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Internet of Everything

On August 18 at Petterino’s in downtown Chicago, Dan Michaud (Senior Technology Consultant at ARUP) gave a fascinating presentation entitled “The Internet of Everything”.  Dan’s presentation discussed both the history as well as the present and future of internet incorporation into the building and facilities environment.  Dan informed the audience that the soon every capital item at your facilities will be connected to the web. 

Smart Helmet

Look for Facilities Managers to be wearing the DAQRI SMART HELMET (pictured) to monitor sensors in real time for all of facilities equipment.  Dan encouraged the audience to embrace the new technologies but be very careful protecting the data collected.

Golf Outing 2016

On May 26, 2016 the Chicago Chapter of IFMA held our 4th Annual Golf Outing at Harborside International golf course in Chicago. It was a great day for golf, it was a mild day we had a light spring rain early on which stopped as quickly as it started. Each year the attendance has grown, this year we had 128 golfers. We hope to have 144 next year.  This year we raised $5,730 for Archi-Treasures, our charity for 2016.

Archi-Treasures is an arts-based community development organization reducing social isolation by creating grassroots partnerships to build public spaces, empowering individuals to shape their future and the future of their community.  According to Joyce Fernandes, Executive Director of Archi-Treasures, the Golf Outing funds will be used to provide art programs for residents of subsidized housing complexes, especially youth. For example, at Germano Millgate Apartments in South Chicago, Archi-Treasures will employ young people this fall to develop a website that will showcase portrait drawings and community stories, providing an alternative viewpoint to negative media representations of the community.  

Drawing Portraits

Archi-Treasures team drawing portraits at Calumet Park

 

Our charity for the 2017 golf outing will be will be Opportunity Knocks. Opportunity Knocks is an Illinois 501c.3 non-profit organization that serves young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through social, recreational and life-skills programming.

The 5th Annual Golf Outing will be held on May 25, 2017 at Harborside International. Put it on your calendar now to save the date. It will be a great time rain or shine!