November 2020 Tech Upload

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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


Alliance News


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: 

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:


Annual Report


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: 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. 



Regional News

Webinar: Optimizing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Operational Efficiency with AWS

About the Innovation Session

Manufacturers are at continued risk for disruption. Amid ongoing volatility in costs and policy decisions and major impacts in our current environment, how can the manufacturing industry remain resilient? 

Join Amazon’s Digital Innovation team as they provide insights that can help manufacturing leaders navigate uncertainty, increase operational efficiency for the future, and respond, recover, and thrive in the wake of the current situation.

Online Workshop Focused on Innovation for Manufacturing and Supply Chain 

AWS helps manufacturers securely innovate and speed time to market with product and production design in the cloud by allowing instant compute and storage scalability at a low cost. 

AWS helps liberate and transport data from disparate factory sources to more easily create and manage a data lake and extract value from data with AI and ML to achieve smart manufacturing benefits like improved OEE, and lower cost.

In this innovation session, we will learn from industry leaders what the future trends for manufacturing and new and innovative ways to stay ahead of the curve.

The Agenda:

11:00 AM – Arrive / Introductions 

11:05 AM – Future of Manufacturing with Jason Mortensen – Head World Wide Innovation, Learning from Amazon at Amazon Web Services 

11:15 AM – Culture of Innovation: How to Innovate like Amazon with Alla Simoneau – Principal Scaled Operations Lead, AWS Digital Innovation at Amazon Web Services

12:00 PM – Q&A 

12:05 PM – Learning from Amazon: AI/ML at Amazon with Choong Lee, Strategic Business Development Manager, Learning from Amazon at Amazon Web Services

12:50 PM – Q&A and Closing 


Smart Girls Rock Event

To inspire high school girls to engage in STEM academic and career pathways, the Fox Cities Chamber is providing the sixth-annual Smart Girls Rock event in November. The event will take place virtually and is open to all high school female students who want to explore interactive presentations/stations with adult female mentors working in STEM careers and industries throughout the Fox Cities region.

This year’s virtual event will be expanded to three days instead of one and is open to all high school grades. Each day will feature four different mentor presentations in a single STEM category. With registration, students will have complete access to all three events and receive an electronic booklet with mentor biographies, recommended coursework and extra-curricular activities, advice from mentors, and post-secondary education or training needed for each featured STEM career.

Smart Girls Rock also highlights regional STEM employers, as well as the career pathways, projects, and talents of Fox Cities’ women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The intended impact of this program is to increase awareness and knowledge of STEM occupations in the Fox Cities and access to diverse mentors who can provide on-going support to students.

Students will participate through a Zoom link sent to their school email address. Throughout the event and after the event, students will have the opportunity to connect with over 20 women mentors in STEM-related careers.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Science Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Technology Day

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Engineering & Math Day

“This is an amazing program with the goal of using mentoring to generate enthusiasm for STEM, show how STEM subjects apply to real-world settings and issues, and to nurture self-identification as a female who could be a scientist or engineer, or apply technology skills in their future career.” –Amy Andersen, Director of Talent and K-16 Relations, Fox Cities Chamber


Power BI’s Latest Features and How to Use Them

In this monthly updated blog, Marcus Radue (Data Analytics Engineer) highlights key features from his monthly Power BI Office Hours webinar series so you know how to capitalize on Power BI’s latest enhancements.

Power BI’s latest updates include: 

  • Smart Narratives Visual is Now Available in Previews

  • Added General Visual Option to Maintain Layer Order

  • Q&A Now Supports Arithmetic Operations

  • Search for a Workspace During Publish

  • Total Labels for Stacked Visuals​

  • Mobile Authoring Enhancements​

  • New Visualizations and Connectors

  • Enhanced Dataset Metadata


Is a Data Warehouse Right For Your Organization?

This helpful eBook contains 3 self-assessment checklists, a 21-point guide, and 3 approaches organizations take when addressing their data warehouse challenges (including two that don’t work, and one that does).

You will get:

  • 3 self-assessment checklists

  • 21-point guide of what to consider when planning a data warehouse initiative

  • 3 approaches organizations take when addressing their data warehouse challenges (2 that don’t work, and 1 that does)


Amplify Oshkosh Watch IT Webinar: Keep an Eye on Your Digital Tech

Join Amplify Oshkosh on Friday, November 13 from 10 am-Noon for their virtual webinar featuring a keynote presentation and a panel of local cybersecurity experts. The keynote presentation, Protecting Wisconsin from the Cyber Threat, is presented by Byron Franz, Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity from Bryon’s presentation, as well as from a panel of local cybersecurity experts who will be discussing how to ensure your online data is safe and secure.

The Agenda:

  • 10 AM – 10:55 AM | Keynote Presentation: Protecting Wisconsin from the Cyber Threat
  • 10:55 AM – 11:15 AM | Break & Amplify Trivia
  • 11:15 AM – 12 PM | Local Cybersecurity Experts Panel

The Panelist:

  • Byron Franz, Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Matt Longmeyer, Information Technology Officer at Bank First
  • Jim Dobinski,  Founder and Managing Director at Stellar Blue Technologies

Price per Booking: $10


Be part of STEM Foward's Day of STEM!

Are you looking for a way to give back and develop the next generation of STEM talent? Be part of STEM Foward’s Day of STEM!




STEM Forward’s Day of STEM program partners a primary or secondary school with a local business in a one-day format. This may be reduced to a one hour class period based on the need for a teacher. An individual or a team of employee volunteers are identified, prepped with content, and sent on a visit to a local school on a predetermined date. Given current times, this could be virtual via Zoom or in-person if classes are being held in-person. In addition to serving as STEM role models, volunteers engage students in discussion and a variety of STEM activities.


We need your help to volunteer your time (virtually or in-person) to a classroom to enhance the curriculum and bring your professional experiences to the students. Or another option would be to submit a video describing STEM career choices and the day in the life of a STEM professional. Educators are looking for videos on an organization to provide a virtual field trip for their students, let us know if you can help! 

For additional questions, please contact Rich Merkel, STEM Forward Executive Director at


TWIST Presents: Prepare to Launch!

Do you know what it takes to launch a successful life and career? 

Target Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) has put together a number of free sessions aimed at high school and early college students (females and males) featuring employees and executives from over 24 companies.  Upcoming sessions are focused around Building Meaningful Relationships and Demystifying Tech Careers.  You will get to meet these amazing speakers, along with successful tech entrepreneurs as they share stories, lessons learned, and must-have skills that have advanced their careers. We hope to see you there and can’t wait to help you launch yourself into a successful future!

Remaining Series Dates & Times: 

  • Build Meaningful Relationships: Friday, November 13th (8:45am – 11:00am)
  • Demystifying Tech Careers: Friday, November 20th (8:45am – 11:00am)

Monthly Evening CS Get-togethers by CSTA Wi-Dairyland

CSTA Wisconsin Dairyland leaders are facilitating monthly sharing sessions throughout the year to help support teachers.  We can all learn so much from each other!  The next session is November 18, 2020  at 7:00pm and the focus will be planned for CS Ed Week in early December.  Join in the conversation using this Zoom info

CSTA Sharing Sessions:

January 20 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

February 17 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

April 21 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

Meeting ID: 918 3513 8697
Passcode: 223963

Please join us!  If you have a focus for a future session, please contact our co-Presidents Amy Fetherston or Linnea Logan.


Support for 1st or 2nd Year AP CSA Teachers

UW-Madison’s Andy Kuemmel continues his support of APCS-A (Java) teachers.  Cole Nelson, an undergraduate CS major offers an open session for ANY teacher who wants to talk about Java and AP CS A. Any teacher is welcome, whether you have years of experience or if you just want to start learning Java.  Cole has experience in Java and other languages but may not know the particulars of the AP CSA curriculum.  Note that this is for teachers only, not for students.  Please contact Andy at to sign up.


Free Practice for Praxis CS Exam from CompuScholar

CompuScholar is offering two of their courses and study guides which should prepare you to take the Computer Science Praxis Exam (5652) in Wisconsin.  This is entirely free of charge and offered by CompuScholar in conjunction with the CSTA WI-Dairyland.  The courses are online, self-paced and self-study, so you can get started at any time and take up to 6 months to complete them!