Mikell is a high school dropout who learned to code at I.C. Stars, which she turned into a job as a software engineer at Accenture. She later taught coding at Dev Bootcamp. Five years ago, she and Kortney Ziegler launched ZaMLabs, an incubator focused on using tech for economic justice in marginalized communities.
CBS Milwaukee features i.c.stars graduate Carlos Vasquez and his app, Habla Code.
The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) announced the 50 landmark industry leaders being recognized as finalists at The 20th Annual CityLIGHTS Awards. i.c.stars has been nominated for the Toast of Chicago Tech award - Presented to an individual or company who after winning an award at CityLIGHTS continued on to make an impact in the Chicago tech community through successfully led companies, development of a new or innovative service, championing for peers and the community as a whole.
The app will be completed in the summer of 2019 and available on Apple and Android devices. Children within the immediate seven-county Milwaukee region will serve as the first group of users.