November 2020 Tech Upload
NEW Digital News
Thank You Alliance Members!
The NEW Digital Alliance would like to thank Breakthrough Fuel for their support as a General Investor in 2020. To learn more about Breakthrough Fuel, click here.
On October 13 we held a successful TechTalent Summit with over 40 attendees representing all aspects of the IT community in Northeast Wisconsin. We updated the community on the State of IT in the region based on data collected by NEW Digital Alliance. The main event was a panel of five IT thought leaders discussing how the pandemic has affected hiring, cybersecurity, team culture, and education. With only a hint of irony, we also received insights on how to avoid Zoom fatigue. If you missed the event, you can see many details on our website: https://newdigitalalliance.org/quarterly-meetings/
As part of the State of IT presentation, we shared national and regional data about the IT pipeline, including unemployment data. According to the CompTIA IT Employment Tracker IT continues to show lower unemployment than the labor market as a whole.
New North recently released unemployment data for the 18 counties of the New North region showing the sharp rise and decline in unemployment nationally, statewide, and regionally. Their data indicates that, like IT, the New North region continues to see high demand for talent resulting in lower unemployment regionally.
Review the TechTalent Summit presentation to learn more about the tech pipeline from k-12 through the professional level here: https://newdigitalalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2020Oct13_TechTalent-Summit-1-compressed.pdf
The first-ever NEW Digital Alliance Annual Report has been published with information about all the projects and progress we’ve made in the past year. Check it out on our website: https://newdigitalalliance.org/new-digital-alliance-annual-report/. Many thanks to everyone who helped put the report together. Our intern Kaitlyn for designing the report, Kari Gloudemans for her invaluable editing help, our investors for all of their support, and our volunteers without whom we wouldn’t be able to move the region forward.
NEW Connect IT
At the time of this writing, we are in the midst of our revamped NEW Connect IT. Instead of taking over Lambeau Field, we have invited students from across the state to interact directly with IT professionals and educators in small virtual group sessions. We are excited to be able to continue to provide this valuable career learning opportunity despite the current situation with Covid-19. These sessions are being recorded so students and schools can access them in the months to come.