Jones Jam

Get ready to Jam!

Chicode in collaboration with Jones College Prep is hosting a unique experience that will challenge young creative minds through the art of game development. Calling all makers to participate in the school’s first creative festival—Jones Jam!

What:  High school students from all experience levels throughout CPS will converge onto Jones to design a game using their imagination through storytelling, problem-solving, art & design, and coding in just one day. Jones Jam is a free* all-day celebration of creativity highlighting game development with workshops, creative science activities, food, and fun things to do.

When: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 8 AM – 8 PM  (see website for detailed schedule)
CPS School Improvement Day – No school for students.

Where:  Jones College Prep, 700 South State Street, Chicago.
Printers Row area in the South Loop, near State St. and Congress Pkwy., or at the Harrison stop on the Red Line.

Who: Jones Jam is open to all CPS high school students; beginner to young pro, with an interest in coding, video game development, and digital design.

*Registration is required and space is limited at

MIT’s Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science ( MITES) Program

The MIT MITES Program (now part of the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, OEOP), reporting to the Engineering Dean, has continued to grow. The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science ( MITES) Program is a rigorous six-week residential science and engineering program at MIT for rising high school seniors across the US. Many of the students come from underrepresented or underserved communities. They have strong academic records and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The OEOP Office is now accepting applications for MITES , Summer 2019! Please see the website below for details on the application process:eligibility, selection criteria, exact summer dates, etc. Last summer the dates were June 23 – August 2, 2018.

The MITES Program is free of charge for the selected students. All educational, food, and boarding costs are covered. The students only pay for transportation to and from MIT. The importance of STEM and STEAM pipelines to talented students of diverse backgrounds has helped secure funding from the private corporate sector (MITES receives no government funding). The generosity of MIT Alumni, MIT MITES Alumni, and individuals has supported MITES from its inception in 1975. The passion of the MITES Executive Directors has come from witnessing the academic and personal growth of the MITES students over just 6 weeks. The most recent six MITES Executive Directors have all been MIT African American alums. Three of the six Directors have been women, and three of the six are MITES alums! The leadership and the Engineering Dean continue to look for opportunities to educate additional talented students through successful K-12 and Pre-College programs.

Trends and Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – Free Admission

All details can be found at

Mark Shapiro
Speaker: Mark Shapiro, Principal AI engineer at Anthem Inc.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 5:45 pm (Social Hour, light refreshments) – 6:30 pm Presentation

Loyola University Water Tower Campus (Chicago/Michigan Area)
111 E. Pearson Street, Chicago IL 60611

Beane Ballroom (13th Floor, Lewis Towers) Campus map

Admission: Free, General Admission, open to the public

Note: Due to travel, Plamen Petrov will not be able to speak, but we will have his colleague Mark Shapiro to speak in his absence.

The talk will cover trends and interesting applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Physicians are the key group that determine how AI is adopted in medical practice, and as AI methods and technologies are rapidly moving from research labs to commercial implementations it is important to understand the perspective of physicians. Mark will provide a survey of views and expectations of physicians expressed in published literature over the last year and give examples of successful applications of AI technology in medicine.

Mark Shapiro is Principal AI engineer at Anthem Inc. – one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies with over 73 million people served by its affiliated companies, including nearly 40 million within its family of health plans. Mark will play a critical leadership role contributing to the journey Anthem is on transforming healthcare with trusted and caring solutions giving members access to the care they need. Prior to joining Anthem, Mark worked as a data scientist at Deloitte and later at Kogentix, a machine learning startup recently acquired by Accenture.
Mark has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to moving to the industry as a data scientist, for over ten years Mark conducted neuroscience research in neural control of human movement in healthy individuals and patients with movement disorders at UIC and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

While there will be light refreshments available, feel free to “brown bag” it and bring in food from the outside to eat during the social hour.

Click here to Reserve for Wednesday, January 16
or send an e-mail to

Processing Community Day event at UIC on February 2!

Details from the organizers:
Are you creative? Do you want to program computers, but don’t know how
to begin? Join us for the first Processing Community Day in Chicago, held
at UIC on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

This will be a full day of hands-on workshops and talks designed to get
you started, using Processing and P5.js. It is part of a diverse, global
community, with many cities and regions planning a PCD in early 2019.

Processing is a platform that uses the context of visual art and imagery
to make learning to code open and accessible to anyone and everyone.
In hosting PCD @ Chicago, our goal is to create a welcoming, inspiring
space for those new to coding, as well as a place for artists, designers,
researchers, and makers within our local communities to come together
to connect and share their experiences.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. No prior coding experience
is necessary!

Processing Community Day @Chicago is hosted by the UIC University Library and organized by educators from University of Illinois at Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and DePaul University.

The Richard J. Daley Library is wheelchair accessible. Please email us at if you need further accommodation.

The event is free and open to the public. Info and registration can be found here:

Registration Open for Pro Com 5.0!

The competition alternates annually between a Chicago site and a suburban site, and this year, the organizers are excited to bring the competition to the beautiful Oakton Community College Des Plaines campus.  

Here are the core details:

What:  A lot of fun, that’s what!  (We’ll be following the general flow of last year’s event, and you can find all the specifics at  We’ll update the site soon to reflect this year’s info, but for now, that site should be the first go-to for answering any particulars.)

When:  Saturday, February 9th, 2019 – from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where:  Oakton Comm. College, Des Plaines Campus (1600 E. Golf Road  Des Plaines, IL  60016)

Who:  Schools may bring up to two teams of high school students, with each team consisting of between two and four students.  

Cost:  $35 per team (see below for payment instructions)

If you’re interested in participating, talk to your CS teacher (or any CS teacher).

Chicago Public Library Maker in Residence

This could be a great opportunity for an LTMaker alumni!

“Are you CPL’s next Maker-in-Residence? Apply by midnight February 15 using the form below. The residency runs from approximately April 1 to June 30.

The Maker-in-Residence:

  • uses a combination of art, science and technology to explore library collections, local data, history or culture.
  • has access to Maker Lab equipment and staff.
  • concludes with a presentation and demonstration of their project and findings.
  • offers a workshop for library patrons in month one and another in month two.
  • is compensated $6,000 for the three-month residency.
  • has their work exhibited at Harold Washington Library Center and another library location. Work will be returned to the maker.”