The Illinois Technology Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the State of Illinois.

Opening of the Nomination Process for the 2012 Illinois Technology Competition Fifty for the Future

50 Students from Illinois to be recognized as technology industry’s best and brightest students in 2012


October 24, 2011 | CHICAGO -The Illinois Technology Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the 6th Annual Fifty For The Future® nomination process.

The annual Fifty For The Future® Celebration recognizes exceptional students with an interest in and potential to use technology in innovative ways. The Fifty For The Future® Celebration provides encouragement and recognition to students who pursue innovation through technology, providing access to business leaders to showcase their talent.

“We are excited entering our 6th year of our program! This year we have expanded our reach into more universities and are expecting the competition for the award to be even greater than in past years” said William R. Waas chairman of the Illinois Technology Foundation.

As in past years, a faculty member can nominate a student or the student can self-nominate with the endorsement of a faculty member.

Winners of the Fifty For The Future® Award will be chosen through a rigorous judging process reviewed by a panel of information technology and industry executives. Student contribution focus is on high school through university and graduate level programs.

The Fifty For The Future® Celebration is attended by information technology executives, industry leaders, judges, Foundation sponsors and other supporters of the technology industry. The Awardees, their family and guests will be invited to attend the celebration on October 23, 2012.

Nominations will remain open until September 30, 2012. The winners of the 2012 Fifty For The Future® Award will be announced shortly after the close of nominations.

We look forward to your participation in this year’s prestigious Fifty For The Future® program.

About the Illinois Technology Foundation

The Illinois Technology Foundation’s mission is to support the development of a technology talent pipeline that begins in elementary school, is refined in high school, and is fully developed in our region’s higher education graduates.  The Foundation facilitates relationships and efforts across industry, academia, students, and government, developing and managing targeted programs within the talent pipeline.  Through action, leadership, and collaboration, the Foundation supports and nurtures the technology talent to ensure a viable and a regional wealth creating economy.  The Foundation is the philanthropy arm of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), a membership organization of more than 500 Illinois technology companies who support the development of a stronger technology talent pipeline in the region.  Additional information is available at


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