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.

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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!

iOpener Innovation Conference 2015
When: Friday, August 21st, 2015
Where: Motorola Mobility, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, 18th Floor
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The annual i.c.stars iOpener conference brings together CIO’s, entrepreneurs, students, alumni of i.c.stars, and vendors to explore innovations in technology.

This year's conference theme: How technology is getting smarter to support...

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