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Shimmy Technologies began pilots of Shimmy Upskill this spring, attempting a new approach to an old problem: how to retrain workers vulnerable to job loss before automation technologies take over?
Since last year, the Shimmy team has investigated this issue by turning the outcome on its head – if artificial intelligence is the great job displacer, could it also be the great skills enabler?
The Shimmy Upskill core team is comprised of a video game developer, gender policy analyst, technical apparel industry veteran, Bangladesh-based garment factory trainer, and a former Autodesk senior product manager.
The project team is comprised of New York Fashion Tech Lab apparel brand partners, Softwear Automation, Gerber Technologies, Carnegie Mellon, CAD education experts, and NGOs advocating for workers’ safety and wellbeing.
Phase One programming was made possible by funding from the C&A Foundation and the New York Workforce Development Institute. We received in-kind donations of Microsoft Surface equipment and Gerber software.
We'll release findings from our pilots in the coming weeks.