20th Anniversary Gala: The Techie Prom

November 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Our events are designed to bring together top information technology executives and future industry leaders.

i.c. stars hosts many events throughout the year, from annual celebrations to committee meetings to our daily High Tea.

Some events, such as our annual Capitalize on Illinois and iOpener conferences, are market focused, bringing together Chicago-area high tech leaders to discuss the global economic forces affecting the local IT workforce and what businesses are doing to stay ahead of an ever changing industry.

Our other events, are as social and community-oriented as they are thought-provoking and include Hack the Dream and TechBash.

While each event is unique and serves as the primary source for funding our technology and leadership skills training program, they all provide unparalleled opportunities for i.c.stars interns to network and learn from industry leaders.

20th Anniversary Gala

i.c.stars 20th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, November 21, 2019  

Wintrust Grand Banking Hall

 231 S. LaSalle St. 2nd Fl. Chicago, IL

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Theme: 20th Anniversary Techie Prom

Mark your calendar to celebrate 20 years of i.c.stars with drinks, dancing and a one-of-a kind silent auction. Join i.c.stars board members, alumni, staff and supporters who have empowered us to code the future; creating jobs, leaders, and social justice in Chicago for two decades.
Interested in sponsoring the gala or purchasing a table?
Please contact Amanda at amanda@icstars.org today to secure your opportunity.
Thanks for seeing stars and see you by punch bowl!

Hack the Dream

Hack the Dream is a yearly celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service where i.c. stars stakeholders—interns, alumni, staff, board members, employers, volunteers, and sponsors—share their accomplishments over the past year.

Our special events draw hundreds of senior high-tech leaders together from area corporations and provide a platform to shape the future IT workforce in areas we serve. i.c.stars events have proven to be a high-impact, high-power, vital experiences in the tech community.

Event Overview

i.c. stars hosts many events throughout the year, from annual celebrations to committee meetings to our daily High Tea. These events are designed to bring together top information technology executives and future industry leaders.

Some events, such as our annual Capitalize on Illinois and iOpener conferences, are market focused, bringing together Chicago-area high tech leaders to discuss the global economic forces affecting the local IT workforce and what businesses are doing to stay ahead of an ever changing industry.

Other of our events, like our festive celebrations and Hack the Dream and TechBashevents create networking opportunities for our community. Hack the Dream is a yearly celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where i.c. stars stakeholders—interns, alumni, staff, board members, employers, volunteers, and sponsors—share their accomplishments over the past year. At TechBash, dozens of technology leaders become “celebrity” bartenders and serve drinks as the Chicago tech community comes together to network and support i.c. stars.

While each event is unique and serves as the primary source for funding our technology and leadership skills training program, they all provide unparalleled opportunities for i.c.stars interns to network and learn from industry leaders.

Our special events draw hundreds of senior high tech leaders together from many major corporations and provides a platform to shape Chicago’s future IT workforce. i.c.stars events have proven to be a high-impact, high-power critical force in the tech community.

  • If you are a CIO and interested in sponsoring i.c.stars and engaging your employees in our events click here.
  • If you are a Technology or Service provider interested in sponsoring i.c.stars events to help build brand awareness and develop relationships click here.

Event Sponsorship

Our special events bring together CIOs and other senior-level IT executives in addition to industry vendors and i.c.stars talent and staff.

Your organization can benefit in various ways when sponsoring our events.

12 months of exposure

When your company partners with i.c.stars and purchases an Event Sponsorship package, you will have access and visibility at our annual events for one full year. We host four major events every quarter. The i.c.stars network includes more than 90 CIOs from large Chicago corporations who are usually in attendance.

Values-Based Relationships

More than business contacts, i.c.stars packages provide opportunities to make stronger connections through developing relationships in a community service context. Representatives from your company and other IT executives give back to the IT profession by mentoring our interns. Providing professional guidance to young motivated talent builds stronger relationships over a traditional networking experience. It’s also an ideal way to meet talented youth who are available for permanent and temporary employment opportunities.

Tax Deductible

i.c.stars is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our events are positioned as community service activities rather than an opportunity to pitch company services, providing a more comfortable atmosphere to build quality relationships.

Flexible Pricing/Ala Carte Single Events

Choose among four types of sponsorships that fit your budget and business goals or simply choose to sponsor a single event. Our a la carte prices provide various opportunities to purchase individual sponsor items offered in our packages.

C-Level Account Exposure

Our events offer an interactive approach. We position a speaker at each table who is or was previously an entrepreneur, CIO, or senior IT executive. As a result, we have been able to ensure that i.c.stars events are well attended by Chicago-area CIOs. Read our recent CIO speaker list here