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ITKAN’s Visionary Innovation Team Blazes Another Trail

ITKAN’s mission is stoking the fires of passion and technology without limits for students and professionals with disabilities. The spectrum of disability ranges far and wide, and after an outstanding ITKAN monthly discussion about the creative possibilities of Microsoft’s X-Box Kinect gaming product, ideas and passion came together. 

The new Visionary Innovation Team will explore current and emerging technologies that can impact the lives of people with vision loss and blindness, to improve  their careers and lives as well as how society views and interacts with them.

Through the Team’s efforts to follow ITKAN’s mission of promoting the development of passionate technology leaders with disabilities, the Team ultimately wants to make a difference through analysis, discussions and solutions to the quandaries that they face.

Kathie Topel, founder of Impact Insights

Led by Kathie Topel, the founder of Impact Insights and author of POWERSHIP, along with Pat Maher, the managing director of nAblement, and Adam Hecktman, the director of Microsoft Technology Center Chicago, the members of ITKAN focused on its mission of passion, exploration and knowledge of technology in another vein.

Would you like to be a part of this engaging group and make a difference? Want to find out more about ITKAN and it’s members and supporters? Join us at our next meeting on May 17th at the Microsoft Technology Center and you’ll see that we have the setting, the people and the ideas to get the Chicago technology industry listening. (Email here to RSVP)

Coming next week,  ITKAN’s “Getting to Know”  feature will focus on Dan TeVelde, an Associate Programmer (and ITKAN Visionary Team Member) at McDonald’s World Headquarters in Oakbrook, IL.


ITKAN – Exploring a Passion for Technology without Limits!

Welcome to ITKAN – the Information Technology Knowledge Abilities Network! We’re excited to launch our site, share our mission, strengthen relationships with key partners, forge new partnerships and express our passion for technology and the many opportunities that harnessing it can provide to our members.

Who we are:

Speaking of our mission, ITKAN is a member-driven professional growth and networking organization dedicated to strengthening opportunities for members of the disability community with a passion for technology to achieve meaningful careers in the industry, be exposed to developing technologies and trends, and generally explore that passion. We are proud to be a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate! We are affiliated with the Illinois Technology Foundation, the academic partner of the Illinois Technology Association, and share their strong commitment to academic growth and passion for technology.

What we do:

ITKAN members commit to active support of our committees – Membership, Communications or Development. Additionally, they commit to a high level of participation in our monthly meetings – which is easy since we meet at the Microsoft Technology Center on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront – a haven for techies! Our monthly meetings are chock full of immersive programs with subject matter experts in leading edge technologies and platforms that impact all of us. Recent programs have explored:

·      Mobile technologies and their value to – and challenges for – the disability community; an agnostic discussion

·      Yong Kim – Creating your IT Career Path, a Personal Journey

·      Windows Mobile 7 – a hands-on tutorial by Evangelist Dave Bost on developing, and profiting from, mobile application development

·      Kinect – an immersive experience with Evangelist Krishna Kumar –  its application to and potential to impact the disability experience

Finally, as members of ITKAN we are all committed to exposing our rich talents and passion to the business community!

Connect with us!

Why not join us and help grow our community of talented IT professionals with disabilities? You can find us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and of course right here! Don’t forget to join us at the MTC the 2nd Thursday of every month from 5-7PM!

ITKAN – Exploring a Passion for Technology without Limits!