Chicago Tech Scene: In the News

Posted by Ryne Inman on Mar 24, 2017 2:20:28 PM

Chicago Tech In the NewsWelcome back this week for another update on what's new in the Chicago tech scene! This week, we've got sports, space, and e-mails. To infinity and beyond.

Time to sit back, relax, and wind down—Friday is here, and the weekend is upon us. 

Clutch Will Make You a Sports News Expert in 3 Minutes (Or Less)

One startup is taking the newsletter model and taking it all the way to the end zone, and ChicagoInno has the scoop:

"Our newsletters are written to be read in less than three minutes by people with zero to little sports context," Xi explained. "Currently, ESPN and the like write for avid sports fans who already know the context around players, teams, and stats," she added. "We explain the context. How famous is this player? Why is this newsworthy? What does this stat mean? Why is it impressive?"

They're also developing sports guides (similar to Vox Cards, Xi explained), such as "Beginner's Guide to American Football" and "How to Watch Baseball." The "Bulls Fan Starter Kit" has seven paragraphs that break down the team's history (Michael Jordan, the 72-10 season) and where the team stands now. And as sports events pop up they'll be offering additional features, such as a March Madness bracket builder where users would click the winner of match ups after learning a few facts about each team.

Check out the full story to learn how this innovative approach to sports news came to be, and where it's going next.

This AI platform wants to send you email only when you want it

Email is a regular target of the startup innovation ray, and Chicago startup Optimail has a genius solution. Built In Chicago writes:

“Optimail is a platform for marketing automation that provides adaptive messaging,” said co-founder Jacob Zweig. “It learns about each customer, what they’re likely to respond to and when they’re likely to respond. Then it automatically adapts the campaign to send them the right information.”

For instance, if a customer is more likely to click on emails during a morning commute, Optimail will learn that pattern and keep sending emails in the morning. The platform also adapts factors like subject lines and content of the email itself for the customer

Head over to ChicagoInno to see what the next wave of sports disruptors are up to.

NASA Backs an IL Startup to Make Smart Air Filters for Spacesuits

The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana continues to be a leader at incubating science startups. Serionix, a company based there, has just received funding from NASA. ChicagoInno has the details:

The startup, which launched in 2011, developed an adsorptive coating technology called Colorfil, which changes colors as it removes toxic chemicals and odors from air, while also killing viruses, bacteria, and mold, the company says.

Serionix first started working with NASA in 2016 with the NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program. The new contract will evaluate Serionix's technology for use in the next generation of NASA's astronaut spacesuit and personal life support system.

The full story can be read here

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Three Steps To Take If You Aren't Able to Implement Relocation Technology Before 2017 Intern Season

Posted by Ryne Inman on Mar 21, 2017 9:04:37 AM

It’s officially spring, which means internship programs around the country are firing up at full power. Some A major part of any successful change is preparation, so if you’re eager to get the gears in motion at your company, here are three things you can do to to prepare to implement relocation technology as soon as possible.will be implementing relocation technology for the first time, some will be using previous relo tech experience to fuel an even better-tuned, tech-fueled solution, and others will be working without relo tech at all.

The first two on that list are well positioned to maximize their program. While the last group may have sought a solution in the time between last intern season and today, it is likely too late to implement a large scale relocation program in time for this year’s intern class. Smaller groups are still in luck, but even with a hasty procurement process, fully converting your intern program could be problematic.

But don’t despair. There is still plenty you can be doing to fully charge into modernizing your relocation program throughout this current intern season. A major part of any successful change is preparation, so if you’re eager to get the gears in motion at your company, here are three things you can do to prepare to implement relocation technology as soon as possible.

Policy Prep

The first major thing you can do is to make sure you have clearly defined policies at your fingertips. Knowing your current benefit in and out is key, but so is being able to have someone else understand it easily. The clearer your policies are, the easier it is to gauge how they would be affected by integration with software. Even if you only offer a simple Lump Sum, it’s important to list any strings that may be attached. The software partner you choose will want the most thorough policy definition you can bring to the table. Your policy will change with relocation technology, even if it’s just a superficial change, and a solid foundation will make any transition a breeze.

Budget Watch

Knowing what you spend and what it is being spent on is important. When looked at next to your policy, it can reveal shortcomings or overperforming areas of your relocation program, and help you to better tailor those areas when implementing a software solution. If you aren’t already doing this, it might be hard for you to convince higher-ups to approve any software purchase. If you are currently tracking it, you have a great resource to compare with next year’s results.

Data, Data, Data

Beyond budget information, you need data about each of your relocating employees. What services are they using? How many exceptions do you deal with every year? How many go over budget? Having this data read will help you flawlessly prepare an updated policy, and also give you a benchmark to improve on once the software is integrated.

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Ensuring an Investment: Selling Procurement on Relocation Technology

Posted by Ryne Inman on Mar 14, 2017 8:23:08 AM

One of the trickier parts of integrating a new solution into any office environment is securing approval from shutterstock_305502890.jpghigher ups and the procurement department. Especially when the item to be purchased is unique and fairly new, being able to accurately forecast the total cost and benefit analysis can be difficult. Relocation technology solutions are reaching the point of maturity where even the most stringent requirements should be met. Still, pursuing a new purchase for your department means you’ll be responsible for selling others on the necessity of adding relocation technology to your HR software suite.

Treat It Like Software

Relocation technology isn’t just about the benefits for the relocating employees, it’s about the time savings for you and your team, the increased scalability of your program, and overall ease of use. Treat it the same way you would any other software product your team uses. The benefit to you and your team should be evident.

Separating the Benefits

Although relocation technology should be an essential part of your overall relocation policy, it’s crucial for you to explicitly identify the tech as a separate entity from your relocation benefit. Don’t worry about presenting any of the complexities of your policy alongside the software request. Your relocation benefit budget is not attached to the software procurement request, and adding in any additional details will create headaches for everyone involved in the process. Keep a clear mind, and separate what is directly related to the software, and what belongs on the benefits/policy side of things.

Focus on “Investment”

It’s undeniable that the entire relocation industry is moving to integrate technology. It is the future, and implementing a system now is an investment in a quickly evolving environment. You can still get ahead of the competition if you invest now, and are able to have a fully-fledged, modern solution in place now rather than play catch up later.

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