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Tech startups vie for funding at Midwest Energy Forum

By Ann Meyer The major automakers might get credit for launching electric vehicles into the marketplace, but they couldn’t have done it without new technologies that scientists and small businesses created, panelists said Thursday at the Midwest Energy Forum held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. “We’re able to craft technology to some degree, […]

ReadyPing presents winning message at CrowdPitch

 By Hallie Busta — Chicago-based technology startup ReadyPing won the CrowdPitch business plan event held Tuesday at the Illinois Technology Association’s TechNexus by impressing a panel of judges and the audience with its text-messaging alternative to restaurant pagers. ReadyPing’s system lets restaurant owners send a text message to waiting patrons when their tables are ready, eliminating […]

Digital tablets go to the office

Increasingly, digital tablets are entering the workplace, The New York Times  reported. An Apple executive said in a conference call last month that more than 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies were trying the iPad, the story reported. By 2015, “tens of millions” of tablets from leading technology companies will be used at work, Ted Schadler, vice […]

2-D codes expanding but need explanation

So-called 2-D codes can be a mobile marketing resource, leveraged to increase revenue. That is, if they are used properly, writes Jamie Turner, author and chief content officer at 60SecondMarketer.com in a post on Mashable.com. The codes, which also are called QR codes, are being added to billboards, books, business cards, in-store advertisements, social media pages, T-shirts, webinars […]

Tech startup adds brain to solar systems

One of the first startups to participate in the Illinois Smart Grid Cluster is preparing to field-test its method of reducing the cost of solar energy. By adding its proprietary software to battery-equipped solar energy systems, Chicago-based Intelligent Generation hopes to enable utilities and solar installers to reduce by half the cost of alternative energy […]