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Chicago Tribune: STEM Conference For Girls At Illinois Math and Science Academy Focuses On Careers and Mentoring

The Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora took a proactive step toward engaging more young women to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math Saturday with its inaugural Girls IN2 STEM Conference. The program offered presentations and mentoring opportunities focused on inspiring girls to consider their future options. Among the companies and agencies […]

Built in Chicago: Local Tech Companies Weigh In On The Future of Mobile Technology

In 2015, Facebook created React Native, an open-source mobile app framework meant to be used on Android, iOS, Web and Microsoft’s UWP. In 2017, Google released Flutter, its version of a user interface software development framework designed for similar purpose. While Flutter takes the cake when it comes to technical architecture, according to a 2018 […]

Chicago Sun Times: Chicago’s 911 Emergency Center To Get A $75 Million Upgrade

The 20-year-old computer-aided dispatch system that forms the guts of Chicago’s 911 center will be replaced by a $75 million upgrade that is expected to dramatically improve both the speed and quality of emergency response. After years of planning, City Hall has chosen TriTech Software Systems to install the complex software and hardware systems that […]

Built in Chicago: Built in Chicago’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020

Technology is Chicago’s fastest-growing industry sector, having grown more 270 percent over the last decade, according to World Business Chicago. And 2019 was a model year that not only encapsulated the growth of technology in the city but also positioned Chicago for further success in 2020 and beyond. Influential leaders in tech launched Chicago’s Plan for 2033, […]

The Museum of Science and Industry: Museum of Science and Industry Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Black Creativity Program

This year, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Black Creativity program, which honors African-American achievement in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine. The Museum is commemorating this milestone anniversary with a robust calendar of experiences and events throughout Black History Month. View full release in BusinessWire.

Impact Alpha: Chicago’s new Chingona Ventures will invest in diverse businesses (and founders)

Fresh off of five years at Chicago’s MATH Ventures, Samara Mejia Hernandez saw an opportunity to create an alternative to what she says is “undifferentiated capital” going to “undifferentiated investments” in the Midwest and beyond. Her firm Chingona (slang for “badass woman”) will invest between $100,000 to $250,000 in up to 30 early-stage businesses over three years. […]

Propmodo: Tech Is Helping Developers Work With Neighborhoods, Not Against Them

When Boston Properties undertook the massive Kendall Square redevelopment project in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was clear that the scale and timeline of construction would pose significant challenges. The 1.4 million square feet under construction scheduled to last 7-10 years was not going to be without its detractors. Anticipating a lengthy (and expensive) […]

Chicago Tribune: Would Faster Service Make You More Likely To Take The Bus? The CTA and Pace Are Rolling Out Projects To Speed Your Commute.

In the last decade, bus ridership has dropped both in the Chicago area and nationwide. Instead of taking the bus, travelers are choosing ride-share or driving their own cars, aided by lower gas prices. Increasingly clogged roads have made riding on a bus more frustrating, with buses inching through traffic like turtles through molasses. To […]