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Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition was finalist for two awards

High-fives and fist-bumps go to the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition (SERC)!

SERC was a finalist at a recent mHUB celebration and the Chicago Innovation Awards‘ “People’s Choice Award event held on Oct. 30.  Although, SERC didn’t win, we were able to to represent the Southland to people from throughout the region, including Governor Bruce Rauner.

mHUB fosters connections between local manufacturers, university researchers and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community of makers and technologists, not to mention investors who are eager to support new businesses. By galvanizing these connections, mHUB ensures that the Midwest region’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, lead, and reduce the cost and barriers to entry for physical product innovation.

The People’s Choice Award recognizes innovative small businesses and organizations that are servicing their communities on a hyper-local level. This

award was created in partnership with Wintrust to celebrate the diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the innovations being implemented to better service Chicago residents and bolster local economies.

SERC was created by a core team of OAI, Inc, the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corp. (CSEDC), the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) and Three Seeds Mentoring to promote tech programs in many of the Chicago Southland’s high schools, provide an opportunity for new programs to bolster their efforts, and more closely connect these efforts with local manufacturers clamoring for the talents displayed in the event. SERC also included events to provide training to faculty advisors. Company sponsors met with their High School Teams frequently, often inviting them to visit the manufacturing facility.

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