Using project-based learning and full immersion teaching, i.c. stars provides an opportunity for change-driven, future leaders to develop skills in business and technology.

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  • “Companies employ CIOs, CEOs and CTOs, why not Chief Innovation Officers?”

    - Highlights of the 2010 iOpener Conference

    At i.c.stars we provide a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults, developing Chicagoland's most promising information technology talent with leadership goals and connecting them with career opportunities through our social enterprise and our partner organizations.

    Our social mission is central to our work. Our primary goal as a social enterprise is to further our mission and the profits earned through our business model support our training program. Working with low-income young adults, providing them with employment opportunities and preparing them for community-based advocacy allows us to achieve our social purpose.

    A Measurable Impact

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    Our events provide the primary source of income that funds our training program and helps us achieve our mission. We thank you for participating in helping us build our network!

    Next on the i.c.stars Calendar:

    Capitalize on Illinois 2018
    Friday, May 11th, 2018
    Maggiano's Little Italy 516 N Clark St (Entrance on Grand)
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Join a group of premier Chicago tech companies, teams, and design firms on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to empower local non-profits to solve community health problems - like violence and access to healthcare - with the power of technology.

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