Silicon Slopes is the voice, hub, and heart of Utah’s tech community. It’s a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission that inspires locals with learning opportunities, connections, and, most importantly, a willingness to give back. The organization has helped Utah become a vibrant and diverse center of innovation with over 6,500 startups and tech companies, and the teams at Tafi and Daz 3D are grateful to be at the center of it all.
In one of its latest initiatives, Silicon Slopes is developing a program that supports teens in Utah by connecting them with exciting summer internship opportunities at local tech companies.
Crafting Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Tafi and Daz 3D are leading the effort with the program’s first intern, Atticus Kittrell, a high school sophomore. His goals during the internship were to learn more about computer science, social media marketing, and the NFT space.
“Being a part of the upcoming silicon slopes teen program is very exciting,” said Atticus. “It’s fun to construct ideas and to work on different projects. My internship with Tafi is definitely a big step in my young career. It has taught me to work, draft, create, and much more. A big highlight of my internship was getting to look through the Daz shop and create my own bundle. Overall, I’ve got to do some exciting stuff and I am grateful for all the opportunities.”
Atticus interviewed a number of key individuals within the organization to better understand their roles. During his time with Tafi and Daz 3D, he was able to explore the NFT and blockchain space, digital marketing projects, and eCommerce strategy.
“It’s amazing having Atticus around the office,” said James Thornton, CEO of Tafi/Daz 3D. “High school is a crucial time in our lives when we begin to explore the idea of college majors and career paths, and this is a fantastic opportunity to get real-world experience that will help inform those next steps. We’re thrilled to contribute to the program’s development and we couldn’t be happier with Atticus’ performance.”
“The Silicon Slopes Teen program has been created to help the youth of Utah identify and hone their interests and knack sooner rather than later. Utah’s business ecosystem is flourishing, and with it the number of skilled positions available increases — let’s get our young, vibrant kids and teenagers ahead with exposure to some of the amazing companies that make up Silicon Slopes,” said John Bowers, CBO of Silicon Slopes.
Help Us Inspire the Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs
Atticus was eager to jump into several projects and even created original content for TikTok and Snapchat. He also curated a Daz Original fundraiser bundle with a street-racing theme to support the Silicon Slopes program. Our ultimate goal with this first fundraising campaign is to build and expand the program. We hope to extend these same opportunities to future students, both at Tafi and other companies across Utah.
“By supporting this program, you’re helping us to inspire the next generation of tech entrepreneurs,” said Matt Wilburn, President of Tafi/Daz 3D. “In partnership with Silicon Slopes, we can empower students with actionable knowledge and skills — insight into tech industry trends they’ll be hard-pressed to find in a standard school curriculum. This is an exciting first step toward building something that can radically change the future for young people in Utah and beyond.”
Support Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today
You can support the program directly by purchasing the fundraiser bundle curated by Atticus. The bundle includes 14 Daz Original Items, including two Genesis 8 characters, outfits, hairstyles, poses, several street-racing cars, and a futuristic environment.
100% of proceeds from the bundle will be donated to Silicon Slopes. Enjoy great savings and support an even greater cause with 80% OFF* the Elite Street Racing Bundle for a limited time!
Update: The fundraiser has ended. Huge thanks to anyone who purchased the bundle!
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