Tech Event

Techweek Chicago 2017

An evening with CEO of Tech Week: Amanda Signorelli

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda Signorelli, CEO Techweek

Amanda strikes me as a person who cleaned house on the debate team in high school. Extremely poised, well-spoken, realistic and quick to answer, this new CEO of Techweek could talk circles around anyone on what seemed to be any topic thrown her way.

Amanda grew up in Vegas, attended Washington University in St. Louis, took a job selling booths for a trade show at a venture capital firm, and climbed her way up to CEO all before the age of 30. 

To be able to sit in an intimate setting for some Q&A with this incredible woman, was an absolute honor. The evening was hosted by Ivy: The Social University at PianoForte Studios in Chicago. 

The Takeaways: 

  • There is most likely a tech bubble. People are using venture capital, manipulating the numbers on paper, but if you look behind the numbers of some of these big tech start ups, there is no possibility for long term profitability
  • The idea of tech is changing -- what used to be systems, wires, servers, and electronics, is now becoming something used for everyday by everyone. 
  • When expanding into other markets, the on the ground research -- getting to know the community before launching, is vital. Success comes from being able to rely on community advocates to add credibility to your cause. 
  • Tech is still a male driven industry, and it may be partly because a lot of the teachers are male. Increasing the amount of female teachers in tech, could allow female students to identify better with instructors. 
  • Sometimes venture capital is not the answer. Venture capital does not care about the business it cares about the results. It's up to the business owner(s) to achieve the results even if those results are way beyond reach. 

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: