Smartforce Student Summit

Manufacturing Brighter Futures

Getting There

Students at IMTS

The Student Summit will once again be held in the North Building, Hall C at McCormick Place. You can begin to map your visit to the student summit by viewing our Floor Plan and then plan your entire visit using the Exhibitor Directory.

Bus transportation drop-off, bus parking etc. can be found here. The Bus drop off point is Gate 21 (North Building). Buses will park in the 18th St. Lot and are required to display this voucher on their windshield.

Upon Arrival you will proceed beyond the International Exhibits on the North Building 2.5 Level where McDonald’s and Connie’s Pizza are located. Walk to the north where you’ll see signs for the Smartforce Student Summit in Hall C.

The Student Passport

Each student will receive a printed copy of this Smartforce Student Summit Passport (while quantities last) and we would encourage you to review this Passport and to share this Passport with students electronically and/or in an in-class tutorial using a projector with the pdf.

IMTS is all about innovation in manufacturing technology, we want your students to be prepared for all that they will be seeing, engaging with and absorbing and we want them to have fun!

Dates and Hours

Smartforce Student Summit will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago during IMTS 2014.

Location: North - Hall C

» Dates: Monday through Saturday, Sept. 8-13 , 2014
» Hours: 9 am – 3 pm

Smartforce Student Summit Speakers & Program

Students at IMTS

Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS introduces educators, students and parents to exciting new innovations in manufacturing technology. The Student Summit is designed to allow young people to interact with today’s manufacturing industry so that they can translate their STEM education into real-world results within high-tech and high-value careers.

» View the Student Summit Speakers and Program
» View the Superintendent's Program


At the Smartforce Student Summit, students will be immersed in the industry and IMTS as they tour interactive exhibits. They’ll have the opportunity to talk to “MTAmbassadors” - young manufacturing professionals in their 20s who are already enjoying a successful career and lifestyle because they’ve chosen a career in manufacturing.

» A message from our MTAmbassadors:


If you would like to engage with someone to learn more about Smartforce Student Summit, contact Greg Jones at

Testimonials from the Student Summit ...

One of the best learning experiences of the year for my students!
Few field trips validate classroom learning like IMTS!
My students felt honored, recognized, and welcomed to the world of machining.  Thank you!
Overall, this is such an impressive event.  It was great to have our students and staff see so many great examples of what advanced manufacturing is.
There’s always room for improvement, but the Student Summit is still the most important part of IMTS.
Our students immediately gravitated toward the FANUC Robotics booth.  The robots really grabbed their attention.   Sandvik Coromant’s booth was also a success, as they engaged the students with questions.
FANUC Robotics, as did all the exhibitors, did an excellent job.
All the people were friendly and the booths were very presentable.  It demonstrated that there are people interested in American Manufacturing.

Photos from 2012

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