Chicago Tech Rocks

  • Issue: STEM and STEAM programs need more funding, and awareness
  • Beneficiary: 6 Chicago STEM Programs
  • Date: Aug 13, 2016

Involvement - Along with Synap Labs, The CLA Co-hosted Chicago Tech Rocks which was a rock concert held at Metro in Lakeview. The concert brought out almost 500 people, and raised over $60,000 for six different STEM education programs in the city.

Impact - STEM Education programs are critical not only to the future of Chicago, but to the development of Chicago’s youth. The problem, is that many people either don’t know about STEM, or simply don’t have a good forum to provide support. Through Chicago Tech Rocks, we were able to introduce over 500 people in the Chicago tech community to the excellent work being done by 6 different STEM programs, and raise a significant amount of money in the process, which will go towards helping these programs continue to deliver on their important missions. The beneficiaries of the event were Black Tech Mecca, Genesys Works, i.c.stars, Lumity, Project Infinite Green, and Year Up

Quote - "Chicago Tech Rocks provided impactful branding and financial support to Black Tech Mecca during a vital time for our organization. These investments helped us build further capacity to produce our Annual State of the Black Tech Ecosystem Summit (Tribune Article) and Inaugural Black Tech Ecosystem Research Study (report)." - Fabian Elliot, Founder, Black Tech Mecca