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Innovative training program Inspire Idaho
coming to Bonners Ferry
Statewide App Development Training roadshow, first of its kind, kicks off end of March; Other training planned for future years
March 20, 2018
The Experience Tour is coming to Idaho. No, it isn't a rock band, but it is something that is going to be pretty exciting for many Idahoans.

Innovation Collective and the University of Idaho are embarking on a 5-day, 20 city tour of Idaho to promote a rapid learning initiative called Inspire Idaho. The tour is called “The Experience Tour.” The Bonners Ferry day of the tour is coming up soon, on Tuesday, March 27 (at the Boundary County Fairgrounds, with sessions at 3:00 p.m. and at 5:00 p.m.).

Have you ever thought about writing and developing your own idea for a computer app? At the Bonners Ferry edition of the Experience Tour (and at the other stops around the state) the Inspire Idaho team will demonstrate app development, programming, and motivate all who participate to join the rapidly growing “app-conomy.” Along with Inspire Idaho's team, which includes members of Innovation Collective and the University of Idaho, you will also meet and interact with experts from around the country trained in app development using Apple Inc’s Swift programming language.

And all this will be right here in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. And fully open to the public. And free of any charge.

The Tour is designed to generate awareness and promotion for Inspire Idaho's innovative training and knowledge program using the University of Idaho extension offices to provide workforce readiness training in today's rapidly changing knowledge economy. This year, 2018, is the first year of the program, and this year training will focus on app development. Training in other skills and knowledge will be introduced around the state through the Inspire Idaho program in coming years.

Each stop on the this year's 20 city tour (which begins next week) will include hands-on demos of Apple Inc’s Swift, Xcode, and Playground products, as well as the ability for participants to use an Apple iPad to program Sphero Robots and other interactive activities.

“I can’t wait to see young and old alike have a chance to write basic code and then watch it move robots according to these instructions. Experiences like this are necessary to remove the fear of the changing economy and allow for inclusive opportunities in our country. This kind of reimagining of education is especially necessary for rural states.” said Dr. Charles Buck, Associate Vice President at the University of Idaho.

The intent of the Inspire Idaho program is to address access, equity, and workforce readiness for all citizens of Idaho. This year their emphasis is on providing those who want to learn Swift code and App Development the opportunity to do so at no cost and to bring the program, computers, and nationally-known experts to Boundary County and the other 19 stops on the statewide Tour. The training program will utilize Apple Inc’s "Everyone Can Code" curriculum, and participants will be supported by the University of Idaho and Innovation Collective. The intention is to leverage the statewide reach of U of I Extension to promote the creation of App Development Teams in every one of Idaho’s 44 counties. Experts and mentors in the community will also provide guidance and support. Upon completion of Apple's full 180-hour "Everyone Can Code" curriculum, and as part of their training, neach team will generate a fully-developed app.

“In Idaho, we are one of the lowest average wage states and the shrinking need for humans in certain industries makes a case for us to attempt to connect as many citizens as possible to rapidly growing economies like app development. Old mining and logging towns alongside the reservations across the state will make this an exciting project for all. This program is designed
to help you make more money, be a part of a new growing economy, and unlock the fullness of your potential.” Said, Nick Smoot, founder of Innovation Collective.

The application development field is the first skill being trained this year in the Inspire Idaho program. This field currently generates $1.3 trillion in revenue, and is expected to grow to $6.3 trillion by 2021.

About Inspire Idaho Program:
Inspire Idaho is a cooperative effort to eliminate barriers to free, future-ready skills development for every Idahoan who wants to participate in the rapidly growing app economy. Inspire Idaho is provided by the University of Idaho and Innovation Collective. It will inspire and support new pathways to prosperity for hard-working Idahoans by providing access to the skills that will create a talent pipeline for local, regional and statewide industry partners.

See this link for more information:

Boundary County Fairgrounds, Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Tuesday, March 27.  Sessions at 3:00 pm and 5:00 p.m.
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