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

Winners of the 2011 ITA Fall Challenge Announced

The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Fall Challenge Presented by GrubHub.  The Final Challenge focused on real world issues faced by Illinois technology companies and it proved to be a good test of ability.  From the field of 120+ finalists, the top students stood apart from the crowd.

Louis Wasserman from the University of Chicago, Keunhong Park from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Sean Hurley from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign earned the top 3 scores for Undergraduates, each receiving cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 respectively.

The top scoring Graduate student is Islam Ismailov from the University of Illinois at Chicago, who received a cash prize of $2,500.

“Growing the awareness of the local technology industry, with the support of companies like our Presenting Sponsor, GrubHub, is at the core of the Fall Challenge,” said Fred Hoch, President ITA.  “Attracting and retaining top technology talent, fostered by the world-class universities here in the Midwest, not only fuels the economic growth of the region but establishes Chicago as a tech hub on a national level, attracting new businesses and funding.”

Students in attendance participated in just over 200 interviews with Presenting Sponsor, GrubHub, and Supporting Sponsors Allscripts, Backstop Solutions Group, Centro, GE, Groupon, Model Metrics, MPS Partners, and Redpoint Technologies

The ITA thanks GrubHub, presenting sponsor, Allscripts, Backstop Solutions Group, Centro, Groupon, GE, Model Metrics and MPS Partners/Redpoint Technology, supporting sponsors, and participating sponsor companies including Applied Systems, Authentify, Agentis, ChannelIQ, Cleversafe, Clarity Consulting, Corptax, Dotomi, Forte CG, IfByPhone, kCura, Leapfrog Online, LyonsCG, MBX Systems, Orbitz, Orc, Pointbridge, Vibes Media and ZS Associates

The top 10 finalists’ average score was 141 out of 200 possible points.  The students were given two hours to complete the exam, which was comprised of 3 questions focused on database architecture, algorithm development, and data rebuilding.

The 2011 participating Universities included University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, Purdue, and Indiana University.

For more information about the ITA and the Fall Challenge, visit

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