From October 20 – 22, 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel invites 200 university students from across the country to learn about Chicago’s fast-growing tech scene. Attendees of ThinkChicago will visit businesses, engage with entrepreneurs, and meet the leaders of some of today's most innovative companies.

To be eligible, selected students must be available to attend the full ThinkChicago programming, which runs from October 20– 22, 2016.

For more information about the program, please visit


Please submit an application by 11:59PM CT on Sunday, September 18 to be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant will be a current college student (both undergraduate and graduate students accepted) or recent graduate (May 2016) at time of program in October 2016
  • All majors accepted (engineering, computer science, design, technology entrepreneurship, information technology and business administration preferred)
  • Applicant is available to attend the full three days of ThinkChicago programming, which runs from October 20 through 22.


For questions, please contact


Are you a current college or university student, or recent Spring 2016 graduate, with a strong desire to work in a field related to technology, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship?*
Are you interested in working in Chicago’s tech scene after you graduate?*
Are you available to attend all of the ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week programing from October 20–22, 2016?*

Personal Information

Gender (Optional)
Ethnicity: Are you Hispanic or Latino? (Optional)
What is your race? Select all that apply (Optional)
How Did You Learn About This Program?*
Which of the below most accurately reflects your current connection to Chicago?*
Have you attended a ThinkChicago program in the past?*


Students from all institutions are encouraged to apply for ThinkChicago. If your institution is not listed in the dropdown above, please select “Other” and enter in your institution’s name
Type of Degree*
Expected Graduation Date*
Actual or expected end date
i.e. The undergraduate institution you attended if you are a current Masters or PhD student
Graduation Date
Actual or expected end date
How would you categorize your field(s) of study? Select all that apply.

Employment Interests

Which most accurately describes your employment status?*
How would you most characterize yourself?*
Which of the following statements best reflects your career goals post-graduation.*
What industries/companies are you interested in possibly working in?*

Statement of Interest

In a few sentences, please provide a response for each of the following questions:

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