ITF Programs
Fifty for the Future®

About the Program

The ITF Fifty for the Future® program mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology.


Our annual event continues to build awareness of the talent of tomorrow for the Illinois technology ecosystem. The ITF is proud to carry on the tradition of highlighting and supporting the future technology workforce of Illinois. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for individual students or the student can self-nominate and have the nomination supported by faculty. Submissions will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward. The awards are open to all students from high school juniors to graduate students.

Nominations for the 2017 Fifty for the Future® Award are closed. Honorees will be announced soon.

See 2017 Winners
Retain Top Students

Recognizing and retaining top student talent in the field of technology within Illinois

Connect Professionals with Students

Providing working professionals with an opportunity to mentor local student talent

Learn more about ITF

This experience will allow you to learn more about ITF and the benefits of connecting with professionals in Illinois.

Celebrate your award

There will be a ceremony to celebrate all the award nominees. This will be a great place to meet professionals in the field and highly motivated students like yourself.

Award to recognize excellence

You will be recognized for your outstanding work.

We are so thrilled to be able to honor these bright and talented students.
Sally Smoczynski
Meet the Team
Stephen Hzyny
Wayne Bulmahn
Chief Information Officer, Unite Here Health
Susan O’Brien
Project Management
Sally Smoczynski
Chief Executive Officer
Pat Maher
Director of Civic Engagement, SPR Consulting
Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf
President & CEO at BizStrat Technology Corporation
William R. Waas
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer - Illinois Technology Foundation