ITA IoT Council and Chicago IoT Meet-Up Group Announce Collaborative Partnership

New Relationship Will Enhance Education and Collaboration Opportunities for Local IoT Professionals

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 24, 2016) -  The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) today announced a new partnership with the oldest and largest independent IoT Meet-Up Group in Chicago. The working partnership between the ITA's IoT Council and the IoT Chicago Meet-Up will leverage the strengths of both organizations to build the IoT's educational, funding, and technology base in the Midwest.

ITA's IoT Council was formed in 2015 to drive the advancement of IoT technology, policy, and industry, establishing Chicago and the Midwest as an epicenter of IoT. The Council recently released an inventory of all IoT companies in the Midwest and is currently developing programming for the Fourth Annual IoT Summit and Capital Conference, to be held November 9 and 10 in Chicago.

The IoT Chicago Meet-Up group was established in 2013 to promote education, collaboration, and the sharing of IoT knowledge. Meetings explore design practices, technologies, and opportunities around new information networks of physical "things." The group believes that a cross-pollination of ideas from creative thinkers, designers, engineers, researchers, data scientists, and entrepreneurs to create meaningful and tangible solutions that will make the Internet of Things (IoT) more human, ubiquitous, and commercially viable. 

"We are thrilled to partner with the IoT Chicago Meet-Up group," said ITA's CEO, Fred Hoch. "Collaborative relationships like these are critical to building and sustaining our local tech ecosystem. It's important that groups like ours find ways to come together to leverage our strengths for the benefit of the community."

"The IoT Chicago Meet-Up group has always operated as an independent group without affiliation to any company, association, or collaborative," said Steven Loving, group organizer. "However, a partnership with ITA's IoT Council made sense given the overlap of our mission and goals. We plan on joining together on mutual events and are exploring additional opportunities to collaborate -- always with the best interests of the IoT community in mind."

About ITA

Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is focused on scaling Illinois tech companies. With innovative resources that allow members to collaborate with each other, build their talent networks, and elevate their local and national presence, ITA is growing the local tech commu­nity. Founded in 2005 and supporting 500-plus growth-stage tech companies, ITA has a rich history of driving the business forward. For more information, visit, follow @ITAbuzz on Twitter or find us on LinkedIn.

About IoT Chicago Meet-up

The IoT Chicago Meet-up group is focused on advancing collaboration within the IoT community in Illinois and through out the Mid-west. Through innovative meetings and content members build knowledge, skill-sets, and relationships to further their IoT expertise and initiatives. The IoT Chicago Meet-up group was founded in 2013 and has growing community of 2,600+ members. For more information join us at IoT Meet-Up Group and on LinkedIn.


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