Honoring the best and brightest of the
Midwest region’s manufacturing and
innovation communities.

Presented by:

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


March 22nd,


  • An Industry Reception to convene business leaders across industry and manufacturing in celebration of advancements in hardtech innovation will be held on Wednesday, March 22
  • The Fourth Revolution Award winners will be announced at the HardTech Summit on Thursday, March 23
  • Fourth Revolution Award nominations will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday, January 18
  • Registration for both the ticketed Industry Reception and the free HardTech Summit will open in February

Stay tuned for more event details.



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.

2023 Award
Nominations Are
Now Open

Nominations will close on
February 19th, 2023.

Award Categories

Product Design
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.

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.

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.

Our Sponsors

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