Mark Cuban Foundation Selects United Wholesale in Pontiac as AI Bootcamp Site

UWM in Pontiac is hosting a Mark Cuban Foundation Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for high school students this fall. // Courtesy of UWM

United Wholesale Mortgage in Pontiac will host a Mark Cuban Foundation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bootcamp for high school students in October and November.

The no-cost AI bootcamp in Pontiac will be targeted to high school students and introduce underserved students in grades 9 through 12 to basic AI concepts and skills. UWM is one of more than 20 companies selected to host 30 camps across the US this fall.

The bootcamp will be conducted over four consecutive Saturdays starting on Oct. 22 and ending on Nov. 12.

The student and parent applications are now open at Students do not need any prior experience with computer science, programming, or robotics to apply and attend. The deadline to apply is Sept. 1.

Throughout the AI ​​bootcamp, students will learn what artificial intelligence is and is not, where they already interact with AI in their own lives, and the ethical implications of AI systems, including but not limited to TikTok recommendations, smart home assistants, facial recognition, and self-driving cars to name a few.

Students will benefit from volunteer mentors who are knowledgeable about data science and are able to help students quickly understand material normally taught at a collegiate level. As part of the five-hour curriculum, students also get to work in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, each day to build their own AI applications related to Chatbots, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing.

“Providing local students access to educational opportunities is something we are extremely passionate about at UWM, so partnering with the Mark Cuban Foundation on this initiative was a no brainer,” says Laura Lawson, chief people officer at UWM. “We have the space, technology expertise, and passion that made hosting this bootcamp a natural fit, and we’re excited to see the impact this has on the community.”

The Mark Cuban Foundation provides the bootcamp’s curriculum materials, trains volunteer mentors, and recruits and selects local students to attend camp. In addition, the Mark Cuban Foundation and UWM work together to provide food, transportation, and access to laptops for students at no cost throughout the duration of Bootcamp.

Founded by entrepreneur billionaire Mark Cuban in 2019, the AI ​​bootcamp initiative has hosted free sessions for students in several US cities, including Dallas, Pasadena, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Atlantic City. The Mark Cuban Foundation has impacted more than 450 students to date and has a goal to have 1,000 graduate students from the AI ​​Bootcamp Program in 2023.

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