Netrality celebrated International Data Center Day at our 401 N Broad in Philadelphia on March 22nd. We had the pleasure of hosting students from Liguori Academy, Delsea Regional, and Roman Catholic High School. International Data Center Day is designed to inspire the next generation and bring awareness to the industry.

The agenda included a presentation from Netrality’s Wil Schultz, VP of Technology, and VP, People Operations, Brooke Exley. Guest speakers included Charles Kensky and Brian Kim, Bala Engineering; Janine Repine, Sure Power, Inc. and 7×24 Exchange International; and Robert Pick, Tokio Marine Group.

Topics discussed during the presentation:

  • What data centers are; the role it plays in the world
  • Data center commissioning and sustainability
  • Career opportunities within the data center industry for students with or without a college degree
  • How to get started; the steps students should take before entering the data center workforce
  • A variety of use cases highlighting the journey of individuals who have joined the data center industry

After the presentation, students toured Netrality’s building and visited Nerd Street, a national network of esports facilities and events dedicated to powering competitive opportunities for gamers. Students had gameplay time, and some even had the pleasure of participating in a Smash Ultimate Tournament. Throughout the day, students participated in a few giveaways.

Michael Marrone, President and Founder of Liguori Academy, shared, ”International Data Center Day was fantastic. Liguori students were engaged from beginning to end. We can’t thank Netrality for showing our students all the opportunities data centers have to offer and Nerd Street for providing a phenomenal gaming experience.”

Gerald M. Marshall, Netrality President, and CEO, said, “We feel honored and privileged to host this event at 401 North Broad Street to educate the next generation that is considering entering the data center industry. Thank you to our volunteers and students for making this event successful!”

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