SJI utilities to host Mark Cuban Foundation AI bootcamp for local high school students

South Jersey Industries on Wednesday said its utilities, South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas, will partner with the Mark Cuban Foundation and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to host introductory Artificial Intelligence Bootcamps for high school students at its Atlantic City and Union-based headquarters this fall.

The bootcamps will be held over four consecutive Saturdays beginning Oct. 22 and ending Nov. 12. The student and parent application are now open at Students do not need any prior experience with computer science, programming or robotics to apply and attend.

Founded in 2019, the Mark Cuban Foundation AI Bootcamp is a free, nationwide initiative offered to high school students interested in artificial intelligence and technology. Over the course of four half-day sessions, students will learn what AI is and is not, where they already interact with AI in their own lives and the ethical implications of AI systems, including social media recommendations, smart home assistants, facial recognition and self-driving cars, to name a few.

“At SJI, we are committed to providing local students with meaningful experiences that inspire them to reimagine what is possible as they craft their future career paths,” Leonard Brinson Jr., senior vice president and chief information officer, SJI, stated. “We are proud to partner with the Mark Cuban Foundation to expand the AI Bootcamp to both of our service territories this year, creating a lasting impact on the communities we serve.”