- Issue: The need to drive awareness of STEM/STEAM programs in Chicago + the fact that there isn’t a great mechanism that promotes giving amongst the entrepreneurial tech ecosystem.
- Beneficiary: STEAM Programs and Chicago nonprofits overall.
- Date: Mar 16, 2017
Involvement - Multiple members of The CLA were involved in conceiving, and helping to launch this initiative to begin with. One CLA member’s company even developed the technology. Aside from being involved in the genesis of the idea for the drive itself, the CLA has been invaluable regarding publicity and encouraging some of Chicago's most prominent tech companies to participate in this mission.
Impact - The goal for the program overall (concluding summer, 2017) is to raise $1,000,000, and contribute 10,000 volunteer hours to multiple local nonprofits.
Quote - “In 2017 Techweek is committed to helping high-growth companies solve their toughest problems, including talent acquisition. That’s why we are thrilled to announce the launch of this campaign, which supports a new generation of tech talent from local and diverse communities.” - Amanda Signorelli, CEO of Techweek