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December 2022 Meeting – Virtual Guided Tour of Virbela’s Open Campus

Register for the December 8 meeting.

Join us on Thursday, December 8th at 6-7pm CST for a virtual guided tour of Virbela’s Open Campus with a wintery theme. It promises to be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit with friends old and new!

As we build our ITKAN community in the metaverse next year, we are building relationships and driving career opportunities for our members as well. Come and experience this VR world – no need for headgear – while supporting ITKAN to fulfill its mission of driving passion, knowledge, network and opportunity for members in the tech space.

Go to the instructions on our website to learn how to join.

Thu, December 8, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

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November 2022 Meeting – The State Of Data Science and Data Analytics

Register for the November 10 meeting.

Join us on November 10 for our first presentation in Virbela’s virtual campus. Adam Hecktman, Data Scientist / Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility Professional / ITKAN Advisory Board Member, will discuss the state of data analytics and data science today. In this session, we will discuss the actionable issues within the data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence spaces. What are the demographic shifts in data science? What are the current job functions in the space? Which industries are using data analytics and data science and which are falling behind? We will also get into the practical side of the current state in data science. What do data professionals spend their time doing today? What are the top tools they are using? How is data being evaluated in the face of growing standards?

We will get together in our at our meeting space. Go to the instructions on our website to learn how to join us on Virbela.

Thu, November 10, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

ITKAN’s meeting space at the top of the Auditorium Building in Virbela’s Open Campus

Adam Hecktman has been in the tech sector since 1988. Spending 30+ years at Microsoft, the last 10 of which have been in social impact roles, he has had the opportunity to work with private, public, and social sector partners. Adam is a Data Scientist with a passion for civic technology and tech for social good His desire is to help Corporate Social Responsibility organizations have an impact that is aligned to their strengths and mission, and to help non-profits gather and use their data to drive insights.

ITKAN June 2021 Meeting | Meet CARBY | A hand holds a smart phone with the Carby app loading while a glass of iced coffee rests on a coaster

June 2021 Meeting – Carbon Footprint Digital Assistant – Carby

Register for the June 10 meeting.

Join us as ITKAN continues its journey on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science with a presentation by data science / machine learning award-winning practitioner Kevin Hartman. He will discuss and demonstrate Carby, an app that provides consumers quick access to information about the products we choose related to their impact on our environment simply by snapping a photo! Using the power of Ai, Carby will reveal the product’s carbon score and suggest lower impact alternatives if they exist.

The team that Kevin is part of recently won the World Innovation Day Hackathon, an international competition to demonstrate the creative use of technology to address our global challenges in achieving a more sustainable future. See the app and learn how the team plans to build Carby into a production-capable system that includes more Ai models and an automated data pipeline.

Thu, June 10, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CDT


Kevin Hartman is a fastidious problem solver, an expressive communicator, and a career learner. He loves solving complex problems using technology and data, turning the result into something simple and effortless. His specialty is formulating high-impact solutions that leverage technology innovation. From this passion he became versed in the skills of Product Management, Software Engineering and Data Science, and has education in all three. He has inspired, influenced, and led the creation of hundreds of digital products; working from both inside and alongside teams of researchers, scientists, designers, engineers and enthusiasts.