Makeathon at Kellogg Northwestern

On April 28 – 30, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is hosting a Makeathon where Makers and Need-Knowers (people with a deep understanding of a specific disability challenge) develop extremely affordable solutions for real-life challenges. Teams of Makers are paired with a need knower to build a product to address the Need-Knower’s unmet need over the period of a 3-day weekend. The Need-Knower gets to keep the product at the end of the weekend and the design is open for anyone in the world with the same need to use free of charge.

This would be a great opportunity to get hands-on with technologists in areas that we have been discussing at our meetings (3-D printing, Maker scene, IoT, etc.). However, you will need to act quickly. Below are the deadlines:

  • Submit an application by April 5
  • Be able to meet with paired Maker team on April 12. Transportation will be provided if needed.
  • Be able to attend the Makeathon at the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University on April 28, 29, and 30 to work with your Maker team as they develop your product. Transportation will be provided if needed.

You can see PDF of the handout flier, and apply on the Makeathon website.

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.

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!

March 9, 2017
5-7:00 p.m.

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

Paid Summer Internships at ELCA

We are looking for featured candidates with disabilities who are looking for paid summer internships in information technology. The interns would be with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Candidates must qualify that:

  • individual should be presently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program
  • individual has not attended an internship program in the past with the ELCA
  • individual is not presently employed for the summer

The positions are:

Application Developer Intern

IT Service Delivery Intern

Other internships might be featured in the near future.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Bill O’Connor
Information and Social Media Specialist

26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
630.909.7444 office
312.420.0576 cell