Annual Program Will Host 200 of the Nation’s Top Technology and Engineering Students in Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza is now accepting applications for the fifth annual installment of the city’s premier program connecting rising talent with Chicago’s tech scene. Mayor Emanuel, World Business Chicago, the University of Illinois System and Lollapalooza will welcome 200 students from the nation’s top universities to Chicago for an opportunity to visit business headquarters and innovation hubs, directly engage with local tech entrepreneurs and meet the leaders of some of today’s most innovative companies. Admitted students will also receive a 4-Day Ticket to attend Lollapalooza.
“The future of Chicago’s economy is driven by our investment in rising talent,” Mayor Emanuel said. “With some of the best engineering and business schools in the country, Chicago is top of mind for students who want to be in an exciting city to start their ventures and careers. That’s why ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza will bring 200 of these students to Chicago and immerse them in our vibrant tech and cultural scene.”
ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza is seeking students who are considering Chicago for the next phase of their career, whether as an entrepreneur, part of a startup team or by contributing their tech skills to a large corporate enterprise. Candidates should be enthusiastic about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship and have demonstrated a commitment to achievement and excellence in their field.
Students can apply by visiting www.thinkchicago.net. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
The program will take place August 2-4, 2017 and will bring the total number of students who have participated in the ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza program to 750, and a total of 1,550 students when combined with its sister program, ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week, which takes place in the fall. Last year, ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza received nearly 700 applications from 85 institutions across 27 states. This summer’s program will be the eleventh overall installment of the successful ThinkChicago program established by Mayor Emanuel in 2011 and the fifth annual program held during Lollapalooza. In 2017, ThinkChicago programming has also expanded to a Roadshow, which reached nearly 1,000 engineering and business students in its first two stops at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University.