MKE Tech Hub Coalition’s FUSE Summer Boot Camp concluded on Monday, August 8 with the Student Demo Day event, hosted in the Firserv Forum Atrium.
The eight-week program drew attendees from 19 different schools, and participants ranging from high school students to graduate school students.
The program contained components focused on technical skills, career skills and team skills. The technical instruction was provided by Rex Academy. The company delivered educational modules in Data Visualization, the Python programming language, and Artificial Intelligence. Students who successfully completed these modules earned Higher Education Regional Alliance (HERA) tech badges, which prove basic competency in these emerging technologies.
The Commons and MSOE provided education modules on career skills. Students formed teams during the program and provided technical solutions to challenges presented by local companies.
Program mentors included Fahad Bijle of Froedtert Health, Tiffany Dillon of GE Healthcare, Abby Dexter of Children’s Wisconsin, Dan Gallegos of West Bend Mutual, Stacy Zaja of Northwestern Mutual, and Chloe David of Rockwell Automation.
Students Dawson Picard, Emily Ratsavong and Jonathan Bedolla were honored at the event for outstanding work.
Students recognized by their peers for outstanding work on their teams were: Aaron Michelson, Zach Reed, Christine Zacarias, Dawson Picard, Emily Ratsavong, Shradha Godishala and Jonathon Bedolla.
The judges honored team WECAM with the “In it to Win it” award. This team worked on a safety challenge issued by We Energies. The judges awarded team bAIo the “High Impact” award for their work on an AI solution of the challenge issued by Froedtert Health. Team Captain won the “People’s Choice” award, determined by votes from onsite attendees of the event.