Serving Up a Dose of TLC (Tech, Love and Care)
We’re not kidding when we say we like to help out. SPR’s collaboration with Tech Month Chicago is the perfect example of how we combine our love for technology with our desire to help others. As a company, we seek out ways to come together, developing programs in support of like-minded organizations which impart knowledge, develop skills, and better ourselves and our community. To us, civic engagement is not just about donating to worthwhile causes. It’s who we are at our core. So, when Melanie dreamed up Tech Month Chicago to serve as a conduit between tech companies and the city’s diverse citizenship, it was only natural that SPR help take Chicago’s tech talent where it’s rarely (or never) gone: low income communities, diverse schools, special education programs, veteran support groups, and elementary schools.
The partnership began in 2016 when Pat Maher, SPR’s Director of Civic Engagement, met Melanie on her weekly radio show, Tech Scene Chicago. The pair quickly discovered a common goal and teamed up to host a 3D printed pinewood derby at SPR in conjunction with the inaugural Tech Month.