Honoring the best and brightest of the
Midwest’s hardtech, manufacturing, and
The Fourth Revolution Awards acknowledges outstanding manufacturing-based startups, community organizations, and hardtech entrepreneurs in the region.
1623 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL, 60612
About the Revolution
The convergence of physical product development and digital processes characterizes the Fourth Industrial Revolution, influencing various disciplines, economies, and industries.
At the heart of this revolution are emerging technological advancements in automation, cloud computing and analytics, hardware devices, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more.
Industry 4.0 is already reshaping our lifestyles, workplaces, and interpersonal connections. This ongoing transformation signifies a new era defined by unparalleled efficiency, inclusion, precision, and innovation.
Recognizes an organization that has showcased exemplary leadership in championing diversity, equity, and inclusion within innovative technology and manufacturing innovations spaces.
Excellence in Engineering
Recognizes an individual engineer’s outstanding contributions to product design, development, or optimization, recognizing their visionary thinking, technical prowess, and unwavering commitment to driving innovation and transformative ideas.
of the Year
Recognizes groundbreaking technology that has caused significant disruption within its industry.
Recognizes an early-stage startup for its innovation, creativity, and position as the next great hardtech company to emerge in the region.
Small & Medium-
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.
Nominate Someone Else or Another Organization for a 2024 Fourth Revolution Award.
2024 Panel of Judges
- Revolution Institute
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chicago Director
- Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)
- West Side Forward
- Illinois Ventures
- Venture Program Associate
- World Business Chicago
- President & CEO
- Chicago Innovation
- Clinical Assistant Professor
- Grainger School of Engineering
Doris J. Espiritu, Ph.D
- Senior Advisor to the Provost
- City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science Innovation
- Northwestern University
- Director of Engineering
- Milwaukee Tool
- MxD (Manufacturing x Digital)
Economic & Valuation Services