Destination: Illinois

Team players

In professional sports, the organization is much more than the players on the roster. The fans, the business office, the arena employees, the medical staff and more—all reflect the true team behind any sports franchise. So during a pandemic, how do you maintain the spirit and enthusiasm essential to the sports experience? For the Chicago Bulls, it meant creating a persistent, engaging content channel that showcased the team’s community efforts, some high-flying highlights, fan-created content, and essential information about the future of in-person sports. Even during this distanced era the Bulls found new ways to stay connected. Win a signed Chicago Bulls jersey! Visit @Oracle, re-share this video, and tag a friend in the comments with #OracleRoadTripContest to enter. Learn more on this virtual road trip stop.

Humans and robots: Building the future together

Outside Chicago, Oracle Industries Innovation Lab showcases digital tools that will improve worker safety and efficiency in the construction industry. Visitors can experiment in a real-world environment—a place where Oracle Executive Director of Innovation Burcin Kaplanoglu says builders can get hands-on experience with the future of building. “If you run an active project with a lot of moving parts, it’s hard to try out new technology on these projects,” says Kaplanoglu. One cool technology: a dog-like robot named Spot that can scan the jobsite and generate a 3D model of a project in real time. Learn more on this virtual road trip stop.

Go far, together

Richard Thomas, senior Oracle marketing cloud consultant, understands that the distance between where he grew up and where he works is, for many, much further than a mere trip along the Dan Ryan Expressway into downtown Chicago. “I’m from what I like to call the suburbs of Chicago where Black communities don’t always have an opportunity to see a future where they can walk the halls of Willis Tower,” he says, referring to his office in Chicago’s signature skyscraper. As a member of the Oracle Alliance of Black Leaders for Excellence, Thomas has seized the opportunity to contribute to our collective future, walking hand in hand with Black youth as they pursue a future where their potential is fully realized. Learn more on this virtual road trip stop.