Nomad Futurist co-founders Phillip Koblence and Nabeel Mahmood are excited to return to Data Center World in Austin to share news about the evolution of the Nomad Futurist Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to empower and inspire younger generations through exposure to the underlying technologies that power our digital world. This year, they will lead the Session: Roadmap to 2040 — Harnessing the Power of Education, to be held on Tuesday May 9..

Per the Uptime Institute, the staffing challenge continues to be the top issue for data center operators. Last year, at Data Center World 2022, the duo addressed the industry’s growing staffing challenges from a hiring perspective, presenting “Reimagining Data Center Talent — Finding Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” The discussion highlighted the value of finding diamonds in the rough — people with the right soft skills to grow and shine in the industry.

Given the projected growth of the industry, however, the demand for a sufficient informed pipeline of talent for the year 2040, requires a rigorous, proactive, root-level approach. This year, Phillip and Nabeel will take a deeper look at what lies at the heart of the staffing problem — the fact that education about digital infrastructure fundamentals is currently not incorporated into our educational system. Today’s children do not have exposure to the data center industry and have no understanding of how and why our digital world works. The industry is simply not on their radar in terms of a potential career despite the many exciting opportunities associated with it. The Nomad Futurist Foundation has embarked on a multi-pronged approach to help address the issue and solve for this fundamental educational gap.

Since last year the Foundation has grown substantially with the help of a number of corporate and individual sponsors. We have also developed an ever-growing global ecosystem of advisors, ambassadors and advocates who are passionate about our mission.  

If you are attending Data Center World, please join the Nomad Futurists for this important discussion on May 9 from 11:05-11:50 in Room 9ABC.

About Nomad Futurist Foundation: 

The Nomad Futurist Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to demystify the world of digital infrastructure and the related technologies that impact every aspect of our daily lives. Our primary focus is to empower and inspire younger generations through exposure to the underlying technologies that power our digital world and cultivate the next generation of industry leaders. Through the contributions of our supporters, we are launching global programs in partnership with a range of education providers, NGOs and other nonprofit organizations committed to educating children in underprivileged communities, promoting diversity and inclusion, and opening up opportunities for growth and new career paths. 

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