Honoring the best and brightest of the
Chicago region’s manufacturing community.

Presented by:

The Fourth Revolution Awards celebrates
regional manufacturing for its leadership
and innovation as the industry stands on the
brink of a new technological revolution.


October 7th,


Video Release


The Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony is going virtual again. The evening will bring together the manufacturing and innovation communities for the presentation of awards in five categories. Nominated leaders, companies, and industrial initiatives will be recognized for making significant contributions to the Midwest region’s manufacturing ecosystem.

The virtual experience will feature opening remarks, video shorts and comments from some of the esteemed judges of the competition. Once you have registered, you will receive an e-ticket confirmation via email. Closer to the event you will receive details on how to join the event virtually.

About the Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries.

Central to this revolution are emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence.

It is a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity—the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.

2021 Award
Nominations Are
Now Closed

Award Categories

of the Year

Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and has an impact on productivity and the greater good.

Small and Medium-
Sized Manufacturer
of the Year

Recognizes a corporation or business that has made an impact on manufacturing through community focused efforts and significant financial investment throughout the region.

Rising Star

Recognizes a pre-series B round startup company, before its seventh year in operation, for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.

Community Empowerment

Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.

of the Year

Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.

The Judges

Luis Andrade

  • Director
    Exploratory Innovation & Experience Design
  • UL

Erik Birkerts

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Clean Energy Trust

Cara Burns-Pan

  • Chicago Market Executive
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Sonny Garg

  • Phunhousian in Chief
  • DNS Capital

Steve Kase

  • ASK Power

Jennifer Kopach

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Senior Vice President
    Marketing Communications
  • Science Olympiad

Rebekah Kowalski

  • Vice President
  • Manpower Manufacturing

Sequane Lawrence

  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer
  • Center for Strategic Investment in Youth and Families

Leslie McKinney

  • Chicago Director
  • Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)

Maura O’Hara

  • Executive Directory
  • Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA)

Mike Raab

  • Associate Director
  • The Garage at Northwestern

Ginger Rothrock

  • HG Ventures

Nicole Stevenson

  • Vice President
    Strategy and Marketing
  • Flex Automotive

Aaron Wiegel

  • President
  • Wiegel Tool Works

Nicole Wolter

  • President and CEO
  • HM Manufacturing

Erin Guthrie

  • Senior Director
    Corporate Strategy
  • Dell Technologies

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