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*Chose a 2 45-minute sessions, or a single 95-minute session


*All students will attend the last 45-minute session


Unleash the Power of Reinforcement Learning and Craft a Strategy to Beat a Bot in an Autonomous Race  

ROOM: N213/N214

Gayatri Ghanakota, Amazon Web Services

Everyone, start your engines! This session provides audience of all skill levels an opportunity to get hands-on experience with machine learning (ML), through the fun and excitement of autonomous car racing. During this session, learn foundational ML concepts, race a virtual self-driving car and pick up some reinforcement learning (RL) fundamentals along the way! See if you can train your car to defeat DeepX, an AI bot.

 Gayatri Ghanakota


Working at Apple 

 ROOM: N106

Michael Scott & Patrick Benko Apple

Patrick Benko and Michael Scott come with over 30 years of combined experience working for Apple corporate, and they would like to share their story. Also listen to them talk about Apple's Learn to Code program, Swift certification, and how to explore programming jobs at Apple.
 Michael ScottPatrick Benko


IT in the Military

ROOM: N114

1LT Williams, SGT Randolph & SGT Jimenez, Army

In the military, you'll maintain, process, and troubleshoot computer systems and operations.  You'll deal with highly sensitive information and need to have technical skills and aptitude for programming and computer languages. 
 SGT RandolphSGT Jimenez


Careers in the Audio Visual Industry

ROOM: N218

Joe Heath, Boxlight

This session will outline the educational paths one can take towards starting a career in the Audio Visual field. We will go over the basics of AV Networking and the various careers within the Audio Visual Industry; including everything from Systems Engineering to Music Production and AV Hardware Manufacturing. This session will also include a segment about IT infrastructure and how the field of networking has evolved to include Video and Audio. 

 Joe Heath


CDOT - What Else do we do Besides Roads?!  


Emma Boff, CDOT

We will focus on the work of the Division of Maintenance. This includes Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Network Services Branch, Winter Operations (avalanche control - these are the really cool folks!), Real Time Operations, Maintenance Academy, and more! 

 CDOT Logo


CDOT -Variable Speed Limits - Treating Traffic Jams like a "Heart Attack of our Roadways" 

ROOM: N126

Huy Huyn, Stefan Hoglund, Rachel Davis, Josh Segal, & James Brown, Colorado Department of Transportation

When would a Traffic Jam be analogous to a heart attack?
What causes this "Roadway Heart Attack"?
How will Variable Speed Limits help prevent this from happening?

It may seem extreme to compare the management of Colorado's roadways to a medical emergency, but for Colorado's Department of Transportation traffic jams not only impact the satisfaction and service of our traveling public, it also has safety impacts.
Maintaining the flow of traffic and supporting the people's travel to their final destination is one of our core missions. We take it seriously and the implementation of Variable Speed Limits in key corridors allows the agency to manage the flow for maximum throughput for the given situation. At the same time, Safety is always the mission of the agency and slowing down vehicles before they get to the slowdown is crucial in preventing rear-end accidents and risky hard-braking scenarios.

Come join us to learn more about the comparison and the algorithm that Colorado's Department of Transportation is in the process of implementing in our beautiful state.

Stefan HoglundRachel Davis Josh SegalJames Brown



ROOM: N112

Olivia Wolf, Cisco

Learn how automation can be incorporated to everyday buildings, even schools! You will see how automation can help the environment, keep us safe, and just make our lives easier. We will then brainstorm ideas on how to incorporate automation into our lives and get hands on interacting with a bot.
 Olivia Wolf


JeffcoNet - Lighting up the District's new Broadband network

ROOM: N206

Kasim Esmail, DigitalInsight LLC

In this session we will introduce the audience to JeffcoNet, a broadband network powering schools and digital learning going live in 2023. This fiber network has been designed in collaboration with municipalities and other partners. Over the past years, you have likely seen crews doing construction in streets around your schools for this project. This Information Technology driven initiative spans a number of non-traditional IT topics we will cover including construction, legal agreement development, and project management. If you are interested in networking or wondered what it takes to create an enterprise metro network, this session is for you.
 Kasim Esmail


Full STEAM Ahead! The Possibilities are Endless!  

ROOM: N212

Chelsea Murray, Discovery Education

Have you ever imagined yourself as a pilot, video game designer, environmentalist, or surgeon? STEM professionals work in nearly all industries and for a variety of organizations. In their everyday lives, people with STEM backgrounds engage in investigative and diagnostic experiences to seek solutions to real-world problems, enhance technological innovations, and communicate their findings to wider audiences. In this session, learn about fascinating STEM careers through a variety of activities to help you dig in to options you might not have considered before. There's a path for everyone!

 Chelsea Murray


Mapping the World from Space

ROOM: N216

Brian Shucker, Google

Learn about what it takes to build Google Maps.  From satellite imagery to machine learning, we'll discuss what's behind a mapping application used by a billion people, with a special detour into the science behind Project Sunroof. 

 Brian Shucker


Rubik's Cube Art and Computer Programming

ROOM: digital lounge

Brian Kobasai, The Cube Abides

Demo of a program I created to help with Rubik's cube art designs, a look into some of the code, Q&A, and a revealing of a portrait.

 Brian Kobasa



ROOM: Library

Marty Provo, Craig Ewell, & Lee Hide, Lenovo

Join the Lenovo eSports team to learn about the eSports industry.  We’ll also be letting you try out our Lenovo Legion machines as you compete in Rocket League to win cool Lenovo prizes.  And if you have the skills it takes to win, you may even be featured on the Lenovo Legion Twitch channel live!

 Marty ProvoLee Hide


The Highs and Lows of Pedestrian Flows: How Data Can Optimize Elevator Performance 

ROOM: N215

Cameron Dargahi & David McEwen, Lerch Bates Building Insight

The session is two parts. In the first part, you will learn about Data engineering and the process of turning raw data into actionable insights. We'll look at how it's done with real-world elevator data, and the modern tools involved that the students could start playing with today. The second part shows how analyzing pedestrian movement using simulation software can impact how a building is designed. You will see firsthand how people flow can affect the efficiency of a building.  

Dargahi McEwen



ROOM: N207

Isela Ortiz & Erin Doan, Lockheed Martin

Attend this session to hear from a Lockheed Martin Mechanical Engineer Associate and Software Engineer Sr, as they explore various engineering career tracks and uncover the possibilities that exist within Civil, Biomedical, Chemical, Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Systems, Industrial and more! This informative session will delve into the details of each engineering career and the unique opportunities each provides while providing valuable insights into how to succeed in the field. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insight into the world of engineering and discover the career path best suited to you!
Isela Ortiz  Erin Doan


Exploring the World of Cybersecurity Careers 

ROOM: N208

Anna Porter, Jaidie Vargas & India Lloyd, Lockheed Martin

Are you interested in learning more about cybersecurity and the different jobs available?  Join us for this exciting session to explore what cybersecurity is, why it matters, and how it affects our everyday lives.  We will discuss the roles of a Security Administrator, Security Architect, Cyber Lawyer, Security Analyst, Computer Forensics, Ethical Hacker, Information Security Officer, IT Security Engineer, Security Software Developer and more.  Get ready to learn more about the exciting opportunities in the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity!
 Anna PorterJaidie VargasIndia Lloyd



ROOM: N209

Jen Kemmerer, Microsoft

Craig Kemmerer, World Wide Technology

Have you ever wondered what jobs are involved in creating an app, making a video game or hunting a hacker? Join us to learn about the wide variety of tech careers and how your talents and interests can land you a great paying job with lots of perks!

 Jen Kemmerer Craig Kemmerer


Design Your Own IoT Weather Station

ROOM: N130

Agbeli Ameko & Supreeth Suresh, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Learn about Internet-of-Things (IOT) weather stations by designing your own weather station.  There is a tremendous amount of energy and innovation around automated weather stations, and now that 3D-printers and low-cost computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi, etc.) have come into popularity, there has been an explosion of experimental systems and software to control and take advantage of these technological tools to do amazing things with weather sensing. There are more innovations coming with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), and thus the impetus of this project and the three core goals of this project: 1. Develop open source IoT and “smart” weather station ideas and platforms. 2. Design open IoT weather stations that are focused on innovation, stability, usability and expandability. 3. Develop a broad community of engineers, designers, citizen scientists, educators, researchers and software developers around open innovations in IoT weather stations.

 Agbeli AmekoSupreeth Suresh


Exploring Our Energy Future with NREL Data and Tools

ROOM: N211

Byron Pullutasig & Stuart Cohen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Our attitude about energy hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years. We want it when we want it, with absolutely no delays. Today, most of our energy comes from burning a limited supply of fossil fuels, like coal, oil, and natural gas. Burning fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases and other pollutants that threaten our health and the long-term well-being of our planet. The good news is that people worldwide, and right here in CO, are planning the transition to a sustainable energy future. In this session, you will learn about two ways researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO are helping to solve our energy problems using Energy Planning tools like ReEDS to plan the future grid and REopt to optimize the energy mix at a specific location—maybe even at your school!

 Byron PullutasigStuart Cohen


Careers at NSA

ROOM: N131

Darren Greer, NSA

Students are introduced to NSA’s core missions and the diverse careers available at NSA, emphasizing the technical skills of the workforce
 Darren Greer


Cyber Safety 101 

ROOM: N131

Naja Davis, NSA

Smartphones, computers, tablets, laptops, the internet, social media, and email, all these communication devices and platforms are everywhere and ever-changing. Do students understand the possible threats in the cyber world? This talk introduces cybersecurity principles to increase students’ knowledge about safely navigating the internet and social media platforms plus provides cyber safeguards when using personal devices


Fate by Dice Roll: A Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercise 

ROOM: N135

Charisa Persico, Red Canary

Put your problems solving skills to the test in this collaborative, interactive exercise that puts you in the driver's seat of a security investigation.

 Charisa Persico


CSI: Mines! Computer Science Investigation...  

ROOM: N217

Colorado School of Mines

Did you know you could __________ with computers?! Hear about a wide array of CS undergraduate projects and try out some super fun coding challenges.

 CS Mines


Unlocking the Secrets of Data: See the World in a New Light

ROOM: N210 

Chris Perkins, Splunk

This session will give students a chance to explore the power of data and how it can be used to uncover insights and make better decisions in any field. From learning the basics of data analysis to trying out different tools and techniques, students will gain the skills to start their own data-driven projects and see the world in a whole new way. Join us for an interactive and engaging session on the potential of data.

 Chris Perkins

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