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ITA Take Aways
Monday, October 23, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
IoT Summit: Tech & the Future of Illinois »
Our IoT Summit was last week, and one of the highlight’s for content was a back-to-back interview session with the two top...
Monday, October 9, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Training Podcast Episode 2 - Delivering Feedback - »
Delivering Feedback ITA Training Podcast Episode 2 Only 17% of millennials believe they are receiving meanin...
Friday, September 29, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Five Reasons to Hire Veterans for Technology Jobs »
If you talk to leaders in the tech industry, they will tell you their biggest challenge today is hiring and retaining the...
Thursday, September 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Exec Spin: kCura Finds Relativity »
Rebrands can be a powerful tool to reshape your company’s image and future, but they are also massive undertakings. You’re...
Monday, September 18, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Recap: 2017 CityLIGHTS Awards »
The 18th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards were presented to an electrified sold-out crowd last week. The Chicago Bucket Boys,...
Thursday, August 24, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Exec Spin: The Power of Mentorship »
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with several organizations that are focused on building a...
Monday, August 7, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Building a Culture of Success »
At ITA, we have a small team of ten people. Our culture tends to evolve around the people we hire, being such a small team...
Friday, July 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: A Call for Disruption »
Disruption. It seems to permeate life right now: in business, in politics, it’s all around. An age of change encompasses u...
Monday, June 19, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Exec Spin: We Hold These Truths… »
The Fourth of July is just around the corner and the holiday is a celebration of so many things that compose our national...
Thursday, May 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Five reasons why the Midwest will be the epicenter of IoT »
In 2015, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) launched a first-of-its-kind cross-disciplinary effort to bring togethe...
Tuesday, May 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Antidotes for Bro-Culture »
Recently, The New York Times ran an opinion piece: “ Jerks and the Start-Ups They Ruin .” The article decried the tech ind...
Friday, April 28, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: The Future of Work, More Than Just Robots »
So much is written ad nauseam in the trades and media about the automation and loss of human capital as a vital ingredient...
Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
2017 CityLIGHTS Starter Pack »
In its 18th year, the CityLIGHTS Awards is now legally an adult, and we couldn’t be prouder of how it’s grown. It may not...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Passing the Torch »
Dear Chicago Tech Community,   Having grown up in Boise, Idaho I often get asked how I ended up in Chicago. It’...
Wednesday, March 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
EXPERT INTERVIEW: JULIA KANOUSE OF THE ILLINOIS TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION »
Julia Kanouse is the CEO of the  Illinois Technology Association , the leading voice for Chicago’s tech community. We...
Monday, March 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Venture Funding Stem Futures »
    As you know, in the tech world fundraising and dollars are essential in getting deals done. Indeed, so...
Thursday, March 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Exec Spin: Chi-Town Brings the ROI »
As we’ve written about here before,  collaboration is the basis of any healthy tech ecosystem  - organizations n...
Monday, February 13, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Mentorship, Diversity & Forward Chi-Tech »
Mentorships are essential in today’s fast-paced tech world. Both mentor and mentee form a mutually beneficial relationship...
Monday, February 6, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Some Good News for Chicago’s Tech Talent »
We’ve all  read it , repeated it and many of our members live it day to day – it’s hard to find and attract tech...
Thursday, January 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
CEO Spin - Five 2017 Predictions for Chicago Tech »
Now that things have settled down across our nation…let’s get down to business in Chicago. The coming year will be a trans...
Monday, January 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lifelong Learning: The Key to the Tech Economy »
My Dad and I have always had a close relationship. He was a successful small business owner in downstate Illinois for over...
Monday, January 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago’s Changing Transportation Paradigm »
Here at ITA we have  often  stressed how Chicago should not seek to emulate other city’s ecosystems because this...
Friday, December 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CEO Spin - Let’s Go Horizontal »
  Chicago is a unique technology town, driven by the distinct vertical markets that have developed here over the p...
Friday, October 21, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago - The City of Things »
As I have detailed before,  here , Chicago isn’t looking to become “the next Silicon Valley.” It’s a fundamental fall...
Monday, September 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 Things I learned About Running an Internship Program »
In the summer of 2015, Braintree spearheaded, along with several other local tech companies, a program called  Chi&nb...
Friday, September 9, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Intern Hiring Guide for Hiring Managers »
While meeting recently with an ITA member company, we were discussing internships and how ITA provides resources and counc...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Lessons Learned…From My Dad »
Earlier this month my father and namesake retired at 77 years young after a 55-year career in science. That same day I was...
Friday, August 19, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
It’s time to start talking seriously about government and tech »
I’ve recently been asked a great deal about government and the tech industry. That’s new and surprising. Over the last dec...
Wednesday, July 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tech Challenge Alumni Check-In: Benjamin Walters »
As ITA gears up for the  2016 Tech Challenge —kicking off this autumn—we’re looking back at last year’s challenge to...
Friday, July 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Goodbye Silicon Prairie, Hello Chicago School of Technology »
For years now, the term “Silicon Prairie” has been applied to the Illinois and Chicago tech communities, in a forced bit o...
Monday, July 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Get to know Tech Challenge partners HackerRank and Door Of Clubs »
The ITA’s annual  Tech Challenge  has continued to grow year after year, and 2016 is no exception: Not only have...
Thursday, June 30, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 quick ways to ensure your content comes out on top »
Some high-level takeaways from ITA’s educational programming “Creating content is not a content strategy.” That was...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Why Tech Challenge? »
ITA’s  Tech Challenge  programming and coding skills competition is poised to be bigger and better than ever in...
Wednesday, June 15, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago in the Fall: Bears perhaps, Internet of Things for sure! »
While many in Chicago and the greater Midwest have a strong (and often substantiated) belief that our Blackhawks are alway...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
CityLIGHTS by the numbers »
In its 17 years of existence, the CityLIGHTS awards have proven to be a reliable predictor of success in the local and nat...

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