UI LABS and mHUB Announce 2nd Annual Fourth Revolution Awards

UI LABS and mHUB are excited to announce that the 2nd annual Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The ceremony will culminate in the celebration of seven deserving leaders, companies and industrial initiatives that have made significant contributions to the region’s manufacturing ecosystem in the past year. Nominations for the awards are being accepted now until July 31, 2018.

The Fourth Revolution Awards celebrates regional manufacturing for its leadership and innovation as the industry embarks on a new technological revolution. Named for the Fourth Industrial Revolution which fuses physical product development with digital processes to impact all disciplines, economies and industries, the award ceremony will showcase emerging technologies in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics, autonomous vehicles, robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and more.

Awards will be presented for long-time manufacturing leadership, innovation and new talent in manufacturing, significant investment in emerging manufacturing sectors and promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry.

The awards are:

  • Corporate Champion: 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 Award: Recognizes a program or an initiative that promotes diversity and inclusion in manufacturing.
  • Innovation of the Year: Recognizes a technology or process that can advance multiple technologies and significantly improve the manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes an individual or manufacturing company that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes, and productivity enhancements and has made a significant financial investment to manufacturing capacity in the region.
  • Product Design of the Year: Recognizes a product design that is unique, improves user experience, and impacts productivity as well as the greater good.
  • Rising Star of the Year: Recognizes a pre-series B round individual startup company for its innovation, creativity and position as the next great company to emerge in the region.
  • Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year: Recognizes a small or mid-sized manufacturer that has demonstrated its excellence in business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements as well as contributions to its local community.


“The inaugural Fourth Revolution Awards ceremony last year brought together over 300 industry leaders from across the region to celebrate with one another and recognize the incredible innovation that’s coming out of our ecosystem,” said Haven Allen, mHUB Chief Executive Officer. “It was exciting to see entrepreneurs and corporate leaders celebrating the advancements and future potential of our industry.”

“These awards will recognize programs, companies and individuals from a cross section of the manufacturing ecosystem,” said UI LABS Chief Executive Officer, Caralynn Nowinski Collens. “Small manufacturers and startups are essential to the transformation of U.S. manufacturing, and we are excited to celebrate their game-changing achievements alongside corporate and community leaders.”

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