but we’ll all benefit from being aware of each!

We will start promptly at 5:30 pm so we can cover each topic in 10-15 minutes.

December 14, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

November 2017 Meeting – Combat Brain Training

Register for the November 9th meeting at Marianjoy.

In 2007 the US Marines contracted John Kennedy to develop a non-digital neuroplastic training program to improve all warfighting skills in order to reduce casualties in combat. By physically changing the brain in areas critical to focus and accelerating cognition all areas of performance are improved. Not only have military personnel seen improvement through Combat Brain Training but athletes, business people, students and people with disabilities have as well.

ITKAN is  engaged with John to apply his model and exercises related to neuroplasticity to the disability community, and we are very excited to have him present to our membership. Join us in an introduction to this unique neuro-training program at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital on November 9th!

John Kennedy, President and Primary Neuroplastician, is a pioneer in the field of Targeted Neuroplastic Training (TNT). After 20 years developing innovative outside the box solutions for businesses in diverse industries he was contracted by the US Marines in 2006 to develop a program to reduce casualties in combat primarily from IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) by improving focus and intuition (“sixth sense”) and accelerating executive function under stress.

November 9, 2017
5-7 p.m.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL  60187
Building 2, Conference Room 1

The ITKAN 2nd Annual Business After Hours Event 2017

Valari Kendrick, ITKAN Advisory Team Member and Co-Chair, Membership Committee

Last night I attended the 2nd Annual ITKAN Business After Hours Event. What a celebration we had! During the cocktail hour we met members, sponsors, business associates, and new guests. The meeting of minds and sharing of information was phenomenal.

Pat Maher, Director of Civic Engagement for SPR Consulting, was our host for the event. He led us on a journey of ITKAN’s inception, history, and successes, and paved the way for the introduction of our Keynote Speaker.

Adam Heckman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology, and Civic Innovation for Chicago, provided us with an introduction to Jenny Lay-Flurrie.  The respect and friendship he has for Jenny was evident and set the stage beautifully for her address.

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer, graced us with her presence as Keynote Speaker. She was dynamic, frank, and entertaining. She was clear about her abilities and how they are empowering. She shed light on how she helps direct Microsoft and its products to help redefine, enhance, and strengthen the culture of diversity, with technology and accessibility being two of its main goals to “empower every person”.

The most important message I received from Jenny was “education is the core” to embracing our opportunity to change the culture for people with disabilities and their ability to mesh with the world. The light and lessons Jenny shared with us will resonate with me forever.

Adam Heckman and Microsoft’s Urban Engagement Chicago Team were then presented with the 2nd Annual Rose Stein Light from Within award for their continued dedication, support, and friendship. Adam was gracious in both his acceptance of the award and his expression of gratitude for his ITKAN friendship.

Tim Roessler, ITKAN Advisory Team Member and Co-Chair, gave us closing remarks. He likened the work, at ITKAN and our sponsors and guests, to a puzzle. A beautiful mosaic with many pieces being built to make one prolific picture: one of community, knowledge, technology, and support.  What a wonderful way to encourage guests, and praise the support of our sponsors, business associates and members of ITKAN.