Happy 2nd Birthday Tech Fleet!

“They say it’s yer birthday, it’s my birthday too, yeah…I’m glad it’s yer birthday, happy birthday to you”

They grow up so fast…

June 29th marked Tech Fleet Community DAO’s 2 year anniversary! Woo!

That’ll do Fleet, that’ll do.
We are the Babenas of Kadena, KAGMI

Tech Fleet alumni data (June 2020–June 2022)

Tech Fleet’s mission is to create an opportunity for new grads and career transitioners to build experience so they can get a full time gig in their field. What really matters is what’s been happening after apprentices and leads complete a Tech Fleet apprenticeship.

Look at that hiring rate!
59% of Tech Fleet apprentices and leads came from University education, while 23% came from a bootcamp

Q2 in review

Q2 was filled with milestones for our community. For the first time in Tech Fleet history, we started development apprenticeships on top of UX and product management apprenticeships. We continued to work with our client Beela, a non-profit organization helping women and non-binary immigrants in Sweden start tech careers. Two apprenticeship teams just finished a cross-functional effort for Beela: a re-design of their current website and a build out of Beela Hive, a platform built for mentorship and learning.

Current Summer 2022 projects in the Fleet

Ruminate (Phase 1) — Food system issues are complex. Ruminate is a nonprofit innovation lab that helps businesses find effective solutions so they can contribute to a sustainable food system. The team’s working to research, design, and build Ruminate’s “Feedback” Platform that helps small food businesses test and evolve new product ideas.

Introducing the Tech Fleet Advisory Board

As Tech Fleet continues to grow, an advisory board of rock stars has been formed to help guide our DAO’s future trajectory and help our members develop. The advisory board will be contributing their expertise in a number of key areas for Tech Fleet including guidance on growth strategies. This is just the beginning and we expect to have many more opportunities for the Advisory Board to help shape the future of Tech Fleet!

  • Ginny Hong is UX manager for Centene Corporation. She’s one of the OG’s in Tech Fleet and we wouldn’t be here without her guidance and mastery leading new teams to success throughout 2020 and 2021.
  • Teri Perona is another OG in Tech Fleet. She was an apprentice from the first Tech Fleet project and also served as a project lead. She then landed a role as a lead UX designer at Mindgrub, an agency in Baltimore. She pays it forward by helping other apprentices to succeed and providing thought leadership to the Tech Fleet community.
  • Erik Axelsson is a manager for the Outcomes department at CareerFoundry and has partnered with Tech Fleet’s mission since late last year. Erik has the finger on the pulse of global tech industry needs. Erik will pioneer the first ever dedicated apprenticeship for CareerFoundry graduates in Tech Fleet as our first “apprenticeship as a service”.
  • Jason Buhle is the Managing Director of AnswerLab. Jason is also a UX graduate lecturer at USC, and helps keep their program competitive to industry needs. As an industry expert Jason knows the client-facing world and what it takes to succeed in Tech with client-facing roles.
  • Jonathan Bond is the Head of Product Design at Better Agency as well as a lead mentor at Product Hive. He’s on a mission to give back to new UX’ers in the field and has signed up to help aid in knowledge gaps before and after apprenticeships.
  • Andy Rogers is a Tech and development veteran based out of the UK with extensive experience and is a known spokesperson and contributor in the Flux and Kadena communities today. His experience in blockchain and the technical side of product will help Tech Fleet mold its decentralization and blockchain components and beyond.
  • Colton Schweitzer is the co-founder of Kickass UX, a UX/UI online bootcamp based out of Seattle, WA. Colton has lots of experience founding startups and will be helping Tech Fleet in its operations and growth moving forward.

Here’s what’s next in the second half of 2022

Tech Fleet’s “Apprenticeship-as-a-Service” launches — Among the list of firsts, Tech Fleet is launching Apprenticeship-as-a-Service this summer. This is a brand new service where Tech Fleet Community DAO runs a client-facing apprenticeship project and allows only specific bootcamp or college graduates to apply (or some other specific criteria) giving them the chance at getting the on-the-job experience right before they get into the field. For our pilot, Tech Fleet’s partnering with two, count ’em, two bootcamps (to be announced)! Recent graduates from these bootcamps will be offered an 8-week apprenticeship to build a web application product for one of our clients. Apprentices will receive a paid stipend. This is only the beginning of Tech Fleet’s Apprenticeship-as-a-Service.

  • Tech Fleet has been on a couple of community chats so far, and we will continue being guests on podcasts and AMA’s.
  • Other bootcamps will offer Tech Fleet’s Apprenticeships-as-a-Service for their graduates and students to gain experience the Tech Fleet way.
  • Company-sponsored Tech Fleet training programs in specific skills, such as development, Agile, Product Management, UX Research, UX/Product strategy, or any talent roles the organization’s trying to build up.

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