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ITA Seeks Industry Rock Stars for 17th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards

Be a part of the 2016 ITA CityLIGHTS Awards. Submit a nomination by June 24 and get a table at the main event on September 15 at Morgan Manufacturing!Click here for high-resolution version

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 31, 2016) - The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is seeking the nomination of local tech industry superstars for its 17th annual CityLIGHTS Awards. The ITA CityLIGHTS Awards is the premier annual event that celebrates and honors achievements from the local tech community. Because of the rigorous and balanced judging process, the awards have become a strong indicator of future success. CityLIGHTS award winners have amassed $51 billion in exits, $1 billion in IPO and $2.5 billion in venture capital.

"Chicago tech rocks! And it is important that we recognize and amplify the success and innovation happening here," said ITA CEO Fred Hoch. "As Midwesterners we are often the last to toot our own horn. This year's awards are all about shining a spotlight on and allowing Chicago tech to be center stage."

Nominations can be submitted for the following awards:

  • CEO of the Year

  • CityLIGHTS Industry Champion

  • Industry Disrupter

  • Lighthouse

  • Outstanding Technology Development

  • Prominent Woman in Tech

  • Rising Star

  • Technologist of the Year

Join ITA for one of its two webinars on Wednesday, June 8 to get more information about the program, each of the eight categories and tips for submitting a nomination.

See full award criteria and submission information at itacitylights.com.

The finalists in each category will be announced on Monday, August 8 when public voting will open. The category winners will be announced on Thursday, September 15 at the 17th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards event, the largest technology gathering of tech industry executives in Illinois and Chicago with more than 600 in attendance.

Thank you to the 2016 Silver sponsors, Armanino, Hyde Park Angels and Silicon Valley Bank. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this year's program, contact Kelly Faso at kelly@illinoistech.org.

About ITA

Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is focused on scaling Illinois tech companies. With innovative resources that allow members to collaborate with each other, build their talent networks, and elevate their local and national presence, ITA is growing the local tech commu­nity. Founded in 2005 and supporting 500-plus growth-stage tech companies, ITA has a rich history of driving the business forward. For more information, visit illinoistech.org, follow @ITAbuzz on Twitter or find us on LinkedIn.

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