Bernard Key, Technology Consultant for Key Link Technologies has been involved in the community and schools for the past 20 years. As a consultant, he was one of the lead project managers responsible for deploying wireless technologies in Chicago schools in the 90s. Mr. Key implemented, designed and deployed WIFI solutions for over 300 public and private schools and community centers. His wireless infrastructure design is now a standard for many of the inner city schools. As a result, students are not confined to the classroom, desk or building.

During project deployment, Mr. Key recognized the need to implement technology, engineering, science and math in the inner city schools. To address the gap, Key Link Technologies (KLT) was born. KLT?s mission is to bridge the digital divide while mentoring our youth with opportunities.  The company consists of two divisions ?the technology group focuses on WIFI development, research and network solutions.  The Engineering Group focuses on student technology enrichment programs. Students from kindergarten to college are engaged in robotics, RC (Radio Control) Engineering and WIFI deployment as well as other technology projects.




2005 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Alumni Chicago Chapter awarded Mr. Key for his robotic after school enrichment programs and community commitment.

2006  NSBE, “After School Matters” and “Motorola” contracted Mr. Key to organize a US FIRST Robotic Program for “Englewood Technology Preparatory High School”. The first year rookie team finished 13th out of 60 teams and advanced to number two seed in the Midwest Finals.

2007 NSBE awarded Bernard “2007 Technologist of the Year” at their National Convention’s”30th Annual Golden Torch Awards”.

He helped organize “Windy City CARES” a mentoring circle city of the National CARES Mentoring movement started and spearheaded by Susan Taylor.


2009 “The First Black Entrepreneur Inventor Organization” nominated Bernard for the prestigious “Chicago Innovation Award” for his community services, wireless and STEM enrichment programs.


2012 Bernard was one of the 12 Top Finalists in Senator Mark Kirk sponsored “Top Chicago Entrepreneur”.


2013 “NSBE 2013 Golden Torch Honoree Award” for “Corporate Community Service”

He Mentored his youth “NASCAR Nubian Engineering Ten 80 Student Challenge Racing Team” to place 3rd in NASCAR NSBE Ten 80 National Competition.


2014 Chicago South Suburban NSBE Jr. Chapter place 2nd in NSBE NASCAR Ten 80 Competition at NSBE 40th National Convention.

2015 Chicago South Suburban NSBE Jr Chapter US Army “Ten 80 Student Racing Challenge” 1st Place “Points Racing Challenge” Champs.

2015 NIEU VEX Challenge Corliss High School 3rd Place.

2015 UIC 4H Club Lego NSBE Robotic Team “Top Engineering Award”