Last week, Marcus Harris attended an organizational meeting to plan for the first annual ChiTech Showcase at Chicago Tech Academy. The showcase will take place at 5pm on Thursday, December 1st at the Academy when the students and staff demonstrate how the technology community transforms Chicago’s young people into tomorrow’s biggest innovators.

Chicago Tech Academy is a public high school dedicated to educating the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders in technology and beyond. Students travel from across Chicago for the ChiTech experience: 2 tech classes a day, a dedicated one-to-one mentor from companies like Groupon and Microsoft, and clubs like Robotics and the Computer Competition Team.

The showcase presentations feature technology topic debates and panel discussions, a mobile app factory, a business plan competition, and an event called “Picture me as..” (careers in life science). Guests like Marcus, participating in the event may also give back at the Fast Track Resume Workshop.

The students at Chicago Tech Academy are motivated by the power of technology and excited about special opportunities to build critical relationships within their desired field. With coursework covering everything from mobile app development to project management, students work on teams consulting clients on their development and design needs.

Marcus Harris is a software and technology attorney with his finger on technology trends and the tech industry, generally. Prior to entering private practice at Marcus Stephen Harris, LLC, Marcus worked in-house at SAP and at SSA Global Technologies. Marcus has worked in technology and law in several capacities and he knows how prevalent the tech sector is on future job growth. Today’s students are tomorrow’s tech industry leaders and Marcus is keen on helping Chicago Tech Academy students develop in pursuit of their technology careers.

Chicago Tech Academy offers a mentor program called Generation Tech Mentoring. Mentors guide career exploration and set high expectations for students. Students learn how to think and act like a professional from their mentor.