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Divvy Announces 175 New Bike Stations in Chicago During Its Data Challenge Awards Divvy Announces 175 New Bike Stations in Chicago During Its Data Challenge Awards(0)

1871, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 60654

By: Eleanor Lyon

The Second Annual Divvy Data Challenge Awards 2015 were held 6-8 p.m. on April 14 in the 1871 tech incubator auditorium at the Merchandise Mart. The Divvy Data Challenge contest encouraged designers, developers and scientists to visualize over three million Divvy trips.


Divvy Bike Map

Divvy received about 40 entries and selected 12 finalists to compete at the April 14 event.
Designers and developers used datasets from Divvy combined trip, station and station capacity data from 2013 and 2014. Two entrants tied for Best Overall entry in Divvy Data Challenge 2015:
Matthew Shaxted with a 3D visualization of 2014 Divvy trip data using curves to show hourly trips between stations and a chord diagram to show daily flow between neighborhoods.
Shaun Jacobsen with a look at which mode is faster: Divvy or public transport?
See the full Divvy Data Challenge winners list
The winners of the Divvy Data Challenge were selected based on categories that include best overall visualization, most comprehensive, most beautiful, most creative and most insightful.
The first place entry from each category will appear in a full-page ad in the RedEye and on the Divvy website and will also receive prizes from Microsoft and Divvy, including an XBOX One, an XBOX Kinect and a Windows phone.

Divvy map Chicago
The company shared more about its Spring 2015 expansion that will include areas north of Lawrence Avenue, west of Western Avenue and south of 59th Street. There will be 175 new stations and 1,750 new bikes. With 475 stations over 87 square miles, Chicago will have the most bike share stations and the largest service area in North America.
In 2013, just 91 days after Divvy bikes came to Chicago, more than 8,900 people had signed up for Divvy’s annual membership. At that time, riders had already pedaled more than one million miles. In 2014, 905,700 rides were taken with Divvy bikes. It is safe to say the company has capitalized on bike sharing in Chicago.

Immigrants Attend Congressman Luis Gutierrez First Community Orientation On Immigration Executive Action in Chicago Immigrants Attend Congressman Luis Gutierrez First Community Orientation On Immigration Executive Action in Chicago(0)

Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL (60654)

By: BreakingVoices

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Iglesia Rebano in Humboldt Park, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez held the first organized community engagement outreach effort to educate immigrant communities on how prepare and determine their eligibility for the Executive Action on Immigration that President Obama announced on November 20.

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez Orientation Event in Humboldt Park on December 13, 2014
Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez Community Event on Immigration Executive Action
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The event called “Orientation On Immigration Executive Actions” or “Orientacion Sobre Las Acciones Ejecutivas De Inmigracion” took place at Iglesia Rebano Church, located at 2435 W. Division in Humboldt Park. The event was held from 9:30am-2:00pm.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel was also in attendance and spoke to the audience. Prior to the event, Congressman

Gutierrez’s office dispersed flyers written in both Spanish and English.

Luis V. Gutierrez Community Flyer on Immigration Executive Action

More than 500 families had pre-registered for the orientation.
Those who pre-registered received informational packets that described the Immigration Executive Action and also got the opportunity to meet one-on-one with “Family Defenders,” trained professionals who shared how to prepare for the application period, which begins approximately 180 days following the November 20 announcement.

Luis Gutierrez Community Event in Humboldt Park on Immigration Executive Action

Congressman Gutierrez encouraged all people who may qualify for the executive actions to apply for the program so that they can avoid deportation and help keep their families together.

Laura, a U.S. citizen, discusses why she came to support the Luis Gutierrez event on Immigration Executive Action

Approximately 5 million immigrant individuals and families could be prevented from deportation according to the Executive Action on Immigration. Chicago was among the major cities that held orientation sessions in community centers and churches. Also on Saturday in Los Angeles, more than 5,000 people lined up to attend a immigration information session to find out if they qualified for the executive actions on immigration that President Obama ordered.

Facts about Immigration Accountability Executive Action to defer deportations, keep families together and streamline immigration process.
Undocumented parents who have U.S. born children or lawful permanent resident children and who have lived consistently for 5 or more years in the U.S. will be eligible to apply for a 3-year temporary relief from deportation and work permits. The program is called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Anyone undocumented who was brought to U.S. as a child before their 16th birthday, also known as Dreamers, will be eligible to apply for 3-year deportation relief and work permits and will be eligible to apply for the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

For foreign students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at U.S. universities, the Department of Homeland Security will propose changes to expand and extend the use of the existing Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and require stronger ties between OPT students and their colleges and universities following graduation.

High-skilled workers waiting on green cards along with their spouses will be given H-1B spouses work permits

Department of Homeland Security will clarify guidance so that individuals with pending applications for lawful permanent resident (LPR “green cards”) or temporary status will have opportunity to travel abroad with advanced permission.
For more facts about immigration executive action visit the White House website.

Hundreds of Chicago Women in Tech Attended ARA Mentors Event at 1871 Chicago Tech Incubator Hundreds of Chicago Women in Tech Attended ARA Mentors Event at 1871 Chicago Tech Incubator(0)

1871 Tech Incubator, Chicago, IL (60654)


On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 hundreds of women attended the first ARA Mentors event at 1871 Chicago’s Tech Incubator. The goal of the event was to have a conversation with leading women who work in male-dominated sectors such as the culinary world, banking, and sportscasting.

The four Chicago women who participated on the ARA Mentors panel were Stephanie Izard, Executive Chef for Girl & the Goat, Little Goat and Top Chef Season 4 Winner (@stephandthegoat), Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust (@connieleads), Sarah Spain, espnW Columnist & TV Personality, SportsCenter Anchor & Host for ESPN1000 (@SarahSpain), and Retired Colonel Jil Morgenthaler, Author, Leadership, Expert, International Speaker. I.C. Stars founder Sandee Kastrul (@sandeekastrul).

ARA aspires to Attract, Retain, and Advance women in technology by cultivating and nurturing relationships via mentorship and events/programs, thereby building strong female leaders to support and influence the IT community.

 

At the direction of moderator Sandee Kastrul, the women in the audience stood upon their feet and shouted “We are here!” in unison at the beginning of the event.

An employee at 1871 said this was the most women she has seen at an 1871 event since she started working there.

 

 

“Cover ever ground you stand on with confidence, courage and character”, said Connie Lindsey who gave many memorable advice to the women in attendance.

 

Confidence and leadership advice were among the main topics the panelists shared. Watch the BreakingVoices.com video of the key takeaways they hope every women will apply to their professional lives.

 

 

According to a 2012 Dow Jones study, startup companies with more female executives were more successful than their counterparts. For more data points on technology and women, read Tech Republic’s 15 key statistics on the state of women in tech.

 

ABOUT ARA Mentors

ARA Mentors support the advancement of women in IT by offering opportunities for women to mentor and to become mentees. The ARA event at 1871 was sponsored by Enova, a financial services company.

For more information about the ARA Mentors visit ARA Mentors

World Polio Day 2014 Event and Concert Featured Tessanne Chin and Guest Speakers in Chicago World Polio Day 2014 Event and Concert Featured Tessanne Chin and Guest Speakers in Chicago(0)

Wicker Park, Chicago, IL (60647)

 

In observance of World Polio Day, October 24, 2014, Rotary International organization celebrated World Polio Day with livestream event featuring Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show “The Voice,” reggae star Ziggy Marley, Minda Dentler, polio survivor and Ironman competitor, and host of speakers including John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary and Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control.

With polio on verge of eradication, Rotary celebrated the fact their organization is near its goal to completely eradicate polio from the world. Except for cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, polio is a highly preventable disease that Rotary has been on a mission since 1988 to eradicate polio.

 


Ms. Chin spoke to BreakingVoices.com about her involvement with educating people about polio.

The livestream event called “End Polio Now: Make History Today’ will take place 6:30pm(CT) on October 24 at 1st Ward venue in Wicker Park Chicago.

Streaming from Chicago, and hosted by TIME magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, highlights of the event include:

  • Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show “The Voice,” will perform a song during the program, followed by a benefit concert after the event
  • Reggae star Ziggy Marley will welcome participants to the event and perform via video
  • Minda Dentler, polio survivor and Ironman competitor, will share her personal storyRemarks via video by Olivier Charmeil, chief executive officer of Sanofi Pasteur and Bernadette Hendrickx, Senior Medical and Scientific advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Pasteur will deliver remarks live
  • Addresses by Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, Rotary Foundation Vice-Chair Michael McGovern, and Dr. James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

 

Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke via video to the audience about the important role Rotary has played in eradication of polio.

In celebration of World Polio Day, Rotary announced earlier this week that it will give $44 million in grants to stop the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Rotary’s new funding commitment will targets the countries still at risk of contracting this incurable disease.

About $18.5 million will go to the three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan ($7.4 million) Nigeria ($8.4 million), and Pakistan ($2.7 million). An endemic country is one where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped.

Another $9.5 million is marked for previously polio-free countries currently reporting cases “imported” from the endemic countries: Cameroon ($3.5 million), Ethiopia ($2 million), and Somalia ($4 million).

And $10.4 million will go to polio-free countries that remain at risk of reinfection: Democratic Republic of Congo ($1.5 million), India ($4.9 million), Niger ($1 million), South Sudan ($2 million), and Sudan ($1 million).

The remaining $6.3 million will go toward polio eradication research.

 

Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments and Rotary club members of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). As of 2013, there were only 416 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.

 

During the World Polio Day concert Ephraim Martin from the International Reggae and World Music Awards ( IRAWMA) surprised Tessanne Chin with the her IRAWMA award “Best Female Vocalist Award.”

 

ABOUT ROTARY

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the Rotary Media Center.

 

 

 

Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars Kanye West the Surprise Headliner at AAHH! Fest in Union Park for Sweet Homecoming of Chicago Hip Hop Superstars(0)

It was a sweet homecoming party in Union Park for AAHH! Fest 2014 with Kanye West closing the festival in a surprise guest performance.West took stage after Common performed three songs from his new album “Nobody’s Smilng.” Fans went wild when Kanye West jumped on stage to perform.

 

 

Watch more video footage of performances from AAHH! Fest on Breaking Voices YouTube Channel

 

Chicago Welcomes Youth From Around the World for KICS Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament July 21-26 Chicago Welcomes Youth From Around the World for KICS Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament July 21-26(0)

July 21, 2014 – Chicago, IL

Chicago welcomed a host of soccer youths from around the world for the KICS Cup Youth International Soccer Tournament July 19-26, 2014. The opening ceremony was held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on July 19, 2014.

It was a high-energy entertaining event with youths participating in a flag parade that represented some of the countries in the tournament. They include, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, India, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Highlight of the ceremony was a dynamic performance by Chicago blues musician Fernando Jones andDr. Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago. They sang 2010 World Cup theme song “Wavin’ Flag” by Somali rapper K’naan.

Dr. Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago in Millennium Park.

KICS Cup tournament games will be held from Monday July 21 to July 26 at Dunbar Park, Chicago Park District located at 300 E. 31st St. Chicago, Illinois 60616.

KICS Cup is tournament participants are 60 teams from 9 countries. The soccer tournament is open to boys ages 9-16 and girls 10-14 years old.


Dr. Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago are celebrating 32 years of performance. Their mission is to continue to serve the community as a non-denominational, non-profit educational organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of youths in Chicago.

Watch more #BVNews video of Dr. Walt Whitman & The Soul Children of Chicago in Millennium Park.

Argentine Fans in Chicago Go Wild With Win Over Netherlands in World Cup Semi-Finals at Barra N Argentine Fans in Chicago Go Wild With Win Over Netherlands in World Cup Semi-Finals at Barra N(0)

July 9, 2014 – Chicago, IL

Excited Argentinians in Chicago gathered for the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match Netherlands vs. Argentina at Barra N, an Argentine-owned bar located at 2977 N. Elston on Chicago’s north side.  It was also Argentina’s independence day.

It was a victorious day for Argentina as they won the semi-finals game after the nail-biting game went into extra time and penalty kicks. Argentina scored 4-1 in penalty goals including a goal scored by team captain Lionel Messi.  

They will face Germany in the World Cup Finals on July 13, 2014 in Brazil. This will be Argentina’s fifth appearance in the world cup finals.

 

It was a sweet victory for Argentinans who celebrate 198th year of independence.

They will face Germany in the World Cup Finals on July 13, 2014 in Brazil. This will be Argentina’s fifth appearance in the world cup finals.

Watch #BVNews video fans react to Argentine World Cup 2014 semi-final match.

Fans shared their joy to see Argentina’s football team make it to the final World Cup 2014

Barra N is one of three Argentine owned restaurants in Chicago. Owners also have Folklore located at 2100 West Division St., Tango Sur located at 3763 N. Southport and a grocery store called El Mercado Food Mart.

 

 

July 9, Argentina celebrated its 198th independence from Spain. The day is a national holiday in Argentina.

Chicagoans have enjoyed plenty world cup viewing parties during the month-long FIFA 2014 World Cup games that began June 12. The City of Chicago hosted four world cup viewing parties in Grant Park and in Soldier Field during the Team USA world cup games.

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