Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce #Techtrends2017

What does 2017 have in store for technology? 

With the new year quickly approaching it's that time to start making predictions for what's going to happen next in the technology landscape. 

On Thursday, December 9th, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel of tech pros from Chicago to talk turkey. The panel included: 

  • Terri Brax, Founder & CEO, Women Tech Founders
  • Emile Cambry Jr., Founder & CEO, Blue 1647
  • Jeff Hirsch, Head of Technology for Advisor and Asset Management Products, Morningstar
  • Ted Souder, Head of Industry, Googl

What were the predictions: 

Augmented Reality

  • Location based apps are going to continue to gain traction, and offer geographic assistance: i.e. passing a best buy, and having an app reminder go off that you need batteries. 
  • Products that will continue to help healthcare: i.e. support for patients with Alzheimer's who can use a pill box that helps remind them to take medication. 

Data

  • Data isn't going anywhere. The more data that can be tracked the more information we have. 
  • There will be an increase in tools to help manage and manipulate that data. 

Mobility

  • Mobile is the way to go. There continues to be growth in shopping via mobile device, and that is going to continue to grow. 

Healthcare

  • 3D printing will continue to shape the landscape of healthcare, especially in the training tools and devices. 
  • Augmented reality enhancements will continue to increase mobility in healthcare

Education

  • With technology becoming more cost effective, it is not out of the question to begin to integrate technology into a classroom level, specifically in low income areas.
  • Advances in robotics and an interest in coding will continue to filter down into lower levels of education, creating a more "tech-versed" generation. 

Check out a little snippet from the session: