News & Content: Press Release

ITA Tech Challenge Reaches Nearly 40 Universities Across the Country

Monday, October 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Hotze
Share |

This year's challenge had the most females ever in the Top 50


CHICAGO, IL - The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) held its ninth annual ITA Tech Challenge programming and skills competition on Saturday, October 13.

The ITA Tech Challenge, presented by Trustwave, began in September with a qualifying exam shared virtually with a total of 37 universities. Students were challenged to solve an exam using their languages of choice, such as C++, C#, JavaScript, Python and PHP.

Of the over 400 who took the initial challenge, 50 qualifying students accepted and traveled to downtown Chicago to take the Final Challenge and compete for $12,500 in prizes.

"With the support of our local tech companies and sponsors, we’ve evolved the challenge year after year," said Trisha Degg, ITA VP Talent Programs and Operations." The sponsoring companies also provide exceptional job and internship opportunities as well as illuminate the capability of the Chicago tech sector for both talent locally and nationally."

Congratulations to the 2018 ITA Tech Challenge Top 10:

1. Yu, Georgia Institute of Technolgy - $5,000
2. Zihan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - $2,000
3. Animesh, Georgia Tech, $1,000
4. Jingbo, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - $1,000
5. Jiacheng, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - $1,000
6. Reed, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - $500
7. Seung, Georgia Institute of Technology - $500
8. Shunping, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - $500
9. Jiahui, Georgia Institute of Technology - $500
10. Xifan, University of Chicago - $500

This year's ITA Tech Challenge had 14 universities in the Top 50:

DePaul University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University Bloomington
Northern Illinois University
Northwestern University
Olin College
Purdue University
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
University of Kentucky
Washington University in St. Louis

Get in touch

222 N. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212
Chicago, IL 60654

PH: 1.312.435.2805