Fusion 2017 and Social Responsibility

Supporting UW Madison's IT Academy

In lieu of promotional items and literature, we strongly encourage sponsors to donate generously to the IT Academy.  Your generous donations will significantly affect the academic future of many low-income high school students in Wisconsin.

Visit https://ita.wisc.edu/ to find out more about this wonderful program.

Make your donation directly to IT Academy through the UW Foundation using the red button below.  If you are a sponsor and contributing, please let Deb Klein know so that you can be recognized at Fusion 2017.

The Fusion IT Academy Donation Evolves

With an increased need to recycle printed material and promotional items that attendees leave behind, we’ve decided that the money spent on producing literature and promotional materials would be better spent on a direct donation to benefit the diverse, low-income Wisconsin high-school population through the UW Madison sponsored IT Academy.

2008: In lieu of speaker gifts, Fusion donates the amount that would have been spent to the IT Academy.
2011: Fusion offers Advisory Board members the option to make a donation during the registration process and the response was tremendous.
2015: Fusion suggests to the sponsors that instead of promotional items and literature to donate the amount that would have been spent directly to the IT Academy.  Many sponsors went above and beyond with the typical donation with the average being $1,500 – $5,000.
2016: Fusion eliminates conference bags all together and strongly suggests that sponsors contribute to the IT Academy.

All About the IT Academy


IT Academy 2019 Freshman Class

In alignment with the UW-Madison’s 2014 Diversity Framework, the Information Technology Academy (ITA) is an innovative pre-college initiative for diverse students in the state of Wisconsin. With programs in Madison, Lac du Flambeau, and Oneida, WI, ITA’s goal is to increase the enrollment rates of diverse students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

ITA is a pre-college technology access and training academy for diverse students attending Wisconsin public schools. Their mission is to prepare these students for technical, academic, and personal excellence in today’s Information Age. IT Academy graduates who are admitted to degree-seeking programs at the UW-Madison will receive an in-state tuition grant for up to four years, paid for by some form of grant or gifts, including financial aid.

ITA scholars build knowledge and skills through hands-on training, mentoring, leadership development, community service, and internship opportunities. At the same time, the students’ communities benefit from greater access to technology and from the skills and experience gained by these future leaders.

For the Madison program, ITA competitively recruits 30 students each year in their final semester of 8th grade. Selected students receive four years of intensive training for high-tech, IT-related careers and thorough preparation for competitive university admissions and study.

ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute (TTI) students in Lac du Flambeau and Oneida enjoy a 3-year experience that was developed based on the very successful Madison model. These students are recruited in 9th grade and receive 3 years of intensive training and support.

ITA is the only IT outreach program of its kind and scope in the state of Wisconsin.

Contact Information: academictech@doit.wisc.edu | 608.262.5667 | UW – IT Academy, 1210 W Dayton Street, Room 2146 Madison, WI 53706


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