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Top Technology Students From Midwest Universities IdentifiedOne Hundred and Thirty-Six Students From Eleven Top Universities Excel in the ITA Fall Challenge Presented by GrubHub (October 31, 2011)
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/31/11 -- Over 100 of the best and brightest technology students have been identified, through the 2011 ITA Fall Challenge presented by GrubHub. The responsibility lies on the local industry to keep them in Illinois.
"These students are among the future leaders of technology -- educated here at our world-class Midwest universities," said Fred Hoch, President, ITA. "The technology industry of Illinois needs to keep these bright minds at home and continue to nurture their talent. On behalf of our member companies, we are committed to doing just that."
The finalists from schools visited are:
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Matt "Murph" Finnicum
Illinois Institute of Technology
University of Chicago
Northern Illinois University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Southern Illinois University
Illinois State University
Kevin Van Dyke
The ITA Fall Challenge culminates on November 4, 2011 at TechNexus, with the Final Challenge. These finalists will address real life technology issues faced by local technology companies. The top scoring 3 students receive cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000, respectively. The daylong event includes the Final Challenge, Interviewing opportunities with sponsoring companies, a tour of some of the local technology companies and of course, the awards ceremony. Students will also attend a networking reception the evening of November 3, 2011 to meet some of the leaders of the local technology industry, civic, and government organizations.
The ITA thanks GrubHub, presenting sponsor, Allscripts, Backstop Solutions, Centro, Groupon, GE, Model Metrics and MPS Partners/Redpoint Technology, supporting sponsors, and participating sponsor companies including Applied Systems, Authentify, Agentis, ChannelIQ, Cleversafe, Clarity Consulting, Corptax, Dotomi, Forte CG, IfByPhone, kCura, Leapfrog Online, LyonsCG, MBX Systems, Orbitz, Orc, Pointbridge, Vibes Media and ZS Associates.
The winner of the 2011 ITA Fall Challenge Presented by GrubHub will be announced Friday afternoon November 4, 2011 via Twitter through @ITABUZZ. Look for the announcement around 3pm!
For more information about the Fall Challenge, visit http://ita.cx/clcmH6.
About the ITA
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a driving force behind the growth of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. We are relentless in championing the development and application of technology, from start-up companies to industry leaders, leveraging the transformative nature of technology to revolutionize industries. ITA uniquely capitalizes peer-to-peer collaboration, networking, and access to experts across the breadth of business to cultivate the Illinois technology industry. The unique and powerful integration of these valuable and experienced resources differentiates the ITA as a source of accelerated growth for the technology industry of Illinois. For more information about ITA, please visit www.illinoistech.org
GrubHub is a ventured-backed company founded in 2004 by Chicago-based software engineers Matt Maloney and Mike Evans. The website shows consumers all of the local restaurants that deliver to them and allows diners to order food for restaurant delivery or pick-up online, by phone or through the GrubHub iPhone and Android app. Both apps are free from their respective app markets, and it is also free for diners to order online at GrubHub.com. After acquiring Dotmenu, the parent company of Campusfood and Allmenus, the company has the largest restaurant listing in the country with 250,000 restaurant menus in over 50 major cities and countless college towns across the US.
GrubHub's consumer site and mobile apps currently service Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, Orange County, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Boulder, Miami, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Phoenix, with plans to add more cities in 2011.
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