17 new tech hubs in Detroit | Iowa State protects renewable energy | Michigan students get Wi-Fi 6E

Detriot Technology

Connect 313 Fund to bring 17 new tech hubs to Detroit

DETROIT, MI–Detroit will get 17 new tech hubs, thanks to Connect 313, a partnership formed to bridge the digital divide between the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Rocket Mortgage, the city of Detroit, Microsoft, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan. At least one tech hub will be located in each of Detroit’s seven council districts, said dbusiness.com. The tech hubs will receive grants to ensure they have access to computers, high-speed internet, digital literacy programming capabilities and in-person technology support and guidance.

Iowa State engineers develop cybersecurity tools for solar and wind power on the grid

AMES, IA–The rise in renewable energy such as wind and solar means there is a larger threat landscape for attackers to find their way in. Gelli Ravikumar, a research assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, is leading a team that’s developing systems to protect wind and solar power as part of a $12 million, six-project effort by the U.S. Department of Energy.

University of Michigan becomes first in country to debut new Wi-Fi technology

ANN ARBOR, MI–Students coming to the University of Michigan this fall will find a whole new world of Wi-Fi connectivity. U of M became the first in the country to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E for its school on all its campuses. “The upgrade was necessary to meet the growing demand for using technology-based teaching and learning tools in the classroom, conducting innovative data-intensive research, and engaging in hybrid, in-person and virtual collaboration,” said Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Ravi Pendse in a press release to All About Ann Arbor

Tulsa gets new Cyber Skills Center to develop diverse, local talent 

TULSA, OK–Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Innovation Labs, in partnership with edX, the global online learning platform from 2U Inc. and Skillstorm, launched the Cyber Skills Center. The new program, based in Tulsa, will develop a diverse talent pipeline for the in-demand and rapidly expanding career fields of cybersecurity and data analytics at no cost to Tulsa area residents, a press release said. The program offers a 24-week online accelerated training boot camp curriculum created by the Tulsa Community College, in partnership with edX, along with a paid apprenticeship upon graduation and a suite of wrap-around services to make education and career transitions more accessible.