Aligning Tomorrow’s Technology Today at Chicago Innovation Summit

| Shelley Stern Grach

Effectively applying technology to help tackle civic and societal challenge isn’t just a matter of matching capabilities with problems … It’s defining opportunities, integrating with human nature and organizational systems, and testing, maintaining, and evolving solutions. It takes collaboration, communications and partnerships to align technology innovations with society. On July 12, Chicago Innovation and the Chicago Public Library hosted a half day Innovation Summit and Tech Fair featuring “Tomorrow’s Technology Today” at the Harold Washington Library. Microsoft had the honor to participate in the afternoon Tech Fair and the full evening public event, which focused on Innovation and Digital Equity.

I shared the podium with two amazing people, Julie Friedman Steele, Chairman of the Board, World Future Society and Kris Hammond, Co-founder, Narrative ScienceTogether we addressed how society is (and should) be impacted by Innovation and the need for all citizens to have an equal voice and equal change to fully participate in the benefits of  the Future. Following are social media comments and photos, which I hope you will find enlightening.


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Shelley Stern Grach

They say that great work stems from a combination of passion and commitment, something that Shelley certainly possesses when it comes to her life and career. She currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Business Development Center, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Thrive Chicago, Year Up and LISC Chicago. At Microsoft Chicago, she’s the Director of Civic Engagement, working at the intersection of computing and community, promoting STEM programs and using Microsoft technology to spur growth in the community. So no matter if it's work, play, or giving back, Shelley always makes sure her drive and professionalism help her complete her life's goals.