The Culture of Giving Back in the Tech Community

‘They’ say it’s the season of giving, but for the Chicago Tech Community, we feel that’s all year long!

As the New Year approaches, we can’t help but reflect on the outpouring of generosity to our local communities provided by Chicago’s Tech Community. Here are just a few of the Chicago nonprofits that have inspired the Objective Paradigm and Talution Group teams to raise the bar even higher in 2016!

T4Youth: This fall 32 teams, 11 sponsors and 6 hosts comprised of Chicago’s top tech companies came together to raise awareness and funds to support the Chicago Tech Academy High School.

The 2nd Annual T4Youth Ping Pong Tournament at Killer Spin raised over $80,000 for the nonprofit academy! For a full recap of all the philanthropic fun, check out the @T4Youth tournament Tweets. Congratulations to our 2015 Champions Slalom and thank you to everyone who participated in T4Youth 2015 – we look forward to year 3!

Look at that trophy – nice work Slalom!

T4 2015 winners

“It’s important to us as an organization to step-up and provide support where we can in this community. Our passion for technology and helping others resulted in the formation of T4Youth, looking back on the last two years of tournaments and the impact we’ve made with others from our community is beyond heart-warming. It also feels good seeing how infectious supporting our community has become within our organization. There are a lot of good people willing to help good causes, we’re glad to be a part of it.” – Ryan Pollock, President & Chief Revenue Officer

IC Stars: Did you know that over 100 Chicago-based CIOs are involved in IC Stars? Makes sense considering IC Stars alumni have been demonstrating their skills at Chicago’s best tech firms since 1999. We believe the key to successful programs like IC Stars, lies within our community. Get started with IC Stars by attending an upcoming event or start volunteering – a NY resolution that’s sure to be a win-win!

The Cara Program: “The term ‘cara’ is the Gaelic word for friend,” notes The Cara Program’s mission and philosophy. Over the years, OP and Talution Group have helped our friends engaged in The Cara Program develop resumes and brush up their interview skills. The Objective Paradigm team has also provided advisory services to The Cara Program to drive business development efforts and assist with strategy on staffing programs.

Objective Paradigm and Talution Group’s office IS a hot-spot for giving.

With multiple charitable initiatives throughout the year at HQ, we’d thought we’d highlight and encourage you to set up your own office donation center. The OP and Talution Group’s office coat and food drives support Metropolitan Family Services of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Check out Abbie with over 25 coats!

OP Talution Coat Drive 2015

We work hard starting Start-Ups, earning certifications and learning more and more about our ever-changing industry, all while working, networking and maintaining a personal life – but there will always be time to give back because that is the Chicago Tech Culture we love and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Giving!


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  4.  Talution's Ryan Pollock Reflects on T4Youth in Recap Video - Talution Group
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