From October 12 - 17, 2019, the University of Illinois System, World Business Chicago, and Chicago Ideas week will invite 200 top college students from across the country to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s vibrant technology ecosystem and attend Chicago Ideas Week, an annual seven-day gathering that hosts 150+ globally-recognized speakers at 100+ events across the city.



    • Tours of Chicago’s most innovative companies and co-working spaces, and meetings with key industry leaders;
    • Talks and presentations featuring Chicago technologists and entrepreneurs;
    • Chicago Ideas Week events, with past events including Edison Talks: Uncharted and A Seat at The Table.

    Students are accepted into the program based on their interest in digital technology, computer science, innovation, entrepreneurship and demonstrated commitment to excellence. Most students are in the junior or senior years of their undergraduate studies, but students from other years are also encouraged to apply.

    2019 DATES

    October 12th - 17th


    Hon. Rahm Emanuel

    Mayor of Chicago

    Brad Keywell

    Founder and Co-Chairman, Chicago Ideas Week;

    Co- founder and CEO, Uptake

    Alex Niemczewski

    CEO & Co-Founder, BallotReady

    Rohit Pasam

    CEO & Co-Founder, Xaptum

    Shelley Stern Grach

    Director of Civic Engagement, Microsoft Chicago