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23 June 2017 | 2:13 pm

TechWeek Chicago, a week-long event, whose mission is to empower underrepresented groups in technology through professional development, training, and mentoring, came back to Chicago this week. The nation’s leading tech conference spotlights local tech startups and provides access to top talent. Techweek holds the potential to help the local economy grow. It has returned to its home city for the 7th year in a row. Other cities that Techweek visits are Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

Chicago News stopped by at the conference as well, and here are some of our spotlights.

Troy Walsh, Drone Media Chicago, provided an eager audience with real-world examples of how companies use drones to create aerial photography and videography. His clients include: Gatorade, Bud Light, Chicago Tribune, Chicago White Sox, @Properties, and the American Cancer Society. The drone industry is growing rapidly both with amateur and professional use. The results of his video or photo documentation is easily shared via Dropbox and Google Drive.

@Properties was represented by Nicole Faust Konsler and their focus is local real-estate sales. Everything they do involves technology. According to Konsler, the use of technology is now a large part of their business. One example of using technology to improve real-estate sales is the use of digital retouching and staging of homes. This saves the owner time and money, and increases the probability of showing a home to the prospective buyer.

Hilda Espinal, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at CannonDesign, is an architect who uses virtual-reality programming as a tool in her architectural practice. It allows her to test the outcome of a design electronically instead of on paper. One of the stated practices of this company is building modeling in the digital world. The company creates virtual mockups to help with the building and modeling process.

The attendees lined up 5 to 10 deep at the end of the Q & A section to ask the speakers specific questions related to their interests. Check back for more Chicago Tech Week coverage on

By Emily Vicari


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