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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i.c.stars |* iOpener Innovation Conference 2024 Wednesday, August 28th, 2024 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, Chicago, IL Purchase Single Conference Pass . . . Join i.c.stars for the 2024 iOpener Innovation Conference focused on the theme: Emerging Innovations in Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence New trends in [...]

Capitalize on Illinois 2024

May 2 @ 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 Future of Work: Building Technology, Culture and Community in a Hybrid World Listen to CIOs and technology experts speak on trends in the industry, engage in CIO-led breakout discussions, and network [...]


Chicago – 25th Anniversary Gala

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm CST

Come 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.

Save the Date StarBash 2024 i.c.stars Milwaukee 5 year Anniversary Celebration Thursday December 5, 2024 at the Brand New Harley Davidson Museum Garage!!

Looking for ways to get involved? Check out our Get Engaged page for more information on volunteering!