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ITA Take Aways
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...
Tuesday, June 14, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The Internet of Things Ecosystems and Collaboration »
There is little doubt that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big technological advancement. Gartner predicts that b...
Friday, June 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Job-search horror stories (and what recruiters can learn from them) »
One of the hottest topics in the talent sphere right now is employment branding, or a company’s reputation among job-seeke...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Inside Narrative Science’s “Parents Day” »
Is what you do everyday in the office still a mystery to your parents and relatives? With the rise of new technologies, it...
Monday, June 6, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The changing nature of collaboration in Chicago »
Since the beginning of this year, a recurring question has been popping up in my conversations with Chicago tech professio...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Seeks Industry Rock Stars for 17th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards »
Nominations in eight categories will be accepted through June 24th CHICAGO, IL – May 31, 2016 –  The Illinois Te...
Friday, May 27, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA Members dominate 2016 Moxie Awards and TechWeek 100 »
Here at ITA, we know our members are a big deal in Chicago tech, so it’s always gratifying to see that opinion mirrored in...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tech Challenge Flashback: Finalist Q&A »
As ITA gears up for the  2016 Tech Challenge —kicking off this autumn—we’re looking back at last year’s challenge to...
Wednesday, May 4, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
The future of IoT? We’re already there. »
I recently read that “ We’ve been approaching the Internet of Things all wrong ,” in an article asserting that the $20 mil...
Thursday, April 28, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
4 rules for writing an effective job description »
One of the questions I get asked most often by recruiters is, “How do I write a good job description?” The ad you place lo...
Wednesday, April 20, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 key places to develop your employment brand »
Some high-level takeaways from ITA’s educational programming The idea of an “employment brand” should not be confused...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA IoT Council Inventory Highlights Midwest Leadership in the Internet of Things »
Chicago, IL – April 13, 2016 –  The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) today announced the release of a  firs...
Monday, April 4, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
7 surprising facts about the Balkans’ growing tech scene »
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia — these are not the countries we think of when we think of the world’s tech hubs...
Friday, April 1, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 quick rules for your influencer-marketing strategy »
Some high-level takeaways from ITA’s educational programming “There aren’t very many shortcuts in marketing. This is o...
Thursday, March 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
ITA’s Spring College Road Trip 2016 »
ITA hit the road this March, visiting a bunch of area universities in order to promote our newly revamped student membersh...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Chicago is not “the next Silicon Valley,” and that’s okay »
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the  Economist  Innovation Forum , hosted in in Chicago and attended...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
3 quick equity-management insights for financial leaders »
Some high-level takeaways from ITA’s educational programming “With growth comes complexity.” That was the guiding prin...

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