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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University will host the seventh annual NETT Day on Oct. 27 in the Auditorium on the Main Campus.

The keynote speakers will be Gustavo Pospischel from Sears Holdings Corporation, Emily Graslie from The Field Musuem, and Ann Kalayil from the General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region.

NETT Day, which is free and open to the public, celebrates technology, the ways in which we interact with it, and how we use it to improve society. Since 2010, Northeastern has hosted NETT Day, which also offers workshops and new technology vendors.

Pospischel is divisional vice president of engineering, ecommerce and omnichannel innovation at Sears Holdings Corporation. He will deliver the 9:30 a.m. keynote address titled “Knowing You in the Digital Era: How Digital Technology is Positively Impacting Our Lives.”

Graslie, chief curiosity correspondent at The Field Museum, will talk at 10:50 a.m. about “The Brain Scoop,” an educational YouTube channel that explores behind the scenes at the Field. Graslie is the writer, producer, co-creator and host.

Kalayil, regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region, will deliver a speech titled “Technology and Government: The GSA Perspective” at 6 p.m.

Several workshops are scheduled throughout the day. Topics include crowdfunding, perceptions of social media use for crime prevention, and entrepreneurial opportunities during disruptive change.