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5 Chicago Video Game Companies Changing the Game

Between 2009 and 2012, the video game industry grew four times faster than the American economy, Fortune magazine reports. A top state for video game development jobs is Illinois, which employs more than 4,000 employees who earn an average of $92,453 per year. The Chicago area is home to more than 30 video game studios…. Read more »

Leveling Up: How Digital Game-Based Learning Is Altering Education

At the turn of the 21st century, public interest in games as learning tools took hold. In the eyes of digital game-based learning proponents, the general public and today’s teachers finally understood something that students and educational researchers knew all along. To put it in the words of an elementary student at the 2004 Serious… Read more »

Video Game Engines: Unity vs. Unreal

The total consumer spend on computer and video games in 2015 was $23.5 billion, according to the Entertainment Software Association. The gaming industry has witnessed a dramatic rise in sales over the past 10 years, and now, 48 percent of U.S. households own a dedicated game console. In nearly two in three households, at least… Read more »

White Hat Hacker: Cybersecurity Researcher for Hire

Cybercrime is an activity that people may underestimate. “Most of the cybercrime that occurs, which is of the economic-espionage variety, is never made public,” David Burg of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) told The Atlantic. “Attack activity is very big business. You’re talking trillions of dollars in wealth being transferred globally.” This has implications on national and corporate… Read more »

IoT Security: Connectivity Creates Vulnerabilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to everyday objects that are able to connect to each other using the internet. These objects include smart devices like wearables, home appliances, electrical and lighting products, home security systems and self driving cars. “IoT will introduce unprecedented growth in devices and data,” according to Cisco. “There may be… Read more »

AI Research: Imagining Our Connected Future

Some experts in artificial intelligence research predict that AI will turn humans into superhumans or cyborgs, according to Tech Insider. Others say that AI research might save the world and solve all of our problems, including climate change, disease and poverty. Whether these ambitious claims are reasonable remains to be seen, but AI already impacts… Read more »

Will Self Driving Cars Make Speed Limits Obsolete?

Self-driving cars may change road safety in a drastic way. The immediate reason for the critical pre-crash event in almost all light vehicle crashes is assigned to the human driver, a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found. Human error and distracted driving contribute to the millions of people each year involved… Read more »

7 Ways Business Leaders Can Create Employee Engagement

Half of adults have left a job to get away from their manager at some point in their career, according to a Gallup survey. And since 2000, when Gallup first began measuring employee engagement, less than one-third of Americans are engaged in their jobs in any given year. This problem can have a significant negative… Read more »

Economic Growth: The Rise of Chicago Startups

Chicago startups are drawing praise for their innovation and success. Entrepreneur contributor Hank Ostholthoff calls Chicago the “new B2B boomtown,” while Inc. says the city is “one of the hottest tech startup scenes” and the “new best city in America for startups.” Nearly 50 percent of investments in the city produced 10 times a return… Read more »

Giving Back: The Impact of Employee Volunteering Programs

Employee volunteering programs are on the rise. Fifty-nine percent of companies surveyed in CECP’s 2015 Giving in Numbers report provided paid time for employees to volunteer in 2014, up from 54 percent in 2012. But “there are still a significant number of companies missing out on the benefits of employee volunteer programs,” according to Sarah… Read more »