Serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban believes artificial intelligence will prove more impactful than PCs, the internet, and wireless communication. So, in 2019 he founded the Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamps program in Dallas, with a focus on teaching underserved high school students the concepts and skills associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Today, the program is helmed by Director Yvette Medina and delivers that curriculum nationwide. Medina says the program aims to do the “heavy lifting” to recruit students and train employees.
Last year, free bootcamps for 9th- to 12th-graders were hosted in more than 20 U.S. cities. Conducted over four half-day Saturday sessions, the sessions included guest speakers, interactive lessons, and lab exercises supported by host-company mentors.
Companies that wish to host a bootcamp in 2023 must have a U.S. office and at least 50 employees. They should also have 16-20 tech-savvy employee-volunteers and be willing to make a contribution of “less than $10,000” to the bootcamp program.
More information can be found at MarkCubanAI.org.
A version of this story was originally published in Dallas Innovates 2023.
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