We provide the training and tools to jumpstart a life-long profession.


Since 1999, i.c.stars has been identifying, training, and jump-starting technology careers for Chicago-area low-income young adults who, although lacking access to education and employment, demonstrate extraordinary potential for success in the business world and for impact in their communities.


i.c.stars works with a variety of partners in Chicago, including community based organizations such as Metropolitan Family Services, CPS – Office of Alternative Education, Austin Coming Together, Goodwill Englewood, and Juvenile Justice Center. Anchored in the tech industry, additional partners include Women Tech Founders, Black Tech Mecca, ARA (Attract Retain Advance Women in Technology), Chicago Innovation Awards, and corporate partners such as Accenture, Paylocity, CIBC, Salesforce among many others.

An i.c.stars Chicago graduate who works as a senior automation engineer at a Fortune 100 company described his i.c.stars experience as the reason for where he is today. I’m going to VMWorld next week to present an open source PowerShell module. That would not have been possible without [i.c.stars project sponsor] TTX – the rigorous project not only required us to write our own database but also to write our own server side scripts as well as the front end stuff. My career in infrastructure is primarily because of that project.”

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Learn to code. Launch a career.
We provide the training and tools to jumpstart a life-long profession.

  • Two year program begins with intensive, 16-week paid internship

  • Project-based learning builds leadership skills and emotional intelligence

  • Core technical skills training in Javascript, HTML, CSS, C#, Core and SQL

Develop software. Develop yourself.
Grow leadership and teamwork skills while working with tech industry leaders.

We’re more than tech support. We support your dreams.
We wrap you with two years of support and coaching to achieve your goals.

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My training through i.c.stars has changed my life in ways I never dreamed of.

Brandies Meva'a, SourceDigital Marketing


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Capitalize on Illinois 2023

May 4 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Single Conference Pass Join CIOs, sponsors, and i.c.stars alumni for our first major conference of the year. This conference will focus on: The Evolution of Cloud & Cybersecurity Listen to CIOs and technology experts speak on trends in the industry, engage in CIO-led breakout discussions, and network with tech executives at this first major [...]

Hack the Dream 2023

January 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm CST

i.c.stars |* Hack the Dream 2023 Monday, January 16th, 2023 10:00am - 1:30pm Hatch 41, Chicago, IL PURCHASE EVENT TICKET . . . Join i.c.stars for Hack the Dream- a social impact hack-a-thon that celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing together technology and community organizations. This engaging [...]


i.c.stars |* Chicago: iOpener Innovation Conference 2022

August 26, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

i.c.stars |* iOpener Innovation Conference 2022 Friday, August 26th, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, Chicago, IL Purchase Single Conference Pass . . . Join i.c.stars for the 2022 iOpener Innovation Conference focused on the theme: NFTs, Blockchain & E-Commerce Listen to engaging keynote speakers, participate in [...]

HR Roundtable- Tactics in Retaining Tech Talent

March 2, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am CST

Please join us for a round-table and panel discussion with Milwaukee HR leaders and i.c.stars.

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