The 19th Annual ITA CityLIGHTS Awards were revealed before a packed-house of extraordinary Chicago tech leaders last week. This year's theme was the power of magic and illusion but it was clear from notoriety and headlines that Chicago tech's success in 2018 was no hallucination. From fervor of the crowd, the extraordinary success that Chicago tech has achieved in the last decade was palpable.
Big names and tech heavyweights were all witness to the spectacle of upstarts and tech leaders slaying the competition to take home the hardware. 2018 continued the tradition of an extraordinary ecosystem that is defying expectations locally and, increasingly, nationally. Moreover, the awards remain crucial in encouraging collaboration, conversation and celebration of the achievements that are remaking Chicago's economy in an undeniable way that's no conspiracy theory. It's real.
The 2018 Winners
CityLIGHTS Industry Champion: Polsky Center for Entrepreneuship & Innovation
CEO of the Year: Amanda Lannert, CEO, Jellyvision
Industry Disrupter: Tempus
Prominent Woman in Tech: Colleen Egan, Director of People, Culture & Endless Possibilities, Clarity Partners LLC
Outstanding Company Culture: TransUnion
Rising Star: Neighborhoods.com
Technologist of the Year: Adam McElhinney, Chief of Machine Learning & AI Strategy, Uptake