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Tech News: Software company move Merchandise Mart

Tech News: Software company move Merchandise Mart "The Merchandise Mart, which in recent years has emerged as one of Chicago’s top office buildings for technology tenants, is losing a tech tenant to the city’s fast-growing Fulton Market district. CCC Information Services, which provides software for auto insurance claims, is negotiating a lease to move its headquarters into about 180,000 square feet in a 17-story office building under construction at 167 N. Green St., according to people familiar with the deal. If the deal is finalized as expected, CCC’s headquarters would join the list of big tenants moving to the former meatpacking district west of the Kennedy Expressway, joining the likes of McDonald’s headquarters and Google’s Midwest headquarters. Deerfield-based snack company Mondelez International and East Syracuse, N.Y.-based dental clinic company Aspen Dental also have signed leases to move their headquarters to Fulton Market, but have not moved in yet." Read More Have an idea for new tech? Chat with us below! ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Sister Mary Kenneth Keller- First Female Computer Science

Sister Mary Kenneth Keller: First Female Computer Science PhD "The first woman to receive a Ph.D in Computer Science was a nun: Mary Kenneth Keller entered the “Sister of Charity” in 1932, professing her vows in 1940. Keller received her B.S./M.S. Mathematics from DePaul University in Chicago and briefly studied at Dartmouth, breaking the “men-only” rule. While there, Keller played a significant role developing a key computer language: Beginner’s All-Puprose Symbolic Instruction Code, or BASIC. Keller understood that the world was “having an information explosion and information is of no use unless it’s available.” Thanks to BASIC, writing custom software was no longer restricted to mathematicians and scientists. Her contribution made computer use much more accessible to a broader portion of the population. Keller returned to the Midwest and, in 1965, received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa hired Keller to create and chair their Computer Science Department, where she continued to grow and share her knowledge for 20 years." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this August.  Source: dice.com ...

Tech News: Health tech hub planned for Michael Reese site

Tech News: Health tech hub planned for Michael Reese site "The group planning a huge mixed-use project just south of McCormick Place has landed an anchor tenant to kick off the first phase of the development: a medical innovation center founded by the largest hospital in Israel. The ARC Innovation Center would open in the first building on the former site of the Michael Reese Hospital, part of a 15-million-square-foot development that could cost as much as $7 billion. The project’s developers, a joint venture led by Chicago-based Farpoint Development, aim to build an ARC-anchored health-science cluster that would spin out new biomedical technologies—and create thousands of jobs—by harnessing the collective power of the area’s universities, companies and entrepreneurs. The focus on health will seep into all aspects of the project, which will include apartments, a community center, and retail and office spaces. 'We envision it being the healthy community of the future,' said Farpoint Principal Scott Goodman. The ARC deal represents a key first step for the project, known as Bronzeville Lakefront Development, currently 100 mostly empty acres stretching from McCormick Place to 31st Street. Once considered a site for Amazon’s second headquarters, Bronzeville Lakefront exists only on paper right now, one of a group of Chicago mega-developments that could add tens of thousands of jobs and homes to neighborhoods ringing the central business district. The developer of one of those projects, the 78 in the South Loop, also is betting on innovation, recently cutting a deal with the Discovery Partners Institute, a University of Illinois-led research center that will anchor the development. If they deliver on their promise, DPI and ARC could boost Chicago’s status in the tech world, lifting the region’s economy with growing companies and high-skill, high-paying jobs." Read More Have an idea for a new tech? Chat with us below! ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Carol Shaw and Atari’s River Raid

Carol Shaw programmed one of Atari's best-known shooter games.  "Carol Shaw was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. Always excellent at math, it wasn’t until she inherited her brothers’ model railroad that Shaw began tinkering with electronics: “I actually designed some circuitry with some transistors and stuff that would turn on the signal light for various blocks showing there was a train up ahead.” Fresh out of Berkeley’s Computer Science graduate program, Shaw accepted a position at game-maker Atari in the late 1970s. Wearing thick-rimmed glasses and flannel, she biked 10 miles each way to design and program video games. Eventually landing at Activision, Shaw programmed one of the Atari’s best-known shooter games, River Raid. For the first time, gamers could experience an inordinate amount of non-random, repeating terrain despite constrictive memory limits. River Raid was the first game that allowed the shooter to accelerate and slow down all over the screen. Shaw’s work as a pioneer game designer has made her a legend to two generations of tech pros and gamers." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this August.  Source: dice.com ...

#WomenHistoryMonth: Susan Kare & the First Apple Icon

Susan Kare created the first Apple Icon.  "Although our next pioneer briefly worked for Microsoft, Susan Kare is best known for her work with Bill Gate’s nemesis, Steve Jobs. Kare followed dreams of a career in the fine arts to San Francisco. A chance encounter with an old high school friend landed her an interview with Apple. Steve Jobs, inspired by Xerox’s graphical user interface (GUI), was on the hunt for an artist who could design Macintosh’s icons. She got the job. “The morale is to have confidence in your skill mix,” she later said. “Because I certainly didn’t have a computer background.” Using a pad of graph paper, Kare designed icons that were simple, elegant, and playful. The original designs were just 32 x 32 pixels. Kare is also responsible for developing the command (“Apple”) key as a stylized castle seen from above. As part of her Apple work, Kare created the typeface Chicago, used in the first four generations of the iPod. To keep the lettering smooth and seamless, all lines were purposefully made horizontal, vertical, or on a 45-degree angle. That sort of attention to detail has continued to define Apple to this day." Read More Join Us For Our Women In Tech Event this May.  Source: dice.com ...

What is Health IT?

"Health information technology (health IT) specialists handle the technical aspects of managing patient health information. Depending on their position, health IT professionals might build, implement, or support electronic health records (EHRs) and other systems that store patient-related data. They know what data is needed, where is it stored, and how the data is used.  Their work affects quality of care tremendously. And, as they move up the ladder, health IT specialists become more involved in collaborating with other healthcare teams to drive improved outcomes, lowered costs, and new developments in patient care. Explore the role of healthcare IT specialists, including where they work, what their responsibilities are, and how to become one. Where do health information technology specialists work? Health information technology specialists support clinicians and staff across many healthcare settings, including inpatient rehabilitation facilities, acute care hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, mental health facilities, and outpatient clinics. Others work for organizations that do not provide direct medical care, such as consulting firms, public health and other government agencies, insurance companies, and software vendors” Read More Interested in become certified as an IT Health Technician? Start a conversation below.  ...

Adobe News: Lightroom improve workflow on Mac

Adobe News: Lightroom Improve Workflow on Mac "Adobe today has updated Lightroom for Mac, Lightroom Classic, and Lightroom for iPhone and iPad with new features based on customer requests and feedback. The Lightroom team is also sharing a preview of what’s in store for customers across 2020. On the Mac, you’ll find new export options for the DNG format. Previously, Mac users could choose between JPEG or TIFF exports. DNG support first came to Lightroom on iOS and Android. Shared albums can now include or omit metadata, and photos others have contributed can be exported. Photo Merge has been enhanced with a keyboard shortcut to bypass the settings dialog box. You can now import to a specific album via drag-and drop. For the iPhone and iPad, Lightroom’s Learn and Discover sections have been redesigned with a new two column view. Interactive tutorials include before and after steps to evaluate the effectiveness of an edit. The most significant change for iPad owners is the addition of support for Split View multitasking in iPadOS. Although increasingly superseded by the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom, Lightroom Classic on the Mac has received the most comprehensive update for February. Adobe told us last fall at MAX that Classic isn’t going away just yet, and today’s update reinforces that message." Click Here Looking to improve your Adobe skills? Let's chat below.  Adobe News: Lightroom improve workflow on Mac ...

Tech News: Affirm moves to Chicago

Tech News: Affirm moves to Chicago "Affirm, an online consumer-lending company founded by PayPal co-founder and University of Illinois graduate Max Levchin, has opened a Chicago office that will have more than 100 people by the end of the year. The San Francisco-based company, which is a “unicorn” startup valued at more than $1 billion, says it already has hired 20 people. It plans to hire 100 more in jobs that include sales, support, product and engineering roles. Affirm, like many Bay Area tech companies, is looking for talent in cities that are less expensive and less competitive than its home market. It joins Google, Glassdoor, Facebook, Salesforce, Uber and ServiceNow in building out teams here. Levchin shopped Chicago for more than a year, wanting to make sure there was enough tech talent. A Ukrainian immigrant who grew up in Chicago, Levchin launched Affirm in 2012. The company has raised nearly $1 billion." Read More Have an idea for a new tech? Chat with us below! ...

Job Posting: Motorola Solutions- Cloud Developer/DevOps Engineer

Motorola Solutions is looking for a Cloud Developer/DevOps Engineer. The Role "Are you interested in working with the latest and greatest cloud technologies? Look no further, we are seeking an experienced DevOps engineer, with a strong systems background, for our Cloud Platform & Automation (CPAT) team. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of exciting projects, building robust and automated platform across key hyperscale cloud providers, using modern DevOps practices and Infrastructure-as-Code." Job Duties: Design, develop and manage Cloud Platform ecosystem in Azure, AWS and more Automate cloud deployments with infrastructre-as-code Build and manage CI/CD pipelines (Jenkins, Azure DevOps, etc) Build dashboards to provide visibility, and UI to empower users and admins with self-service capabilities Execute POCs, migrate/setup application workloads on Azure and AWS Collaborate with the security team to analyze, create standards for various cloud services Enhance the security posture by automating technical enforcement of policies and guidelines Improve consistency and efficiency by automating manual tasks Apply Here Chat with us below about updating your resume! ...
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