CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is pleased to announce that the search for this year's "50 for the Future" has begun.

The ITF Fifty for the Future mobilizes academia and industry to support students across Illinois universities who aspire to greatness in the field of technology. Educational institutions are invited to submit nominations for individual students. Submitted students will be reviewed by a team of industry leaders, highlighting those who compel the technology industry forward.

In its 6th year, this event will honor the top 50 Illinois students who have proven determination and foresight through their education in the application and development of technology. This annual competition culminates in an evening of celebration, highlighting the students themselves and the Foundation's work with academia in the development of curriculum addressing the skills required for the future technology workers and leaders of Illinois.

 The awards are open to all students enrolled in the following academic programs:
1. Undergraduate
2. Graduate
3. Post-graduate
4. Vocational
5. Technical

Students may initiate the nomination process themselves by filling out the application at

Nominations are open until December 31, 2010.

About the Illinois Technology Foundation
The Illinois Technology Foundation's mission is to support the development of a technology talent pipeline that begins in elementary school, is refined in high school, and is fully developed in our region's higher education graduates. The Foundation facilitates relationships and efforts across industry, academia, students, and government, developing and managing targeted programs within the talent pipeline. Through action, leadership, and collaboration, the Foundation supports and nurtures the technology talent to ensure a viable and a regional wealth creating economy. The Foundation is the philanthropy arm of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), a membership organization of more than 500 Illinois technology companies who support the development of a stronger technology talent pipeline in the region. Additional information is available at

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