Want to fly a drone, use virtual reality or build a robot while at work? Getting hands-on with cutting-edge technologies and collaborating with the industry’s best and brightest is a day in the life at Accenture.
Each month, Accenture’s digovation (digital innovation) team hosts events for employees and clients to connect, collaborate and create innovative digital solutions.
We went behind the scenes at the Chicago Digital Hub for a glimpse at two recent events: Drone Flight School and Build a Drone.
During Drone Flight School, participants learned to fly drones using a virtual reality simulator. Once they mastered the skills, they put on flight goggles and took it for a spin around the interior spaces of the Digital Hub.
At the Build-a-Drone session, participants were given the kits, instructions and tools to build their drones, taking them from basic assembly to programming to actually testing their first flight.
We talked to Kyle Kloss, IS&S Delivery Analyst at Accenture Digital, who attended both the Drone Flight School and the Build-a-Drone Digovation Session, to get his take on the day’s events and what it’s like to work at the Chicago Digital Hub.
What is your role at the Chicago Digital Hub?
I am part of Industry X.O, a team formed only a few months ago that has just found a new base here in Chicago. I am new to Accenture, having joined within the past month, and will be serving as a functional analyst within our practice.
What sort of projects do you work on?
As part of the Industry X.O Chicago team, we will have a special focus on the digitization/connectivity of the manufacturing space, specifically working to implement or update the framework of our clients’ Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
How did you come to work for Accenture (and at the Digital Hub)? What was your career path to get here?
I studied systems engineering at the University of Illinois and had some great internship opportunities within and after school at Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts and Rolls-Royce engineering prior to joining Accenture. This is my first full-time role out of school.
What do you like best about working at the Digital Hub?
It’s very cool to see all the innovative ways that new technology is being used to provide fresh and unique client offerings. From drone applications to the Internet of Things, there is always something to learn every day.
What suggestions or advice do you have for others who are interested in doing work similar to what you do?
Keep an eye out for upcoming Industry X.O projects. The practice is just in its infancy in North America, and the potential for growth is immense. This growth is sure to be accelerated through collaboration with other departments within Accenture Digital and beyond.
What did you like best about the Drone Flight School? Did anything surprise you?
I was amazed at how precise and fine-tuned a drone no bigger than the palm of my hand can be. Putting on the first-person-view goggles and flying through the drone zone was a real rush. Seeing myself on camera through the goggles made for a real out-of-body experience.
What advice would you give to those interested in doing this kind of work? For example, what kind of skills should they develop or highlight on their resume?
My role is well suited for individuals with an engineering background, specifically mechanical, industrial, systems or computer engineering. Manufacturing experience and related software expertise is also advantageous to include on a resume.
How did you find your opportunity at Accenture?
I was first made aware of Accenture through their presence at the University of Illinois engineering career fairs. I also have had a few friends work here and have heard good things about the company. For my current role, I applied online for the position directly through the accenture.com/Careers, and I was contacted by a recruiter.
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