Chicago Tech Rocks for Tech Forward!

Chicago Tech Rocks is a short five weeks away! Have you purchased your concert and raffle tickets yet?

We wanted to take a short break from our preparations for the concert and introduce you to another of our amazing beneficiary organizations, the Illinois Technology Association's philanthropic arm: Tech Forward.

What is Tech Forward?

Tech Forward's mission is to strengthen the prosperity of the Illinois technology industry by developing a stronger workforce and building the next generation of industry leaders.

Created to address the workforce shortage in the tech industry and identify diverse talent to meet industry needs, Tech Forward supports and provides programs and initiatives that attract, grow and retain world-class technology talent in Illinois.

How did Tech Forward get started?

Every day the ITA hears from its members about the battle they face for top talent. As a result, they work hard to provide members with resources, tools and programs that help them attract and retain their employees.

From Tech Challenge, a collegiate coding competition, to their employment branding job portal to their student membership program, the ITA provides ample opportunity for member companies to build their teams from the talent pool that exists today.

The ITA recognizes, however, that for the Illinois technology ecosystem to continue to grow, they must also influence and develop the talent pool of tomorrow.

What does Tech Forward do?

Tech Forward will take many of the programs that ITA initiated and drive them deeper into the community. In 2016, the 7th year of the ITA Tech Challenge brought together over 800 college students from throughout the country with the Chicago tech community.

Students competed for cash prizes in a coding competition and interviewed with major Chicago tech companies for jobs and internships. The success of the University-focused ITA Tech Challenge spawned Tech Forward’s spin off at the high school level earlier this spring. The high school competition introduced the next generation of students to STEM and to the promising careers that await them here in Illinois.

Tech Forward will continue to build programming that grows the talent pipeline and diversifies our industry. From scholarships to apprenticeships to career days – we’ll be introducing new ways Chicago tech companies can engage and cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Come meet the team at Chicago Tech Rocks!

One of the best ways to meet the Tech Forward team is by snagging tickets to Chicago Tech Rocks! Tickets are on sale now here:

Over the next few weeks we’ll continue to tell you about Tech Forward and our other beneficiary organizations.

In the meantime, please help us meet our fundraising goal. Buy your event tickets now and help us spread the word!

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