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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

The Give Something Back Foundation looking for mentors

Member Hannah Thompson asked us to consider this group…

Refer a Mentor!

Hello Mentors.  We just accepted a new class of 62 scholars.  They are high school freshman from Will County and the city of Aurora.

Would you take a few minutes to consider nominating someone to become a mentor for GSB and these new students?  I always appreciate referrals for new mentors.

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can call or email me directly if they have any questions.  If they are someone you know well, just ask them to type your name in the long-answer section of the application so we know who referred them, and they can skip to the next.  The application can be found at http://www.giveback.ngo/mentors/illinois-mentor-application/ 

Mentors should be in college or already have a bachelor’s degree.  And, as you know, mentors are asked to communicate with students once every two weeks during the school year, reply to my check-in emails and participate in a check-in call once every thee months.

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.

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