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virtual Opportunity Fair

HIGH-TECH CHI is co-hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, CS for Success, and Discovery Partners Institute.

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HIGH-TECH CHI is co-hosted by the City of Chicago Department of Family & Support Services, CS for Success, and Discovery Partners Institute.

This event will showcase the many computing-based opportunities available to youth across the Chicagoland area. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, explore exhibits from our sponsors, including local colleges, universities, and community-based organizations, and participate in hands-on workshops.

We invite students in grades K-14, families, and community members to join us at Google Chicago on December 9th for this event!

HIGH-TECH CHI is for everyone; this event will offer opportunities to better understand how computer science impacts our daily lives and share resources where attendees can continue to learn more.

Attendees will check in at the registration desk on the first floor of Google. Registration is required to attend, and attendees must bring a photo ID (State ID, driver’s license, school ID, etc.) that matches their registration.


HIGH-TECH CHI is excited to Partner with the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) to offer the Illinois Innovation Challenge!

The goals of the Illinois Innovation Challenge are to foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills among students and encourage them to propose innovative ideas to address specific opportunities in state government. DoIT may implement or utilize all or a portion of the proposed solutions that best address the selected opportunity. Winning projects will be highlighted on the DoIT STEAM website and DoIT STEAM Newsletter.

Teams will select an opportunity (or more) from the options listed and propose a viable solution. The proposed solution may include, but is not limited to, a roadmap, actionable plan, tool, or code that addresses the opportunity.


Proposed solutions or projects should address one or more of the following opportunities:

  • Develop an Intelligent Chatbot: Utilize advanced technology like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Generative AI to craft a chatbot. This chatbot will be able to listen to suggestions for improving state government. Moreover, it can determine which government department should deal with these ideas and guide them in the appropriate direction.
  • Help People Find Information: Create a system that collaborates with people from Illinois when they have questions. It can help them find the right forms or information on the government’s website. It can even chat with people in a natural way, almost like having a conversation with a human.
  • Manage Audio and Video Files: Propose a program that can catalogue audio and video files. It will organize them, add descriptions, and make them smaller so they don’t take up too much space. It should also make sure only the authorized people can access these files.


Participation Eligibility

Participants must be between the ages of 12 and 20 and be residents of the State of Illinois. Teams are limited to 5 students and one teacher or mentor. Teams are not required to be sponsored by a school or district. Individuals may participate and submit proposals, but presentation time frames may be shortened. Advance registration via a “Illinois Innovation Challenge Registration Ticket” is required to participate in the presentations.


For all Challenge details, please visit the DoIT STEAM Website