SMU is Hosting the ‘First Fintech Boot Camp in Dallas’

Dallas' Southern Methodist University is collaborating with Trilogy Education to host a series of 24-week camps that prepare the future fintech workforce.

Southern Methodist University and Trilogy Education, a workforce accelerator, have partnered for the SMU FinTech Boot Camp, a 24-week part-time program with evening and Saturday classes.

The boot camp’s participants will develop a portfolio through applied experience and will receive a Certificate in Financial Technology from SMU Professional and Online, according to a statement.

“We see a big demand in Dallas for continuing education focused on tech skills, and fintech has emerged as one of the most exciting areas of technology innovation,” Michael Robertson, SMU associate provost for Continuing Education, ad interim, said in a statement.

[Image: Courtesy Trilogy Education Services]

Technical skills covered by the boot camp include algorithmic trading, robo-advisors, and blockchain. According to Burning Glass Labor Insights, financial services companies including JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Charles Schwab are in the top 10 Dallas employers currently looking for coding talent. Over the past year, more than 130,000 jobs requiring the tech and data skills covered by this boot camp were posted by area employers, according to a statement.

Boot camp participants are expected to gain experience in a number of tech tools: analyzing stock movement using financial APIs in Jupyter notebooks, creating predictive models for stock prices with time series analysis through Python, and building a decentralized identity system using blockchain technologies. 

It will also teach how to apply machine learning algorithms to analyze sentiment scores for cryptocurrency, use TensorFlow to create deep learning neural networks to predict financial outcomes, and develop an AI-driven robo-advisor capable of providing financial services.

SMU is one of the first universities to offer boot camps specifically for preparing local professionals in fintech, according to a statement. The Southern Methodist FinTech Boot Camp is part of a series of tech boot camps SMU is holding in partnership with Trilogy Education. Graduates from previous boot camps have found jobs with Lockheed Martin, Hilton, IBM, Verizon, and Infosys.

[Image: Courtesy Trilogy Education Services]

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