In October, the annual Mark Cuban Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp Initiative, a program that teaches underserved high school students about AI concepts at no cost, took place simultaneously across 26 US locations from Florida to California through Zoom lessons every Saturday for four weeks. Madison’s bootcamp, hosted by tech start-up Fetch, was the first and only Midwest location to participate.

“It was really exciting for us to be able to be the pioneers, essentially, in this area for it,” said Emily Panasowich, who was heads the Social Impact Program at Fetch. The program focuses on entrepreneurship, STEM education, and building long-lasting strategic partnerships in cities like Boston, New York, Madison, and others.

“Our Social Impact Program is relatively new here at Fetch,” Panasowich said. “This is the second year that we’re doing ‘Fetch It Forward’ and I had seen this call out for host companies for the Mark Cuban AI Bootcamp. We use AI here at our offices and we have a whole machine learning team at Fetch, so I thought this would be such a great way to open our doors, to teach something that’s up and coming, something that needs young people’s perspectives to realize how to harness the power for good.”

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